NYC | September 11, 2011: Dax-Devlon Ross, Elizabeth Eslami, Joseph Salvatore, & Courtney Maum

Sunday Salon is back for another fantastic reading season with new and beloved writers at Jimmys 43 (43 E. 7th St). Join us for the first celebration! 7pm.

Elizabeth Eslami is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers. Her debut novel, Bone Worship (Pegasus, 2010), about the complex relationship between an Iranian father and his daughter, has been called “a treasure” by author David Haynes, and Janet Peery has called Eslami “a writer of uncommon wit and depth.” Her essays, short stories, and travel writing have appeared in numerous publications, including The Millions, …

Chicago Venue Change

Our August reading will be held at Katerina’s, 1920 W. Irving Park Road. Still 8 p.m., still four great authors. Come on over.

Cris Mazza

Cris Mazza has authored 16 books, most recently Various Men Who Knew Us as Girls, a novel. Her other fiction titles include Waterbaby, Trickle-Down Timeline and Is It Sexual Harassment Yet? In addition to fiction, Mazza also has published a memoir, Indigenous: Growing Up Californian, and has another hybrid memoir, Something Wrong with Her, forthcoming from Jaded Ibis Press. A native of Southern California, Mazza grew up in San Diego County. She currently lives 50 miles west of Chicago and is a professor in the Program for Writers at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Alex Shakar

Alex Shakar’s first novel, The Savage Girl, was selected as a New York Times Notable Book and Booksense 76 Pick, and has been translated into six foreign languages. His story collection, City in Love, was the winner of the FC2 National Fiction Competition. A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., He now teaches fiction at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and lives in Chicago with his wife, the composer Olivia Block. His new novel, Luminarium, comes out Aug. 23.

Marisel Vera

The daughter of Puerto Rican immigrants, Marisel Vera grew up in Humboldt Park. A product of the public school system, she went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northern Illinois University with an emphasis in broadcast news. As a public relations specialist, she wrote and edited employee newspapers, newsletters and news releases, handled media relations and organized private and public events. Marisel was also a copywriter for Scott, Foresman and Co., the world’s leading elementary educational publisher. In pursuit of her literary fiction career, Marisel studied writing with Jonis Agee, Cristina Garcia, Rosellen Brown, Paulette Roeske …

Lenore Zion

Lenore Zion is a writer and therapist. A longtime contributor to The Nervous Breakdown, her debut book, My Dead Pets are Interesting, comes out in September from TNB Books.

Chicago | Aug. 28, 2011

Join Sunday Salon Chicago and our guest curator, Gina Frangello of The Nervous Breakdown, as we present The Nervous Breakdown Literary Experience: Chicago, featuring Cris Mazza, UIC professor and author of 16 books, most recently Various Men Who Knew Us as Girls; Alex Shakar, instructor at University of Illinois-Champaign-Urbana and author of The Savage Girl, City in Love and the forthcoming Luminarium; Marisel Vera, author of If I Bring You Roses and Lenore Zion, celebrating her debut collection My Dead Pets Are Interesting. We’ll also pass the hat for our featured organization this month: the Chicago Underground Library. 8 p.m. at Katerina’s, 1920 W. Irving …