The CCLaP Sessions is designed to be a special and intimate event, just one author reading an entire 30 minutes from their book for an audience of only 20 people. Held at the center's new "Studio 505" performance space, aka Jason Pettus's new apartment in the Uptown neighborhood, it features free food, free liquor, and free admission. This month's Session, on Friday November 1st, features local author Mark R. Brand, reading from his speculative story collection "Long Live Us." Doors open at 7pm, performance starts promptly at 7:30. MAKE SURE TO ACTUALLY RSVP, by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org, to get the actual address; since this doubles as a personal apartment, its true address is never published online, just an approximation.
CCLaP is proud to present St. Louis musician and writer Ken Kase on Friday, November 15th, performing a brand-new solo show as a special one-time event at Studio 505. Entitled "Words with Songs," this is a new program that Kase has developed just for this show, a mix of his popular pop music with work from his recent book Seven Sonnets, exploring the ways that each informed the other. Free admission, free food, and free liquor, but ONLY 20 SEATS EXIST for this exclusive, intimate event, so make sure to RSVP to email@example.com and not merely say yes to the Facebook invite. Doors open at 7pm and the performance starts promptly at 7:30. (This performance is also being recorded, in the possibility of releasing it as a live album at iTunes in 2014.)
Issue #2 of our new monthly magazine is now available, in both electronic and print form. Click here for more details
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CCLaP's first paper books are now available. Click here for more
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CCLaP's newest book, the young-adult character drama four sparks fall by T.A. Noonan, is now available. Click here for a lot more about it, and to start the purchasing/downloading process.
And don't forget the essay collection On Being Human by Karl Wolff, which also came out in October. Click here for its online headquarters.
CCLaP is now selling whimsically decorated blank journals, made out of the same material as is used for our original books. Visit our Etsy store
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Stickers! Get yer sexy new hipster CCLaP stickers!
Full-sized posters and refrigerator magnets are available of the covers of all our 2012 books. See the bottom of each book's order page for more.
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April 15, 2007
Personal essays: Master list
Every day, I like to post at least a thousand words of original content to the CCLaP website; on the days I don't have a review of a book or movie ready, I thought I would try other material, such as this series of personal essays, looking at a topic in the arts from my life that I think you might find relevant or entertaining too.
Essays now posted, in the order they were published:
Why 'Harmontown' is the Best Podcast in the US You're Not Listening To.
The Year in Books 2012
Lucasfilm, the artistic endgame, and the death of the Gen-X man-child.
Why I Signed 'solo/down' -- an Apologia.
Why I Signed 'Get Up Tim' -- an Apologia.
Here's what no one seems to get about 'Fringe.'
The Year In Books 2011
Is Hipstamatic changing the very way we think about the arts?
The Making of a CCLaP Book: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4
CCLaP's wikicloud guide: a mid-project report.
The Year In Books, 2010
CCLaP's "wikicloud" project is back on.
The CCLaP 100: A mid-project report
How do I create CCLaP's ebooks?
Why I Signed "99 Problems" -- An Apologia
Is "Inception" actually a film about filmmaking?
Product review: BookSwim.com
The Year in Books, 2009
Genteel literature and the tricky nature of artistic movements.
Guess what? I'm writing a new novel.
Why I signed "Too Young to Fall Asleep:" An Apologia.
Where do litbloggers find their books?
The CCLaP music library reaches 500 songs.
First thoughts on CCLaP's coming "wikicloud" experiment.
Reining It In: Summaries and synopses.
Announcing CCLaP's new microblog -- the "CCLAPocracy."
The Year in Books, 2008
The Great iPod Indie Rock Challenge of 2008: A wrap-up.
Grinding the Gears: The mechanics of language.
How to critique: A not-at-all definitive guide.
Show Not Tell -- a horror story.
Why I signed Repetition Patterns: an Apologia.
The fine art of the book pitch.
Gadzooks! I added 600 new book ratings at Goodreads this weekend!
The Great iPod Indie-Rock Challenge of 2008 -- a mid-year report.
Here's why I'm dropping the "Too Awful To Finish" series.
Creativity is the new leisure.
Regarding the glorious trainwreck which is "Southland Tales."
The Great iPod Indie-Rock Challenge of 2008.
Regarding the "magic middle" of the independent arts.
Like a planet full of people getting back from the drugstore.
The Year in Books, 2007
The Ridiculously Long Guide to CCLaP's 10-Point Scoring System
I for one welcome the upcoming meltdown of the television industry.
Announcing the CCLaP 100
Announcing the CCLaP winter project -- Gilbert & Sullivan
Some early thoughts regarding the CCLaPocracy
Nathaniel Hawthorne, DailyLit, and the Penny Dreadful 2.0.
Where to start when you know no one and nothing.
Oh Lord, CCLaP enters Second Life
The CCLaP Manifesto
The good, the bad, and the ugly of self-publishing.
Ah, if we could all grow up with the kind of library I did.