Archives: September 2013

This is the archive page for [September 2013]; 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.

Say hello to CCLaP's newest staff members! | September 30, 2013
CCLaP is pleased to announce new new additions to our staff today: Book reviewer and cultural essayist Madeleine Maccar, joining us from New Jersey; and fellow Chicagoan Rex Brink, who is taking over our weekly PDF photographer features. Click through for more on them both, plus the latest info on Karl Wolff's new essay collection "On Being Human!" | Read entire entry

CCLaP Photographer Feature: S. Nicole Lane, "You Were Asleep By The Time I Found You" | September 27, 2013
This week's photographer feature at CCLaP highlights the work of Chicago artist S. Nicole Lane, and her experimental themed project "You Were Asleep By The Time I Found You." | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Sweet Thunder," by Ivan Doig | September 27, 2013
This week Karl Wolff reviews "Sweet Thunder," by Ivan Doig, about a newspaperman doing battle with a colossal mining company in Butte, Montana. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 106: Author Chris L. Terry | September 26, 2013
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: It's a half-hour talk with Chicago author Chris L. Terry, all about his new book with our friends at Curbside Splendor, the '90s coming-of-age tale "Zero Fade." | Read entire entry

My Kind of Town: "The Lazarus Project" by Aleksandar Hemon | September 24, 2013
(Once a month throughout 2013 and '14, CCLaP critic Travis Fortney is reading a series of classic and contemporary books set in Chicago, not only to understand his new adopted hometown better, but to learn more about the origins... | Read entire entry

CCLaP Photographer Feature: Nico Turner, "On the Road with Cat Power" | September 20, 2013
It's the triumphant return of CCLaP's Friday photographer features! Today's feature highlights the work of Los Angeles musician Nico Turner, who is putting together a book of road photos she's taken over the years while in tour with band Cat Power. Click through for both the free PDF download and the HTML5 online "flippable" version! | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The Early Parking Garages of San Francisco: An Architectural and Cultural Study, 1906 - 1929," by Mark D. Kessler | September 20, 2013
This week Karl Wolff reviews, "The Early Parking Garages of San Francisco," by Mark D. Kessler, an obscure topic that may reward a specialized type of reader. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 105: Author Mark R. Brand | September 17, 2013
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: It's a 45-minute talk with Chicago author Mark R. Brand, all about his new book with the center, the speculative story collection Long Live Us. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Canada" by Richard Ford | September 17, 2013
Today at the blog, CCLaP reviewer Travis Fortney reviews Richard Ford's latest, "Canada." "Ford's work acts as a powerful argument that there are more important things than being a 'good person' in the mold of this current generation of novelists who are inoffensive and blandly energetic, and at least as focused on propping each other up on social media as they are on sentence construction." | Read entire entry

Book Review: "In Thunder Forged: Iron Kingdom Chronicles (The Fall of Llael: Book One)," by Ari Marmell | September 13, 2013
This week Karl Wolff reviews "In Thunder Forged: Iron Kingdom Chronicles (The Fall of Llael: Book One)," by Ari Marmell, an RPG tie-in novel that has a convoluted plot involving espionage, set-piece battle scenes, steam-powered mecha, and gunmages. | Read entire entry

We're hiring a new book reviewer! | September 12, 2013
CCLaP is saying a sad goodbye this week to book reviewer Yair Ben-Zvi; but that means we're hiring another new book reviewer again as well! Click through for all the details, and information on how to apply. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 104: The CCLaP Sessions: Maureen Foley | September 11, 2013
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: It's a special 20-minute live recording from last week's inaugural edition of the center's new monthly reading series, "The CCLaP Sessions." September's edition of the Sessions featured Maureen Foley from southern California, in this case completing the third night of her recent three-day Chicago mini-tour. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 103: Live from the "MMM!" Showcase at Quimby's | September 10, 2013
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: It's a special 40-minute live recording from last week's "MMM!" showcase at Quimby's Bookstore in Wicker Park, featuring three center authors whose names all begin with M -- Mark R. Brand, Mason Johnson, and headliner Maureen Foley from southern California. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Recalled to Life" by Dan Burns | September 9, 2013
(CCLaP is dedicated to reviewing as many contemporary books as possible, including self-published volumes; click here to learn how to submit your own book for possible review, although be warned that it needs to have been published within the last... | Read entire entry

Say hello to CCLaP's newest book, Mark R. Brand's "Long Live Us!" | September 9, 2013
Another month, another new release from CCLaP! Today we're proud to announce the release of the speculative story collection "Long Live Us," by Chicago writer Mark R. Brand, author of the previous CCLaP hit "Life After Sleep" from 2011. Click through for lots more details, and to download a copy for free right this minute! | Read entire entry

Your last chance to RSVP for "The CCLaP Sessions" tonight! | September 6, 2013
Only ten seats left for tonight's inaugural edition of "The CCLaP Sessions" monthly reading series, this time featuring California author Maureen Foley! RSVP right away, or click through for more details and to see photos from the first two nights of Mo's recent Chicago mini-tour. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Trade: a Novelette," by Lochlan Bloom | September 6, 2013
This week Karl Wolff reviews "Trade: a Novelette," by Lochlan Bloom, about a depressed office worker who decides to start a social media platform based on sex. | Read entire entry

Maureen Foley's Chicago mini-tour starts today! | September 4, 2013
CCLaP author Maureen Foley's mini-tour of Chicago starts today! Join us tonight (Wednesday) at "Reading Under the Influence" at Sheffield's, tomorrow for a CCLaP showcase at Quimby's (along with Mason Johnson and Mark R. Brand), and Friday night for the inaugural edition of our new "CCLaP Sessions" monthly reading series. Click through for the details on all! | Read entire entry