CCLaP's newest book, the "city all-star" student anthology Chicago After Dark, has been selling like gangbusters since its release last week, easily the fastest selling title in our entire history so far; and now I'm happy to announce that we've set up a citywide release party to celebrate the book, which will be taking place on Tuesday, October 28th over at City Lit Books in the Logan Square neighborhood (2523 N. Kedzie), from 6 to 9 pm. It'll feature free food and drinks, plus a selection of performances from random contributors drawn out of a hat; this will be the one and only promotional event we'll hold for the book that will feature all 31 contributors brought together for the first time, so I hope you'll have a chance to come out and help celebrate the first of what will hopefully be many such annual anthologies to come. As always, there's a Facebook event as well with all this information, so please feel free to join it if you're planning on coming out.
We're also setting up smaller parties at each of the ten contributing campuses this fall and winter, so to have a more focused celebration just for those particular students; our first one to officially announce will be at Columbia College (lead institution on this project, and from where nearly half the contributors hail), being held on Friday night, October 17th, from 7 to 9 pm, at the college's "Stage Two" space on the second floor of their 618 S. Michigan building. This will also feature free food and drinks, in a more theatrical-type atmosphere, and will include more random performances from Columbia contributors as drawn out of a hat. (Possible performers include Virginia Ilda Baker, Hal Baum, Marquise Davion, Austin Eskeberg, Alyssa Fuerholzer, Charlie Harmon, Alicia Ann Hauge, Melissa Huedem, Amy Kisner, Elizabeth Major, Maggie McGovern, Ka'Mia Miller, Nicole Montavlo, Rachel Lee Ormes, Zack Reiter, and Megan Shattuck.) As always, this too has its own Facebook event, so I encourage you to say "yes" there to help us determine how much food and drink to buy.
We'll have other campus-specific parties like these to announce in the coming weeks and months; and in the meanwhile, if you're a student or professor on one of these campuses yourself and would like to help us get a space and date booked there, please feel free to drop us a line at cclapcenter [at] gmail.com. And of course don't forget to check out the actual book if you still haven't; like all of CCLaP's books, the electronic version is completely free to download if you want, so there's really no excuse to not read a copy. I hope to see you Chicagoans out at both of these events coming up soon!