By Jacob S. Knabb

Curbside Splendor Publishing and Other Voices Books are proud to present WORDS+MUSIC! Join us at 9pm on Tuesday, May 21st, at Chicago's indie-music mecca The Empty Bottle (1035 N. Western Ave.) as we celebrate the release of new books by three authors we LOVE: Joe MenoLindsay Hunter, and Rob Roberge. Then stick around for music by The PeekaboosSwimsuit Addition and headliners Billy Blake & the VagabondsFREE with an RSVP (just click here).  Facebook invite HERE.


*Poster by Jacob S.
Wannabe - 2

By Chris Prunckle

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Wannabe is a blog series by Chicago area artist Chris Prunckle, author of our serial graphic story Asylum Doors, documenting his trials and tribulations as a wannabe artist.  Check back next week for a new posting.

See the previous installment of Asylum Doors here.  Stay tuned for the next installment coming soon, but now on a monthly basis with fuller stories.


Chris Prunckle is a graphic designer, illustrator and comic book artist banished to the suburbs of Chicago. Though an advertising industry minion by day, he slaves his nights away creating a mad little world.  He’s previously worked on the comics Fisted, Bonesetter, and The Scarab.  Follow him at @midjipress.

Just Plain Cynful

By Cyn Vargas

I’m running the Shamrock Shuffle 8k in less that 48 hours. The only problem is that I’m not an avid runner. Hell I’m not even really a runner. Let’s be honest, the only thing I really run to is my fridge to grab some more hot sauce for whatever it is I’m eating because I love hot sauce.

I haven’t trained at all for the Shamrock Shuffle. Why I thought I could train for it in the midst of all of the baby/thesis/work/freelance/teaching/Project Runaway/when do I get to sleep again? stuff in my life is beyond me, but I signed up anyway and I am going to follow through. Honestly I am not looking forward to the aches and pains that will be in my thighs and my feet and my ass. But despite all of that I can’t wait for the race.

See I did the Turkey Trot 5k a few months ago and that one I did train for, sort of (I went running all of two times). I don’t like listening to music when I run, so I just showed up for the Turkey Trot and ran and to my surprise something amazing happened.

Chicago Stories: 8 Dramatic Fictions

By Jacob S. Knabb

To honor the passing of Roger Ebert, a staff favorite here at Curbside Splendor, we are re-releasing the free mini-book version of Michael Czyzniejewski's Chicago Stories:  40 Dramatic Fictions.  Click below to read the complimentary mini-book and to enjoy Rob Funderburk's gorgeous illustrations, but most importantly flip to the end for Czyzniejewski's loving (and completely fictionalized) account of Roger Ebert's ill-fated second date with Oprah Winfrey! RIP, Mr.


By Jacob S. Knabb

Curbside Splendor Publishing & Madame ZuZu's present SALON SPLENDOR - a night of

intimate readings, literary discussion, warm music, and world-class tea at Billy Corgan's

northshore Tea House, Madame ZuZu's!

The program for the evening will include ORIGINAL WORK composed on the topic of

"ORIGINS" by the following authors:



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