Archives: May 2012

This is the archive page for [May 2012]; below you should see headlines and summaries of all entries posted here that month. Click the appropriate link at each to read the entire entry.

It's day eight of Katherine Scott Nelson's virtual author tour! | May 30, 2012
It's day eight (and the final day) of Katherine Scott Nelson's virtual book tour for hir CCLaP novella "Have You Seen Me!" Today Katherine is over at our good friend Lori Hettler's The Next Best Book Blog, where ze is participating in a regular feature there called "Where Writers Write," essays about the locations where authors prefer doing their work. | Read entire entry

It's day seven of Katherine Scott Nelson's virtual author tour! | May 29, 2012
It's day seven of Katherine Scott Nelson's virtual book tour for hir CCLaP novella "Have You Seen Me!" Today Katherine is hanging out with our buddies at Curbside Splendor, another small press here in Chicago, for whom ze recently did a 15-minute MP3 reading of the first two scenes from the book. Click through for the link! | Read entire entry

Your micro-review roundup: 29 May 2012 | May 29, 2012
Today, short reviews of three recently read books: The delightful character drama "Affection Aires" by Jeffra Hays; the so-so future-war thriller "Exogene" by T.C. McCarthy; and the really astounding "Gods of Gotham" by Lyndsay Faye, the first in a new series of detective stories all set during the 1840s beginnings of New York's first police department. | Read entire entry

It's day six of Katherine Scott Nelson's virtual author tour! | May 28, 2012
It's day six of Katherine Scott Nelson's virtual book tour for hir CCLaP novella "Have You Seen Me!" Today Katherine pays a visit to the revered Another Chicago Magazine, where instead of an interview ze has posted an excerpt from the book itself. Click through for the link! | Read entire entry

Books! Parties! Struggling Kickstarter campaigns! Only four days until CCLaP's in New York City! | May 28, 2012
Holy crap! Only four days until CCLaP's big trip to New York City! Today, some photos of all the handmade books that have been made for the tour, shots from the bon voyage party we threw this weekend at Lauryn Allison Lewis's place in Evanston, and the latest from our sadly struggling Kickstarter campaign, and what you can do to help. Click through for it all! | Read entire entry

It's day five (and, uh, four) of Katherine Scott Nelson's virtual author tour! | May 25, 2012
It's day five of Katherine Scott Nelson's virtual book tour for hir CCLaP novella "Have You Seen Me!" Today Katherine is visiting our old pal Jason Behrends at the Orange Alert Podcast. And since we missed yesterday, you can visit today's post as well for day four's stop at the podcast of yet another good friend, Ben Tanzer, as well as photos from Katherine's physical tour stop last night at the Lambda Finalist reading at Chicago's Center On Halsted. Click through for all the images and links! | Read entire entry

Photography mini-feature: Sara Rojo | May 25, 2012
Today's photography mini-feature: Spanish artist and graphic designer Sara Rojo. | Read entire entry

It's day three of Katherine Scott Nelson's virtual author tour! | May 23, 2012
It's day three of Katherine Scott Nelson's virtual book tour for hir CCLaP novella "Have You Seen Me!" And today Katherine is at the blog of our old pal and fellow Chicago writer Jason Fisk, himself the author of last year's CCLaP book "Salt Creek Anthology." Click through for the link! | Read entire entry

Photography mini-feature: Katia Celestini | May 23, 2012
Today's photography profile: Italian artist Katia Celestini. | Read entire entry

Holy interrobang! CCLaP's holding a summer writing camp! | May 22, 2012
Well, whaddya know? CCLaP is doing its very first summer writing camp! It's every Tuesday through Friday this August, consists of eight interrelated courses on the storytelling process, was developed and is being taught by local academes, can be taken individually by existing writers to brush up on specific skills, but was designed primarily as a full program for teens looking to add an impressive asset to college applications. Click through for all the details! | Read entire entry

It's day two of Katherine Scott Nelson's virtual author tour! | May 22, 2012
It's day two of Katherine Scott Nelson's virtual book tour for hir CCLaP novella "Have You Seen Me!" And today Katherine is at the blog of LGBT performer Sassafras Lowrey, where the two talk in detail about Katherine's writing process, hir thoughts on both YA and "coming out" literature, and a lot more. Click through for the link! | Read entire entry

It's day one of Katherine Scott Nelson's virtual book tour! | May 21, 2012
All right! It's day one of Katherine Scott Nelson's virtual author tour for hir CCLaP novella "Have You Seen Me," double-nominated for this year's Lambda Awards for LGBT literature (and with the awards ceremony just two weeks from today). Click through for the entire tour plans, and a link to today's stop, over at the blog of trans performer Rebecca Kling. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The Duke Don't Dance," by Richard Sharp | May 18, 2012
This week, Karl Wolff reviews Richard Sharp's novel "The Duke Don't Dance," tracing several friends across decades and continents from the jungles of Southeast Asia to a DC lobbying firm and beyond. The novel combines nuanced literary observations with cutting satire. | Read entire entry

CCLaP in NYC: We have a Friday lit partner! Now give us money! | May 15, 2012
Yeehaw! Only 16 days until CCLaP's big road trip to New York City! And I'm happy to say that we now have a local literary partner for our Friday show at Book Thug Nation, local litmag Moonshot. Click through for all the details. Oh, and did I mention that we're running our very first Kickstarter campaign right now too? How about donating a few bucks to pay for the $2,500 in plane tickets we all ended up buying? | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Breaking Bad, Season 1 | May 15, 2012
Today's DVD: Season 1 of the fascinating-like-a-trainwreck "Breaking Bad," commonly thought of as a blackly comic thriller but in actuality one of the most complex and brilliant neo-noirs ever made. Believe the hype! | Read entire entry

Your micro-review roundup: 11 May 2012 | May 11, 2012
Today, short reviews of three recently read books: The so-so experimental novella "Keyi its ?? ?? 4 Sucsexy" by Charles Jeffrey Danoff; Philip Roth's 1985 novella "The Prague Orgy," volume five of his nine-title "Nathan Zuckerman" series; and George R.R. Martin's "A Storm of Swords," a.k.a. volume three of the "Game of Thrones" novels, still continuing to be just as great as the original book in question. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: The Descendants | May 10, 2012
Today's movie: Alexander Payne's latest, the charmingly low-key George Clooney character dramedy "The Descendants," a major piece of Oscar bait last awards season and perfect for existing fans of Mike Leigh and NPR. | Read entire entry

CCLaP's first-ever Kickstarter campaign is underway! | May 7, 2012
Have you heard? Six of CCLaP's authors are going on a four-day mini-tour of New York City at the end of this month! And that unfortunately meant that they were all forced to buy airplane tickets on their own dimes ahead of time; so in the hopes of subsidizing the money they've spent, we're running our first-ever Kickstarter campaign, specifically to pre-sell a new anthology featuring never-before-published work from all the authors in question. Click through for a lot more! | Read entire entry

Personal essay: "Why I Signed 'solo/down' -- an Apologia." | May 4, 2012
Today, a special "apologia" (or deliberately all-positive critical essay), all about why I commissioned Chicago author Lauryn Allison Lewis a year ago to write the apocalyptic fairytale that would eventually become the center's newest book, "solo/down," and by extension what it is about her dense, beautiful writing that I love so much. | Read entire entry

On Being Human: The Culture novels by Iain Banks | May 4, 2012
Today in Karl Wolff's CCLaP essay series "On Being Human," it's 'The Culture' novels by Iain Banks, in which humans, aliens, and machines all live in a post-scarcity utopia. Banks's novels follow eccentrics and troublemakers in a society where humans can switch gender, become aliens, and even become machines. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "A X E," by Paul Hooper | May 4, 2012
Today's photo: "A X E," by Flickr member Paul Hooper. | Read entire entry

Your micro-review roundup: 3 May 2012 | May 3, 2012
Today, small reviews of three recently read books: the fascinating new anthology of obscure Victorian detective stories, "The Dead Witness;" the rollickingly good Michael-Crichton-like look at a person actually turned into a giant; and Sam Benjamin's "American Gangbang: A Love Story," a funny yet riveting look at a former alt-porn producer who slowly morphed into a mainstream pornographer, and by extension a sort of indictment of the entire alt-porn community of the early 2000s in general. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Pierce Point Ranch," by David Dasinger | May 3, 2012
Today's photo: "Pierce Point Ranch," by California photographer David Dasinger. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) | May 2, 2012
Today's movie: The 2011 Oscarbait adaptation of the spy thriller "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," my very first introduction to the work of John le Carre in any form. Spoiler -- it's pretty great! | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Golden Gate Lights," by "camaelon" | May 2, 2012
Today's photo: "Golden Gate Lights," by San Francisco Flickr member "camaelon." | Read entire entry

Start spreading the news! CCLaP is going to New York City! | May 1, 2012
A group of us have been secretly working on this for six months, so I'm happy to finally announce publicly today that a half-dozen of CCLaP's authors and myself will be doing a four-day, four-show mini-tour of New York City at the end of this month, including Kevin Haworth, David David Katzman, Traci Kim, Oriana Leckert, Lauryn Allison Lewis, Katherine Scott Nelson, John Reed, Ben Tanzer and Sally Weigel. Click through for lots, lots, LOTS more! | Read entire entry