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Chicago | November 23, 2014

Please join us November 23 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: Suzanne Clores, James Finn Garner, Sharon Solwitz, and Emily Gray Tedrowe. We’ll see you there!


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Chicago | 2014 Featured Authors

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Sharon Solwitz

2014 07 17 19.50.22 300x224 Sharon SolwitzSharon Solwitz has published stories in such magazines as Tri-Quarterly, Ploughshares and Mademoiselle. Their awards include the Pushcart, the Nelson Algren and the Katherine Ann Porter prize along with grants and fellowships from the Illinois and Kansas Arts Councils. Her story collection Blood and Milk (Sarabande) received the Carl Sandburg award and the Midland Authors prize, and was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award. Author Bob Shacochis says, “Whatever Sharon Solwitz writes, I hunger to read, marveling at the bold honesty of her voice, wordplay like swordplay, and the startling implosive force of her narratives.” She has published a novel Bloody Mary (Sarabande) and teaches fiction writing at Purdue University. Her story “Alive” appeared in Best American Short Stories 2012. An essay on Alice Munro is forthcoming in the AWP Chronicle.

Suzanne Clores

unnamed 300x200  Suzanne CloresSuzanne Clores is a memoirist and fiction writer. She is the author of Memoirs of a Spiritual Outsider (Conari 2000, Kindle 2011) and the founder of The Extraordinary Project, an online collection of our most unusual human experiences. Her work has aired on Chicago Public Radio and is forthcoming the Los Angeles Public Radio program Strangers. She has written for SalonThe Huffington PostThe Nervous Breakdown, SMITH, and numerous trade publications. She lives with her family in Evanston.

James Finn Garner

31413 D26 300x199 James Finn GarnerJames Finn Garner is best known for his satire, Politically Correct Bedtime Stories, which is an international best-seller translated into more than 25 languages.  A former columnist at Chicago Magazine, his commentaries and stories have been heard on National Public Radio and the British Broadcasting Corporation.   His latest work is the seminal (and probably only) clown noir mystery series, starring Rex Koko, Private Clown.  The series so far consists of the titles Honk Honk, My Darling; Double Indignity; and The Wet Nose of Danger.

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Natalia Nebel is a writer, translator, former managing editor of the literary journal Chicago Quarterly Review, and a board member of ShawChicago Theater Company. Having read her work at the New York City Sunday Salon several years ago, she's thrilled to be involved in reintroducing Sunday Salon to Chicago.

Alexandra Sheckler is an editor of instructional materials at Chicago Public Schools and a freelance writer/editor after hours. A literary enthusiast, Alexandra is delighted to be involved with Sunday Salon Chicago, where she can share her passion for the written word and rub elbows with writers and literati alike. When she isn't finding grammatical errors in menus and text messages, she enjoys traveling, practicing yoga, and cooking.

Christine Sneed's story collection, Portraits of a Few of the People I've Made Cry, won AWP's 2009 Grace Paley Prize and was nominated for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, first-fiction category. It also won the Chicago Writers Association Book of the Year award and Ploughshares' John C. Zacharis Award. Her second book, the novel Little Known Facts, is just out from Bloomsbury. Her stories have appeared in Best American Short Stories, PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, Ploughshares, New England Review, Glimmer Train, Southern Review and a number of other journals. She lives in Evanston, IL and teaches for Northwestern University's and Pacific University's writing programs.