{SALON READS}

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Chicago/January 29,2017

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.[5].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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NYC | December 11, 2016

2016 has been a year of hard losses, but at the December 11th Sunday Salon, we celebrate the abundance of literary love and welcome four incredibly talented and inspiring writers to the stage. Let’s raise a glass to their beautiful new books and toast to literary fortitude and resilience in the new year! At Jimmys no. 43. 7pm.

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Tara Laskowski‘s short-story collection, Bystanders, was hailed by Jennifer Egan as “a bold, riveting mash-up of Hitchcockian suspense and campfire-tale chills.” She is also the author of Modern Manners For Your Inner Demons, tales of dark etiquette. Her fiction has been published in the Norton anthology Flash Fiction International, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Mid-American Review, and numerous other journals, magazines, and anthologies. Since 2010, she has been the editor of the online flash fiction journal SmokeLong Quarterly.jenmichalskibook

Jen Michalski is the author of the novels The Tide King (Black Lawrence Press) and The Summer She Was Under Water (Queens Ferry Press), of two collections of fiction, Close Encounters (So New) and From Here (Aqueous Books), and a collection of novellas, Could You Be With Her Now (Dzanc Books). She also edited the anthology, City Sages: Baltimore, in 2010. She is the founding editor of the literary quarterly jmww, hosts the monthly reading series Starts Here! in Baltimore, and interviews writers at The Nervous Breakdown.okeyndibebook

Okey Ndibe is the author of two critically acclaimed novels: Arrows of Rain and Foreign Gods, Inc. He first came to the US to act as founding editor of African Commentary, a magazine published by Chinua Achebe. He has taught at Brown University, Connecticut College, Simon’s Rock College, Trinity College, and the University of Lagos (as a Fulbright scholar). His award-winning journalism has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, and the Hartford Courant, where he served on the editorial board. He earned his MFA and PhD from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. His second novel, Foreign Gods, Inc., was selected by New York Times critic Jsharmaproblemsanet Maslin as one of her 10 favorite books of 2014. Mr. Ndibe lives in West Hartford, CT, with his wife, Sheri, and their three children.

Jade Sharma is a writer living in New York. She has an MFA from The New School.

 

 


Chicago / November 20 / 2016

Sunday Salon Chicago is ending another great year of readings with four of our favorite writers: Mary Hawley, Maggie Kast, Mike Puican and Christine Sneed. Join us at 7 pm at the Riverview Tavern, 1958 W Roscoe Ave. /

Mary Hawley is a poet, novelist, and occasional translator. Her poetry collection Double Tongues was published by Tia Chucha Press. Her poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies including Notre Dame Review, qarrtsiluni, Mudlark, and The Bloomsbury Review, and she was the co-translator of the bilingual poetry anthology Astillas de luz/Shards of Light (Tia Chucha Press). She is currently seeking an agent for her first novel, The Sparkle Experiment.

Maggie Kast’s first novel, A Free, Unsullied Land, was published by Fomite Press November 1 2015. An excerpted story, “The Hate that Chills,” won 3rd prize in the Hackney Literary Contests and was published in the Birmingham Arts Journal. She is the author of The Crack between the Worlds: a dancer’s memoir of loss, faith and family, published by Wipf and Stock. She received an M.F.A. in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and has published fiction in The Sun, Nimrod, Carve, Paper Street, Rosebud and others. Two stories have received Pushcart nominations. A chapter of her memoir, published in ACM/Another Chicago Magazine, won a Literary Award from the Illinois Arts Council. Her essays have appeared in America, Image, Writer’s Chronicle, Fiction Writers Review and elsewhere.

Mike Puican has had poems in Poetry, Michigan Quarterly Review, Bloomsbury Review, and New England Review, among others. His essays and reviews have appeared in TriQuarterly, Kenyon Review, Brevity, and MAKE Magazine. He won the 2004 Tia Chucha Press Chapbook Contest for his chapbook, 30 Seconds. Mike was a member of the 1996 Chicago Slam Team and for the past ten years has been president of the board of the Guild Literary Complex in Chicago.

Christine Sneed is the author of the novels Paris, He Said and Little Known Facts, and the story collections Portraits of a Few of the People I’ve Made Cry and The Virginity of Famous Men, which was published in September 2016.
Her stories or essays have been included in The Best American Short Stories, O. Henry Prize Stories, New Stories from the Midwest, New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Ploughshares, New England Review, and a number of other periodicals.
Christine is the faculty director of Northwestern University’s MA/MFA program in creative writing; she is also on the fiction faculty of the Regis University low-residency MFA program.