The Book Cellar
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Join us at The Book Cellar for a night of comedy with our favorite funny ladies, The Kates!
The show starts as 7 pm, so be sure to arrive early for seats and drinks!
TallGrass Writers Guild members present original work on Magic. From ancient rites, rituals, and spells to the magic of meeting 'The One' on some enchanted evening when seeing a stranger across a crowded room, the idea of magical forces has inspired writers through the ages. How many spells were cast in Shakespeare's magical forests? How many movies about paranormal powers continue to attract large audiences? TallGrass talent including Martin Altman, Susan Dewar, Willa Moore, Anne Schultz, Whitney Scott, Joe Weintraub explore this universally compelling theme through stories and poetry.
TallGrass Writers Guild is Chicago-based, 501-C-3 nonprofit arts organization serving writers at all levels of development for almost 30 years. TWG provides local, regional, national, and international performance and publication opportunities.
The Old St. Pat's Book Group meets to discuss their July selection, Half a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi
We're excited to help Shawn Shiftlett launch his new novel Hey, Liberal! at the Greenhouse Theater.
Keep your eyes here and HERE for additional details!
Shawn Shiflett is an associate professor of creative writing at Columbia College in Chicago. He is the author of Hidden Place, which was included in Library Journal’s 2004 “Summer Highs, Fall Firsts” list of “most successful debuts.” He lives in Chicago.
Hey, Liberal! (a story inspired by true events)
In this honest novel set in the racial tinderbox of Chicago in 1969, thirteen-year-old Simon Fleming, the white son of a Civil Rights activist minister, is sent to a predominately African American high school feeling charged by his parents to carry out the family’s commitment to the “community” and school integration. Here, he is dropped into a world where gang warfare, drug abuse, and violence are rampant. Simon’s journey for survival brings him into conflict with a Cobra Stone gangbanger, takes him through a failed student boycott organized by community leaders, and also through numerous race riots. Along his way, he meets friends and mentors: Clyde, a former gangbanger turned black political militant; Louis, a brilliant, self-destructive boy; Juan, who perilously chooses to belong to a white gang, Corps, instead of the more powerful Latin Kings; Clark, an intimidating racist police officer who vies for Simon’s allegiance in return for protection at school; and John, a communist biology teacher who educates Simon as much about politics as about science. Throughout the story, Simon’s love for Dia goes from an awkward crush to maturity. Hey, Liberal! exposes an out-of-touch education system and the universality of racial violence amidst a nation moving, inch by hard-fought inch, toward a more culturally diverse and inclusive future.
The French Book Group meets to discuss their August pick, A Man's Place by Annie Ernaux
The Never Too Old Book Club discusses their August pick The Outsiders by S E Hinton.
(This month's selection will be held at an alternate location. Contact Carla Krause at Carla_Krause@hotmail.com for details)