Chicago | November 22, 2015 : Sunday Salon

Chicago | November 22, 2015

Please join us November 22 at 7:00 p.m. at Riverview Tavern, 1958 W. Roscoe St. (corner of Roscoe & Damen). Please note the new venue! We’re featuring four outstanding authors this month: Rebecca Makkai, Clayton Smith, Kate Harding, and Anne Calcagno. We’ll see you there!

Rebecca Makkai is the Chicago-based author of the story collection Music for Wartime, as well as the novels The Hundred-Year House (a BookPage “Best Book” of 2014 and winner of the Chicago Writers Association Award) and The Borrower (a Booklist Top Ten Debut). Her short fiction was featured in The Best American Short Stories anthology in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011, and appears regularly in publications such as Harper’s, Tin House and Ploughshares, and on public radio’s This American Life and Selected Shorts. The recipient of a 2014 NEA Fellowship, Rebecca teaches at Northwestern University, Lake Forest College, and StoryStudio Chicago; this fall, she is visiting faculty at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her website is

Clayton Smith is a writer of speculative fiction living in Chicago, where he has become exceedingly good at cursing the winters. He writes novels, short stories, and plays, mostly, including Apocalypticon, Death and McCootie, and the upcoming Anomaly Flats. His work has been featured on the popular Internet site Amazon, and he has had plays produced rather mercilessly around the country.

Kate Harding is the author of Asking For It: The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture–and What We Can Do About It, which came out in August. Previously, she collaborated with Anna Holmes, Amanda Hess, and a cast of thousands on The Book of Jezebel, and with Marianne Kirby on Lessons from the Fat-o-Sphere. You might also remember her as the founding editor of Shapely Prose (2007-2010). Kate grew up in the northwest suburbs and was a proud Chicagoan until her husband dragged her to Minnesota earlier this year. She’s currently at work on a Ph.D. in fiction and a novel about 19th-century feminists.

Anne Calcagno’s first novel, Love Like a Dog, set in Chicago, won a 1st place award from the “New Generation Indie Awards,” the Bronze from the 15th Annual Independent Book Publisher Awards, and an Honorable Mention from the San Francisco Book Festival. She is at work on a second novel Struck By Dina about the Italian colonization of East Africa. For stories in her collection Pray For Yourself, she won the San Francisco Foundation Phelan Award, an NEA Fellowship, and two IAC Artists Fellowships.  Her fiction has appeared in Triquarterly, Epoch, Denver Quarterly, the North American Review & other publications. She is editor of Travelers Tales: Italy, which won Foreword’s Silver Medal for Best Travel Book of the Year.   Her travel features have been published in the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Washington Post and other publications.  She teaches at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


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