My apologies for the blog once again being especially quiet recently, which always tends to happen when we're busy working on big new projects out here in the physical world; but I'm happy to say that the latest of these big projects, author Maureen Foley's mini-tour of Chicago, officially kicks off today! Mo's been spending the summer promoting her female relationship dramedy with the center, Women Float, all up and down the coast of southern California where she lives, but now it's finally time for her to come visit us here in the Windy City, for a total of three local appearances over the next three days.
Things kick off tonight (Wednesday, September 4th) at the long-running "Reading Under the Influence" show in the back room of Sheffield's, 3258 N. Sheffield in the Lakeview neighborhood. For those who have never been, RUI gathers up four performers each month who all read on the same theme (this month, for example, that theme being "Brass Tacks"); over the course of two rounds, authors perform both a piece of original work and a famous existing piece by someone else on the subject, then present five trivia questions on that work to the inebriated audience, the winner of which gets to take home a book from RUI's prize table (including a couple of copies of Women Float during this particular show). The show starts at 7:30 and the doors officially "open" at 7pm; but it's a small room and a big crowd, so I recommend actually showing up more like 6:30 if you want to get a seat, then having some food and drinks to wile the time before the show starts. There is a $3 cover to this particular event.
Then tomorrow night (Thursday, September 5th) will be CCLaP's "MMM!" showcase over at the legendary Quimby's Bookstore in Wicker Park (1854 W. North Avenue), named so because it will feature three center authors whose names all begin with M -- Maureen of course, local Mason Johnson of the hot new Sad Robot Stories, and fellow Chicagoan Mark R. Brand, whose newest book with the center, the speculative story collection Long Live Us, will be getting a sneak preview that night, before its release to the general public next Monday, September 9th. This event is free, and there will be free (cheap) beer available as well (or bring your own bottle if you want); performances start promptly at 7pm, and all three books will be for sale that night.
Then on Friday, September 6th, I'm proud to say that we'll be holding the inaugural edition of the center's brand-new and first-ever monthly reading series; known as "The CCLaP Sessions," it's being held in our brand-new "Studio 505" performance venue, otherwise known as my new apartment in the Uptown neighborhood (near the corner of Clarendon Avenue and Buena Avenue; partygoers are given the specific address upon RSVP). Each of the CCLaP Sessions will feature just one writer who's been published by the center in the past, reading for an entire half-hour from their book, with free food and drinks being served both before and after (although, again, you'll probably want to bring your own bottle as well, to help us make sure that everyone gets enough), and with a special outdoor rooftop reception after the reading is over. Because this is being held in my small apartment, THERE ARE ONLY 14 SEATS STILL AVAILABLE TO THIS EVENT, so interested attendees should drop me a line right away at cclapcenter [at] gmail.com to make their reservation. Doors open at 7pm, Mo's performance starts promptly at 7:30, and things will be over by 8pm at the latest.
I'm very excited about these events, as well as a lot more coming up in October (but more on those in a future post), so I hope all you Chicagoans will have a chance to come out to one or more of these! I look forward to seeing you there!