Archives: June 2014

This is the archive page for [June 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.

METAPOST: We're hiring some book reviewers again | June 30, 2014
It's official -- for the first time in over a year, CCLaP is hiring book reviewers again! Click through for the surprisingly complex list of requirements needed for these volunteer positions, and how to express your interest. | Read entire entry

Hey, it's a bonus stop for Mason Johnson's "Sad Robot Stories" book tour! | June 30, 2014
I know I said on Friday that we had reached the end of the virtual book tour for Mason Johnson's CCLaP novella, "Sad Robot Stories;" but I'm excited to say that one more stop actually squeaked in online this weekend! It is in fact a stop by the Weeklings arts-and-culture magazine, where Mason has penned a guest essay about the '80s sci-fi thriller Cherry 2000 and what this may or may not have to do with his adolescent sexual yearnings for robots. Click through for the link! | Read entire entry

It's the end of Mason Johnson's "Sad Robot Stories" book tour! | June 27, 2014
Mason Johnson finishes up his virtual book tour today for his CCLaP novella "Sad Robot Stories," by detailing the publishing process of the book over at the Banango Street lit journal. Click through for the link, as well as links to Wednesday's stop at Guiltless Reading and Thursday's visit to Books With Occasional Food. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "There Were These People," by Brian Leli | June 27, 2014
This week Karl Wolff reviews Brian Leli's miscellany, "There Were These People," a self-publsished collection with worldwide scope and far-ranging styles. | Read entire entry

Thanks for coming out to the CCLaP Showcase! And look who's featuring next month! | June 27, 2014
My many thanks to everyone who made it out to the inaugural CCLaP Showcase with Bill Hillman this week, despite the huge rainstorm happening at the same time. Today, a few photos from the reading, plus details on our just-announced July show, featuring popular local author and professor Eric Charles May. | Read entire entry

The CCLaP Weekender for June 27th is here! | June 27, 2014
This week's edition of the CCLaP Weekender is now ready for your downloading pleasure. It features a typed version of our April podcast interview with author Justin Kramon; a photography feature highlighting the work of Italian artist Alessandro Passerini; and our usual look at the upcoming week of local literary events happening all across the city. Click through to download or view it online right now! | Read entire entry

The CCLaP Showcase with Bill Hillman is tonight! | June 24, 2014
The inaugural edition of the CCLaP Showcase, this month featuring Bill Hillman, is taking place tonight at City Lit Books in the Logan Square neighborhood (2523 N. Kedzie), starting at 6:30. Free beer and wine! Open-mic slots still available! I hope to see all you Chicagoans there! | Read entire entry

It's week two of Mason Johnson's "Sad Robot Stories" book tour! | June 24, 2014
It's week two of the virtual book tour for Mason Johnson's CCLaP novella "Sad Robot Stories!" Click through for a recap of last week's stops, a look at what's coming up this week, and a link to today's stop over at CCLaP staffer Lori Hettler's "The Next Best Book Blog." | Read entire entry

The CCLaP Weekender for June 20th is here! | June 20, 2014
This week's edition of the CCLaP Weekender is now online for your free downloading pleasure. Today is a special edition, entirely devoted to Chicago photojournalist Rich Myers' images from his recent trip to Ukraine and the violent conflict taking place there, including a guided interview about his experiences led by fellow local journalist David Masciotra. Click through to view or download it right now! | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Everything Must Go," by La JohnJoseph | June 19, 2014
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews playwright La JohnJoseph's nonsensical bizarro novel "Everything Must Go," a wonderful experience when it comes to style and language, but a frustrating one when it comes to narrative story. Click through for more! | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Well Oiled," by Rubin Johnson | June 18, 2014
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews the near-future family drama and techno-thriller "Well Oiled" by Rubin Johnson, a book which gets an A for ambition but sadly only a C on its overly expository, slightly clunky execution. | Read entire entry

It's day three of Mason Johnson's "Sad Robot Stories" book tour! | June 18, 2014
It's day three of the virtual book tour for Mason Johnson's CCLaP novella, "Sad Robot Stories!" And in fact I didn't have a chance to mention the tour yesterday, so I actually have two links to share with you today: yesterday Mason was hanging out with our friends at Hypertext Magazine, while today he's over at the Glorified Love Letters litblog. Click through for the links to both! | Read entire entry

It's the kickoff of Mason Johnson's virtual book tour! | June 16, 2014
It's the kickoff of Mason Johnson's new virtual book tour, in support of his CCLaP novella "Sad Robot Stories!" Mason will be visiting the blogs of ten of our lit-world buddies over the next two weeks, starting today over at the revamped "Chicago Literati" website, and including new exclusive illustrations from the book by their in-house artist Alex Nall. Click through for the links! | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The Wars of Heaven: Short Stories," by Richard Currey | June 13, 2014
This week Karl Wolff reviews Richard Currey's short story collection, "The Wars of Heaven," about the lives of West Virginians during the Great Depression. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The Love Box," by John Oliver Hodges | June 13, 2014
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus looks at the sneakily brilliant and ultra-dark story collection "The Love Box" by John Oliver Hodges, perhaps best described as "Kathy Acker meets Social Realism." | Read entire entry

The CCLaP Weekender for June 13th is here! Plus, say hello to the CCLaP Showcase! | June 13, 2014
The new edition of the "CCLaP Weekender" is now online, featuring new fiction by Oliver Zarandi and a photo feature by local artist Lindsey Fast. Plus, we're happy to be announcing the formation of our first-ever open mic and reading series at a public venue, the "CCLaP Showcase" at City Lit Books in Logan Square, this month featuring Bill Hillman. Click through for it all! | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The Man Who Loved Alien Landscapes" by Albert Wendland | June 10, 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

The CCLaP Weekender for June 6th is here! | June 6, 2014
This week's edition of "The CCLaP Weekender" is now available, featuring a new piece of original fiction by author Faith Gardner; a photography feature highlighting the work of British artist Brendan Ó Sé; and our usual look at the upcoming week of local literary events happening all across the city. Click through to download or view it online right this second! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 114: The CCLaP Sessions with Mason Johnson | June 2, 2014
Today on the CCLaP Podcast, it's a special half-hour live recording from our first event of the year, the "CCLaP Sessions" series featuring author Mason Johnson, reading from his 2013 novella "Sad Robot Stories." Held at the center's underground literary theater, Studio 505 in the Uptown neighborhood. Click through to download or stream this moment! | Read entire entry