Chicago/November 19, 2017 : Sunday Salon

Chicago/November 19, 2017

We’re bringing you one last blast of prose before true winter sets in! Please join us at 7pm at Riverview Tavern, 1958 W Roscoe in Chicago’s Roscoe Village. Here’s our fantastic lineup: GERALD BRENNAN, CRIS MAZZA, ALAN CROSS, CORNELIA SPELMAN. Come early if you want to grab dinner and a good seat.

Gerald Brennan graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, and earned a Master’s from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. He’s the founder of Tortoise Books, as well as the author of Resistance, Zero Phase, Public Loneliness, and Island of Clouds. He’s been profiled in Newcity and featured in Hypertext Magazine, and his writing has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, The Good Men Project, and Innerview Magazine. A self-described corporate brat, he grew up all over the eastern half of the continent but calls Chicago home.

Cris Mazza is the author of seventeen books, including Charlatan: New and Selected Stories (Curbside Splendor, October 10, 2017). Her last title, Something Wrong With Her, was a real-time memoir chronicling the 25-year journey to reunite with a boy from her past. She was also co-producer, writer, and lead actress for a feature film, Anorgasmia, a fictional sequel to that memoir, a groundbreaking blend of memoir, documentary and fiction. Mazza has sixteen other titles including her first novel, How to Leave a Country, which won the PEN/Nelson Algren Award for book-length fiction, and the critically acclaimed Is It Sexual Harassment Yet? She is a professor in the Program for Writers at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Naeem Murrʼs first novel, The Boy, was a New York Times Notable Book. Another novel, The Genius of the Sea, was published in 2003.  His latest, The Perfect Man, was awarded The Commonwealth Writersʼ Prize for the Best Book of Europe and South Asia, and was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize.  His work has been translated into eight languages.  He has received many awards for his writing, most recently a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Pen Beyond Margins Award.  He has been a writer-in-residence at the University of Missouri, Western Michigan, and Northwestern University, among others.  Born and brought up in London, he has lived in America since his early twenties, and currently resides in Chicago.

Cornelia Spelman won a fellowship in non-fiction at Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference; was a radio program host in Vermont and a writer/performer with a political comedy program on Vermont Public Radio.  A clinical social worker, her picture books for children, including “The Way I Feel” series about managing emotion, have been translated into nine languages.  She’s author of a memoir, Missing, about the emotional legacies in her family, which was described by writer Alex Kotlowitz as “memoir writing at its absolute finest.” Cornelia has kept a diary for 36 years, and her several hundred volumes are being archived at the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America at Harvard.  She has a podcast, “Diaries, Letters, Stories,” at


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