Archives: Arts news

This is the archive page for the category [Arts news]; below you should see headlines and summaries of all entries found here on the subject. Click the appropriate link at each to read the entire entry.

Fernando Flores wins Honorable Mention (and 10,000 bucks) in this year's Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Foundation Award! | August 28, 2014
We received some exciting news here at CCLaP headquarters this week -- author Fernando Flores has just won Honorable Mention (and a $10,000 paycheck) in this year's Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Foundation Award (started by award-winning author Sandra Cisneros), for his novella 'Death to the Bullshit Artists of South Texas, Vol. 1!' Click through for all the details, and our big congrats to Fernando for this major literary achievement! | Read entire entry

Come join us at the Book Cellar tonight! | January 31, 2014
CCLaP authors Ben Tanzer and Mark R. Brand are performing tonight at the Book Cellar in the Lincoln Square neighborhood (near Lawrence and Lincoln), along with fellow local authors Giano Cromley and Joseph Peterson! Click through for all the details, and we hope to see you Chicagoans there tonight! | Read entire entry

Check out this BIG news in CCLaP's BIG end-of-year update! | December 20, 2013
Big news: CCLaP has decided to start publishing full-length paperback books in 2014! Click through for all the details, including a list of all 16 books we'll be publishing next year, and to say hello to our new art director, Ryan Bradley. | Read entire entry

Hope to see you locals at the Chicago Book Expo this weekend! | November 22, 2013
Just a reminder to all our local readers that CCLaP will be at this year's Chicago Book Expo on Sunday, and that we'd love to see you all too! Click through for all the details on this free and massive event, one of the largest gatherings of Chicago small publishers in the city's history. | Read entire entry

CCLaP made Newcity's "Best of Chicago" 2013 list! SO WHY DON'T YOU COME OUT TO OUR SHOW TONIGHT?! | November 1, 2013
CCLaP made local arts-and-culture publication Newcity's "Best of Chicago" 2013 list! So why don't you come out to our newest live event, a long-form reading by Mark R. Brand, happening TONIGHT at our "Studio 505" space in the Uptown neighborhood? Free admission! Free liquor! Free food! Sexy nerds in funny glasses! Click through for the details! | Read entire entry

It's day eight of Meera Lee Sethi's "Mountainfit" book tour! | October 23, 2013
It's day eight of Meera Lee Sethi's virtual book tour, in support of her CCLaP nature and science essay collection "Mountainfit!" Today Meera is hanging out at Guiltless Readings, where she has shared a lot more of her fantastic field photos; while yesterday she was with Coyote Crossing, doing a video chat at Google Hangouts. Click through for links to them both! | Read entire entry

The "CCLaP Journal" #2 is finally here! | October 23, 2013
Issue #2 of the "CCLaP Journal," our new monthly magazine, is now out -- and only nine months late too! Click through for a lot more, including a run-down of contents, download links, and more on the special optimized version for Kindles we're now offering. | Read entire entry

It's day six of Meera Lee Sethi's "Mountainfit" book tour! | October 21, 2013
It's day four of Meera Lee Sethi's virtual book tour, in support of her CCLaP nature and science essay collection "Mountainfit!" Today Meera is hanging out with our friends over at The Next Best Book Blog, where she's done a new audio recording, while on Friday she was over at River City Reading, talking about Kickstarter. Click through for them both! | Read entire entry

Two weeks until Mark R. Brand performs at Studio 505! Just a month until Ken Kase! | October 18, 2013
Just two weeks until CCLaP's newest event at its new "Studio 505" performance venue (i.e. Jason Pettus' new apartment in Uptown), Mark R. Brand reading a full half-hour from his new book "Long Live Us." Then two weeks after that, a special one-time event featuring St. Louis musician and writer Ken Kase! Click through for all the details! | Read entire entry

It's day three of Meera Lee Sethi's "Mountainfit" book tour! | October 17, 2013
It's day three of Meera Lee Sethi's virtual book tour, in support of her CCLaP nature and science essay collection "Mountainfit!" Today Meera is hanging at the Best Damn Creative Writing blog, where she's turned in a guest essay on the subject of turning real-life friends into characters for your book. Click through for the link! | Read entire entry

It's release day for T.A. Noonan's "four sparks fall!" | October 14, 2013
Hooray! CCLaP's newest original book, and our last original book of the year, is finally here! It's called "four sparks fall" by a Florida author named T.A. Noonan, and is our first experimental foray into so-called "young adult literature." Click through for all the details, and to download a free electronic copy right this second! | Read entire entry

Say hello to CCLaP's newest staff members! | September 30, 2013
CCLaP is pleased to announce new new additions to our staff today: Book reviewer and cultural essayist Madeleine Maccar, joining us from New Jersey; and fellow Chicagoan Rex Brink, who is taking over our weekly PDF photographer features. Click through for more on them both, plus the latest info on Karl Wolff's new essay collection "On Being Human!" | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 104: The CCLaP Sessions: Maureen Foley | September 11, 2013
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: It's a special 20-minute live recording from last week's inaugural edition of the center's new monthly reading series, "The CCLaP Sessions." September's edition of the Sessions featured Maureen Foley from southern California, in this case completing the third night of her recent three-day Chicago mini-tour. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 103: Live from the "MMM!" Showcase at Quimby's | September 10, 2013
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: It's a special 40-minute live recording from last week's "MMM!" showcase at Quimby's Bookstore in Wicker Park, featuring three center authors whose names all begin with M -- Mark R. Brand, Mason Johnson, and headliner Maureen Foley from southern California. | Read entire entry

Say hello to CCLaP's newest book, Mark R. Brand's "Long Live Us!" | September 9, 2013
Another month, another new release from CCLaP! Today we're proud to announce the release of the speculative story collection "Long Live Us," by Chicago writer Mark R. Brand, author of the previous CCLaP hit "Life After Sleep" from 2011. Click through for lots more details, and to download a copy for free right this minute! | Read entire entry

CCLaP's newest book, Meera Lee Sethi's "Mountainfit," is now here! | June 11, 2013
Excelsior! CCLaP's third original book of the year is now available! It's a collection of John-Muir-style essays about nature and science called "Mountainfit" by Meera Lee Sethi, and I'm sure you're going to love it, whether as a free ebook or a special handmade hardback. Click through for more, including links for ordering and downloading! | Read entire entry

Hope to see you at the "Women Float" release party! | June 6, 2013
The release party for Maureen Foley's CCLaP book "Women Float," being held in the southern California town of Carpinteria, is happening tomorrow! Click through for all the details, if you live in the area and would like to attend, or to learn more about our Facebook and Twitter accounts where I'll be posting live updates over the next three days. | Read entire entry

It's the last day of Kevin Haworth's virtual book tour! | May 31, 2013
It's the last day of Kevin Haworth's virtual book tour for "Famous Drownings in Literary History!" Here, a recap of everything you might've missed this week. | Read entire entry

CCLaP's newest book, Maureen Foley's 'Women Float,' is finally here! | May 28, 2013
Excelsior! CCLaP's second original book of the year, the female relationship dramedy "Women Float" by Maureen Foley, is now finally out and available to the general public! Click through for a lot more, including the book's synopsis and links for downloading/purchasing. | Read entire entry

Barry Wightman: The CCLaP Interview | May 28, 2013
Today, an email interview with Wisconsin author Barry Wightman, whose counterculture novel "Pepperland" is in the midst right now of a virtual book tour. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Update: 21 May 2013 | May 21, 2013
In today's CCLaP Update: Lauryn Allison wins an major new award; Mason Johnson and Meera Lee Sethi get official book covers; Maureen Foley announces a release party in southern California; and Judy Blume and gay prison sex, together at last! Click through for all this and more! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Update: 30 April 2013 | April 30, 2013
Today in CCLaP's weekly update, now also available as an email newsletter: We attend the Chicago Pop-Up Book Fair; Eleanor Stanford's "Historia, Historia" has a release party; Maureen Foley's "Women Float" gets an official cover; our rare book collection acquires 12 new titles; plus a roundup of recent reviews and links to every essay we posted last week. Click through for it all! | Read entire entry

The CCLaP Update: 16 April 2003 | April 16, 2013
Today, the start of a new general update about the center every Tuesday, which will soon be available as well as an email subscription. Today: Maureen Foley's cover art drops, Eleanor Stanford and David David Katzman's books continue to do well, and Lori Hettler starts building our first national network of bookstore retailers! | Read entire entry

Say hello to CCLaP's new book reviewers! | April 8, 2013
CCLaP is happy to announce two new book reviewers joining our blog staff starting today, Travis Fortney out of Chicago and Yair Ben-Zvi in California, combining with current staffers Karl Wolff and Jason Pettus so to start offering again thoughtful long-form critical essays every single day of the week. Click through for details, photos, a look at our new weekly posting schedule, and an update about our new monthly magazine that gathers up all these reviews! | Read entire entry

Calling the CCLaP Army! Your proofreading duties again needed! | February 20, 2013
Attention CCLaP Army! Just three weeks until the release of our newest original book, Eleanor Stanford's "Historia, Historia;" and that means we're in need of volunteer proofreaders again, to do a crowd-sourced beta testing of the manuscript for missing periods and other tiny errors. Click through for the details! | Read entire entry

METAPOST: Just one month until CCLaP's first book of the year! Oh yeah, and WE NEED A LETTERPRESS ARTIST! | February 15, 2013
Just one month until the release of CCLaP's first original book of the year, a Peace Corps memoir and collection of essays about language and eating disorders, Eleanor Stanford's "Historia, Historia." Oh, and we still haven't found a letterpress artist who would like to do the covers of the paper version, so I'm making a public appeal for one here! Click through for all the details! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 97: 'Hair Lit's Nick Ostdick and Jason Behrends | January 28, 2013
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: It's a half-hour talk with RAGAD founder Nick Ostdick and Orange Alert head Jason Behrends, all about their new anthology of stories concerning '80s metal bands, "Hair Lit." | Read entire entry

Personal essay: Why 'Harmontown' is the Best Podcast in the US You're Not Listening To. | January 23, 2013
Today at CCLaP, a few thoughts on the recent Chicago stop of Dan Harmon's confessional, hilarious "Harmontown" podcast tour, and what makes this both a technically and conceptually groundbreaking show that is writing some of the rules that future podcasts will forever follow. | Read entire entry

Hey Chicagoans! Come to the 'Hair Lit' release party tomorrow night! | January 11, 2013
Hey, Chicagoans! What are you doing tomorrow night? It's nothing, right? DON'T LIE TO ME! Instead, come out to the release party for the new lit anthology based on '80s metal bands, "Hair Lit," at the Book Cellar in Lincoln Square. Click through for all the details! | Read entire entry

Come join us at the Pop-Up Book Fair this Sunday! | December 7, 2012
Hey Chicagoans! If you're not doing anything on Sunday, come join us at the Pop-Up Book Fair at the Empty Bottle! Featuring 25 local presses and a handful of indie-rock bands, this free-with-RSVP event will be a great place to pick up holiday gifts for all your hipster friends. Click through for all the details! | Read entire entry

Personal essay: Lucasfilm, the artistic endgame, and the death of the Gen-X man-child. | November 1, 2012
Today at CCLaP, a personal essay: A few thoughts on the recent sale of Lucasfilm to Disney, why all young artists should admire George Lucas for pulling it off, and why this is the perfect time for my fellow Generation X man-children to finally stop worshipping crap. | Read entire entry

CCLaP's newest Kickstarter campaign...has begun! | October 22, 2012
CCLaP's newest Kickstarter campaign begins today! It's for our coming deluxe holiday book, "The Kickstarter Letters" by David David Katzman (including 25 new illustrations by Mike Wilgus), and there's a WHOLE LOT to tell you about it. Click through to start your stream-of-consciousness adventure! | Read entire entry

METAPOST: Check out this insanely complex map of CCLaP's peer network | October 17, 2012
Chicago graduate student Lindsey Jancay recently made an organizational chart of CCLaP for a class project, and the results are a lot more complex and stunning than I had been expecting. Click through to check it out yourself! | Read entire entry

Photo essay: CCLaP New York City tour report | June 8, 2012
CCLaP's back from New York City, safe and sound! And now that I've gotten a little rest, I thought I would devote the entire afternoon to getting a report and over 50 photos from the tour posted to the blog. Click through for the entire extra-long thing! | Read entire entry

It's Lauryn Allison Lewis day at CCLaP! | April 23, 2012
It's Lauryn Allison Lewis day at CCLaP! And that's because today we're celebrating her new novella with the center, a dark and unsettling post-apocalyptic fairytale called "solo/down." Click through for a lot more, and to start the downloading/ordering process. | Read entire entry

Hey you! Know of a cool local indie bookstore? | March 29, 2012
CCLaP finally has a growing stack of all our older handmade paper books, which means we're also finally getting them into more and more consignment-friendly indie bookstores across the United States. Know of one in your own city? Let us know! Click through for details, or just leave the information in the comments below! | Read entire entry

Holy crap! "Have You Seen Me" gets double Lambda Award nominations! | March 20, 2012
Holy crap! The nominations were just announced for the Lambda Awards, the most important LGBT literary award on the planet; and not only did the CCLaP novella "Have You Seen Me" by Katherine Scott Nelson get nominated, it's the only single book this year to get nods in two categories at once! Click through for the exciting details! | Read entire entry

Check out a comics version of Ben Tanzer's "The Gift!" | January 27, 2012
Just wanted to give CCLaP's readers a heads-up about this new comics adaptation of Ben Tanzer's "The Gift," which can be found in the center's 2008 story collection "Repetition Patterns." Click through for the link! | Read entire entry

For your consideration: "Life After Sleep" for the 2012 Hugo | January 18, 2012
It's a long shot, but I wanted to remind everyone that the 2011 CCLaP science-fiction novel "Life After Sleep" by Mark R. Brand is eligible for this year's Hugo Award, the biggest award in the entire industry. They're being given out this year in Chicago, and CCLaP will be attending, so this would be a great feather in our cap if you can help out! | Read entire entry

SHOP Podcast 04: All The Writers I Know | January 17, 2012
Today on the SHOP Podcast, produced by the Southside Hub of Production and with files hosted here at CCLaP: It's the December edition of queer lit showcase "All The Writers I Know," hosted by Patrick Gill. Recorded in the library of the historic Walter William Fenn House in Chicago's Hyde Park. | Read entire entry

SHOP Podcast 03: Jumeck Raféal | January 2, 2012
Today on the SHOP Podcast, produced by the Southside Hub of Production but with files hosted here at CCLaP: It's a half-hour reading by local author Jumeck Rafeal from his novel "Calling Queens," in which a modern African-American high-school teacher is transported to the Middle Ages, and inhabits the bodies of the various wives of Henry VIII. Held at the historic William Wallace Fenn House in Chicago's Hyde Park. | Read entire entry

Kirkus Reviews discovers CCLaP! AND THEY LIKE US! | December 7, 2011
Kirkus Reviews, the second most popular lit-review publication in America, recently did its first write-up of a CCLaP book, the coming-of-age novella "Have You Seen Me" by Katherine Scott Nelson -- and they liked it! A lot! Click through for more, including the full review itself. | Read entire entry

CCLaP's two newest books are now (finally) here! | December 6, 2011
DOUBLE RAINBOW EXCITEMENT! Today sees the release of not just one but two new books at CCLaP: the electronic story collection "So Different Now" and the deluxe paper edition, "The New York Stories," both by Chicago author Ben Tanzer. Click through for lots more details, lots more photos, and direct links to both books' order pages. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 81: Author Ben Tanzer | December 6, 2011
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: It's an hour-long talk with Chicago author Ben Tanzer, on the occasion of the release of his two newest books with the center, the electronic story collection "So Different Now" and the deluxe paper version, "The New York Stories." | Read entire entry

SHOP Podcast 02: Robert Beshara | November 28, 2011
Today on the SHOP Podcast, produced by the Southside Hub of Production (southsidehub.org) and whose files are hosted at CCLaP: It's a half-hour reading by Rober Beshara of his "N.A.R.T.ist Manifesto," a new way of thinking about the relationship between artists, researchers and teachers. | Read entire entry

No new book until December 5th! But lookit how purty it is! | November 21, 2011
Yes, dear reader, it seems that CCLaP has officially bitten off just a little more than it can chew this fall, and that Ben Tanzer's new book "The New York Stories" will be out on December 5th instead of today like planned. But I do at least have one copy done, and it's looking pretty freaking gorgeous! Click through for nine new photos of it! | Read entire entry

The Chicago Book Expo is this weekend! | November 18, 2011
The Chicago Book Expo is this weekend! CCLaP will have a booth at it, co-manned by the always vivacious Lauryn Allison; plus we'll having signing hours on Saturday from Sally Weigel (12 to 1), Katherine Scott Nelson (2 to 3), and Ben Tanzer (4 to 5). Click through for all the details! | Read entire entry

Just look at all the busy crap coming up with CCLaP soon! | November 4, 2011
Frustrated by the lack of CCLaP blog updates recently? That's because we have a book release party for Katherine Scott Nelson next week we're working on, then a new book by Ben Tanzer and Laura Szumowski the following week, then our first book fair the next week, then our big high-ticket Victorian-mansion Christmas fundraiser the week after that! Whew! Click through for it all! | Read entire entry

Announcing the SHoP Reading Series podcast! | November 3, 2011
Today at CCLaP, I'm happy to announce an official new addition to our podcast -- regular live literary readings from a new Hyde Park arts organization I've gotten involved with, called the Southside Hub of Production or SHoP for short. Click through for the details, and to see photos from last night's inaugural event, a regular queer-lit showcase called "All The Writers I Know." | Read entire entry

Jason Jordan has a new book coming out! Go order a copy, won't you? | October 25, 2011
CCLaP friend and Ohio bizarro author Jason Jordan, editor of the great lit mag "decomP," has a new novella coming out with Main Street Rag! It's a bizarro black comedy about the apocalypse! HOW CAN YOU RESIST!? Click through for more details and to pre-order a copy right now! | Read entire entry

Stickers! Get yer sexy new hipster CCLaP stickers! | October 19, 2011
Stickers! Get yer sexy new hipster CCLaP stickers! Designed by Laura Szumowski! Available for just two bucks! Click through to order one right now! | Read entire entry

Why I Signed 'Have You Seen Me' - An Apologia. | October 18, 2011
It's Katherine Scott Nelson Day at CCLaP! And in celebration of her new book with the center, the runaway coming-of-age novella "Have You Seen Me," here is an 'apologia' from me (or that is, a deliberately all-positive critical essay), on why I liked this manuscript enough to sign it in the first place. | Read entire entry

It's Katherine Scott Nelson Day at CCLaP! | October 18, 2011
It's Katherine Scott Nelson Day at CCLaP! And that's in honor of her new book with the center coming out today, the runaway coming-of-age tale "Have You Seen Me." Click through for a wealth of links, including to the book itself, a recent interview, its Goodreads listing, critical essays, a spoken-word MP3, info about the release party, and more! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 79: Author Katherine Scott Nelson | October 18, 2011
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: It's my twenty-minute talk with local author Katherine Scott Nelson, in celebration of her new book with the center, the runaway coming-of-age tale "Have You Seen Me." | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast Extra: Audio excerpt from 'Have You Seen Me' | October 18, 2011
Today, a special CCLaP Podcast extra: A twelve-minute spoken-word excerpt from the center's new book, Katherine Scott Nelson's runaway coming-of-age novella "Have You Seen Me," performed by professional voice artist Christopher Sullivan. | Read entire entry

Passing the Torch: Jason Fisk on Katherine Scott Nelson | October 18, 2011
It's Katherine Scott Nelson Day at CCLaP! And in celebration of her new book with the center, the runaway coming-of-age novella "Have You Seen Me," here's a "passing the torch" style essay from CCLaP's last published author, Jason Fisk of "Salt Creek Anthology," on what he likes about this newest book. | Read entire entry

We're having a party for "Have You Seen Me!" | October 18, 2011
It's Katherine Scott Nelson Day at CCLaP! And in celebration of her new novella with the center, the runaway coming-of-age tale "Have You Seen Me," we'll be throwing a release party on November 10th at Women & Children First Bookstore in Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood. Click through for all the details! | Read entire entry

Calling the CCLaP Army! EMERGENCY IN EARTH-PRIME! | September 23, 2011
Well, okay, it's not exactly infinite crisis time, but CCLaP is now officially calling up again its volunteer army of proofreaders, to help us get the coming original book "Have You Seen Me" by Katherine Scott Nelson into tip-top shape before publication in a few weeks. Click through to volunteer, soldier! | Read entire entry

Download a sneak preview of CCLaP's next book! | September 20, 2011
CCLaP's next original book, the coming-of-age tale "Have You Seen Me" by Katherine Scott Nelson, gets released on October 17th; and lo and behold, we're running so ahead of schedule with its editing, I decided to put together a little sneak preview that you can download right now! Click through to do so! Now! Do it! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 78: Live from the 'American Wasteland' release party | September 16, 2011
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: It's a special half-hour live-audience edition, recorded at the center's recent book release party for "American Wasteland," last September 9th at Quimby's Bookstore in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood. Featuring performances from Delphine Pontvieux, Mark R. Brand and Lawrence Santoro. | Read entire entry

Kickstarter Alert: Eddie Wright | September 16, 2011
Today, the start of a new feature at the blog, pointing out Kickstarter campaigns from people who have been featured at the website before. Today features the latest project by Eddie Wright, whose surrealist drama "Broken Bulbs" I declared one of the best experimental books of the year in 2009. | Read entire entry

"American Wasteland" is finally here! | September 14, 2011
A home internet blackout has had this delayed, but I'm happy to announce that CCLaP's newest original book is finally out, the dark science-fiction 9/11 anthology "American Wasteland." Download the ebook! Order it in paper! Order all our paper books at once! Cringe at the pure darkness of these Tea Party cautionary tales! | Read entire entry

Hope to see you at the CCLaP Quimby's party tonight! | September 9, 2011
Just a short reminder about CCLaP's release party at Quimby's Bookstore tonight, for the dark sci-fi 9/11 anthology "American Wasteland." Free beer! Local performances! Sexy nerds! Hope to see you there! | Read entire entry

Don't forget the big CCLaP Quimby's party this Friday! | September 6, 2011
Only four days until CCLaP's big "American Wasteland" release party this coming Friday, at famed Wicker Park destination Quimby's Bookstore! Free beer! Readings from Mark R. Brand, Delphine Pontvieux and Lawrence Santoro! Many, many sexy nerds in funny glasses! Click through for all the details! | Read entire entry

CCLaP After Dark 08: The Printers Ball | August 30, 2011
Today in "CCLaP After Dark," the center's new video series on various live Chicago literary events: it's a report from this year's Printers Ball, a massive celebration of print media sponsored by Columbia College, the Poetry Foundation and more, one of the largest of its kind in the entire US. | Read entire entry

Help David David Katzman publish his new novel! | August 30, 2011
My friend David David Katzman, a surrealist author here in Chicago, has decided to go the Kickstarter route for his darkly bizarre new novel, "A Greater Monster." Click through for lots more details, as well as a highly entertaining video he put together about the subject. | Read entire entry

Hey, Traci Kim, how was the internship? | August 22, 2011
As the summer closes out, we must say goodbye to CCLaP's hardworking 2011 intern, Traci Kim, editor of the new center anthology "Amsterdamned If You do." Here, a final report and thank-yous from Traci, now that she's back at school. | Read entire entry

You're invited to the "American Wasteland" Quimby's release party! | August 22, 2011
Hot damn! Fresh on the heels of its big quadruple book release party the other week, CCLaP is happy to announce its newest event, a release party at Quimby's in Wicker Park for the new anthology "American Wasteland: Bleak Tales of the Future on the Tenth Anniversary of 9/11." Click through for all the details! | Read entire entry

The paper version of "99 Problems" is now available! | August 19, 2011
Happy news -- today finally sees the release of the very last paper edition of an old CCLaP ebook, in this case Ben Tanzer's remarkable essay series on running and writing, "99 Problems" from 2010. Click through for a lot more, tons of photos, and direct links to the purchase buttons. | Read entire entry

Hey, Jason Fisk, how was Minnesota? | August 18, 2011
Writer Jason Fisk recently became CCLaP's first author to officially travel to another state to attend a bookclub discussion, in this case to Minnesota to discuss his story collection "Salt Creek Anthology." Click through for photos and a field report. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 76: Live from the CCLaP Book Party | August 17, 2011
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: It's a special one-hour, live-audience edition, recorded at the center's big book release party at Chicago's Beauty Bar on August 10th. Featuring performances from Jason Fisk, Sally Weigel, Ben Tanzer, Mark R. Brand, Delphine Pontvieux and Robert Duffer. | Read entire entry

CCLaP's new summer anthology is here! | August 16, 2011
Excelsior! CCLaP's newest original book is here! It's a new anthology, in fact, "Amsterdamned If You Do," a look at the subject of setting and how it affects modern literature, conceptualized and edited by the center's 2011 intern, Traci Kim. Click through for more, and to start the downloading/purchasing process. | Read entire entry

CCLaP's book release party was a big success! | August 12, 2011
CCLaP's big quadruple book release party this past Wednesday was a huge success, with 75 people in attendance altogether and a fun drunken (DRUNKEN) time had by all. Click through for a longer recap and lots of photos! | Read entire entry

CCLaP's big book release party is tomorrow! | August 9, 2011
Holy crap! CCLaP's giant quadruple book release party is tomorrow! Here, final details for those who need them, and links to a series of long interviews and profiles about the center that have recently been showing up around the blogosphere. | Read entire entry

Only one week until CCLaP's big book release party! | August 3, 2011
Hey hey! Just one week until CCLaP's big quadruple book release party and performance extravaganza, taking place August 10th at Beauty Bar over at 1444 W. Chicago Avenue. Click through for more details, and to see a new profile of CCLaP published today by Lori Hettler's "The Next Best Book Blog." | Read entire entry

The paper version of "Too Young to Fall Asleep" is here! | July 18, 2011
Happy day! The latest of CCLaP's special new "Hypermoden Editions," a series of high-quality, paper editions of all our electronic books, is now available; in this case it's Sally Weigel's youth/war novella "Too Young to Fall Asleep," originally published electronically in 2009. Click through for lots of photos and to order a copy right this moment! | Read entire entry

A chat with Sally Weigel | July 18, 2011
It's release day for CCLaP's latest "Hypermodern" paper book, in this case Sally Weigel's youth/war novella "Too Young to Fall Asleep," originally published electronically in 2009. Here I sit and talk with Sally via text chat about all the things that have been going on with her in the two years since the book first came out. | Read entire entry

Announcing the CCLaP Quadruple Book Release Party! | July 11, 2011
It's official -- CCLaP is throwing its next big live event on Wednesday, August 10th, a special group party celebrating all four paper books the center will have out by then, from local authors Ben Tanzer, Sally Weigel, Mark R. Brand and Jason Fisk. It's at Beauty Bar in the Noble Square neighborhood and will feature free food and performances; click through for all the details, including links to its Facebook page and iCal file. | Read entire entry

It's Jason Fisk Day at CCLaP! | June 30, 2011
Hooray! CCLaP's newest original book is finally here! It's the micro-story collection "Salt Creek Anthology" by local author Jason Fisk, and today the entire day has been given over to it here at the site, including a series of new essays, a "making of" photo essay regarding the paper book, a new interview with Fisk for the podcast, and more. Click through for links to them all. | Read entire entry

Personal essay: "Why I Signed 'Salt Creek Anthology' - An Apologia." | June 30, 2011
It's Jason Fisk Day at CCLaP! And in celebration of his new book with the center, the micro-story collection "Salt Creek Anthology," here is an "Apologia" from me (i.e. a critical essay with an obvious bias), on why I signed the book in the first place, and more on the "hyperfiction" style that it's been released under. | Read entire entry

Passing the Torch: Mark R. Brand on Jason Fisk | June 30, 2011
It's Jason Fisk Day at CCLaP! And in celebration of his new book with the center, the "micro-story" collection "Salt Creek Anthology," here's a critical essay by Mark R. Brand, the center's last published author, on what he thinks of the new book. | Read entire entry

The Making of 'Salt Creek Anthology' - a photo essay | June 30, 2011
It's Jason Fisk Day at CCLaP! And in celebration of his new book for the center, the "micro-story" collection "Salt Creek Anthology," here's a special photo essay showing step by step what goes into making the special paper edition of the book, including a handmade, fabric-lined box. | Read entire entry

Metapost: Updates on CCLaP's coming anthologies | June 24, 2011
CCLaP's summer intern Traci Kim drops us another line to let us know how things are going, and also what the status is on the anthology she's putting together for the center this summer; and speaking of which, the deadline is fast approaching on CCLaP's other anthology as well, "American Wasteland." Click through for lots more on both! | Read entire entry

CCLaP After Dark 07: QUICKIES! | June 24, 2011
Today in "CCLaP After Dark," the center's new video podcast series on the various live literary events I'm attending around Chicago this summer: it's a recap from the latest edition of "QUICKIES!," a popular monthly reading held at Wicker Park's Innertown Pub, in which a large group of performers each get exactly four minutes on stage. Click through for the video! | Read entire entry

Hey, CCLaP army! IT'S PROOFREADING TIME AGAIN! | June 14, 2011
We're two weeks away from the release of CCLaP's newest original book, Jason Fisk's "Salt Creek Anthology," and you know what that means -- that's right, we're looking for volunteer proofreaders again! Click through for all the details, and please consider helping us to get Jason's manuscript into as perfect a shape as possible before publication. | Read entire entry

CCLaP After Dark 06: Literary Death Match | June 13, 2011
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: It's episode 6 of the center's new video series, "CCLaP After Dark," short recaps of various live lit events across the city this summer. Today's episode features an all-comedy edition of "Literary Death Match," a truly global phenomenon started by Todd Zuniga which is now held in over thirty cities across the planet. | Read entire entry

How's the CCLaP book coming, Traci? | June 13, 2011
You remember CCLaP's summer intern, Traci Kim, right? She's in charge of a new anthology the center will be publishing in August on the subject of setting and place within contemporary fiction; and with the submission deadline of July 11th fast approaching, I thought I'd have her give us all a little update on how everything is going. Click through to read it! | Read entire entry

CCLaP now accepting international orders! | June 9, 2011
Happy day -- CCLaP is now accepting international orders for its first paper book, Mark R. Brand's "Life After Sleep!" Click through for the details; but in a nutshell, the grand total for purchase plus shipping will be around US$30 to just about anyone on the planet, equivalent to roughly 20 pounds or euros. | Read entire entry

The new Curbside book is here! The new Curbside book is here! | June 8, 2011
The newest book from our pals at Chicago small press Curbside Splendor just showed up in the mail, a poetry collection called "The Chapbook" by Charles Bane, Jr; and it turns out to be crammed with beautiful full-color illustrations, so I thought I'd post a few shots here before the book's been officially released. Thanks for the copy, Victor David Giron! | Read entire entry

Field report: 2011 Printers Row Book Fair and Lit Fest | June 6, 2011
As regular readers know, I had a chance this weekend to attend the annual Printers Row Book Fair and Lit Fest here in Chicago, so I thought I'd take a moment and post a few of the photos I took while I was there as well. Click through for them all. | Read entire entry

Going to Printers Row? Have a beer with us while you're there! | June 3, 2011
Chicagoans! Going to the big Printers Row Book Fair and Lit Fest this weekend? If so, make sure to join your fellow CCLaP readers at an ultra-casual pub meet-up, in the back of Kasey's Tavern at 701 S. Dearborn from 3:30 to 5:30 on late Saturday afternoon. Click through for all the details! | Read entire entry

Traci Kim's "Settings" anthology: Call For Submissions | June 1, 2011
Earlier today, I introduced you to CCLaP's new summer intern, Traci Kim, and mentioned how her main thing for the center this summer will be a brand-new anthology on the subject of setting and milieu within contemporary fiction; here then is the actual open call for submissions, including lots more details on the subject itself. Both she and I look forward to seeing what you put together. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 73: Author Justin Kramon | May 30, 2011
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: It's my talk with New England author Justin Kramon, a graduate of the prestigious Iowa Writers' Workshop whose first novel "Finny" was put out to critical acclaim last year by Random House. Click through to download, listen to a streaming version, or subscribe to our iTunes channel. | Read entire entry

And did I mention the "Time Out" article? | May 27, 2011
And I can't send everyone off to their long Memorial Day weekends without first thanking Jonathan Messinger for so prominently featuring both CCLaP and the center's newest book, Mark R. Brand's "Life After Sleep," in a full-page cover story in the Books section of this week's "Time Out: Chicago." Click through for more! | Read entire entry

New to the Reading List: 27 May 2011 | May 27, 2011
Today, short looks at the latest eight titles to be added to the center's unending to-read list, including more of this year's Hugo nominees for Best Novel, a new history of the Transcontinental Railroad, the newest books from Charles Stross and Jasper Fforde (yes, people, the new Thursday Next novel is here), and more. | Read entire entry

CCLaP's Etsy store is now open! | May 26, 2011
Double Rainbow Hooray! (What does it mean!?) CCLaP's Etsy store, selling the center's first two whimsically decorated, hand-made blank journals, is now open! Cotton sheets! Coptic stitching! 160 pages! Only twenty bucks! Buy! Buy! Buy! Click through for more, including lots of photographs! | Read entire entry

CCLaP After Dark 04: Essay Fiesta | May 23, 2011
Today in "CCLaP After Dark," the center's new video recap series highlighting all the different Chicago literary events taking place around the city these days: it's "Essay Fiesta," a monthly showcase of entertaining true stories with strong ties to the local theater community, hosted by Alyson Lyon and Keith Ecker at the Book Cellar in Lincoln Square. | Read entire entry

New to the Reading List: 20 May 2011 | May 20, 2011
Today, a look at the latest seven titles to be added to the center's unending "to-read" list, including the two latest releases from Pedlar Press, two academic story collections sent by Daniel Casey of "Gently Read Literature," two of this year's Hugo nominees for Best Novel, and David Mitchell's latest, the Booker-nominated "The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet." | Read entire entry

The future is here: 'Life After Sleep' BookCard added to school library | May 18, 2011
How cool is this? A high-school library in upstate New York has added the experimental USB 'BookCard' version of Mark R. Brand's "Life After Sleep" to their permanent collection! Click through for a lot more, including photos of the BookCard actually at their library, as well as more about the surprising success of this little experiment in bringing ebooks out into the physical world. | Read entire entry

CCLaP After Dark 03: Reading Under the Influence | May 13, 2011
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: It's episode 3 of the center's new "After Dark" video series, short recaps of various literary events going on around Chicago this summer and fall. Today's episode covers the sixth anniversary show of the popular "Reading Under the Influence," held at Sheffield's in the Lakeview neighborhood. | Read entire entry

The Making of a CCLaP Book: Part 4 | May 12, 2011
Klasse! CCLaP's first paper book, for Mark R. Brand's "Life After Sleep," is now available! To mark the occasion, I'm doing a four-part photo essay here at the site this week, obsessively detailing each and every step involved with actually making one of these special handmade editions. Today we're wrapping things up, figuratively and literally, with not just the last few assembly steps but all the work involved with packing and shipping one. | Read entire entry

CCLaP's first paper book is finally ready for purchase! | May 9, 2011
Excelsior! CCLaP's first paper book, for Mark R. Brand's day-after-tomorrow novella "Life After Sleep," is finally available for purchase! Click through for a whole lot more, including a chance to order it right this second. | Read entire entry

New to the Reading List: 6 May 2011 | May 6, 2011
Today, short looks at the latest two books to be added to the center's unending to-read list, including a history of the ancient Roman book "Germania" by Tacitus in 98 A.D., and the darkly humorous genre story collection "Unforgettable," picked up directly from author Paul McComas during a recent Chicago appearance. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast Extra: "Life After Sleep" commercial | May 5, 2011
Surprise -- I made a creepy-feeling sci-fi online video commercial for CCLaP's newest book, the day-after-tomorrow tale "Life After Sleep" by Mark R. Brand. Click through to watch it right this second, then please spread the word if you can and help make this a viral hit! | Read entire entry

Only one week until CCLaP's first paper book is available! | May 2, 2011
Only one week now until CCLaP's first paper book, for Mark R. Brand's day-after-tomorrow novella "Life After Sleep," will be available for purchase! Click through for more on how the assembly process is going; and don't forget that an electronic version is available as well, completely for free if you so choose. | Read entire entry

CCLaP After Dark 02: Ben Tanzer book release party | May 2, 2011
Today in episode 2 of CCLaP's new video series, "CCLaP After Dark," it's a recap of the recent release party for Ben Tanzer's new novel, "You Can Make Him Like You," hosted by Victor David Giron and Curbside Splendor at Beauty Bar in Bucktown. Also featuring Jason Fisk, Gina Frangello, Tim Jones-Yelvington and Lindsay Hunter. | Read entire entry

New to the Reading List: 29 April 2011 | April 29, 2011
Today, short looks at the latest five additions to the center's unending to-read list, including nonfiction titles on the history of Britain and of Greek science being saved by Islamic scholars, two new intriguing novels, and an illustrated guide to throwing parties for five-year-old girls where they all get to dress up like fairy princesses. No, seriously. | Read entire entry

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a paper book. | April 22, 2011
They're not for sale yet, but I at least wanted to end the week with the fantastic news that CCLaP's first paper book (and I mean literally the first copy), of Mark R. Brand's "Life After Sleep," is finally finished and busy drying in my apartment. Click through for a ton of photos, and more on the center's coming "Hypermodern Editions" series of collector-worthy but affordably-priced paper titles. | Read entire entry

New to the Reading List: 22 April 2011 | April 22, 2011
Today, short looks at the newest five books to be added to the center's unending to-read list, including the latest by Myla Goldberg, the latest from Two Dollar Radio, a history of Mars-based literature, an anthology on time-traveling disasters, and a comedy about a dead slacker in a corporate-run Heaven. | Read entire entry

CCLaP After Dark 01: Orange Alert Reading Series | April 18, 2011
Today on the CCLaP Podcast, the debut of a new video series - "CCLaP After Dark," short recaps of various live literary events happening all around the Chicago area this summer and fall. Today's episode looks at the Orange Alert Reading Series at The Whistler in Logan Square, hosted by Jason Behrends of Orange Alert Press. | Read entire entry

Chicagoans, hope to see you this Sunday at Orange Alert! | April 15, 2011
CCLaP will be at the Orange Alert Reading Series this Sunday, supporting author Mark R. Brand and selling for the first time our special "BookCard" edition of his novella "Life After Sleep," and hope to see all you Chicagoans as well. Click through for details on both the reading and this special project, including lots of photos of it in action. | Read entire entry

Only three months until the "American Wasteland" deadline! | April 11, 2011
Only three months until the submission deadline for CCLaP's latest anthology, "American Wasteland: Bleak Tales About the Future on the Tenth Anniversary of 9/11!" And this just in -- the release party is being held at revered local bookstore Quimby's! Click through for all the details! | Read entire entry

New to the Reading List: 8 April 2011 | April 8, 2011
Today, short looks at the five latest titles to be added to the center's unending to-read list, including a couple of interesting character dramas, the supposed second coming of David Lynch, Star Jones' kiss-all trash novel about "The View," and New Weird veteran China Mieville's latest. (Surprise! It's about a hidden alternative city!) | Read entire entry

Check out this super-cool video for Chris Taylor's "Harvest Season!" | April 5, 2011
Author Chris Taylor, whose debut novel "Harvest Season" I favorably reviewed a few months ago, has a new video reading of his work out as a sort of YouTube commercial; but it's unique and fascinating enough that I wanted to specially point it out today, especially for all of you fellow writers trying to think of something cool to do with your own book video. Click through to see it! | Read entire entry

New to the Reading List: 1 April 2011 | April 1, 2011
Today, quick looks at the latest five titles to be added to the center's unending to-read list, including the latest by Banana Yoshimoto, a book of short stories by actor James Franco (!), Booker and NBCC nominee "Skippy Dies," and my long-awaited tackling of John Crowley's classic "Little, Big." | Read entire entry

New to the Reading List: 25 March 2011 | March 25, 2011
Today, a look at the latest four books to be added to CCLaP's never-ending to-read list, including a collection of images from Victorian illustrator John Everett Millais, a history of the modern museum concept, a comedic thriller about death-obsessed teens from MTV Books, and the latest steampunk actioner from our friends at Pyr. | Read entire entry

It's Mark Brand Day at CCLaP! | March 7, 2011
It's Mark Brand Day at CCLaP! We're celebrating the release of his newest book for the center, the day-after-tomorrow tale "Life After Sleep," with a whole plethora of supplemental material like interviews and essays; click here for a round-up of links to everything now available. The book is free, so I hope you'll have a chance to check it out! | Read entire entry

Curbside Splendor will be at the Logan Square Farmers Market this weekend | March 4, 2011
I heard from Victor David Giron of small press Curbside Splendor recently, with some interesting news; they're setting up a booth this weekend at Chicago's Logan Square Farmers Market, and will be hawking their wares to the organic-food crowd. Smart! Click through for all the details! | Read entire entry

New to the Reading List: 4 March 2011 | March 4, 2011
Today, the latest five books to be added to CCLaP's never-ending "to read" list, including a new glossy coffeetable book on the history of world's fairs, a new biography of GK Chesterton, and yes! Finally! Franzen! Here! Finally! | Read entire entry

CCLaP releases a teaser poster for its newest book! | February 25, 2011
CCLaP releases a "teaser" poster for its newest original book, Mark R. Brand's day-after-tomorrow tale "Life After Sleep," coming out March 7th! YEAH, JUST LIKE HOLLYWOOD! Click through to see it! | Read entire entry

New to the Reading List: 25 February 2011 | February 25, 2011
Today, a look at the six newest books to be added to the center's never-ending reading list, including the latest by Pulitzer-winning Michael Cunningham, comic artist Julia Wertz's much-anticipated "Drinking at the Movies," Amber Dawn's Kathy-Acker-meets-magical-realism tale "Sub Rosa," and a lot more. | Read entire entry

Proofreaders needed for CCLaP's newest book! | February 22, 2011
We're two weeks away from the release of CCLaP's newest original book, the day-after-tomorrow tale "Life After Sleep" by Mark R. Brand! And you know what that means -- yes, CCLaP Army, we once again need our volunteer proofreaders, to help us catch the dozens of mistakes that history has taught us are still in the manuscript. Click through for all the details! Muchas gracias! | Read entire entry

My talk with Nathan Rabin will be on Chicago television tonight! | February 18, 2011
Just a reminder that my recent talk with "AV Club" head writer Nathan Rabin will be airing on Chicago cable's public access tonight, 11 p.m. on channel 19. Click through for all the details! | Read entire entry

New to the Reading List: 18 February 2011 | February 18, 2011
Today, quick looks at the seven new novels I added this week to CCLaP's unending list of books to eventually read, including the latest by indie favorites Karen Russell, Jonathan Evison, Wesley Stace (aka musician John Wesley Harding), and a lot more. | Read entire entry

An interview with Jordan Castro | February 7, 2011
Our buddies at pop-culture guide Deckfight have started a new small press, so I thought I'd sit down and chat with their first published author -- the remarkable Ohio teen Jordan Castro, whose Deckfight title "Supercomputer" is actually the fifth book he's now put out before even graduating from high school yet. Click through for the full transcript of our interview. | Read entire entry

New to the Reading List: 4 February 2011 | February 4, 2011
Today, a short look at the four latest titles to be added to CCLaP's unending "to-read" list, including a new history of the Bible's formation and three intriguing new character-based novels. | Read entire entry

New to the Reading List: 21 January 2011 | January 21, 2011
Today, a brief look at the four new books added this week to the center's unending to-read list, including the first-ever bio of an obscure Victorian author, a famed futurist's guide to the coming Second Renaissance, and two science-fiction titles that both sound fascinating. | Read entire entry

Meet Oriana Leckert, CCLaP's newest staff writer | January 19, 2011
I'm happy to announce that CCLaP's staff today has officially doubled, from one writer to two; meet Oriana Leckert, the center's latest book critic, who will be contributing both general reviews this year and a new special series on female-friendly graphic novels. Click through to learn more about her and what her new publishing schedule at CCLaP will be. | Read entire entry

CALL FOR ARTISTS: "American Wasteland: Bleak Tales of the Future on the Tenth Anniversary of 9/11" | January 11, 2011
Announcing a call for artists for CCLaP's newest anthology, "American Wasteland: Bleak Tales of the Future on the Tenth Anniversary of 9/11," in which a group of writers will create a shared dark future universe in which mismanagement has brought the US to the brink of collapse. Click through for all the details and submission rules; deadline is July 4th! | Read entire entry

New to the Reading List: 7 January 2010 | January 7, 2011
Today, the debut of a new weekly feature, in which I share the latest titles to be added to my unending 'to-read' list at CCLaP. Today's list consists of five titles, including brief descriptions of why I added them. | Read entire entry

CCLaP's party was a snowy success! | December 30, 2010
We had a nice little crowd show up last night to CCLaP's Royalty Payout and Holiday Party, in which we celebrated Ben Tanzer earning his first royalty check for the running/writing essay collection "99 Problems." Click through for lots of photos, several of them thanks to local author Mark Brand. | Read entire entry

Ben Tanzer's story-map looks freaking incredible in Google Earth 6 | December 16, 2010
I recently had a chance to open Ben Tanzer's "story-map," created as a promotional piece for his CCLaP essay collection "99 Problems," in the brand-new Google Earth 6 with thousands of 3D buildings and millions of 3D trees. The results are freaking incredible. Click through for lots of screenshots! | Read entire entry

CCLaP's event was a cold, rainy success! | November 30, 2010
We had eight hours of freezing rain in Chicago yesterday, which kept a lot of people home from CCLaP's "Evening with Nathan Rabin" event, but I and the intimate audience who made it out had a blast, and of course got a great recording to share with you via podcast next week. Click through for lots and lots of photos! | Read entire entry

CCLaP's big event is tonight! Broke artists...er, volunteers still needed! | November 29, 2010
Tonight finally sees CCLaP's newest live event, my live-audience talk with AV Club head writer Nathan Rabin, plus a special opening performance by Ben Tanzer! I'm still in need of a couple of broke artists who'd like to volunteer and earn free tickets and cocktails! Click through for all the details! | Read entire entry

One week until my talk with Nathan Rabin! Volunteers needed! | November 23, 2010
Just one week to go until CCLaP's next live event, my talk with "AV Club" head writer Nathan Rabin! I'm still in need of a few more volunteers, so click through to learn how you too can earn yourself a free ticket and a cocktail after the show; plus, links and quotes from Rabin's latest book, the hilarious look at bad movies known as "My Year of Flops." | Read entire entry

Personal essay: CCLaP's "wikicloud" project is back on. | November 22, 2010
Good news -- almost two years since first mentioning it, I'm back at work on CCLaP's "Wikicloud Guide to the Victorian Age," in which I present nearly a thousand Wikipedia entries on the subject in a visual, non-linear map. Click through for lots of thoughts on the subject, as well as text and screenshots from the map's "creation journal." | Read entire entry

Announcing CCLaP's newest event: An Evening with Nathan Rabin | November 8, 2010
Happy day! It's time to announce CCLaP's newest live event -- a long "Charlie Rose" style interview I'll be doing on November 29th with Nathan Rabin, bestselling author and head writer of the cultishly popular AV Club, with an opening performance by local author Ben Tanzer. $6 tickets! At an actual theatre! Audience Q&A! Click through for all the details! | Read entire entry

Metapost: WHY HAVEN'T YOU JOINED CCLAP'S FACEBOOK GROUP YET? | October 25, 2010
Have you joined CCLaP's Facebook group yet? Why the frak not? After all, almost a dozen industry professionals and over 35 published authors are there, and it's a great place to directly communicate with them all. Click through for details and links! | Read entire entry

Ben Tanzer's "The Gift" now available in Polish! | October 14, 2010
Attention, Polish readers -- the CCLaP story "The Gift" by Ben Tanzer is now available in your native language, thanks to European literary journal "minimalbooks." Click through for all the details! | Read entire entry

CCLaP reader makes "Month at the Museum" finals! | September 27, 2010
Holy crap! One of CCLaP's readers, fascinating local artist Felix Jung, has made the finals of the much-publicized "Month at the Museum" contest being sponsored by the Museum of Science and Industry! Click through for the details and to go vote for him now! | Read entire entry

Personal essay: How do I create CCLaP's ebooks? | September 14, 2010
Today, a special personal essay, addressing a question I'm getting asked more and more often these days, of what exact software I use to create the center's electronic books, and how exactly I go about making them in the first place. | Read entire entry

And now, Ben Tanzer being interviewed by an eight-year-old | September 10, 2010
And now for your Friday afternoon pleasure: Chicago author Ben Tanzer being interviewed by his eight-year-old son regarding his latest original book for CCLaP, the running/writing essay collection "99 Problems." YOU'RE WELCOME. | Read entire entry

Zavisa Bjelogrlic has a new photography website | September 7, 2010
I received some news this week regarding European photographer Zavisa Bjelogrlic, who I featured at the CCLaP website last year, and his new minimalist photo site at Binzac.com. Click through for all the details. | Read entire entry

"99 Problems:" Now surprisingly successful at Amazon | August 30, 2010
It's week three of CCLaP's newest original book, the running/writing essay collection "99 Problems" by Ben Tanzer, and we received some surprising news recently regarding it: The Kindle version cracked the top 20,000 bestsellers at Amazon this weekend, and unbelievably made the national top 10 of all sports collections being sold there. Click through for all the details! | Read entire entry

"99 Problems:" You like it! You really like it! | August 23, 2010
CCLaP's newest original book, the essay collection "99 Problems" by Ben Tanzer, enters its second week of release! Hundreds of downloads! Hundreds of dollars in donations! Critical praise out the yazoo! Amazon Kindle version now available! Click through for all the details! | Read entire entry

CCLaP's newest original book is finally here! | August 17, 2010
It's the release day of CCLaP's latest original book, the running/writing essay collection "99 Problems" by Ben Tanzer! Here, the official announcement, containing all kinds of information about the book itself, plus screenshots of it running on an iPhone and a Sony Reader. | Read entire entry

Check out the '99 Problems' story-map! | August 17, 2010
It's the release day of CCLaP's newest original book, the running/writing essay collection "99 Problems" by Ben Tanzer! Here, information on a cool promotional project we were able to put together for it -- namely, we plotted one of the essays on an actual customized Google map, complete with placemarkers and photos illustrating many of the specific locations Ben mentions in the story. | Read entire entry

Field report: Fifth House Ensemble at High Concept Laboratories | August 9, 2010
I had a chance earlier tonight to visit for the first time the new, absolutely astounding Chicago performance space High Concept Laboratories, where I watched the first concert of their new artists-in-residence, the avant-garde chamber-music group Fifth House Ensemble. Click through for details, links, and photos! | Read entire entry

Metapost: I'm hosting an artistic potluck dinner tomorrow night | July 29, 2010
This is a non-CCLaP post about an artistic potluck dinner I've been asked to host tomorrow night, down at the "ad-hoc cultural center" The Op Shop in Hyde Park, which will feature the premiere of a new piece by conceptual sound artist Kiku Hibino, which all of you are invited to. Click through for all the details. | Read entire entry

An interview with Ian McDonald | July 23, 2010
It's Ian McDonald Week here at CCLaP; and to cap things off here on Friday, I thought I would publish my recent text-based interview with him, done from his home in Northern Ireland via Google Chat, a wide-ranging discussion that touches on hard versus soft science-fiction, the developing world, Star Trek novels and more. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: Dead Advice | July 21, 2010
Today's obsession: The Chicago-based artistic experiment "Dead Advice," in which people pen letters on life lessons learned only after their theoretical death. | Read entire entry

Metapost: CCLaP's reader meetup cancelled | June 12, 2010
Just a short note, to inform people that inclement weather has convinced me to cancel CCLaP's Printers Row reader meetup, which had been scheduled for later today. Sorry! | Read entire entry

Hope to see you at CCLaP's Printers Row reader meetup tomorrow! | June 11, 2010
Just a reminder that CCLaP is holding an extremely informal pub-based reader meetup tomorrow in the late afternoon down at the Printers Row Book Fair -- we're meeting up in the back of Kasey's Tavern, located at 701 South Dearborn. Click through for all the details! | Read entire entry

Won't you join us at CCLaP's Printers Row reader meetup? | June 9, 2010
It's official: CCLaP's pub-based reader meetup at this years Printers Row Book Fair will be taking place this Saturday, 4:30 to 6:30 pm, in the back of Kasey's Tavern at 701 South Dearborn, right in the heart of the fairground itself. Click through for all the details. | Read entire entry

John Reed's "TwitLit" story starts today! | June 1, 2010
All right! The latest story in CCLaP's Twitter-based serial publishing project "TwitLit" starts today, "A Cold Served Dish" by Californian John Reed, adapted from his forthcoming book "Tales of Woe." Click through for all the details, or simply visit twitter.com/cclapcenter for the actual story. | Read entire entry

CCLaP's first literary event: Success! | May 31, 2010
CCLaP's first live literary event, held this weekend in Hyde Park, was a big success, with more people there than I expected and a fun, slightly drunken time had by all. Click through for a wrap-up, as well as to see some photos from the evening. | Read entire entry

CCLaP's first live literary event is tonight! | May 28, 2010
It's here! It's here! CCLaP's first-ever live literary event is finally taking place tonight, down in Hyde Park. Admission is free! Bring your own spirits! Kick off Memorial Day weekend right! Click through for all the details! | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 28 May 2010 | May 28, 2010
Links to yet more interesting stuff I've recently come across online, for May 28th, 2010. | Read entire entry

Only five days until CCLaP's first live literary event! | May 24, 2010
Don't forget that we're less than a week away from CCLaP's first-ever live literary event, being held this Friday down in the Hyde Park neighborhood, and featuring brand-new pieces by Sally Weigel, Ben Tanzer, Mark Brand, Jason Fisk and Katherine Hodges. Click through for all the details, if you missed them the first time. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 19 May 2010 | May 19, 2010
Links to yet more interesting stuff I've recently come across online, for May 19th, 2010. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: The Dinner Party Download | May 14, 2010
Today's obsession: The wonderfully entertaining weekly recap podcast "The Dinner Party Download," produced by KPCC in southern California and distributed by American Public Media. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 14 May 2010 | May 14, 2010
Links to yet more interesting stuff I've recently come across online, for May 14th, 2010. | Read entire entry

Sally Weigel's virtual book tour comes to an end! | April 12, 2010
This weekend finally saw the end of author Sally Weigel's virtual book tour, in support of her CCLaP novella "Too Young to Fall Asleep." Click through for links to the last two stops of the tour, Jason Jordan's "dcomP" and Kevin Neilson's "Between The Lines." | Read entire entry

Sally Weigel virtual book tour: Day Eleven | April 8, 2010
It's day eleven of local author Sally Weigel's virtual book tour, in support of her CCLaP novella "Too Young to Fall Asleep!" Today Sally stops by the blog of author Jason Riley, for a long talk about all kinds of issues; and don't forget that last night, she stopped by The Teenage Head as well, to offer up a playlist of music related in one way or another to the book. | Read entire entry

Beachy announces cancer fundraiser for Dave Thomas | April 7, 2010
I heard from author Kyle Beachy today, letting me know about a cancer fundraiser being held for local artist and scene supporter Dave Thomas. Click through for all the details. | Read entire entry

Sally Weigel virtual book tour: Week Two | April 7, 2010
It's week two of Sally Weigel's virtual book tour, in support of her CCLaP novella "Too Young to Fall Asleep!" Yesterday Sally was at JA Tyler's Mud Luscious Press; click through for the link, and to see the revised schedule for the rest of the week. | Read entire entry

Sally Weigel virtual book tour: Day Five | April 2, 2010
It's day five of Sally Weigel's virtual book tour, in support of her CCLaP novella "Too Young to Fall Asleep!" Today, Sally reads a bit from her book for the new podcast from pop-culture guide "What to Wear During an Orange Alert," produced by CCLaP friend Jason Behrends. | Read entire entry

Sally Weigel virtual book tour: Day Four | April 1, 2010
It's day four of Sally Weigel's virtual book tour, in support of her CCLaP novella "Too Young to Fall Asleep!" Today Sally is at the blog of our old pal Ben Tanzer, who does a Mel-Bosworth-type two-minute video reading from her book. Click through to see it yourself. | Read entire entry

Sally Weigel virtual book tour: Day Three | March 31, 2010
It's day three of Sally Weigel's virtual book tour, in support of her CCLaP novella "Too Young to Fall Asleep!" Today Sally is at Impose Magazine, talking with Josh Spilker about the five best books she's recently read. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: Borodin | March 31, 2010
Today's obsession: Chicago musician Patrick Spiroff, otherwise known as the one-man band Borodin. | Read entire entry

Sally Weigel virtual book tour: Day Two | March 30, 2010
It's day two of Sally Weigel's virtual book tour, in support of her CCLaP novella "Too Young to Fall Asleep!" Today, Sally joins Lori Hettler at the Next Best Book Blog, a side project from the single largest discussion club at Goodreads.com. Click through for the link. | Read entire entry

Sally Weigel's virtual book tour begins! | March 29, 2010
Excelsior! Sally Weigel's virtual book tour, in support of her CCLaP novella "Too Young to Fall Asleep," begins today! Click here for the full revised schedule (plus links to tour stops), as well as info on the book's new listing at the Amazon Kindle store. | Read entire entry

Paul Bens announces support drive for priest-abuse victims | March 29, 2010
Author Paul Bens, whose priest-abuse novel "Kelland" was reviewed here last fall, has made a remarkable announcement - he's donating all the book's profits for three months to a priest-molestation support group. Click through for more. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 25 March 2010 | March 25, 2010
Links to yet more interesting stuff I've recently come across online, for March 25th, 2010. | Read entire entry

Sally Weigel's virtual book tour starts next week! | March 23, 2010
Happy day! We're a week away from the start of author Sally Weigel's virtual book tour, being sponsored by CCLaP in support of her novella "Too Young to Fall Asleep." Click through for all the details, as well as a full list of tour stops. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: Criminal Class Press | March 8, 2010
Today's obsession: The new Chicago dark-lit small publisher Criminal Class Press. Click through for more. | Read entire entry

Today at the kid-lit blog: Twilight! Twilight! Freakin' Twilight! | March 3, 2010
Today I posted another of my occasional kid-lit reviews that I thought CCLaP's adult audience might find interesting too; in this case, that freaking "Twilight" book by that Stephanie Freaking Meyer. Guess what? I didn't think it was that bad! | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 4 February 2010 | February 4, 2010
Links to yet more interesting stuff I've recently come across online, for February 4th, 2010. | Read entire entry

Product review: BookSwim.com | January 22, 2010
Today, a critical review of the "Netflix for books" service BookSwim.com, of which I tried out a guest membership last autumn. Verdict: meh. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 22 January 2010 | January 22, 2010
Links to yet more interesting stuff I've recently come across online, for January 22nd, 2010. | Read entire entry

Field report: Chicago Tribune's Algren cocktail party | January 18, 2010
Today, photos and a report from a recent cocktail party thrown by the Chicago Tribune, unofficially celebrating their annual Nelson Algren Award but not having anything officially to do with it. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 15 January 2010 | January 15, 2010
Links to yet more interesting stuff I've recently come across online, for January 15th, 2010. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 11 January 2010 | January 11, 2010
Links to yet more interesting stuff I've recently come across online, for January 11th, 2010. | Read entire entry

The Year In Books 2009: The CCLaP Guilty Pleasure Awards | January 7, 2010
It's the final part of CCLaP's week-long look back at the best books reviewed in 2009; today is the much anticipated CCLaP Guilty Pleasure Awards, or a look at my seven favorite genre novels and comic books of last year. | Read entire entry

The Year In Books 2009: Best Experimental Novels | January 6, 2010
Today, it's part 3 of CCLaP's week-long look at the best books of 2009, this time concentrating on my eight favorite experimental novels of last year. | Read entire entry

The Year In Books 2009: Worth a Second Look | January 5, 2010
Today, part 2 of CCLaP's week-long look back at the books of 2009, this time highlighting nine titles that may have not been the highest scorers of the year, but are well worth taking a look at again anyway. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 5 January 2010 | January 5, 2010
Links to yet more interesting stuff I've recently come across online, for January 5th, 2010. | Read entire entry

The Year In Books 2009: Best of the Best | January 4, 2010
Today, part 1 of CCLaP's look back at the 90 books reviewed here in 2009, this time concentrating on the nine titles with the highest scores out of them all. | Read entire entry

The Year In Books 2009: An introduction | January 1, 2010
It's time for CCLaP's annual best-of essay series, "The Year in Books 2009!" Today, an introduction and sneak preview to the four-part report. | Read entire entry

Product review: Sony Reader PRS-600 "Touch Edition" | January 1, 2010
Today, my review of the Sony PRS-600 eBook reader, which I recently received for Christmas, including lots and lots of photos of the device in action. | Read entire entry

Field report: Chicago Public Library mini-branch at Water Tower | December 28, 2009
Today, a field report with photos from the Chicago Public Library's new "mini-branch," inside the Chicago Visitor Center at the tourist-friendly Water Tower, carrying around 300 bestsellers and designed to boost awareness of the entire CPL system. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 8 December 2009 | December 8, 2009
Links to yet more interesting stuff I've recently come across online, for December 8, 2009. | Read entire entry

Field report: CCLaP 2009 royalty payout party | December 7, 2009
The center's social gathering last weekend, to celebrate CCLaP's first two published authors receiving their first $100 in royalties, ended up going well. Click through for the details and lots of photos. | Read entire entry

New Chicago lit journal's first release party is tomorrow | December 7, 2009
The first release party of a new Chicago literary journal, "Two With Water," is tomorrow at indie-rock hangout the Empty Bottle. Click through for all the details. | Read entire entry

Don't forget tomorrow's party! | December 4, 2009
Don't forget, Chicagoans, CCLaP's latest social event is tomorrow night! Click through for all the details. | Read entire entry

CCLaP's throwing a party, and you're invited! | November 30, 2009
CCLaP's throwing a party! It's this Saturday! In Chicago! Click through for all the details! | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 23 November 2009 | November 23, 2009
Links to yet more interesting stuff I've recently come across online, for November 23rd, 2009. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 13 November 2009 | November 13, 2009
Links to yet more interesting things recently found around the web, for November 13th, 2009. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 11 November 2009 | November 11, 2009
Links to yet more interesting things recently found around the web, for November 11th, 2009. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 9 November 2009 | November 9, 2009
Links to yet more interesting things recently found around the web, for November 9th, 2009. | Read entire entry

Sally Weigel interviewed at Orange Alert; and did I mention CCLaP's next party? | November 5, 2009
CCLaP author Sally Weigel was recently interviewed over at "What to Wear During an Orange Alert," which I wanted to mention; and while I was on the subject, I thought I'd mention as well CCLaP's next party, a "royalty payout" party doubling as my Chicago homecoming. Click through for more on both subjects. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 3 November 2009 | November 3, 2009
Links to yet more interesting things recently found around the web, for November 3rd, 2009. | Read entire entry

Personal essay: Guess what? I'm writing a new novel. | November 2, 2009
Guess what? I've decided to participate in Nanowrimo ("National Novel Writing Month") this year, not for commercial reasons but to keep myself humble as a book critic instead. Click through for a personal essay explaining much more on the subject. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 29 October 2009 | October 29, 2009
Links to yet more interesting things recently found around the web, for October 29th, 2009. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 26 October 2009 | October 26, 2009
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Yet more interestingness: 20 October 2009 | October 20, 2009
Links to yet more interesting things recently found around the web, for October 20th, 2009. | Read entire entry

Guess who just got his invite to Google Wave? | October 14, 2009
That's right, it's me! But I'm having trouble finding other members who are actually creative and want to try out artistic experiments with the new interactive service, which is why I'm posting this open call for new "friends" there. Click through for all the details. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 14 October 2009 | October 14, 2009
Links to yet more interesting things recently found around the web, for October 14th, 2009. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 13 October 2009 | October 13, 2009
Links to yet more interesting things recently found around the web, for October 13th, 2009. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: Antikörper / Antibodies | October 12, 2009
One of my friends in Germany, experimental poet Dirk Huelstrunk, has a new book out, in preparation for his second US tour coming this fall. Click through for a lot more about both. | Read entire entry

CCLaP's FTC compliance statement | October 7, 2009
The Federal Trade Commission here in the US recently updated their guidelines for bloggers, and now require websites to fully disclose any and all forms of compensation they may receive while in the course of reviewing products. Here, CCLaP's official compliance statement. | Read entire entry

Guess who received a free copy of Bolano's "2666?" | October 6, 2009
That's right, it's me! Click through for why I'm so excited by this, who ended up giving it to me, and why it's going to take me two months to make it through this 900-page freaking saga. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: TheMobileGarden.org | October 5, 2009
Today's obsession: "The Mobile Garden," an attempt to convert the back car of a Chicago "el" train into a flatbed full of local plants, chugging along throughout the city and reminding citizens of local green issues. Click through for all the details. | Read entire entry

Personal essay: In praise of Ken Burns' "National Parks." | October 2, 2009
Today, a special personal essay, in praise of documentarian Ken Burns' latest mini-series on the national park system, just finishing up its six-part run on PBS tonight. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 2 October 2009 | October 2, 2009
Links to yet more interesting things recently found around the web, for October 2nd, 2009. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 30 September 2009 | September 30, 2009
Links to yet more interesting things recently found around the web, for September 30th, 2009. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 29 September 2009 | September 29, 2009
Links to yet more interesting things recently found around the web, for September 29th, 2009. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 23 September 2009 | September 23, 2009
Links to yet more interesting things recently found around the web, for September 23rd, 2009. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 21 September 2009 | September 21, 2009
Links to yet more interesting things recently found around the web, for September 21st, 2009. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 16 September 2009 | September 16, 2009
Links to yet more interesting things recently found around the web, for September 16th, 2009. | Read entire entry

Why yes, I'd be happy to read your f-cking manuscript | September 11, 2009
A new article in the Village Voice has been causing quite a stir this week, arguing how unfair it is to ask a professional writer to review your unpublished manuscript; but don't forget, as an arts administrator, I actually love receiving spec stories out of the blue. Click through for more. | Read entire entry

Personal essay: Where do litbloggers find their books? | September 9, 2009
A question recently left in a comment by a reader inspired me to write a whole essay today: Just how do litbloggers obtain the books they review, anyway? Click through for my own answer, as well as my advice to other aspiring bloggers. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 7 September 2009 | September 7, 2009
Links to yet more interesting things recently found around the web, for September 7th, 2009. | Read entire entry

Will you be going to the big Gapers Block anniversary party tonight? | September 4, 2009
Will you be going to the big sixth anniversary party tonight for Chicago arts-and-entertainment guide GapersBlock.com? Click through for all the details, if you don't know them yet! | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 31 August 2009 | August 31, 2009
Links to yet more interesting things recently found around the web, for August 31st, 2009. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 28 August 2009 | August 28, 2009
Links to yet more interesting things recently found around the web, for August 28th, 2009. | Read entire entry

Metapost: My daily reads now available as a Google Reader bundle | August 26, 2009
Ever been interested in what feeds I read daily, in order to find the items I highlight in CCLaP's "Yet More Interestingness" feature? Well, thanks to Google Reader's new "bundle" feature, you can check out the 50 I like the most with the click of a single button. Check out the full entry here for a lot more. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 26 August 2009 | August 26, 2009
Links to yet more interesting things recently found around the web, for August 26th, 2009. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 24 August 2009 | August 24, 2009
Links to yet more interesting things recently found around the web, for August 24th, 2009. | Read entire entry

Orange Alert Press announces its newest book | August 24, 2009
My friend Jason Behrends at the Chicago-based Orange Alert Press has just announced their latest original book, an experimental project called "Prose. Poems. A Novel." by Atlanta author Jamie Iredell. Click through for the details, plus a reminder of CCLaP's own upcoming original book, finally coming out in just a few weeks from now. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 21 August 2009 | August 21, 2009
A collection of interesting links I've been finding around the internet over the last few days, for August 21st, 2009. | Read entire entry

Obsesson of the moment: Killin' It! with Paul Crik | August 19, 2009
Today's obsession: "Killin' It! with Paul Crik," the latest far-reaching crossmedia project by Montana conceptual-art collective Goatsilk, in which they create a new-age guru and corporate motivational speaker from scratch, then see how "real" they can make him in the eyes of the public. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 18 August 2009 | August 18, 2009
Links to yet more interesting things I've recently come across online, for August 18th, 2009. | Read entire entry

Eddie Wright helps start new co-op publishing venture | July 20, 2009
I heard recently from self-publisher Eddie Wright, whose "Broken Bulbs" was favorably reviewed here earlier this year, on a new "publishing confederation" he has helped found, started by Henry Baum of the Self-Publishing Review. Click through for the details. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 4 June 2009 | June 4, 2009
Links to yet more interesting stuff I've recently come across online, for June 4th, 2009. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 3 June 2009 | June 3, 2009
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Yet more interestingness: 2 June 2009 | June 2, 2009
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Yet more interestingness: 29 May 2009 | May 29, 2009
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Yet more interestingness: 28 May 2009 | May 28, 2009
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Yet more interestingness: 27 May 2009 | May 27, 2009
Links to yet more interesting stuff I've recently come across online, for May 27th, 2009. | Read entire entry

Jeremy Shipp is selling his new story collection as a subscription service | May 21, 2009
CCLaP friend and alt-horror veteran Jeremy Shipp wrote recently about his new story collection, "Bizarro Bytes," and its unique pricing scheme: It's sold as a subscription service instead of a bound book, where a dollar a month gets you an eBook story per month via email. Click through for all the details. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 18 May 2009 | May 18, 2009
Links to yet more interesting stuff I've recently come across online, for May 18th, 2009. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 13 May 2009 | May 13, 2009
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Yet more interestingness: 11 May 2009 | May 11, 2009
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Yet more interestingness: 8 May 2009 | May 8, 2009
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Yet more interestingness: 6 May 2009 | May 6, 2009
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Yet more interestingness: 4 May 2009 | May 4, 2009
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Yet more interestingness: 30 April 2009 | April 30, 2009
Links to yet more interesting stuff I've recently come across online, for April 30th, 2009. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 21 April 2009 | April 21, 2009
Links to yet more interesting stuff I've recently come across online, for April 21st, 2009. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 20 April 2009 | April 20, 2009
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Yet more interestingness: 15 April 2009 | April 15, 2009
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Yet more interestingness: 14 April 2009 | April 14, 2009
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Yet more interestingness: 10 April 2009 | April 10, 2009
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Yet more interestingness: 9 April 2009 | April 9, 2009
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Yet more interestingness: 6 April 2009 | April 6, 2009
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Yet more interestingness: 3 April 2009 | April 3, 2009
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Yet more interestingness: 2 April 2009 | April 2, 2009
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Yet more interestingness: 31 March 2009 | March 31, 2009
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Yet more interestingness: 27 March 2009 | March 27, 2009
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Yet more interestingness: 25 March 2009 | March 25, 2009
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Yet more interestingness: 16 March 2009 | March 16, 2009
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Yet more interestingness: 4 March 2009 | March 4, 2009
Links to yet more interesting stuff I've recently come across online, for March 4th, 2009. | Read entire entry

The Ben Tanzer virtual tour wrap-up; and have I mentioned CCLaP's next book yet? | March 2, 2009
Happy! Sad! The two-week "virtual book tour" by Chicago author Ben Tanzer, in support of his CCLaP book "Repetition Patterns," is finally over. Here, a wrap-up, including links again to all the guest entries, official numbers for the tour, and the first announcement of CCLaP's next original book, coming this summer. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 2 March 2009 | March 2, 2009
Links to yet more interesting stuff I've recently come across online, for March 2nd, 2009. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 27 February 2009 | February 27, 2009
Links to yet more interesting stuff I've recently come across online, for February 27th, 2009. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 26 February 2009 | February 26, 2009
Links to yet more interesting stuff I've recently come across online, for February 26th, 2009. | Read entire entry

It's day eight of the Ben Tanzer virtual book tour | February 23, 2009
It's day eight of CCLaP's latest artistic experiment, a two-week "virtual book tour" being conducted by Chicago author Ben Tanzer. Today, Ben stops by the blog of fellow Chicago author Amy Guth, where the two create the very first video interview of the entire tour. | Read entire entry

New to the CCLAPocracy: Now comment here through your Facebook account | February 22, 2009
Big day for the burgeoning CCLAPocracy community! You can now leave comments at the CCLaP website in a traditional (end of entry) way, through your existing Facebook account, and even have the comment show up in your profile's "Wall" if you want as well. Click through for all the details. | Read entire entry

It's day six of the Ben Tanzer virtual book tour | February 21, 2009
Huzzah! It's day six of CCLaP's newest experiment, a two-week virtual book tour being conducted by Chicago author Ben Tanzer. Today Ben visits Montana author Michael FitzGerald (Radiant Days), where the two discuss marathons, kids, the difference between a 'writer' and an 'author,' and a lot more. | Read entire entry

Virtual postcard! Ben Tanzer visits the "Land of the LOLCats" | February 20, 2009
We're just wrapping up week one of Ben Tanzer's virtual book tour; and what do you know, we finally received his first virtual postcard from the road! Here, Ben tells us about his various travails across the information superhighway, and lets us know that the Land of LOLCats didn't have him laughing at all. | Read entire entry

Personal essay: First thoughts on CCLaP's coming "wikicloud" experiment | February 19, 2009
Today, I present my first thoughts on CCLaP's newest bizarre weekend creative project idea for smartypants middle-agers; I'm reading a thousand Wikipedia entries on the subject of the 19th Century, and tracking the results in a dynamic "mind-map" graphic format. Here, an essay on why that is, and what I've already learned just a few weeks into the process. | Read entire entry

It's day four of the Ben Tanzer virtual book tour | February 19, 2009
It's day four of CCLaP's latest experiment, a two-week virtual book tour by Chicago author Ben Tanzer. Today, Ben lands at the pop-culture journal "What To Wear During An Orange Alert," where he's interviewed by fellow author Pete Anderson (PeteLit.com). | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 19 February 2009 | February 19, 2009
Links to yet more interesting stuff I've recently come across online, for February 19th, 2009. | Read entire entry

It's day three of the Ben Tanzer virtual book tour | February 18, 2009
It's day three of CCLaP's latest artistic experiment, a two-week "virtual book tour" by Chicago author Ben Tanzer, in support of his CCLaP original book "Repetition Patterns." Today, Ben stops by the blog of author and "decomP" editor-in-chief Jason Jordan. | Read entire entry

It's day two of the Ben Tanzer virtual book tour | February 17, 2009
It's day two of CCLaP's newest experiment, a two-week "virtual book tour" by Chicago author Ben Tanzer. Today he's over at the blog of fellow Chicago author Elizabeth Crane, being interviewed on a variety of funny subjects; click through for the direct link to the finished entry. | Read entire entry

It's day one of the Ben Tanzer virtual book tour! | February 16, 2009
It's the official kickoff today of Ben Tanzer's virtual book tour, in support of the CCLaP original book "Repetition Patterns." Today, Ben finds himself at Chicago literary website PeteLit.com, where he turns in a guest essay that's "pure prose gold." | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 16 February 2009 | February 16, 2009
Links to yet more interesting stuff I've recently come across online, for February 16th, 2009. | Read entire entry

Personal essay: How Ready Is Ready? | February 11, 2009
Today, it's another in a series of regular guest essays I do for the HarperCollinsUK website Authonomy.com, on various aspects of the writing and selling process. Here -- just when do you know that a book is "finished" and ready to be shopped around to begin with? | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 10 February 2009 | February 10, 2009
Links to yet more interesting stuff I've recently come across online, for February 10th, 2009. | Read entire entry

Announcing the CCLaP "Repetition Patterns" 2009 virtual book tour | February 9, 2009
Happy day! CCLaP announces its next weirdo fun project, a 12-day "virtual book tour" supporting the original book "Repetition Patterns," by local author Ben Tanzer. So what's a virtual book tour? And how can you become a virtual groupie? Click through for all the details! | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 6 February 2009 | February 6, 2009
Links to yet more interesting stuff I've recently come across online, for February 6th, 2009. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 4 February 2009 | February 4, 2009
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Yet more interestingness: 30 January 2009 | January 30, 2009
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Yet more interestingness: 28 January 2009 | January 28, 2009
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Yet more interestingness: 26 January 2009 | January 26, 2009
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Yet more interestingness: 23 January 2009 | January 23, 2009
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Yet more interestingness: 22 January 2009 | January 22, 2009
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Yet more interestingness: 21 January 2009 | January 21, 2009
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Yet more interestingness: 19 January 2009 | January 19, 2009
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Yet more interestingness: 16 January 2009 | January 16, 2009
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Yet more interestingness: 15 January 2008 | January 15, 2009
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Yet more interestingness: 9 January 2009 | January 9, 2009
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Yet more interestingness: 8 January 2009 | January 8, 2009
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Announcing CCLaP's new microblog -- the "CCLAPocracy" | January 6, 2009
Announcing the latest online experiment from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography: The center's own Twitter-style microblog, in which readers debate recent reviews, announce local artistic events, post goofy personal updates and more. Today, all the details. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 5 January 2009 | January 5, 2009
Links to yet more interesting stuff I've recently come across online, for January 5th, 2009. | Read entire entry

CCLaP's newest eBook, "The Year In Books 2008," is here | January 2, 2009
CCLaP's third "white paper," minor publications that gather up longer material first published here at the site, is finally here; it's a collection of the four-part "Year In Books 2008" report that's been running here all week. Today, every bit of information you need about the book and how to download a free copy. | Read entire entry

The Year In Books 2008: The CCLaP Guilty Pleasure Awards | January 1, 2009
It's the fourth and final report from this 2008's Year In Books report, the awarding of the coveted CCLaP Guilty Pleasure Awards; these are titles I ended up slavishly loving like the fanboy I am, but for one rational reason or another I probably shouldn't have. Yay, my favorite books of all! | Read entire entry

The Year In Books 2008: Best experimental | December 31, 2008
It's part three of the four-part CCLaP look at 2008's reviewed books, being posted here all week; today, eight of the best experimental or cutting-edge books to be originally reviewed here over the last twelve months. | Read entire entry

The Year In Books 2008: Worth a second look | December 30, 2008
It's part two of the four-part report I've been filing here this week, looking back at the forty most interesting books reviewed here at CCLaP in 2008. Today, ten books that are worth checking out again, sometimes phenomenal titles that nonetheless will only appeal to a limited audience. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 30 December 2008 | December 30, 2008
Links to yet more interesting stuff I've recently come across online, for December 30th, 2008. | Read entire entry

The Year In Books 2008: Best of the best | December 29, 2008
It's part one of CCLaP's four-part look at the year in books for 2008, being published throughout this week. Today, the ten highest-rated books of the year, of the 83 contemporary titles that were reviewed. | Read entire entry

The CCLaP Year In Books 2008 | December 28, 2008
It's here! It's here! It's CCLaP's look back at the 83 contemporary books reviewed here this year, highlighting slowly over the week almost 40 of them again, grouped into themes each day and with brand-new micro-reviews of them all. Here, the roundup and main index. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 28 December 2008 | December 28, 2008
Links to yet more interesting stuff I've recently come across online, for December 28th, 2008. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 27 December 2008 | December 27, 2008
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Yet more interestingness: 25 December 2008 | December 25, 2008
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Yet more interestingness: 24 December 2008 | December 24, 2008
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Yet more interestingness: 22 December 2008 | December 22, 2008
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Announcing CCLaP's newest book: "The Great iPod Indie Rock Challenge of 2008." | December 16, 2008
Today, I'm happy to announce CCLaP's third book, the second in its "White Paper" series, minor reprints of longer material that original ran at the site; in this case, a new collection of the four essays that originally chronicled the "Great iPod Indie Rock Challenge of 2008," in which I dared my lazy middle-aged self to get all my sad old '80s and '90s rocks off my little 1-gig iPod Shuffle and replaced with brand-new music by brand-new bands as quickly as possible. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: Orange Alert Holiday Guide 2008 | December 12, 2008
Today's obsession: The fantastic little downloadable holiday guide from cultural website "What To Wear During an Orange Alert," even cooler because of it being made in a way that almost anyone could, but that only OA thought of and actually executed. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 12 December 2008 | December 12, 2008
Links to yet more interesting stuff I've recently come across online, for December 12th, 2008. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 10 December 2008 | December 10, 2008
Links to yet more interesting stuff I've recently come across online, for December 10th, 2008. | Read entire entry

Audrey Niffenegger will be chatting next week online with the Toronto Public Library | December 9, 2008
Cool news today from our friends at the Toronto Public Library; next week they'll be sponsoring a live online chat and interview with Chicago author Audrey Niffenegger ("The Time Traveler's Wife"), and the public is invited to follow along in real time. Click through for all the details. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 8 December 2008 | December 8, 2008
Links to yet more interesting stuff I've recently come across online, for December 8th, 2008. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 7 December 2008 | December 7, 2008
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Yet more interestingness: 1 December 2008 | December 1, 2008
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People have been saying some nice things about "Repetition Patterns" | November 28, 2008
Now that it's Thanksgiving week here in the US and I'm taking a break from major site updates, I thought it'd be a good time to mention some of the nice things people have recently started saying about CCLaP's first original book, Ben Tanzer's "Repetition Patterns." Click through for all the details. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 28 November 2008 | November 28, 2008
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Personal essay: How to critique -- a not-at-all definitive guide | November 25, 2008
Today, it's a reprint of my latest guest essay for the experimental literature site Authonomy.com, run by the mainstream publishing company HarperCollins. This essay: some common-sense advice on writing better book reviews and critiques. | Read entire entry

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"Repetition Patterns" is throwing a release party! Er, kinda! | October 31, 2008
Great news -- looks like CCLaP will be throwing an official release party next week for it's first-ever original book, Ben Tanzer's "Repetition Patterns." Even better, we're saving money by "piggybacking" to the existing event "Reading Under the Influence," which was already planning on featuring Ben at their next show. Click through for all the details. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 30 October 2008 | October 30, 2008
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It's Ben Tanzer Day at CCLaP! | October 27, 2008
Happy day! It's the official release day of CCLaP's first-ever original book, the story cycle "Repetition Patterns" by local author Ben Tanzer. Here, a little reminder of the fact, and an explanation for all the supplemental "Patterns" entries you're seeing at the blog today too. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 25 October 2008 | October 25, 2008
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Personal essay: Regarding the iPod as personal mainstream adult-contemp radio station. | October 24, 2008
Today: We've officially reached the three-quarters mark of the Great iPod Indie-Rock Challenge of 2008 (in which I as a middle-ager am trying to replace all my sad old '80s college-rock with brand-new contemporary music). Here, a tenth-month report. | Read entire entry

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Obsession of the moment: Carnegie Council Podcast | October 21, 2008
Today's obsession: The Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, a thinktank for fascinating lectures on global politics, who have recently started making those lectures available to the public as part of a free podcast. | Read entire entry

One week until "Repetition Patterns!" Er, wanna be a proofreader? | October 20, 2008
It's official -- exactly one week to go before the release of CCLaP's first-ever original book, the "story cycle" "Repetition Patterns" by local author Ben Tanzer. Here, details, a plea for volunteer proofreaders, and a look at the brand new Chuck Klosterman ripoff...er, front cover. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 20 October 2008 | October 20, 2008
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Yet more interestingness: 17 October 2008 | October 17, 2008
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Personal essay: The fine art of the book pitch. | October 16, 2008
Today, the first in a new series of guest articles I've started writing for publishing company HarperCollins; in this case, how to best write one of those maddening 25-word "elevator pitches" for your unsigned novel. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 16 October 2008 | October 16, 2008
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Obesssion of the moment: Douglas Rushkoff at Boing Boing | October 2, 2008
Today's obsession: The deliriously great guest-entries this week at pop-culture journal Boing Boing, from futurist and professor and author and philosopher Douglas Rushkoff. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 2 October 2008 | October 2, 2008
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Obsession of the moment: Authonomy | September 11, 2008
Remember HBO's "Project Greenlight?" Where a bunch of unpublished screenwriters all uploaded their scripts to a website, then argued and argued until one finally won and was produced? Ever wonder why a publishing company has never tried that for unpublished novels? Wonder no more. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 11 September 2008 | September 11, 2008
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Field report: Ben Tanzer book release party | September 10, 2008
Chicago author Ben Tanzer has a new novel out; and last weekend was the official release party for it, held at the DvA Gallery in Lincoln Park. Here, a small report from the party, as well as some photos. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 9 September 2008 | September 9, 2008
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Photos of the day: 2008 Olympic coverage by Kris Krüg | August 15, 2008
Today, a special look at a whole set of photos: Editorial photographer Kris Krüg's stunning candid look at the backstreets of Beijing and obscure events of the 2008 Olympics. Highly, highly recommended. | Read entire entry

Thanks for the free book, LibraryThing! | August 12, 2008
Cool news in the mail today: After months and months of applying, I finally hit the jackpot over in the "Early Reviewers" (i.e. free books) section of literary social network LibraryThing.com. Click through for the details, as well as to see which book I got. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 11 August 2008 | August 11, 2008
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Ben Tanzer's new book is out! All right! | August 8, 2008
Good news from the Chicago arts: CCLaP friend Ben Tanzer's new novel is out, and another friend of CCLaP published it! Click through for all the details. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 8 August 2008 | August 8, 2008
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Yet more interestingness: 30 July 2008 | July 30, 2008
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Oh Lord, it's time again for the Booker Prize | July 30, 2008
That's right; it's time yet again for the Man Booker Prize, celebrating the best literature from the British Commonwealth and Ireland in the last year. The 2008 longlist was just announced -- click through to see it, as well as to read about CCLaP's plans for reviewing these books. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 29 July 2008 | July 29, 2008
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Obsession of the moment: EveryBlock at the Chicago Tribune | July 24, 2008
The city-data smart-aggregation service EveryBlock.com is at it again; they just announced this week, in fact, a new experimental gadget at the Chicago Tribune website, which tracks all the articles there in the last 48 hours and plots them on a map. Click through for all the details. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 11 July 2008 | July 11, 2008
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Yet more interestingness: 27 June 2008 | June 27, 2008
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Dueling Chicago lit events tonight! Choking...from all the...hyperlinks... | June 26, 2008
Two major literary events are happening tonight in Chicago -- the Fixx reading series and the newest release party for THE2NDHAND. Here, details on both, with enough hyperlinks to choke a horse. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 26 June 2008 | June 26, 2008
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Yet more interestingness: 27 May 2008 | May 27, 2008
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Field report: Pilcrow Literary Festival | May 26, 2008
Today, a field report from the highly entertaining Pilcrow Literary Festival, which just pulled off its first successful year here in Chicago last weekend. Click through for photos and an analysis of what went right. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 26 May 2008 | May 26, 2008
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Yet more interestingness: 2 May 2008 | May 2, 2008
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Personal essay: Creativity is the new leisure. | April 30, 2008
A new essay this week from cultural columnist Clay Shirky has had a lot of people talking; in it he speaks of "cognitive surplus," how in the Industrial Age it was mostly spent on passive things like TV, but now more and more actually doing creative work like YouTube videos. Today, further thoughts on the subject from me. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 30 April 2008 | April 30, 2008
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Yet more interestingness: 24 April 2008 | April 24, 2008
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Literago and I both declare: "You will never see 'Chicago Lit 100' lists at our sites" | April 24, 2008
So have you heard about this "Brooklyn Lit 100" list that has everyone so up in arms? It inspired Eugenia Williamson of Literago to declare that they will never do a similar Chicago list; I thought this was a good idea, so have decided to declare it too. Click through for more! | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 22 April 2008 | April 22, 2008
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CCLaP Podcast 22: Author Nick Ostdick | April 21, 2008
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: A 45-minute talk with Chicago author, small publisher and event organizer Nick Ostdick (RAGAD, "Sunbeams and Cigarettes"). | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 21 April 2008 | April 21, 2008
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Yet more interestingness: 28 March 2008 | March 28, 2008
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Scott Sigler's first traditional book comes out in a few days | March 26, 2008
Today, some news from an acquaintance of mine, author and "podbook" wunderkind Scott Sigler; that his very first traditional paper novel, a technothriller called "Infected," is finally being released in a few days. Click through for a lot more. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 25 March 2008 | March 25, 2008
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Yet more interestingness: 18 March 2008 | March 18, 2008
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CCLaP Podcast 21: All-Music Special | March 17, 2008
Today's episode: It's yet another cold, dreary, gray day here in Chicago, which means it's time for another all-music special, collecting up all the indie-rock I've been recently enjoying and sharing it all with you. I hope you like! | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 17 March 2008 | March 17, 2008
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Yet more interestingness: 14 March 2008 | March 14, 2008
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Yet more interestingness: 13 March 2008 | March 13, 2008
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The latest "Creative Screenwriting" podcast is their best yet | March 12, 2008
Just wanted to mention that one of my favorite podcasts, the one produced by "Creative Screenwriting" magazine, just put out their best episode yet -- a 90-minute talk with Drew Goddard, writer not only of "Cloverfield" but also "Lost," "Alias," "Buffy" and "Angel." (Whew!) Click through for more. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 11 March 2008 | March 11, 2008
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Yet more interestingness: 6 March 2008 | March 6, 2008
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Personal essay: Regarding the "magic middle" of the independent arts. | March 5, 2008
For those who don't know, creative guru Kevin Kelly published a fascinating article this week, positing that it's easier than ever for independent artists to make a working living. Today, my thoughts on the essay, and what it has to do with Dave Sifry's theory of the blogosphere's "magic middle." | Read entire entry

RIP Gary Gygax, and a personal story | March 5, 2008
Sad news from the world of gaming this week: E Gary Gygax, one of the creators of legendary roleplaying game Dungeons & Dragons, has died. Click through for a personal story I happen to have about the man. | Read entire entry

Holy crap, the new Chicago Public Library website looks great! | March 5, 2008
Wow, the Chicago Public Library system overhauled its website this week -- and it's freaking great! Click through for all the details, as well as copious links. | Read entire entry

Surprise bestseller "Beautiful Children" is free online for next two days | February 28, 2008
Interesting news from Random House today: that for a very short period of time, they will be giving away completely free PDF copies of surprise bestseller "Beautiful Children" by Charles Bock, no strings attached. Click through for the details and links. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: Battles | February 27, 2008
Today's obsession: The postmodern electronica band Battles, along with some thoughts on how strange it is to start getting educated on indie-rock again, ten years after I originally gave up. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 27 February 2008 | February 27, 2008
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New basement distro is looking for your used classics | February 25, 2008
Today, news of a new used-book distribution company in the St. Louis area called "sticks and stones," started up by my friend Michael Franklin, and how they are in need of your used classics. Click through for a lot more. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 25 February 2008 | February 25, 2008
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Another "Literary Death Match" coming to San Francisco soon | February 18, 2008
A little news today from CCLaP friend Todd Zuniga; that his magazine "Opium" is holding their sixth "Literary Death Match" soon in San Francisco. Click through for all the details! | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 18 February 2008 | February 18, 2008
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Yet more interestingness: 13 February 2008 | February 13, 2008
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Toronto Public Library hosting "Michael Redhill month" online | February 12, 2008
Today, some interesting news to share from the Toronto Public Library; their online discussion club, Book Buzz, is this month featuring Michael Redhill of "Consolation" (a well-regarded Booker nominee), including lots of supplemental information. Click through for more! | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 11 February 2008 | February 11, 2008
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Yet more interestingness: 7 February 2008 | February 7, 2008
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Yet more interestingness: 6 February 2008 | February 6, 2008
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Chicago Women In Publishing is having an interesting panel soon | February 5, 2008
A little news today from CCLaP friend Chris Benevich of MediaBistro; that the group Chicago Women In Publishing will be holding an interesting panel discussion soon, regarding how to best negotiate contracts when you're a freelancer. Click through for the details! | Read entire entry

Field report: The Fixx reading series | February 1, 2008
Today, photos and a write-up from my recent attendance of The Fixx reading series, a monthly event here in Chicago hosted by author and raconteur Amy Güth. This particular month featured Scott Korb and Peter Bebergal, co-authors of the book of essays "The Faith Between Us." | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 29 January 2008 | January 29, 2008
Links to yet more interesting things I've recently come across on the web, for January 29th, 2008. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 24 January 2008 | January 24, 2008
Links to yet more interesting things I've recently come across on the web, for January 24th, 2008. | Read entire entry

Jeremy Shipp's "Vacation" snags a surprise Stoker nomination | January 23, 2008
Just a little news about a book that was recently featured here; that the trippy alt-horror novel "Vacation" by Jeremy Shipp has picked up a surprise "First Novel" nomination for the Stoker Awards, which usually honors traditional horror. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 22 January 2008 | January 22, 2008
Links to yet more interesting things I've recently come across on the web, for January 22nd, 2008. | Read entire entry

Field report: RAGAD #5 release party | January 21, 2008
Today, a report and photographs from the release party for issue 5 of Chicago literary magazine RAGAD, run by CCLaP friend and reader Nick Ostdick. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 17 January 2008 | January 17, 2008
Links to yet more interesting stuff I've found across the web recently, for January 17th, 2008. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 14 January 2008 | January 14, 2008
Links to yet more interesting things I've recently stumbled across on the web, for January 14th, 2008. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: Protagonize.com | January 10, 2008
Today's obsession: The collaborative "Choose Your Own Adventure" style literary website, Protagonize.com. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 8 January 2008 | January 8, 2008
Links to yet more interesting stuff I've recently come across on the web, for January 8th, 2008. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 4 January 2008 | January 4, 2008
Links to yet more interesting stuff I've seen around the web lately, for January 4th, 2008. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 2 January 2008 | January 2, 2008
Links to other interesting things I've recently come across online, for January 2nd, 2007. | Read entire entry

Personal essay: The Year in Books, 2007 | December 31, 2007
Today, CCLaP's look at the year in books for 2007; not a look at the entire industry, of course, but rather the 50 or so books I personally got to read and review this year, including new synopses of the ones I found the best. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 27 December 2007 | December 27, 2007
Yet more interesting things I've recently seen around the web, for December 27th, 2007. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 21 December 2007 | December 21, 2007
Links to other interesting stuff I've found around the web recently, for December 21st, 2007. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 19 December 2007 | December 19, 2007
A list of links to other interesting things I've found around the web recently, for December 19th, 2007. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 15 Dec 2007 | December 15, 2007
Links to other interesting things I've recently come across on the web, for December 15th, 2007. | Read entire entry

Personal essay: I for one welcome the coming meltdown of the television industry. | December 12, 2007
Today, a more political essay than I usually publish here at CCLaP; how I for one am looking forward to the coming meltdown of the traditional Hollywood television industry, so as to make room for a profoundly new way of doing things. Click through for a lot more. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: An explanation | December 11, 2007
Today, announcing a new type of blog entry that will start getting published here -- a daily roundup of interesting stuff I come across on the web, otherwise known as a "link blog." Click through for more on how I compile this list, and what software I use. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: Movable Type 4 | December 3, 2007
Today's obsession: The newest version of content management system Movable Type, the "engine" behind many popular blogs, including CCLaP's. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: IWantSandy.com | November 29, 2007
Today's obsession: The new cutting-edge "Sandy," personal-assistant software that works through plain-language messages, sent through email or SMS or Twitter notes to a central AI database. | Read entire entry

Announcing the CCLaP winter project: Gilbert & Sullivan | November 21, 2007
Now that it's winter and I'm doing a lot less bicycling and exercising here in Chicago, I've decided that it's time to take on an extended research project in the arts. This winter's research subject is Gilbert & Sullivan; click through for a lot more. | Read entire entry

Personal essay: Some early thoughts regarding the CCLaPocracy | November 6, 2007
Today, a few early thoughts regarding a possible online community site for CCLaP's readers, a project I cheekily call the "CCLaPocracy," plus how Cory Doctorow's idea of a reputation-based economy may provide the key to its self-policing. Click through for more nerdy goodness! | Read entire entry

Personal essay: Nathaniel Hawthorne, DailyLit, and the Penny Dreadful 2.0. | October 15, 2007
I started reading the classic Hawthorne proto-horror novel "House of the Seven Gables" today, in my case through a cool free online service called DailyLit. Today, some thoughts inspired by the process, as well as the possible future of online serial publishing. | Read entire entry

National Book Award nominees are announced | October 10, 2007
They're here -- the nominees for the 2007 National Book Award have just been announced. Click through for all the details. | Read entire entry

Personal essay: Where to start when you know no one and nothing. | September 17, 2007
A reader email this weekend gets me thinking on my past; specifically, what advice I have to artists just starting out, and who have just moved to big cities where they know no one and nothing about how that "scene" works. Today, I share that advice. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 11: Uptown Writers Space | September 10, 2007
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: An interview with Julie Saltzman and Susan Karp, co-founders of the Uptown Writers Space in my Chicago neighborhood, along with an "audio tour" of the facilities supplemented with still photos. Click through to listen and see for yourself. | Read entire entry

The latest "One Book, One Chicago" pick is announced | August 31, 2007
And it's none other than Arthur Miller's "The Crucible," the 1953 scathing indictment of the McCarthy communist witch-hunt going on at the time. Click through for more on the book, on this interesting Chicago arts program, and what exactly will be going on in the city this fall because of it. | Read entire entry

GoodReads database hits 5 million books | August 30, 2007
Good news for literary social network GoodReads.com; they recently had their five millionth book added by a user to their central database. More in today's entry, plus some thoughts on the elusive nature of literary-social-network competition. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: BookSwim.com | August 27, 2007
Today's obsession: New "Netflix for books" service BookSwim.com. Pay a flat fee per month, check out a certain amount of books, which are shipped for free and which you can ship back for free. Good service? Bad? Check this entry's comments for more! | Read entire entry

The new Star Trek fan movie is here! The new Star Trek fan movie is here! | August 24, 2007
Fun news for Star Trek fans: The newest episode of the fan series "New Voyages" is now finished and online, starring none other than George Takei ("Sulu") from the actual original series. | Read entire entry

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a new Poet Laureate | August 2, 2007
And it's Charles Simic, as a matter of fact, a Surrealist poet originally from the former Yugoslavia, currently the co-Poetry Editor of the Paris Review. Click through for all the details. | Read entire entry

Robert Olen Butler: "The Squid and the Whale" comes to life | August 1, 2007
Today, some wonderfully crazy gossip -- that not only are pretentious academic novelists Robert Olen Butler and Elizabeth Dewberry getting a divorce, but that Butler wrote an insane email to his grad students explaining the reasons, something worthy of the fictional movie "The Squid and the Whale" which I reviewed here last week. Click through for the details! | Read entire entry

Why yes, I DID illegally download the new Harry Potter book this morning. | July 31, 2007
Did you hear? There's already an illegal electronic copy of the final Harry Potter book out there...and it's ridiculously easy to find and download, too. Today, lots more details concerning the subject. | Read entire entry

The Guardian has amazing coverage of Ingmar Bergman's death | July 31, 2007
For those who don't know, famed Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman died over the weekend. Today, a look at the amazing portal of information British newspaper "The Guardian" has assembled to mark the occasion. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: Vermin on the Mount | July 24, 2007
Today's obsession: The Los Angeles literary showcase "Vermin on the Mount," organized by award-winning writer Jim Ruland in the heart of LA's Chinatown. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 05: Greater Wealth Productions | July 23, 2007
Today: A five and a half minute interview with GW Welsh of the multimedia production company Greater Wealth, shot at a recent fundraiser at Lakeview's Spot6 nightclub. Also includes footage of Chicago writer Kate Cullen, Indiana cartoonist Andrew Dimitt, and Georgia band The North And South, plus the visual artwork of "Corey." | Read entire entry

When Chicago was Hollywood, before Hollywood existed | July 23, 2007
Just wanted to point out a great article the Chicago Tribune has online right now, detailing the history behind Essanay Studios and other film production companies in Chicago at the beginning of the 20th century. Click through for the link. | Read entire entry

Ladies and gentlemen, meet Amazon's #1 reviewer | July 20, 2007
Simon Owens of Bloggasm has a great entry up right now, on the number-one most prolific book reviewer at Amazon; a woman named Harriet Klauser, who has published a whopping 12,000 book reviews in the last seven years. Click through for the details. | Read entire entry

Rocchi: "No, seriously, movies ARE getting worse in general" | July 10, 2007
James Rocchi, former lead movie critic of Netflix, has posted an interesting article at Cinematical today, arguing that it's not just your imagination -- that Hollywood movies, especially summer ones, really ARE getting worse and worse with each passing year. Click through for more. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: Small Dogs Press | July 6, 2007
Today's obsession: Self-publisher Susan Sabo of Small Dogs Press, who has sadly decided to pack things in; but not before offering to send off the remainder of her inventory for free to anyone who wants a copy. Click through for all the details. | Read entire entry

Litblogger? Penguin would like to send you a free book, please. | July 5, 2007
Today, some very exciting news from British imprint Penguin Classics: that they're not only starting a new website featuring reviews of all 1,200 titles in their catalog, but that they're sending out free books to any litblogger who'd like to participate. Click through for all the details. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 01: Literago launch party | June 25, 2007
Welcome to the new CCLaP Podcast! Today, episode 1: a two-minute video report from the recent launch party for Chicago literary website Literago.org. | Read entire entry

Dr. Sketchy's is coming to Chicago | June 22, 2007
Fun news -- the "Dr. Sketchy" series of nude life-drawing classes, started by "female Crumb" illustrator Molly Crabapple, is coming to Chicago, starting tomorrow. And the first one features a friend of mine, too, burlesque dancer Michelle L'Amour. Click through for all the details. | Read entire entry

Chicago litblogger? The Sun-Times would like to hear from you, please. | June 21, 2007
I caught an interview with Chicago Sun-Times Books editor Cheryl Reed today, where she makes an interesting confesson: that she wants to hire more Chicago reviewers, but can't find any Chicago reviewers. Litbloggers, click through for all the details. | Read entire entry

Lifehacker has a bunch of computer hacks for book lovers | June 20, 2007
Productivity website Lifehacker has a great entry up today, featuring a dozen pieces of software, browser extensions and more that all have something to do with books. Click through for the link. | Read entire entry

The Neo-Futurists want your zine | June 18, 2007
Here's interesting news -- cult favorites The Neo-Futurists are creating a zine library in their theatre lobby, to entertain the audience members who sometimes arrive hours before a show is to start. Click through for all the details on where to send your own publication. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: Helvetica (the movie) | June 14, 2007
Today's obsession: The new documentary "Helvetica," examining both the history of "the world's most perfect font," and the various ways it's been used over the decades. Opening tomorrow in Chicago, with the filmmaker on hand too! | Read entire entry

The Telegraph has an amazing interview up with Tony Kaye | June 14, 2007
Just wanted to point people to a really amazing interview in British newspaper the Telegraph today, with famed controversial director Tony Kaye ("American History X"). | Read entire entry

Interview with Miranda July up at Powell's | June 13, 2007
Just a short heads-up, that Powell's Books has an interview up today with dark humorist Miranda July. Click through for the link. | Read entire entry

McSweeney's needs $130,000...er, now | June 13, 2007
Bad news -- the distributor for small press McSweeney's recently declared bankruptcy, erasing over $130,000 in payments that was owed to them. They're having a sale and rare-item auction to try to make up the difference; read this entry for all the details. | Read entire entry

Don't forget, the new Bookforum is online and free | June 12, 2007
Just a reminder, that the venerable paper publication "Bookforum" is now making the entirety of their content available for free online. Click through for more, and a link to the latest issue. | Read entire entry

Quill nominations announced; does anyone actually care? | June 11, 2007
It's the news you've been waiting all morning to hear -- the 2007 Quill nominations have been announced! Zuh? Click through for all the details...or better yet, don't. | Read entire entry

More about the Printers Row Book Fair, and CCLaP's first social event! | June 8, 2007
It's official -- CCLaP is throwing its first social event at tomorrow's Printer Row Book Fair! Read this entry for all the details. | Read entire entry

"Out of the Book:" Is this the future of book promotion? | June 8, 2007
Portland's "The Phoenix" let me know today about an ambitious new plan by Powell's Books to promote various titles at their stores. Called Out of the Book, it's an attempt to supplement or sometimes completely replace the traditional author... | Read entire entry

Are you ready for the Printers Row Book Fair? | June 7, 2007
Today, more information than you ever possibly wanted to know about the 22nd annual Chicago Printers Row Book Fair, the largest free outdoor literary event in the entire Midwest. | Read entire entry

New Mac software accesses your city's library database | June 7, 2007
Today, a heads-up about a new piece of Mac freeware called Library Thing, which connects to your local library's database and imports your due dates into iCal. | Read entire entry

Chicago arts: a $1 billion industry? | June 7, 2007
Today, news on a recent report that shows that Chicago's art industry generated over a billion dollars in revenue in 2005. Man, that's a lot of Monet posters! | Read entire entry