Yes, we love all kinds of literature, but we appreciate fine mathematics too. Try this equation: four stellar writers + their bold, beautiful books = ? (Answer: a great reading at this month’s Salon! Of course.) Join us! Jimmys no. 43. At 7pm.
Joshua Henkin is the author of the novels Matrimony, a New York Times Notable Book, and Swimming Across the Hudson, a Los Angeles Times Notable Book. His new novel, The World Without, is recently out in paperback from Vintage Books. It has been named an Editors’ Choice Book by The New York Times and The Chicago Tribune …
In his home country of Croatia, Robert Perisic is a bestselling author who came to prominence during the 1990s, writing with a clear anti-war sentiment. Today, he is considered one of the most important writers and journalists in the country. He has published award-winning nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and criticism in his native language. He currently lives in Zagreb, Croatia. Our Man in Iraq is his first novel translated in English. “Robert Perisic is a light bright with intelligence and twinkling with irony, flashing us the news that postwar Croatia not only endures but matters.” –Jonathan Franzen
Molly McNett is the author of One Dog Happy, winner of the 2008 John Simmons Award for short fiction from the University of Iowa Press. Her work has appeared in New England Review, Crazyhorse, New Letters, and many other journals. Her story “Catalogue Sales” was read at Stories on Stage and anthologized in The Best American Nonrequired Reading.
Patricia Ann McNair’s short story collection, The Temple of Air, was awarded Book of the Year in Traditional Fiction by the Chicago Writers Association, Southern Illinois University’s Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award in Prose, and a finalist award in Adult Fiction by the Society of Midland Authors. It was called “violently creative” by the Chicago Sun Times, and “plainspoken yet imaginative, complexly unnerving” by Booklist. McNair is an Associate Professor in the Fiction Writing Department of Columbia College Chicago, where she received the Excellence in Teaching Award as well as a nomination for the Carnegie Foundation’s US Professor of …
Daniel S. Libman, the author of Married But Looking, is the winner of a Pushcart Prize for fiction and a Paris Review Discovery Prize. His story “In the Belly of the Cat” has been anthologized many times and translated into several languages, most recently Russian for the journal Inostrannaya Literatura.
Samantha Hoffman’s first novel What More Could You Wish For was published in the fall of 2012 by St. Martin’s Press. This novel’s writing journey began in 2002 after the death of Hoffman’s father and a failed marriage. What More Could You Wish For is a coming-of-middle-age story: Libby Carson, approaching her 50th birthday, takes a hard look at the choices she’s made in her life and, by doing so, moves towards the future with new confidence and a sense of adventure.
Spring is finally here, so it seemed right to celebrate and feature five writers this month rather than the usual four.
From the masterful short stories of Daniel Libman, Patricia Ann McNair and Molly McNett, to Samantha Hoffman’s bittersweet novel of middle-age love, to Croatian writer Robert Perisic’s powerful narrative about a Zagreb that is just on this side of anarchy, there will be something for everyone to discover, enjoy, be moved by. 7 p.m., Black Rock, 3614 N. Damen. We look forward to seeing you there!