This week's edition of our new e-magazine, The CCLaP Weekender released every Friday morning, is now online for your free downloading pleasure. It features a new piece of original fiction by author Oliver Zarandi; a photography feature highlighting the work of Chicago artist Lindsey Fast; and our usual look at the upcoming week of local literary events happening all across the city. Use the links below to access it right now.
And I'm also happy to announce today the formation of CCLaP's first-ever monthly open mic and reading series in a public venue! It's called the CCLaP Showcase and is being held at City Lit Books in the Logan Square neighborhood (2523 N. Kedzie); the first show on Tuesday, June 24th at 6:30 pm will feature the great local writer Bill Hillman, author of the recent coming-of-age tale and big national hit The Old Neighborhood. There will also be room for six open-mic slots, for performances of five minutes apiece (strictly timed); if you'd like to sign up in advance for one of these slots, drop us a line at cclapcenter [at] gmail.com. (Don't forget that the entire thing will be recorded for our podcast as well.) Do make sure to go by the event's Facebook listing for more, and we hope to see all you Chicagoans there.
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