Archives: October 2014

This is the archive page for [October 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.

Book Review: "By Way of Water," by Charlotte Gullick | October 31, 2014
This week Karl Wolff reviews "By Way of Water," by Charlotte Gullick, about a family of Jehovah's Witnesses living in California timber country in the Seventies. | Read entire entry

The CCLaP Weekender for October 31st is here! | October 31, 2014
The newest edition of the CCLaP Weekender features a new piece of original fiction by Oliver Zarandi; a photography feature highlighting the work of Russian artist Ruslan Varabyou; and our usual look at the upcoming week of Chicago literary events. Click through to download or view it right this moment. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Summer of the Long Knives" by L.S. Bassen | October 29, 2014
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews the alt-history thriller "Summer of the Long Knives," yet another take on the "what if someone assassinated Hitler?" scenario but this one especially well-done in its literary details like character development and style. | Read entire entry

Join us tonight for the "Chicago After Dark" release party! | October 28, 2014
Tonight's the night for the big release party for CCLaP's new "city all-star" student anthology, "Chicago After Dark!" It's from 6 to 8 pm at City Lit Books in the Logan Square neighborhood (2523 N. Kedzie). Click through for even more details, and we hope to see all you locals there! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 122: Author Ryan Kenealy | October 28, 2014
Today on the CCLaP Podcast, it's a 45-minute talk with local writer Ryan Kenealy, author of the story collection "Animals in Peril." Click through to download or stream it right this moment. | Read entire entry

Say hello to CCLaP's newest book, Hussein Osman's "The Wounding Time!" | October 27, 2014
After a quiet summer of getting our ducks back in a row, CCLaP's publishing program is back in full force; and today we're proud to be releasing the complex character study and "War on Terror" commentary "The Wounding Time," the astounding literary debut of London author Hussein Osman. Click through for a lot more, including links to download the completely free ebook version. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "Penrod" by Booth Tarkington (1914), 1st Edition 1st Printing | October 27, 2014
Today's rare-book auction at CCLaP is a first edition, first printing of Booth Tarkington's 1914 children's tale "Penrod," a pretty undisguised ripoff of "Tom Sawyer" which nonetheless became one of the biggest selling books in American history when it first came out. | Read entire entry

The CCLaP Weekender for October 24th is here! | October 24, 2014
This week's edition of the CCLaP Weekender features a long-form interview with Chicago author Megan Stielstra; a photography feature highlighting the work of South Korean artist Jaejin Hwang; and our usual look at the upcoming week of Chicago literary events. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 121: "Chicago After Dark" Columbia College Contributor Party | October 21, 2014
Today on the CCLaP Podcast, a special half-hour live recording from last week's 'Chicago After Dark' Columbia College contributor party, featuring performances from four of the book's authors as well as some work from student editor Taylor Carlile. | Read entire entry

Meet Chris Schahfer, CCLaP's newest book reviewer! | October 21, 2014
I hope you'll have a chance to welcome Chicago MFA candidate Chris Schahfer, who just came on this week as CCLaP's newest book reviewer. Click through for more details on him and what he'll be writing for us. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Gone Girl," by Gillian Flynn | October 20, 2014
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Gillian Flynn's "Gone Girl," the sixth CCLaP review of 2014 to receive a perfect score of 10. All the thrills of a supermarket potboiler, but all the sophisticated use of character and symbolism of a "literary novel," wrapped up in the textbook definition of a contemporary noir -- what's not to love? | Read entire entry

Chicagoans, hope to see you at tonight's Columbia College party! | October 17, 2014
Chicagoans, don't forget, the Columbia College contributor party for CCLaP's "Chicago After Dark" student anthology is tonight, at the school's Stage Two space in their 618 S. Michigan building, from 7 to 9 pm. Free food and drinks, plus a half-hour of performances from various contributors, so I hope you'll have a chance to stop by! | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Predator: the Secret Origins of the Drone Revolution," by Richard Whittle | October 17, 2014
This week Karl Wolff reviews "Predator: the Secret Origins of the Drone Revolution," by Richard Whittle, that traces the history, ethics, and issues involving drone warfare. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "Slaves of New York" by Tama Janowitz (1986), First Edition First Printing | October 16, 2014
Today's rare-book auction at CCLaP features a first edition, first printing of Tama Janowitz's 1986 "Slaves of New York," a funny and hip look at the art scene of a pre-gentrified early-'80s lower Manhattan that eventually produced such stars as Keith Haring and Cindy Sherman, and a book that got Janowitz lumped in with the '80s "literary brat pack" that included Bret Easton Ellis and Jay McInerney. Minimum bid only $20! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "Push" by Sapphire (1996), SIGNED First Paperback Edition, First Printing | October 15, 2014
Today's rare book auction at CCLaP features a SIGNED first edition, first printing of Sapphire's astounding 1996 debut novel "Push," eventually adapted into the Oscar-winning film "Precious." Minimum bid only $40, which is literally a steal given how much higher in value this book is destined to become. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Can't and Won't," by Lydia Davis | October 14, 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

Book Review: "The Martian," by Andy Weir | October 14, 2014
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus looks at the national phenomenon (and soon to be Ridley Scott film) "The Martian" by Andy Weir, which unfortunately is sunk by the very thing it's also known for, being an unusually technically accurate action thriller about a quick-thinking astronaut stranded on Mars. If you love four-thousand-word explanations of obscure math formulas, and no character development at all, this book's for you! | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Ancillary Justice" by Ann Leckie | October 13, 2014
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Ann Leckie's 2013 artificial intelligence thriller "Ancillary Justice," one of the only books in history to simultaneously win the Hugo, Nebula, Arthur C. Clarke Award and BSFA Award. | Read entire entry

The CCLaP Weekender for October 3rd is here! | October 3, 2014
The newest edition of the CCLaP Weekender features a new piece of original fiction by Daniel S. Libman; a photography feature highlighting the work of globetrotting artist Lukas Horch; and our usual look at the upcoming week of Chicago literary events. Click through to view it online or download the free PDF right this moment. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Nebula Awards Showcase 2014," edited by Kij Johnson | October 3, 2014
This week Karl Wolff reviews "Nebula Awards Showcase 2014," edited by Kij Johnson, an anthology of the best science fiction and fantasy stories. | Read entire entry