The Best (So Far!) of Don't Start Me Talkin'

By Naomi Huffman

Don't Start Me Talkin Tom Williams

Since it's release last month, Tom's taken Don't Start Me Talkin' on the road with him to Michigan and Indiana, to Wisconsin and Illinois, and even as far west as Seattle. In the meantime, the book has garnered resounding reviews and strong support from the literary community.

- At Largehearted Boy, you can read Tom's Book Notes for Don't Start Me Talkin'—a smooth playlist that includes blues classics like Memphis Minnie's "Conjur Man," "Special Streamline" by Bukka White, and Little Walter's "Key to the Highway."

- WordPlaySound posted a recording of Tom Williams reading from Don't Start Me Talkin' at his release party at the Hideout. Listen in.  

- At HTMLGiant, Mel Bosworth called it "immensely satisfying," and went on to describe it as "tense, thoughtful, and funny, this novel will leave readers floating from the show, ears ringing and hearts racing."

- InDigest magazine said, "There’s a kind of quiet sadness about it, but it’s the kind that makes you feel content and satisfied to hear."

- In a special guest post at Superstition Review, Cream City Review interviewed Tom. In the interview, Tom gives the following advice to writers submitting their work to contests: "Send the story that’s currently making you worried; the one that appears to be finished but has something to it that keeps you from sending it out might be the one that’s busted through all the limitations one invariably muscles into one’s work. If a story seems “your” story, it might be one that only works for you. If it’s one that seems to trouble your aesthetic, your standards, your sense of what it is that stories essay, it might work for others." 

- Vol 1.

 
Wannabe - 49

By Chris Prunckle

Wannabe 49

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.

 
Lost in Space: The Release Party + Tour!

By Naomi Huffman

lost in space ben tanzerCurbside Splendor is proud to announce the releast of Ben Tanzer's debut collection of essays, Lost In Space! 

"Ben Tanzer explodes the myths of fatherhood and reassembles the pieces into something altogether more precious and fascinating: the truth. The ugly, gorgeous, shameful, miraculous, transformative truth. This book is both funny and heartbreaking, and at times I thought he was transcribing directly from my own parent brain. Tanzer has a rare talent for making the everyday seem luminous." 
-Jillian Lauren, New York Times bestselling author of  
Some Girls: My Life in a Harem and  Pretty
 
 
"Tanzer lets readers in on the softer, scarier, truer side of being a family man."
 -Chicago Magazine 
"Ben Tanzer explodes the myths of fatherhood and reassembles the pieces into something altogether more precious and fascinating: the truth. The ugly, gorgeous, shameful, miraculous, transformative truth. This book is both funny and heartbreaking, and at times I thought he was transcribing directly from my own parent brain.
 
Zero Fade: The Midwest Tour

By Naomi Huffman

zero fade chris terryChris L. Terry moved to L.A. last fall, but he's back this weekend for a super-short tour of the Midwest.

A Young Adult Library Services Association BFYA Nominee, one of Slate.com's Favorite Books of 2013, and one of Kirkus Reviews' Best Teen Books of 2013, "Zero Fade" chronicles eight days in the life of inner-city Richmond, Virginia teen Kevin Phifer as he deals with wack haircuts, bullies, last-year fly gear, his uncle Paul coming out as gay, and being grounded. 

"Kevin Phifer, 13, a black seventh-grader in 1990s Richmond, Va., and hero of this sparkling debut, belongs in the front ranks of fiction’s hormone-addled, angst-ridden adolescents, from Holden Caulfield to the teenage Harry Potter [...] Original, hilarious, thought-provoking and wicked smart: not to be missed. — Kirkus Reviews


Thursday, March 6
7:00 pm
Evanston Public Library
1703 Orrington Ave., Evanston
Engage in a reading & discussion with Chris plus participate in some of his favorite writing exercises - bring a pencil! Books will be available for purchase from The Book Stall at Chestnut Court. Both teens & adults welcome, please register here:
http:Kevin Phifer, 13, a black seventh-grader in 1990s Richmond, Va., and hero of this sparkling debut, belongs in the front ranks of fiction’s hormone-addled, angst-ridden adolescents, from Holden Caulfield to the teenage Harry Potter [...] Original, hilarious, thought-provoking and wicked smart: not to be missed.
 
Wannabe - 48

By Chris Prunckle

Wannabe 48

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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