We’re starting the new year off with a lineup of fantastic writers: James Tadd Adcox, Abby Geni, Aleksander Hemon, and Renee Rosen. Join us at Riverview Tavern, always a great place to eat, share stories, drink whatever you like and listen to excellent prose and poetry.
James Tadd Adcox is the author, most recently, of a novel, Does Not Love, and a novella, Repetition. His work has appeared in TriQuarterly, The Collagist, and Granta, among other places. He lives in Urbana.
Abby Geni is the author of The Lightkeepers, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Spring 2016 selection, and The Last Animal (2013), a finalist for the Orion Book Award and a winner of the Friends of American Writers Literary Award. Her stories have won first place in the Glimmer Train Fiction Open and the Chautauqua Contest and have appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies. Geni is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a recipient of the Iowa Fellowship. Her website is www.abbygeni.com.
Aleksandar Hemon is a Bosnian-born American fiction writer, essayist, and critic. Among his best known novels are Nowhere Man (2002) and The Lazarus Project (2008). In 2011, Hemon was awarded PEN/W.G. Sebald Award chosen by the judges Jill Ciment, Salvatore Scibona, and Gary Shteyngart. Hemon’s first nonfiction book The Book of My Lives was released in 2013, and Hemon’s novel The Making Of Zombie Wars was released in 2015..He frequently publishes in The New Yorker, and has also written for Esquire, The Paris Review, the Op-Ed page of the New York Times, and the Sarajevo magazine BH Dani. He is the winner of a MacArthur Foundation grant.
Renée Rosen is the bestselling author of WHAT THE LADY WANTS: A Novel of Marshall Field and the Gilded Age and DOLLFACE: A Novel of the Roaring Twenties and WHITE COLLAR GIRL, set in the 1950s against the backdrop of the Chicago Tribune and the Daley Machine. She is also the author of the young adult novel, EVERY CROOKED POT. Her latest novel WINDY CITY BLUES, tells the story of Chess Records, the birth of Chicago Blues and the Civil Rights Movement. It will be published on February 28 by Penguin Random House/Berkley. She lives in Chicago and is currently at work on a new novel about Helen Gurely Brown.
Renée has contributed to many magazines and newspapers, including Chicago Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, Complete Woman, DAME and Publisher’s Weekly.
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