Chicago | June 29, 2014

We’ve been looking forward to our June reading for obvious reasons; Arnie Bernstein, Tessa Mellas, Kate Milliken, and Ben Tanzer. Please join us! Sunday, June 29 at 7pm. Black Rock Pub & Kitchen (3614 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60612). Free!


June 29 Readers 

Arnie Bernstein is a nonfiction writer based in Chicago. His latest work Swastika Nation: Fritz Kuhn and the Rise and Fall of the German American Bund, explores an American pro-Nazi movement of the 1930s, and the disparate confederacy that brought them down. His award-winning 2009 book Bath Massacre: America’s First School Bombing retells the forgotten story of a madman who dynamited a rural Michigan school on May 18, 1927, killing 38 children and six adults. Arnie has also written three books on Chicago history. He’s been honored for his work by the Illinois State Library, the State Library of Michigan, and Warner Brothers Studios. Visit him in cyberspace at

Tessa Mellas won the 2013 Iowa Short Fiction Award for her collection Lungs Full of Noise, which was published by the University of Iowa Press. She is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Maine at Machias.

Kate Milliken’s debut collection of stories, If I’d Known You Were Coming, won the 2013 John Simmons Award for Short Fiction, judged by Julie Orringer. The recipient of fellowships from Yaddo, Vermont Studio Center, and the Tin House Writer’s Workshop, Kate holds her MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars and has previously written for television and commercial advertising. Originally from Evanston, Illinois, she now lives in Northern California with her family.

Ben Tanzer is the author of the books My Father’s HouseYou Can Make Him Like YouSo Different NowOrphans, and Lost in Space, among others. He also oversees day to day operations of This Zine Will Change Your Life, directs Publicity and Content Strategy for Curbside Splendor, and can be found online at This Blog Will Change Your Life the center of his growing lifestyle empire.


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