Archives: January 2014

This is the archive page for [January 2014]; 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.

Book Review: "The Beatles Are Here!", edited by Penelope Rowlands | January 31, 2014
This week Karl Wolff reviews "The Beatles Are Here!" by Penelope Rowlands, a look back at the Fab Four's impact on the lives of musicians, writers, and longtime fans. | Read entire entry

Come join us at the Book Cellar tonight! | January 31, 2014
CCLaP authors Ben Tanzer and Mark R. Brand are performing tonight at the Book Cellar in the Lincoln Square neighborhood (near Lawrence and Lincoln), along with fellow local authors Giano Cromley and Joseph Peterson! Click through for all the details, and we hope to see you Chicagoans there tonight! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: Vol. 1 and 4 of the "Ralph of the Railroad" series, by Allen Chapman | January 31, 2014
Today's rare-book auction at CCLaP features volumes 1 (1906) and 4 (1910) of the old "Ralph of the Railroad" juvenilia series by the Stratemeyer Syndicate (inventors of the Hardy Boys as well), in which hard work and honesty always triumph through this fascinating overlook of how the railroad industry used to work. Minimum bid only $20 for the set, plus free shipping! | Read entire entry

Book Review: "What Color is Monday?," by Carrie Cariello | January 30, 2014
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews "What Color is Monday?" by Carrie Cariello. Is he going to hell for giving a so-so score to an inspiring true story about a mother overcoming her child's diagnosis of autism? Yes. Yes he is. | Read entire entry

My Kind of Town: "The Man with the Golden Arm" by Nelson Algren | January 29, 2014
(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

Scott Navicky reads "Humboldt" in New Orleans, part 1 of 11 | January 29, 2014
Author Scott Navicky recently shot some videos in New Orleans, reading from his coming CCLaP novel "Humboldt" in front of various local landmarks mentioned in the book. Here's part 1, with the other ten snippets coming every two or three days from now until the book's release on February 17th. | Read entire entry

It's the last day of Maureen Foley's book tour! | January 29, 2014
It's day twelve of Maureen Foley's virtual book tour, in support of her CCLaP female relationship dramedy "Women Float!" Today Mo is finishing up the tour over at Guiltless Reading, where she has penned a guest essay about food and writing. Click through for the link! | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Stay Close, Little Ghost" by Oliver Serang | January 28, 2014
(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

CCLaP Photo Feature: Bryan M. Ferguson | January 27, 2014
This week's photographer feature at CCLaP highlights the work of Scottish artist Bryan M. Ferguson. Click through for the free PDF, or to view the "flippable" online version at Issuu.com. | Read entire entry

It's day eleven of Maureen Foley's book tour! | January 27, 2014
It's day eleven of Maureen Foley's virtual book tour, in support of her CCLaP female relationship dramedy "Women Float!" Today Mo is hanging out with our friends at Chicago arts-and-entertainment guide Gapers Block, where she has penned a guest essay about gender, sexual orientation, and the role of a fiction author in addressing both these subjects. Click through for the link! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "Airport," by Arthur Hailey (SIGNED, First Edition, First Printing) | January 27, 2014
Today's auction from CCLaP rare-book collection is a SIGNED first edition, first printing of Arthur Hailey's 1968 "Airport," the explosive bestseller that spawned not only the "disaster movie" genre in Hollywood but tertially the Zucker-style "Hollywood parody" genre as well. Minimum bid only $30! | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Source*Forged Armor," by Paul J. Bartusiak | January 27, 2014
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Paul J. Bartusiak's "Source*Forged Armor," with a better concept than the typical Tom-Clancy-ripoff technothriller but nonetheless a Tom-Clancy-ripoff technothriller, with all the implied warnings to readers that implies. | Read entire entry

It's day ten of Maureen Foley's book tour! | January 24, 2014
It's day ten of Maureen Foley's virtual book tour, in support of her CCLaP female relationship dramedy "Women Float!" Today Mo is hanging with our friends at WordPlaySound, where she has recorded a brand-new MP3 reading from the book. Click through for the link! | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The Compostela Cube," by Paul Cavilla | January 24, 2014
This week Karl Wolff reviews, "The Compostela Cube," by Paul Cavilla, in which a relic hunter and an artifact historian team up to find a magical object that will save the world. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Morgan Kane: Without Mercy," by Louis Masterson | January 23, 2014
Behold the tale of Jason Pettus attempting to review "Morgan Kane: Without Mercy" for CCLaP today! The first-ever English edition of a 50-year popular Western series in Norway, and supposedly being turned into a new Hollywood franchise as we speak, the rabbithole of ethically dubious publicists and SEO companies attached to this only mediocre novel turned out to be a LOT more interesting. | Read entire entry

It's day nine of Maureen Foley's book tour! | January 23, 2014
It's day nine of Maureen Foley's virtual book tour, in support of her CCLaP female relationship dramedy "Women Float!" Today Mo is hanging out with our friend Monika at A Lovely Bookshelf on the Wall, where she has put together a "playlist" for the book that Monika has combined with her flattering review. Click through for the link! | Read entire entry

It's day eight of Maureen Foley's book tour! | January 22, 2014
It's day eight of Maureen Foley's virtual book tour, in support of her CCLaP female relationship dramedy "Women Float!" Today Mo is hanging out over at the litlog Lesbrary, where she has contributed a brand-new MP3 reading from the book, combined with a very flattering review from staffer Kit. Click through for the link! | Read entire entry

Announcing CCLaP's March book, "Death to the Bullshit Artists of South Texas, Vol. 1!" | January 21, 2014
Announcing CCLaP's March book! It's got a dirty word in the title! WE'RE FINALLY ALT-LIT, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN! Say hello to the funny, poignant, crowd-pleasing story collection about failed indie-rock bands, "Death to the Bullshit Artists of South Texas Vol. 1," by Austin artist Fernando A. Flores. Release party at this year's South By Southwest! Click through for all the details! | Read entire entry

It's day seven of Maureen Foley's book tour! | January 21, 2014
It's day seven of Maureen Foley's virtual book tour, in support of her CCLaP female relationship dramedy "Women Float!" Today Mo is hanging out with our friends at fellow Chicago publisher Curbside Splendor, where she has penned a guest essay about the '90s artists and writers who helped inspire her to write this book's original first draft, oh so many years ago. Click through for the link! | Read entire entry

All Who Wander: "Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World" by Haruki Murakami | January 21, 2014
(Throughout 2014, CCLaP cultural essayist Madeleine Maccar is looking at the classic definition of the "hero's journey," as seen through a series of international texts that she is reading in English translation. For all the essays in this series,... | Read entire entry

It's day six of Maureen Foley's book tour! | January 20, 2014
It's day six of Maureen Foley's virtual book tour, in support of her CCLaP female relationship dramedy "Women Float!" Today Mo is hanging out with our buddy Jennifer Hartling at the Relentless Reader, where she has played a round of "Would You Rather" specifically tailored to indie authors. Click through for the link! | Read entire entry

It's day five of Maureen Foley's book tour! | January 17, 2014
It's day five of Maureen Foley's virtual book tour, in support of her CCLaP female relationship dramedy "Women Float!" Today Mo wraps up the first week of her tour over at Little Fiction, where she has shared an excerpt from the book that takes place near the end. Click through for the link! | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The Mustache He's Always Wanted But Could Never Grow and Other Stories," by Brian Alan Ellis | January 17, 2014
This week Karl Wolff reviews Brian Alan Ellis's short story collection, "The Mustache He's Always Wanted but Could Never Grow," a lowbrow bizarro collection of sex crazed lunatics, professional wrestlers, and other of society's derelicts. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Photo Feature: Wolfwendy | January 16, 2014
This week's photography feature at CCLaP highlights the work of German/Finnish artist Maria Windschüttel, a.k.a. "Wolfwendy." Click through for the free PDF, or to view the "flippable" online version at Issuu.com. | Read entire entry

It's day four of Maureen Foley's book tour! | January 16, 2014
It's day four of Maureen Foley's virtual book tour, in support of her CCLaP female relationship dramedy "Women Float!" Today Mo is hanging out at Chick Lit Central, where she has penned a guest essay on mermaids in honor of "Disney Month" over there. Click through for the link! | Read entire entry

It's day three of Maureen Foley's book tour! | January 15, 2014
It's day three of Maureen Foley's virtual book tour, in support of her CCLaP female relationship dramedy "Women Float!" Today Mo is visiting with the "Words, Notes, Fiction" litblog, where in a ten-question interview she talks about the importance of mermaids to her book, why lonely characters are so interesting, and whether anyone in her story is based on people in real life. Click through for the link! | Read entire entry

It's day two of Maureen Foley's book tour! | January 14, 2014
It's day two of Maureen Foley's virtual book tour, in support of her CCLaP female relationship dramedy "Women Float!" Today Mo is over at Love at First Book, where in a long and far-ranging interview she talks about the gestation period this book went through, why it's so focused on the subject of water, and the various interesting jobs she's had over the years. Click through for the link! | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Middle C" by William H. Gass | January 14, 2014
(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

It's day one of Maureen Foley's book tour! | January 13, 2014
It's day one of CCLaP author Maureen Foley's virtual book tour for her female relationship dramedy "Women Float!" Today Mo is at "Booked in Chico," talking about why she set her book in her real hometown of Carpinteria, California. | Read entire entry

CCLaP is now accepting short-story submissions! | January 11, 2014
Big news -- CCLaP is now accepting submissions of individual short stories for our monthly magazine! Click through for all the details, and to learn more about the Journal's new submissions editor, Allegra Pusateri. | Read entire entry

The Year in Books: Karl Wolff's Picks | January 10, 2014
Gunmages, Nazi mind readers, sovereign debt, democracy versus authoritarianism ... all that in more in Karl Wolff's picks for the 2013 Year in Books. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Photo Feature: Heather Killion | January 9, 2014
Today's photo feature at CCLaP highlights the work of Sacramento artist Heather Killion. Click through to download the free PDF, or to view a "flippable" online version courtesy of Issuu.com. | Read entire entry

The Year in Books: Travis Fortney's "Next Nine" | January 9, 2014
Since we all already picked our top three books of the year for Monday's Best of the Best list, and since the three books I picked for that list (Jeff Jackson's Mira Corpora, Kevin Powers' Yellow Birds and Diana Wagman's... | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "Myra Breckinridge" and "Myron," by Gore Vidal, First Editions/First Printings | January 8, 2014
Today's rare-book auction: Gore Vidal's infamously naughty ode to transsexualism and 1940s Hollywood camp, "Myra Breckinridge" from 1968, plus its 1974 sequel "Myron." Minimum bid for both of only $60! | Read entire entry

The Year in Books 2013: Madeleine Maccar's Picks | January 7, 2014
Having only been a contributing part of the CCLaP collective since October presents a rather unique challenge in assembling a year's-best sort of list. The upshot of focusing on only a quarter of what I've read this year is that... | Read entire entry

The Year In Books 2013: Best of the Best | January 6, 2014
It's the start of CCLaP's seventh annual "Year In Books" special week-long report! Today, all four of the center's critics weigh in with their favorite reads of the year, giving us a list of twelve that could be considered the "best of the best" for 2013. Stay tuned all week for individual best-of lists! | Read entire entry