The Book Cellar
It's time for September's Local Author Night featuring Floyd Sullivan (Called Out: A Novel of Baseball and America in 1908), Gerald Brennan (Island of Clouds), Julius Mercer (A New Fire in You) and short story author Lisa Torem.
About Floyd Sullivan:
Floyd Sullivan was born in Chicago and grew up in Oak Park, Illinois. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a degree in history. He has written one novel, Called Out: a Novel of Baseball and America in 1908, and one memoir, Waiting for the Cubs; and edited a collection of essays titled Old Comiskey Park. He blogs about baseball at Waiting4Cubs on ChicagoNow. He works as a freelance writer and photographer in Chicago, where he lives with his wife.
About Called Out:
As 1907 becomes 1908, National Baseball League President Harry Pulliam suspects that the owner of the New York Giants has hired detectives to spy on him and his lover, Ted Russell, with the goal of blackmailing them or having them arrested for sodomy. The pressure tests the strength of Pulliam’s relationship with Ted, and his ability to administer his league duties. His stenographer, Lenore Caylor, falls in love with him and becomes his staunchest champion as he fights to preserve the honor of the game and the league. With the support of Caylor, Pulliam holds off the machinations of those who would cause his downfall. However, close to the end of the season, one of the most exciting and bizarre in history, a controversial play in a key game results in violent protests, riots, death, and the final resolution of Pulliam's relationship with Ted.
About Gerald Brennan:
Gerald Brennan is a self-described corporate brat who hails from the eastern half of the continent but currently resides in Chicago. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, and later earned a Master's from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. He’s the author of Resistance, Zero Phase, Public Loneliness, and (most recently) Island of Clouds. He's been profiled in Newcity and featured in Hypertext Magazine, and his writing has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, The Good Men Project, and Innerview Magazine. He's the founder of Tortoise Books; he's also been a co-editor and frequent contributor at Back to Print and The Deadline. He’s getting tired of talking about himself now, but if you must know more, he's into Camus, Dostoyevsky, Koestler, Hitchcock, Radiohead, and The National. He’s also a huge Martin Scorsese fan.
About Island of Clouds:
April, 1972. Three legendary astronauts embark on man's boldest space voyage yet--a yearlong mission to fly past our nearest planetary neighbor, Venus. Island of Clouds, the first full-length novel in the Altered Space series, is a gripping space epic based on NASA mission proposals from the late 1960s. Touching on literary and cultural influences ranging from Borges and Bukowski to Solaris and Star Trek, this story of exploration also offers a literary probing of the dark reaches of human nature: alcoholism, capitalism, authority, fatherhood, and the ephemeral nature of desire.Each entry in the Altered Space series is a wholly separate narrative, but all deal with the mysteries of space and time, progress and circularity. Every title is an enso of words in which orbits of spacecraft, moons, planets and people allow us fresh perspectives on the cycles of our own lives.
About Lisa Torem:
Lisa Torem's essays, features and interviews have been published in Popmatters, Pennyblackmusic, Windy City Times, Grateful Web, and more. Her poem, Packrat, was in the Literature Emitting Diode's latest anthology.Her short story, SHE LEFT, recently appeared in The Cost of Paper, published by 1888.center, an organization in Orange, California, that hosts a cultural center and live podcasts. Lisa also co-authored Through The Eye of The Tiger, and Dog Sharing, produced in New York City in the 1990's. She is excited about reading passages of her work from TCOP to the friendly patrons of The Book Cellar at their fall author's night.
About Julius Mercer:
In 1984, Julius was featured on ABC’s Wide World of Sports when he raced against Olympic champion Edwin Moses in the 400 meter hurdles. During his amazing career, Julius got to know many well-known athletes including Craig Hodges, legendary Chicago Bulls basketball player. Yet, despite having achieved the fame and recognition that many young people dream of, Julius went through a series of tragic events that eventually led this former athlete to becoming homeless and spending time in prison.
Rather than let prison life destroy him, Julius determined he would once again become a champion by speaking at schools and other community events to share his amazing story of redemption with young people in an attempt to provide them with a vision for their lives of success, despite the many obstacles they may face; especially for those living in the inner cities.
About A New Fire in You:
Julius Mercer, a former Olympic hopeful and world-class hurdler, winner of numerous medals, who set records that stand to this day, is launching his “Success Is in You” tour, where he shares with young people his true life experiences of how he went from fame to rock bottom, only to rise again, in an attempt to inspire them to make good decisions to ensure they succeed in life.
Julius Mercer has written “A New Fire In You,” which details his life events. Julius also speaks at community gatherings, school assemblies and other events. His program has been featured in the Chicago Sun-Times, and he has received numerous endorsements from many of his former professional athlete friends. Julius has also received a BS degree in Sociology and C.A.A.P.S.