Hey Chicagoans! If you're not doing anything on Sunday, you should come by the Empty Bottle (1035 N. Western Ave, just due west of Wicker Park), between 2 and 7 pm, for what's being billed as a "Pop-Up Book Fair." Sponsored by the Chicago Book Expo*, The Chicagoan magazine and our friends at Curbside Splendor, it's essentially a holiday showcase for over 25 local small presses, and a great way to pick up a cool and unique holiday gift for your favorite hipster friend. CCLaP will be selling all 13 of its books there on Sunday, plus giving away free samplers and Christmas-themed magnet bookmarks made by my mother (!); and authors Ben Tanzer and David David Katzman will be putting in some signing hours in the afternoon, so I hope you'll have a chance to stop by and say hi. Remember, the event is free if you RSVP in advance at this web page, otherwise costs $5. Oh yeah, and some indie rock bands will be playing throughout the afternoon as well, including one featuring our own Jacob Singer! I hope to see you there on Sunday, and don't be shy about saying hello!
*And on a related note of disclosure, I'm happy to announce that I'm now a member of the advisory board of the Chicago Book Expo; originally an offshoot project of a larger organization called the Chicago Writers House, it has grown so popular that the group has decided to spin it off into its own nonprofit organization. I will be helping and providing advice during this process, and am proud to be doing so -- I'm impressed with what the Expo has already managed to accomplish in just the last year and a half, and am excited about them becoming their own self-sustaining organization.