Well, it was another packed house last Tuesday for the August edition of our new reading series, the CCLaP Showcase, this time featuring local playwright Amber Hargroder. We've been humbled and grateful to see so many people coming out for this show, and I'm happy to say that it has convinced City Lit Books to give us an ongoing commitment now for the last Tuesday of each month there. I hope you'll have a chance to add the date to your calendar for the rest of the year (minus December, which we'll be taking off for the holidays), and do make sure to stop by here again on Monday for the podcast recording of this week's show.
And hey, look who we have to announce as our feature at next month's show! It's local author Paulette Livers, author of the darkly poetic Vietnam-War novel Cementville, which I'm in the middle of reading right now and am just really floored by. That show will be taking place on Tuesday, September 23rd, starting at 6:30 pm, as always over at City Lit Books in the Logan Square neighborhood (2523 N. Kedzie, to be precise); and don't forget that you can always stop by the event's Facebook page for more. As with our other shows, we will also have six open-mic slots of five minutes apiece, for those who would like to sign up in advance; to do so, just drop us a line at cclapcenter [at] gmail.com, although to warn you we already have two of those slots filled up a full month before the coming show, so make sure to drop us a line soon to secure one of the remaining four spaces. I'll also be interviewing Paulette for the podcast just a week before the show itself, so I hope you'll have a chance to both check that out then come to the reading a week later. I hope to see all you locals there, and thanks again for the strong support you've been showing for the events we've so far produced!