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NYC | October 18, 2015

Rain or shine (or probably both), October brings diverse, award-winning writers to the Salon stage and we can’t wait! Let’s raise a glass to compelling literary voices, noteworthy books, and sweeter fall weather. See you at Jimmys no. 43. At 7pm.

Juventud Full Cover Redo-1Vanessa Blakeslee’s first collection of stories Train Shots won the 2014 Independent Publisher’s Gold Medal for Short Story Fiction and has been optioned as a feature film by writer/director Hannah Beth King. Her debut novel is titled Juventud.

Orlando Ferrand was born in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, and moved to New York City in his late teens. His memoir Apologia: Cuban Childhood in My Backpack, received …

Barrie Jean Borich

BEST_BJB-ties-wide-copy-300x451Barrie Jean Borich is the author of Body Geographic (University of Nebraska Press/American Lives Series), winner of a Lambda Literary Award in Memoir and an IPPY (Independent Publisher Book Award) Gold Medal in Essay/Creative Nonfiction. Her previous book, My Lesbian Husband (Graywolf), won the ALA Stonewall Book Award. Her work has been cited in Best American Essays and Best American Non-Required Reading and she’s currently working on a book-length essay about repurposed industrial landscapes, urban joy, and riding her bicycle on the mean streets of Chicago. Borich was the first creative nonfiction editor of Hamline University’s Water~Stone Review and is currently a member of …

Garnett Kilberg Cohen

G Cohen photoGarnett Kilberg Cohen has published three collections of short stories, Lost Women, Banished Souls (U of Missouri Press), How We Move the Air (Mayapple Press), and, most recently, Swarm to Glory, published by Wiseblood Books in September 2014. Some of her awards include a Notable Essay Citation from Best American Essays (2011), the Crazyhorse National Fiction Prize (2004); and four awards from the Illinois Council of the Arts, including a 2001 IAC Individual Artist’s Fellowship for prose. Her essays, poems and short stories have appeared in many publications, including American Fiction, Ontario Review, TriQuarterly, The Antioch review, Brevity, …

Lynn Sloan

Lynn-Sloan-color-headshot-500x518Lynn Sloan is the author of Principles of Navigation (Fomite, 2015), a novel set mostly in small town Indiana, when a young couple, he’s a sculptor, she’s a small town journalist, decide to have a baby. This simple decision cracks open their marriage, and when they receive disastrous news, launches them on separate and complicated journeys. Lynn’s short stories have appeared in American Literary Review, The Literary Review, Nimrod, Puerto del Sol, Sou’wester, among other journals, and they have been nominated for the Pushcart Award, and finalists for the Dana Award, the Katherine Anne Porter prize, …

Bayo Ojikutu

Bayo_Ojikutu_pic_courtesy_Jacob_KnabbBayo Ojikutu‘s critically-acclaimed first novel, 47th Street Black (2003), received both the Washington Prize for Fiction and the Great American Book Award. His second novel, Free Burning (RH/Crown – 2006), has been called “Gritty lyrical [and]intense,” by Kirkus Book Review, “the most foreboding love letter the city [Chicago] has ever received” (Tim Lowery- Timeout Chicago), and “a searing portrayal of one of the shameful realities within an oft unjust society” (Denolyn Carrol – Black Issues Book Review). Ojikutu’s fiction has appeared in the various anthologies, magazines and collections.  His work has …

Chicago | September 27, 2015

Please join us September 27 at 7:00 p.m. Riverview Tavern, 1958 W. Roscoe St. (corner of Roscoe & Damen). Please note the new venue! We’re featuring four outstanding authors this month: Bayo Ojikutu, Lynn Sloan, Garnett Kilberg Cohen and Barrie Jean Borich. We’ll see you there!

Bayo Ojikutu‘s critically-acclaimed first novel, 47th Street Black (2003), received both the Washington Prize for Fiction and the Great American Book Award. His second novel, Free Burning (RH/Crown – 2006), has been called “Gritty lyrical [and]intense,” by Kirkus Book Review, “the most foreboding love letter the city [Chicago] has ever received” (Tim Lowery- Timeout Chicago), and “a searing portrayal of one of the shameful realities within an oft unjust society” (Denolyn Carrol – Black …