Archives: August 2014

This is the archive page for [August 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.

The CCLaP Weekender for August 29th is here! | August 29, 2014
The new edition of the CCLaP Weekender features a new piece of original fiction by Mark Wagstaff; a photography feature highlighting the work of German artist Teimur Henrich; and our usual look at the upcoming week of Chicago literary events. Click through to view or download it right this moment. And don't forget about the September edition of the CCLaP Showcase, featuring Paulette Livers! | Read entire entry

Another packed house at the CCLaP Showcase! And look who's featuring next month! | August 29, 2014
It was another packed house at City Lit Books earlier this week, for the latest CCLaP Showcase featuring Amber Hargroder; click through for lots of photos, and our big announcement regarding our future at the store. Plus we're happy to announce that September's show will feature local writer Paulette Livers, author of the darkly poetic Vietnam War drama "Cementville." Click through for all the details! | Read entire entry

Fernando Flores wins Honorable Mention (and 10,000 bucks) in this year's Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Foundation Award! | August 28, 2014
We received some exciting news here at CCLaP headquarters this week -- author Fernando Flores has just won Honorable Mention (and a $10,000 paycheck) in this year's Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Foundation Award (started by award-winning author Sandra Cisneros), for his novella 'Death to the Bullshit Artists of South Texas, Vol. 1!' Click through for all the details, and our big congrats to Fernando for this major literary achievement! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Recommends: Victorian bad boys | August 25, 2014
Today in "CCLaP Recommends:" Five Victorian bad-boy artists, and recommendations of rare books by them on sale at eBay. Featuring Oscar Wilde, Dante Rossetti, Algernon Swinburne, Aubrey Beardsley, and Edward Bulwer-Lytton. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Dungeons & Drag Queens," by MP Johnson | August 22, 2014
This week Karl Wolff reviews "Dungeons & Drag Queens," by bizarro author MP Johnson, about Sleazella LaRuse, a fierce drag queen who must survive in a strange land full of odd creatures and characters. | Read entire entry

The CCLaP Weekender for August 22nd is here! | August 22, 2014
The new edition of the CCLaP Weekender features a new piece of original fiction by Joseph G. Peterson; a photography feature highlighting the work of Italian artist Elena Pezzetta; and our usual look at the upcoming week of Chicago literary events. Click through to download or view it onscreen right this moment. And don't forget the CCLaP Showcase at City Lit Books, coming this Tuesday! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "The Woman of Andros" by Thornton Wilder (1930), First Edition First Printing | August 20, 2014
Today's rare-book auction at CCLaP features a first edition, first printing of Thornton Wilder's 1930 "The Woman of Andros," a beautiful Early Modernist artifact and an updating of the ancient Roman comedy "Andria." Minimum bid only $20! Click through for more details or to purchase it right this moment. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "Passion Play" by Jerzy Kosinski (1979), First Edition First Printing | August 19, 2014
Today's rare-book auction at CCLaP features a first edition, first printing of Jerzy Kosinski's 1979 "Passion Play," a Postmodernist cultural artifact about a polo expert undergoing a mid-life crisis, having casual sex in his RV while criss-crossing the country, and other wonderful '70s subjects. Click through for more details or to purchase it right this moment. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "Sophie's Choice" by William Styron (1979), First Edition First Printing | August 18, 2014
Today's rare-book auction at CCLaP features a first edition, first printing of William Styron's controversial National Book Award winner "Sophie's Choice" from 1979, a Postmodernist classic that among other things compares the behavior of 1940s Nazis with 1960s Southern whites. Click through for more details or to purchase it right this moment. | Read entire entry

The CCLaP Weekender for August 15th is here! | August 15, 2014
Today's new issue of the CCLaP Weekender features a new piece of original fiction by Matt Rowan; a photography feature highlighting the work of Chicago artist Matthew Thornton; and our usual look at the upcoming week of Chicago literary events. Click through to download or view it online right this moment. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "The Chicago Speller," Grade Eight, July 1944 edition | August 15, 2014
Today's rare-book auction at CCLaP features a July 1944 edition of the "Chicago Speller" (grade eight) mini-textbook, handed out in the millions by the Chicago Public School district in the early 20th century. Click through for more details or to purchase it right this moment. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "The Stars" by Eugene Field (1901), First Edition First Printing | August 14, 2014
Today's rare-book auction at CCLaP features a first edition, first printing of revered children's author Eugene Field's 1901 long-form poem "The Stars." Click through for more details, and to purchase it right this moment. | Read entire entry

The NSFW Files: "Lost Girls" by Alan Moore and Melinda Gebbie | August 8, 2014
This week Karl Wolff wraps up his essay series "The NSFW Files" with the controversial comic "Lost Girls," by Alan Moore and Melinda Gebbie. | Read entire entry

The CCLaP Weekender for August 8th is here! | August 8, 2014
Today's new edition of the CCLaP Weekender features a new piece of original fiction by Bruce Douglas Reeves; a photography feature highlighting the work of Seattle artist Todd Schlemmer; and our usual look at the upcoming week of Chicago literary events. Click through to download or view it online right this moment. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "Where Angels Fear to Tread" by E.M. Forster (1905), First American Edition [1920] First Printing | August 8, 2014
Today's rare-book auction at CCLaP features a truly important title, the first American edition of E.M. Forster's first novel, 1905's "Where Angels Fear to Tread" (American edition from 1920), where one can see in its raw form all the issues about class, race, colonialism and Empire that the famed author would later express more powerfully in such masterpieces as "Howards End" and "A Passage to India." Click through for more, or to purchase it right this moment. | Read entire entry

And this just in: Eleanor Stanford's "Historia, Historia" wins Peace Corps Experience Award! | August 7, 2014
Exciting news -- Eleanor Stanford's CCLaP essay collection "Historia, Historia" has won the 2014 Moritz Thomsen Peace Corps Experience Award, given out by the group Peace Corps Worldwide! Click through for more details, and to download a copy of this poetic and haunting memoir yourself. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "Human Sexual Inadequacy" by Masters and Johnson (1970), First Edition First Printing | August 7, 2014
Today's rare-book auction from CCLaP features a first edition, first printing of Masters and Johnson's influential 1970 "Human Sexual Inadequacy," which along with 1966's "Human Sexual Response" laid down the basics of nearly everything we now medically know about human sexuality, and was a massively bestselling cultural touchstone of the Countercultural Era. Minimum bid only $20! Click through for more or to purchase it this moment. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "Ragtime" by E.L. Doctorow (1975), First Edition First Printing | August 6, 2014
Today's rare-book auction at CCLaP features a first edition, first printing of E.L. Doctorow's influential 1975 historical fiction piece "Ragtime," along with a step-by-step lesson on how to make educated guesses about which contemporary novels will likely be worth the most money in another 50 years from now. Click through for more or to purchase this book right this moment. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Recommends: Contemporary authors you should be collecting in their entirety | August 5, 2014
Today in the inaugural edition of "CCLaP Recommends," the center's new foray into eBay affiliate marketing, we recommend five contemporary authors who young book collectors should be gathering in their entirety right now, and highlight five current eBay book auctions concerning these authors. Click through for more! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "Van Bibber and Others" by Richard Harding Davis (1892), illustrations by Charles Dana Gibson, First Edition First Printing | August 5, 2014
Today's rare-book auction at CCLaP features a first edition, first printing of the delightfully dark story collection "Van Bibber and Others," by famed "yellow journalist" Richard Harding Davis, even more famous in this case by it containing illustrations by a young and uncredited Charles Dana Gibson. Minimum bid only $20! Click through for more and to purchase it right this moment. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "How Book of Cubbing," 1943 (last-ever mention of "Cubbing" versus "Cub Scouts") | August 4, 2014
Today's rare-book auction at CCLaP features the 1943 edition of the Boy Scouts of America's "How Book of Cubbing," the very last version of the book to feature the word "Cubbing" before its official change later in the year to the "Cub Scouts of America." Minimum bid only $20! Click through for more and to purchase it right this moment. | Read entire entry

The CCLaP Weekender for August 1st is here! | August 1, 2014
The new edition of the CCLaP Weekender is here, featuring a new piece of original fiction by Marian Hayes; a photography feature highlighting the work of Italian artist Francis Flower; and our usual look at the upcoming week of Chicago literary events. Click through to download or view it online right this moment. | Read entire entry