Revise the Psalm: Work Inspired by the Writing of Gwendolyn Brooks


Curbside Here, There, Everywhere

As much as we love to be stuck inside reading, it’s too nice out to avoid the sun. If you’re looking for an excuse to leave the house, we've got lots of events lined up for you!

Swing by Printers Row Lit Fest this weekend to grab some Curbside titles at Tent M for Book Fort: The Wandering Book Fair.

Printer’s Row, the Midwest’s largest literary gathering of book enthusiasts and authors, will be hosting their 32nd annual festival this coming weekend.  Over 200 authors will be attending this event from across the nation, but be sure to checkout the astonishing and wonderful voices of Curbside giving various talks and doing readings of their poetry and prose.    

Quraysh Ali Lansana & Sandra Jackson-Opoku – Revise the Psalm: “Our Miss Brooks: A Centennial Celebration” with Quraysh Ali Lansana & Sandra Jackson-Opoku on 9 am Saturday in room 4034 on the fourth floor of Jones College Prep.  

Ben Tanzer – Lost in Space:  Ben Tanzer in conversation with Michael Phillips, 10 am Saturday in room 4038 on the fourth floor of Jones College Prep.  

Samantha Irby – Meaty: “Wise and Witty” with Samantha Irby at 10:30 am Saturday in the South Auditorium of Jones College Prep.  

Megan Stielstra – Once I Was Cool: Thrity Umrigar, “Everybody’s Son” in conversation with Megan Stielstra at 11:15 am Saturday in room 4004 on the fourth floor of Jones College Prep.    

Anne Elizabeth Moore – Body Horror: “Horrors: Real and Imagined” with Anne Elizabeth Moore at 1 pm Saturday in room 4008 on the fourth floor of Jones College Prep.  

Toni Nealie – The Miles Between Me: “Inside the World of Hate” with Toni Nealie at 4 pm Saturday in room 4004 on the fourth floor of Jones College Prep.

Disco Demolition at Elmhurst History Museum

Disco Demolition: The Night Disco Died by Steve Dahl, Dave Hoekstra, and Paul Natkin is featured in an on-going exhibit at the Elmhurst History Museum. Using video, artifacts, interviews, memorabilia, and photographs by Natkin, this exhibit examines the culture, the music and the conflict that came to a head on a warm summer night when the wheels came off a promotion — and disco met its demise. The Disco Demolition exhibit opens today and will run through October 8th.

Revise the Psalm at ETA Creative Arts

Join Curbside Splendor and ETA Creative Arts on Saturday, June 17th, for a discussion and book signing with Quraysh Ali Lansana and Sandra Jackson-Opoku, co-editors of Revise the Psalm: Work Celebrating the Writing of Gwendolyn Brooks. Lansana and Jackson-Opoku will discuss the production of “Among All This You Stand Like a Fine Brownstone,” as well as their own relationships to Gwendolyn Brooks and her work. The discussion will begin at 6pm and end with signings. Copies of Revise the Psalm will be available for purchase; 20% of all proceeds will be donated to ETA. The show begins at 8pm, with open seating at 7:30; tickets are available on their events page

Ars Botanica at, well, all over the place

Tim Taranto’s debut Ars Botanica will be released next month. Written as letters to his unborn child, Tim Taranto’s Ars Botanica describes the infinite pleasures of falling in love — the small discoveries of each other's otherness, the crush of desire, the frightening closeness — and the terrifying impossibility of losing someone. At times astonishingly personal and even painful, Ars Botanica is also playfully funny, a rich hybrid of memoir, poetry, and illustration that delightfully defies categorization. Tim will be reading throughout July and August in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, and multiple other cities.

Hope to see you around!

- the Curbside Splendor team