Archives: May 2015

This is the archive page for [May 2015]; 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: "A Kingdom in Crisis," by Andrew MacGregor Marshall | May 29, 2015
This week Karl Wolff reviews "A Kingdom in Crisis," by Andrew MacGregor Marshall, a look into contemporary Thai politics and the monarchy's looming succession crisis. | Read entire entry

The CCLaP Weekender for May 29th is here! | May 29, 2015
It's Friday, which means it's time for the newest issue of the Pushcart-Prize-nominated CCLaP Weekender! This week's issue features a new original piece of fiction by Matt Rowan; a photography feature by Emily Esperanza; and a look at the next seven days of literary events happening all across the city. | Read entire entry

The CCLaP Weekender for May 22nd is here! | May 22, 2015
It's Friday, which means it's time for the newest issue of the Pushcart-Prize-nominated CCLaP Weekender! This week's issue features a new original piece of fiction by Tony Lindsay; a photography feature by Greg Reigh; and a look at the next seven days of literary events happening all across the city. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "God Help the Child" by Toni Morrison | May 21, 2015
(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

Say hello to CCLaP's newest book, Joseph G. Peterson's "Twilight of the Idiots!" | May 18, 2015
It's the middle of the month, which means it's time for another new original book from CCLaP! This month we're extremely proud to announce the release of the story collection "Twilight of the Idiots" by local author Joseph G. Peterson, the second of two books we're publishing this year based on short stories that originally ran in our weekly electronic magazine. Click through for all the details and to order a copy right this moment! | Read entire entry

The CCLaP Weekender for May 15th is here! | May 15, 2015
It's Friday, which means it's time for the newest issue of the Pushcart-Prize-nominated CCLaP Weekender! This week's issue features a new original piece of fiction by Joseph G. Peterson; a photography feature by Melissa Jean Birckhead; and a look at the next seven days of literary events happening all across the city. | Read entire entry

American Odd: "History of Joseph Smith by His Mother," by Lucy Mack Smith | May 15, 2015
This week Karl Wolff reviews "The History of Joseph Smith by His Mother," by Lucy Mack Smith, an odd entry into the genre of religious biography. | Read entire entry

Stalking the Behemoth: "Gravity's Rainbow," by Thomas Pynchon | May 14, 2015
Today at CCLaP, Chris Schahfer reviews "Gravity's Rainbow," Thomas Pynchon's most renowned work. He invites a first- time reader of Pynchon to "forget about those expectations about what fiction 'should' be and let yourself be amazed." | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Gutshot" by Amelia Gray | May 14, 2015
Today at CCLaP, Chris Schahfer reviews Amelia Gray's "Gutshot," a collection of surreal and darkly comedic stories. Says Chris, "Gray's characters may be stuck in unlikely situations, but those situations still have a real impact on them, and she knows how to make you feel that impact." | Read entire entry

The CCLaP Weekender for May 8th is here! | May 8, 2015
It's Friday, which means it's time for the newest issue of the Pushcart-Prize-nominated CCLaP Weekender! This week's issue features a new original piece of fiction by Oliver Zarandi; a photography feature by Heather Killion; and a look at the next seven days of literary events happening all across the city. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "The Custom of the Country" by Edith Wharton (1913), 1st Edition 1st Printing | May 6, 2015
Today's CCLaP eBay rare-book auction is of a first-edition, first printing of Edith Wharton's 1913 "The Custom of the Country," cited by Julian Fellowes as one of the main direct inspirations for his hit PBS series "Downton Abbey." | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "The Beast in Me and Other Animals" by James Thurber (1948), 1st Edition 1st Printing | May 5, 2015
Today's CCLaP eBay rare-book auction is of a first-edition, first printing of humorist James Thurber's 1948 anthology "The Beast in Me and Other Animals," including the first-ever book version of his essay series "Soapland," considered the very first pop-culture examination of soap operas in history. | Read entire entry

The CCLaP Weekender for May 1st is here! | May 1, 2015
It's Friday, which means it's time for the newest issue of the Pushcart-Prize-nominated CCLaP Weekender! This week's issue features a new original piece of fiction by Chicago author Joseph G. Peterson; a photography feature by the Bulgarian team RobotsOnFilm; and a look at the next seven days of literary events happening all across the city. Click through to download the free PDF right this moment. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Cities of Empire," by Tristram Hunt | May 1, 2015
This week Karl Wolff reviews "Cities of Empire," by Tristram Hunt, a book seeking to explore the British Empire beyond simply seeing it as good or evil. | Read entire entry