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Three things I like: succulent gardens, exploitative reality TV shows, and making lists of threes.
Currently reading: Invisible Man, by Ralph Waldo Ellison.
Three things I like: music festivals, Hot Tamales, and any movie starring John Cusack.
Currently reading: Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
Chris Jones, chief theater critic for the Chicago Tribune, discusses his recent book titled Bigger, Brighter, Louder: 150 Years of Chicago Theater as Seen by Chicago Tribune Critics.
The Book Cellar is very excited to host Alexai Galaviz-Budziszewski, in conversation with Adam Levin (The Instructions, Hot Pink). Alexai will also read from his new book, Painted Cities, published by McSweeney's!
To those outside it, Pilsen is a vast barrio on the south side of Chicago. To Alexai Galaviz-Budziszewski, it is a world of violence and decay and beauty, of nuance and pure chance. It is a place where the smell of cooking frijoles is washed away by that of dead fish in the river, where vendettas are a daily routine, and where a fifteen-year-old son of immigrants might hold the ability to bring people back from the dead.
Simultaneously tough and tender, PAINTED CITIES marks the debut of a writer poised to represent his city's literature for decades to come.
Alexai Galaviz-Budziszewski grew up in the Pilsen neighborhood on the south side of Chicago. He has taught in the Chicago public school system and is currently a high school counselor for students with disabilities. In his spare time he builds and repairs motorcycles.
Book Cellar favorite Ben Tanzer has written another book! This time, we're celebrating the release of essay collection, Lost in Space, at Public Hotel (1301 North State Parkway). It's a pretty snazzy venue.
Joining Ben for a reading are authors Christine Sneed, Megan Stielstra, Patrick Wensink, and more to be announced!
Lost in Space is a sometimes funny, sometimes sad, but always lively essay collection about fathers and sons, and their relationship to not only one another, but pop culture, death, and sex—because sex sells, even if you're otherwise focused on parenting and the generation spanning cultural impact of Star Wars.
The essays in Lost in Space are focused on an array of child-rearing topics including sleep, discipline, first haircuts, deceased parents/grandparents and illness, and the inherent challenges and humor that coincide with, and are intrinsically tied-into, these stages of life. The essays also recognize the ongoing presence of the author's dead father in his life even as he seeks to parent without his father's guidance or advice.
Bestselling Irish author Carmel Harrington makes a trip across the pond to share her first novel, Beyond Grace's Rainbow, with American readers.
The book tells the story of Grace, a single mother recently diagnosed with terminal cancer. Her only hope for survival is to receive a bone marrow transplant from a compatible family member. One would think this simple enough to bring about, but there's a caveat: Grace was adopted. With the help of a loyal group of friends, Grace journeys from one side of Ireland to the next, uncovering decades old deceits and revisiting forgotten heartbreaks, in search of her biological family and a donor to save her life.
Join us at Sulzer Library in welcoming this award-winning writer to Chicago!