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  • The Whistler 2421 N Milwaukee Ave Chicago, IL, 60647 United States (map)

Join Curbside Splendor at The Whistler to celebrate Chris Bower, Susie Kirkwood, and the release of Little Boy Needs Ride!

Bookselling by City Lit Books

Chicago playwright Chris Bower's debut collection of gloriously nasty, bleakly unhinged, and oddly compelling short stories marks the arrival of a truly original voice. Each page is lovingly illustrated by Chicago artist Susie Kirkwood and bursting with gorgeously unsettling tales of parents abandoning children out of spite, men sabotaging women out of love, and other oddments and ear worms.

"These stories by Chris Bower vomit uphill a compendium of beautiful losers, cummy snowmen, and such love. His longtime collaborator, illustrator Susie Kirkwood, opens the pages with freshly dark design and iconography, cleanly harmonious with Bower’s filth. The book is ultimately fun and deeply caring, and its author a gallow’s wit with theatrical instincts. You will find yourself, your loved ones, and our stupid feelings in this swill—'You’re going to remember this, even when you’re dead.'"
—Fred Sasaki, art director for POETRY

"Chris Bower is a half-cracked comic-poet genius. Stop complaining, let him break your brain."
—Patrick Somerville, author of The Cradle and This Bright River

"While we argue realism and the dying book, Chris Bower puts on his mascot suit and goes dancing into the void. Do we follow him? If so, it's to demand an apology for withholding these stories until now. He is a giant of creativity and a genius of desperation, and his worlds—full of broken promises, failed expectations, and delirious horse laughter—represent the most obliquely realistic literature of our day. Buy this, own this, and return to this regularly."
—Kyle Beachy, author of The Slide

Earlier Event: July 9
Dasha Kelly in Omaha