Introducing How to Adjust to the Dark by Rebecca van Laer!

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Brooklyn based writer and editor, Rebecca van Laer, brings us How to Adjust to the Dark. This multi-genre novella is about coming to terms with trauma and depression and shines a light on the way the identities we have created for ourselves ultimately limit us.

“Both coming of age narrative and autoanalysis, How to Adjust to the Dark narrates a young woman’s life, from her college years, during which she sees herself as a latter-day-confessional poet, to her decision to leave an MFA program and stop writing, to her eventual reexamination of her poems—and her beliefs about writing and creativity.”

This book is for anyone waiting for a sign from the universe or stuck in limbo trying to answer the dreaded question, what’s next?

A little bit about the author:

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Rebecca van Laer holds a Ph.D. in English from Brown, where she studied queer and feminist autobiography. She has also taught literature and creative writing at Boston University and Brown University. Her work appears in Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Hobart, and many others

New Book Coming to Trnsfr Books & New Praises for Curbside Classics

Introducing The Wagners by John Colasacco, Coming this Fall to Trnsfr Books

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"The case of Wagner recounted here, first completed in August 2008, collects fragments from handwritten notebooks kept in the years following Wagner’s death. The resulting manuscript is a poem of scenes and stories hinging on the day Wagner accidentally severed part of his finger as a child. The effects of this trauma echo across generations of Wagners as they migrate to America and quickly begin to absorb its disembodied soul."

Advanced Praise for The Wagners:

The Wagners will set itself inside you. Read it again and again, that is how things will go. “Once, he sat up in bed, shook with rage, and threatened to tell me something that I would not believe.”  Oh I believe it and so will you!
-- CAConrad, author of The Book Of Frank and While Standing in Line for Death
The Wagners is an elegiac meditation on the egregore. Or, rather, imagine this: a semi-omniscient entity takes notes to try & make sense of our lives. This is an intense multi-dimensional anthropological assessment, by way of memetic engineering & sociological investigation, by way of black magick & in-the-clouds prose. 
-- Mike Kleine, author of Mastodon Farm

About the author:

JOHN COLASACCO is the author of Antigolf (Civil Coping Mechanisms) and The Information Crusher (Spuyten Duyvil)ther work has appeared or is forthcoming in Hobart, Birdfeast, the NewerYork, LISE/ISLE, and The Iowa Review.

Congratulations to Aaron Gilbreath for Everything We Don't Know


Everything We Don't Knowhas been selected for the following awards:



Vote for EWDK in the Readers' Choice Award here.

We’re offering 25% off his book to celebrate!

Order your copy here.

On The Way by Cyn Varcas Also Gaining Recognition


On the Way by Cyn Vargus was included in

Book Scrolling's


We’re offering 25% off her book to celebrate!

Order your copy here.

Warm Up this Winter with Author Events and a New Book or Two

Upcoming Chicago Events With Curbside
Author Anne Elizabeth Moore: 

A Discussion of Body Horror: Capitalism, Fear, Misogyny, Jokes


Join award-winning journalist and Fulbright scholar Anne Elizabeth Moore for a discussion about the insightful and timely essays found in her 2017 book, Body Horror
Read more info here

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018
Harold Washington Library Center
Reception Hall, Lower Level
400 S State St, Chicago, IL 60605
6:00pm - 7:15pm

 Body Horror explores the global toll of capitalism on women through painstaking research and surprising humor in essays that range from probing journalistic investigations to deeply personal narratives. Featuring illustrations by Xander Marro, Body Horror is a fascinating and revealing portrait of the gore of contemporary American culture and politics.

826CHI FRESH INK Workshop: "Hilarious Comedy Jokes: A Writing and Drawing Workshop" with Anne Elizabeth Moore

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Writers, artists, and lovers of comics and graphic novels can warm up from their winter blues at this public workshop for ages 6+.

Monday, January 29th, 2018
Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co.
1276 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60622
7:00pm - 8:00pm

Tickets are going fast. Snag yours and learn more about 826CHI here.


New Buzz for Our Books

American Microviews Review for Charlatan: New and Selected Stories by Cris Mazza



"Ultimately, Mazza’s work is impactful not because it aims to answer questions, but rather because it raises more."

- KELLY LUCERO, American Microviews

Read the full review here!

With 22 stories, 
Charlatan charts the development of a dynamic body of fiction by a writer due for discovery by millennial readers unsatisfied by mainstream feminism.

Read more and order your copy here


Arkansas International Review for Mycology by Joan Wilking


"Indeed, Wilking’s fine book is an ideal read for anyone looking to study not only the natural world, but the mycology of the human mind: the lethal, the surprising, the wondrous."

- Arkansas International

Read the full review here!

During the height of the AIDS epidemic, poisonous mushrooms and the death of acclaimed choreographer Haze Morton bring together his partner, his lover, and a reclusive artist. Each of them come to understand the ways in which their lives have crossed because of Haze, and how they can begin living again, together. 

Read more and order your copy here.

New Year, New Books!

2018 Curbside Splendor Catalogue

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Looking for a great book to kick off the new year? We've compiled a new 2018 catalogue to help you start off the year on the right literary foot. From shorts stories, to novels and memoirs, to poetry and art, we've got just the right book to keep you company while you stay warm this winter. Access the catalog here for sneak peeks at what's in store for 2018.

Featured titles include: Dear Abigail and Other Stories by Stephen Dixon, Perfect Conditions by Vanessa BlakesleeThe Hypothetical Man by Paul Maliszewski, and Defying the Verdict: My Bipolar Life by Charita Cole Brown.

Drop by the store or order online today!



The third annual Wild Onion Novella Contest is officially closed! Thank you again to Tim Kinsella who will be judging this round of manuscripts. And, of course, thank you to everyone who dug through their hard drive, combed through their journals, or even dusted off their typewriter. We couldn't be more excited to start reading your work! Keep an eye on your submittable account and the Curbside website for updates. 


Let The Countdown Begin...


Do you still have holiday shopping to do? Order by Monday, December 18th and we'll guarantee delivery by Christmas day. Still not enough incentive? Use the code GIVEBOOKS20 and get 20% off from our online store. Save money, get the perfect gift, AND support local businesses at the same time? It's almost too good to be true.


Is "become an author" on your 2018 New Year's resolutions list? If so, then we have the perfect opportunity for you! The Third Annual Wild Onion Novella Contest is accepting submissions until December 31st. Curbside Splendor is thrilled to have Tim Kinsella as our guest judge this year. So if you have a novella that you've been dying to share with the world make sure you get it in before the ball drops!