Despite the snowy winter storm we had last night, I managed to make it out to the Fixx reading series here in Chicago, held at Fixx coffeehouse in the Lakeview neighborhood (just one neighborhood south of mine), organized and hosted by Chicago author Amy GÃ¼th. (Does Amy's name sound familiar? That's because her novel Three Fallen Women was reviewed here at CCLaP last month.) This is a monthly show that Amy does, featuring intriguing nationally-published authors at each; this month's show featured an hour-long reading by New York's Scott Korb and Boston's Peter Bebergal, co-authors of the intriguing new book of essays The Faith Between Us, examining what it's like to be a hipster inner-city person of faith (Catholic for one, Jewish for the other) within an intellectual environment that regards anyone exhibiting strong faith with suspicion, especially in these Bushist Fundamentalist times in which we live. The essays they read were pretty fascinating, enough so that I'm thinking now of tracking down the book through the Chicago public library system and eventually reviewing it too here at CCLaP.
If you haven't heard, by the way, Amy recently announced the first details of a new Chicago literary festival she's been working on behind the scenes for awhile now; it's called the Pilcrow Lit Fest, will be national in scope but locally-focused as much as possible, and has such early confirmed performers signed up already as Jami Attenberg, Charles Blackstone, and CCLaP friend Nick Ostdick. (And for the sake of disclosure, I should mention that it's looking likely that I'll be moderating a daytime panel or workshop during the festival as well.) Anyway, it's coming up at the end of May; you can stop by the official website for more.