Don't Start Me Talkin' Bonus Track Giveaway!

By Naomi Huffman

In just one month, we'll be releasing Tom Williams's DON'T START ME TALKIN' a book that follows the Last True Delta Bluesman, Brother Ben, and his harp player Silent Sam Stamps on their last national tour. DON'T START ME TALKIN' will take you on a ride that celebrates the rich roots of the blues and examines African American culture and identity.

To celebrate the book, we're releasing an exclusive BONUS TRACK STORY to those who pre-order DON'T START ME TALKIN' from Amazon or Barnes & Noble! Send us your e-mail receipt at info@curbsidesplendor.com, and we'll e-mail you this unpublished story, called "The Right Man With Me." 

 

Don't Start Me Talkin Tom Williams 

And if you haven't yet, check out this interview between Tom Williams and Curbside Splendor Editor-in-Chief Jacob S. Knabb! 

 
Wannabe - 41

By Chris Prunckle

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Wannabe is a blog series by Chicago area artist Chris Prunckle documenting his trials and tribulations as a wannabe artist. Check back next week for a new posting.

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.

 
Wannabe - 40

By Chris Prunckle

Wannabe Chris Prunckle 40

Wannabe is a blog series by Chicago area artist Chris Prunckle documenting his trials and tribulations as a wannabe artist. Check back next week for a new posting.

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.

 
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By Chris Prunckle

Wannabe 39

Wannabe is a blog series by Chicago area artist Chris Prunckle documenting his trials and tribulations as a wannabe artist. Check back next week for a new posting.

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.

 
Eight Days of Splendor: DAY ONE

By Naomi Huffman

Bill Hillmann's The Old Neighborhood is the perfect ending to our Eight Days of Splendor because it's a story about a large family, one that deals love and violence in equal punches. Amdist drug use, street brawls, gang violence and racism, teenager Joe Walsh struggles to find his place among his own family and the larger world. Honest and raw, The Old Neighborhood will knock you flat out on the floor. 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS! 

EIGHT DAYS OF SPLENDOR: DAY ONE
THE OLD NEIGHBORHOOD
by Bill Hillmann
April 2014

The Old Neighborhood by Bill Hillmann

The Old Neighborhood is the story of teenager Joe Walsh, the youngest in a large, mixed-race family living in Chicago. After Joe witnesses his older brother commit a gangland murder, his friends and family drag him down into a pit of violence that reaches a bloody impasse when his elder sister begins dating a rival gang member. The Old Neighborhood is both a brutal tale of growing up tough in a mean city, and a beautiful harkening to the heartbreak of youth.

Bill Hillmann is an award-winning writer and storyteller from Chicago. His writing has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Newcity, Salon.com, and broadcast on NPR. He's told stories around the world with his internationally acclaimed storytelling series the Windy City Story Slam. Hillmann is a Union Construction Laborer and a bull-runner in Spain. In the not so distant past, Hillmann was a feared street brawler, gang affiliate, drug dealer, convict, and Chicago Golden Glove Champion.

 


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