Archives: October 2015

This is the archive page for [October 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.

The CCLaP Weekender for October 30th is here! | October 30, 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 CJ Arellano; a photography feature by Michelle Siu; and a look at the next seven days of literary events happening all across the city. | Read entire entry

American Odd: "Conspiranoia!: the Mother of All Conspiracy Theories," by Devon Jackson | October 30, 2015
Karl Wolff continues his American Odd essay series with "Conspiranoia!: the Mother of All Conspiracy Theories," a tongue-in-cheek exploration of several conspiracies. The UFO Illuminati Bilderberers don't want you to read this ... or do they? | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Death and Mr. Pickwick" by Stephen Jarvis | October 29, 2015
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Stephen Jarvis's "Death and Mr. Pickwick," a sprawling historical novel that purports to tell the "true story" of the publishing of Charles Dickens' "The Pickwick Papers," a delightful read but only if you're in the mood for an 800-page, endlessly digressive Victorian tale. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "John Smith" by Roland Hughes | October 28, 2015
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Roland Hughes' "John Smith," a novel which unfortunately proves that the Mid-Century Modernist tradition of insultingly lecturing book-length political manifestos disguised as action thrillers is still alive and well. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Artificial Absolutes" by Mary Fan | October 27, 2015
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Mary Fan's "artificial absolutes," a sci-fi thriller which unfortunately is a perfect example of a too-wide publishing industry literally choking itself to death, from the sheer number of blandly mediocre genre novels being pumped out at Amazon by the millions these days. | Read entire entry

Two more CCLaP books have reached their "pre-release" debuts! | October 23, 2015
New CCLaP books by Gint Aras and Kendra Hadnott have just reached their public "pre-release" stage! Click through for all the details! | Read entire entry

Two more CCLaP books have reached their "pre-release" debuts! | October 23, 2015
New CCLaP books by Gint Aras and Kendra Hadnott have just reached their public "pre-release" stage! Click through for all the details! | Read entire entry

The CCLaP Weekender for October 23rd is here! | October 23, 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 TJ Davis; a photography feature by Julie Weber; and a look at the next seven days of literary events happening all across the city. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Half an Inch of Water," by Percival Everett | October 22, 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

Book Review: "Capone, the Cobbs, and Me" by Rex Burwell | October 22, 2015
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Rex Burwell's "Capone, the Cobbs, and Me," a well-done historical actioner set within the dual 1920s worlds of professional baseball and Chicago organized crime. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Apocalypticon" by Clayton Smith | October 21, 2015
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Clayton Smith's "Apocalypticon," a joyfully silly novel that reads like "Mad Max" as reimagined by Joss Whedon. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The Last Bookaneer" by Matthew Pearl | October 20, 2015
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Matthew Pearl's "The Last Bookaneer," a hugely entertaining Victorian historical action thriller, about the fabled last novel of Robert Louis Stevenson and the thieves who try to con it out of him. | Read entire entry

Hope to see you at the "View From Here" release party at Columbia College tonight! | October 16, 2015
Hey, Chicagoans! Don't forget about the release party tonight at Columbia College for our second annual "city all-star" student anthology, "The View From Here: Stories about Chicago Neighborhoods." Click through for all the details! | Read entire entry

The CCLaP Weekender for October 16th is here! | October 16, 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 Peter Anderson; a photography feature by Kevin Serna; and a look at the next seven days of literary events happening all across the city. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Something Good, Something Bad, Something Dirty," by Brian Alan Ellis | October 16, 2015
This week Karl Wolff reviews "Something Good, Something Bad, Something Dirty: Stories," by Brian Alan Ellis, a comic look at the sick, sad lives of those on the bottom of the economic ladder. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Logos" by John Neeleman | October 15, 2015
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews John Neeleman's "Logos," a historical drama about the founding of the Christian religion, decades after the death of the actual "historical Jesus." | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Clown Tear Junkies" by Douglas Hackle | October 14, 2015
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Douglas Hackle's "Clown Tear Junkies," a collection of bizarro stories that you will either immediately love or immediately hate. YOU KNOW WHICH ONE YOU ARE. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Binary Star" by Sarah Gerard | October 13, 2015
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Sarah Gerard's "Binary Star," a poetic and enjoyable contemporary novel but only as long as you're comfortable with its "portrait of a hipster loser couple" subject matter. | Read entire entry

Say hello to CCLaP's newest book, Daniel Falatko's "Condominium!" | October 12, 2015
CCLaP's newest book, Daniel Falatko's "Condominium," is out today! Click through for more on it, why I call Falatko the "Millennial John Updike," and information on ordering the paperback or downloading the free ebook. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The End of the Affair" by Graham Greene, 1st American Ed. 1st Printing | October 12, 2015
Today's CCLaP rare-book auction at eBay is a first American edition, first printing of Graham Greene's 1951 "The End of the Affair," one of his more famous novels and the one to cement his reputation as a writer of world-weary love stories. | Read entire entry

The CCLaP Weekender for October 9th is here! | October 9, 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 Daniel Osorio; and a look at the next seven days of literary events happening all across the city. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "Following the Equator" by Mark Twain, 1st Edition 1st Printing | October 9, 2015
Today's CCLaP rare book for eBay auction is a first edition, first printing of Mark Twain's hugely popular 1897 book of foreign travelogues, the British-Empire-inspired "Following the Equator." | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Come to Harm" by Catriona McPherson | October 8, 2015
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Catriona McPherson's "Come to Harm," a disappointing small-press genre thriller that simply doesn't have enough mystery at the heart of its story to sustain 300 pages of manuscript. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Rebel Souls" by Justin Martin | October 7, 2015
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Justin Martin's "Rebel Souls," a delightful new nonfiction look at the first generation of Greenwich Village "bohemian" artists of the mid-1800s, and poet Walt Whitman's place within that fast crowd. | Read entire entry

The CCLaP Weekender for October 2nd is here! | October 2, 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 William Quincy Belle; a photography feature by Robert Bosson; and a look at the next seven days of literary events happening all across the city. | Read entire entry

American Odd: "The Book of the SubGenius," by J.R. "Bob" Dobbs | October 2, 2015
This week Karl Wolff continues his "American Odd" essay series with the underground classic, "The Book of the SubGenius" by J.R. "Bob" Dobbs. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Mãn," by Kim Thuy | October 1, 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