Archives: Events

This is the archive page for the category [Events]; 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.

TONIGHT! Help CCLaP celebrate the Chicago Book Expo at City Lit Books! | November 19, 2015
TONIGHT! Don't forget to come join CCLaP tonight at our Chicago Book Expo sneak preview, being held at City Lit Books in the Logan Square neighborhood at 6:30 pm! Click through for more details! | Read entire entry

Announcing "The New York Stories: SELL ALL THE BOOKS!" | November 2, 2015
We've got too many copies sitting around of Ben Tanzer's "The New York Stories," so we're offering a special "SELL ALL THE BOOKS!" sale of $9.99 from now until Christmas! Plus lots of live Chicago events to promote it! Click through for all the details! | Read entire entry

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

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

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

CCLaP Podcast 125: "The View From Here" at StoryStudio | September 21, 2015
It's Monday, which means it's time for another episode of the CCLaP Podcast, triumphantly back after a long nine-month hiatus. Today, it's a special half-hour live recording from our recent "The View From Here" contributor party at StoryStudio, in Chicago's Ravenswood neighborhood. | Read entire entry

Reminder: The "Big Venerable" release party is tonight! | April 22, 2015
Just a reminder that the release party for CCLaP's newest book, Matt Rowan's story collection "Big Venerable," is tonight from 6:30 to 8 pm at City Lit Books in the Logan Square neighborhood (2523 N. Kedzie). Hope to see all you Chicagoans there! | Read entire entry

Say hello to CCLaP's newest book, Matt Rowan's "Big Venerable!" | April 20, 2015
It's a mid-month Monday, which means it must be time for a new CCLaP 2015 book! Today we're proud to announce local author Matt Rowan's new story collection "Big Venerable," which kicks off a three-month series of story collections by Chicago writers. Click through for a lot more information, and to order a copy of the book right this moment. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 124: "Chicago After Dark" University of Chicago Contributor Party | January 22, 2015
It's Monday Thursday, which means it's time for another episode of the CCLaP Podcast. Today, it's a special one-hour live recording from our recent Chicago After Dark contributor party on the University of Chicago campus, held in conjunction with... | Read entire entry

Come out to our last two events of the year! | November 14, 2014
CCLaP is close to shutting down for the holidays, but we hope you'll be able to make it out to our last two events of the year -- a "Chicago After Dark" party on the University of Chicago campus this Monday, in conjunction with Memoryhouse Magazine, then our last CCLaP Showcase of the year at City Lit Books, featuring Patricia Ann McNair. Click through for all the details! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 123: "Chicago After Dark" release party | November 3, 2014
Today on the CCLaP Podcast, it's a special half-hour live recording from last week's "Chicago After Dark" release party, featuring performances from five of the book's authors. Recorded at City Lit Books in the Logan Square neighborhood. | Read entire entry

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

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

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

The "Chicago After Dark" release party has a date! | September 29, 2014
CCLaP's newest book, the "city all-star" student anthology "Chicago After Dark," has been selling like gangbusters since its release last week; and now we're happy to announce the official citywide release party for the book, being held on Tuesday, October 28th at City Lit Books in the Logan Square neighborhood. Click through for all the details, plus more on our Columbia College celebration as well, October 17th at the school's "Stage Two" theater. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 120: The CCLaP Showcase with Paulette Livers | September 29, 2014
Today on the CCLaP Podcast, it's a special one-hour live recording from the September edition of our new "CCLaP Showcase" reading series and open mic, held at City Lit Books, this month featuring local author Paulette Livers performing from her novel "Cementville." Click through to download or stream the podcast right this moment. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 118: The CCLaP Showcase with Amber Hargroder | September 2, 2014
Today on the CCLaP Podcast, it's a special one-hour live recording from the August edition of our new "CCLaP Showcase" reading series and open mic, held at the fantastic City Lit Books in the Logan Square neighborhood. This month's edition features a special performance from local playwright Amber Hargroder, reading from her new novel-in-progress. Click through to stream or download it right this moment. | Read entire entry

Another packed house at the CCLaP Showcase! And look who's featuring next month! | August 29, 2014
It was another packed house at City Lit Books earlier this week, for the latest CCLaP Showcase featuring Amber Hargroder; click through for lots of photos, and our big announcement regarding our future at the store. Plus we're happy to announce that September's show will feature local writer Paulette Livers, author of the darkly poetic Vietnam War drama "Cementville." Click through for all the details! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 117: The CCLaP Showcase with Eric Charles May | July 29, 2014
Today on the CCLaP Podcast, it's a special one-hour live recording from the July edition of our new "CCLaP Showcase" reading series and open mic, held at the fantastic City Lit Books in the Logan Square neighborhood (2523 N. Kedzie). This month's edition features a special performance from popular local author and professor Eric Charles May, reading from his novel "Bedrock Faith." | Read entire entry

Photos from this week's CCLaP Showcase; plus look who's performing in August! | July 25, 2014
Thanks to everyone who made it out to this week's CCLaP Showcase, featuring the great Eric Charles May; this blog post shares some photos from the event. Plus, we're proud to announce today that the playwright Amber Hargroder will be the featured headliner of our August event on the 26th, performing from various works of hers (including her recen solo hit "Marilyn Monroe, Whoever You Are"). Click through for more! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 116: The CCLaP Showcase featuring Bill Hillman | July 22, 2014
Today on the CCLaP Podcast, it's a special half-hour live recording from the first edition of our new "CCLaP Showcase" reading series and open mic, this time featuring a performance from author Bill Hillman, who has recently been making national headlines because of being gored by a bull at this year's festival in Pamplona (but listen to this episode for more of his thoughts on the subject). And don't forget tonight's Showcase, featuring Eric Charles May, at City Lit Books at 6:30! Don't let the coming rainstorm keep you at home! | Read entire entry

Hey, it's a bonus stop for Mason Johnson's "Sad Robot Stories" book tour! | June 30, 2014
I know I said on Friday that we had reached the end of the virtual book tour for Mason Johnson's CCLaP novella, "Sad Robot Stories;" but I'm excited to say that one more stop actually squeaked in online this weekend! It is in fact a stop by the Weeklings arts-and-culture magazine, where Mason has penned a guest essay about the '80s sci-fi thriller Cherry 2000 and what this may or may not have to do with his adolescent sexual yearnings for robots. Click through for the link! | Read entire entry

It's the end of Mason Johnson's "Sad Robot Stories" book tour! | June 27, 2014
Mason Johnson finishes up his virtual book tour today for his CCLaP novella "Sad Robot Stories," by detailing the publishing process of the book over at the Banango Street lit journal. Click through for the link, as well as links to Wednesday's stop at Guiltless Reading and Thursday's visit to Books With Occasional Food. | Read entire entry

Thanks for coming out to the CCLaP Showcase! And look who's featuring next month! | June 27, 2014
My many thanks to everyone who made it out to the inaugural CCLaP Showcase with Bill Hillman this week, despite the huge rainstorm happening at the same time. Today, a few photos from the reading, plus details on our just-announced July show, featuring popular local author and professor Eric Charles May. | Read entire entry

The CCLaP Showcase with Bill Hillman is tonight! | June 24, 2014
The inaugural edition of the CCLaP Showcase, this month featuring Bill Hillman, is taking place tonight at City Lit Books in the Logan Square neighborhood (2523 N. Kedzie), starting at 6:30. Free beer and wine! Open-mic slots still available! I hope to see all you Chicagoans there! | Read entire entry

It's week two of Mason Johnson's "Sad Robot Stories" book tour! | June 24, 2014
It's week two of the virtual book tour for Mason Johnson's CCLaP novella "Sad Robot Stories!" Click through for a recap of last week's stops, a look at what's coming up this week, and a link to today's stop over at CCLaP staffer Lori Hettler's "The Next Best Book Blog." | Read entire entry

It's day three of Mason Johnson's "Sad Robot Stories" book tour! | June 18, 2014
It's day three of the virtual book tour for Mason Johnson's CCLaP novella, "Sad Robot Stories!" And in fact I didn't have a chance to mention the tour yesterday, so I actually have two links to share with you today: yesterday Mason was hanging out with our friends at Hypertext Magazine, while today he's over at the Glorified Love Letters litblog. Click through for the links to both! | Read entire entry

It's the kickoff of Mason Johnson's virtual book tour! | June 16, 2014
It's the kickoff of Mason Johnson's new virtual book tour, in support of his CCLaP novella "Sad Robot Stories!" Mason will be visiting the blogs of ten of our lit-world buddies over the next two weeks, starting today over at the revamped "Chicago Literati" website, and including new exclusive illustrations from the book by their in-house artist Alex Nall. Click through for the links! | Read entire entry

The CCLaP Weekender for June 13th is here! Plus, say hello to the CCLaP Showcase! | June 13, 2014
The new edition of the "CCLaP Weekender" is now online, featuring new fiction by Oliver Zarandi and a photo feature by local artist Lindsey Fast. Plus, we're happy to be announcing the formation of our first-ever open mic and reading series at a public venue, the "CCLaP Showcase" at City Lit Books in Logan Square, this month featuring Bill Hillman. Click through for it all! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 114: The CCLaP Sessions with Mason Johnson | June 2, 2014
Today on the CCLaP Podcast, it's a special half-hour live recording from our first event of the year, the "CCLaP Sessions" series featuring author Mason Johnson, reading from his 2013 novella "Sad Robot Stories." Held at the center's underground literary theater, Studio 505 in the Uptown neighborhood. Click through to download or stream this moment! | Read entire entry

The "CCLaP Weekender" for May 30th is here! | May 30, 2014
This week's edition of CCLaP's new e-magazine, "The CCLaP Weekender," is now online for your free downloading pleasure. It features a new piece of original fiction by local author Matt Rowan; a photography feature highlighting the work of Scottish artist Bryan M. Ferguson; and our usual look at the upcoming week of local literary events happening all across the city. Click through to read or download it right now! | Read entire entry

The "CCLaP Weekender" for May 23rd is here! | May 23, 2014
This week's edition "The CCLaP Weekender" is now online for your free downloading pleasure. It features a long interview with local author Giano Cromley; a photography feature highlighting the work of Russian artist Masha Demianova; and our usual look at the upcoming week of local literary events happening all across the city. Click through to download or view it online right now! | Read entire entry

Wowee! It's the big 'Bullshit Artists' update! | April 4, 2014
Wow, has there been a lot of developments recently with CCLaP's newest book, Austinite Fernando A. Flores' ode to failed punk bands and small-town music scenes, Death to the Bullshit Artists of South Texas, Vol. 1! A release party in Austin, and big appearances coming soon in San Antonio and Dallas; click through for all the details! | Read entire entry

Don't forget about the CCLaP Master Class! | February 17, 2014
Don't forget about CCLaP's coming "Master Class" ten-week writing workshop, being held between this coming mid-March and mid-May, designed specifically for those trying to complete a novel and with the promise of likely finishing that novel by the time the workshop is over. Just $10 per session, or $100 total enrollment fee; and since it's being held online, international students are welcome! | Read entire entry

Hey, frustrated novelists! Enroll in CCLaP's new "Master Class!" | February 12, 2014
Are you an aspiring novelist who's been having trouble getting their book finished? Enroll in CCLaP's new "Master Class," a writing-intensive ten-week workshop designed specifically for authors trying to finish a novel. Just $10 apiece for ten weekly sessions, but act fast -- only ten spots are available! Click through for the details and to enroll right now! | 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

CCLaP Podcast 108: Ken Kase, Words and Music | December 2, 2013
Today on the CCLaP Podcast, a special half-hour performance by St. Louis musician Ken Kase, featuring both his pop music and pieces from his first book of poetry. Recorded at CCLaP's "Studio 505" performance venue, also known as my new apartment in the Uptown neighborhood. | 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

Our last show of the year is tonight! Come see musician Ken Kase! | November 15, 2013
CCLaP's last live show of the year is tonight! And it features St. Louis musician and writer Ken Kase, who will be both performing pop songs and reading from his book of sonnets. Free admission! Free food! Free liquor! What a perfect thing to do at the last minute on the last mild Friday night of the year! Click through for more details, and RSVP for the street address to cclapcenter [at] gmail.com. | Read entire entry

Our last show of the year is this Friday! Ken Kase sings and reads! | November 12, 2013
Only four days until CCLaP's last live show of the year! It's a special performance by St. Louis artist Ken Kase, who will be both performing his popular music and reading from his poetry book "Seven Sonnets," the whole thing being recorded for a live album at iTunes in 2014. Click through to download a free copy of the book right this second! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 107: The CCLaP Sessions - Mark R. Brand | November 7, 2013
Today on the CCLaP Podcast, it's a special 30-minute live recording from last week's edition of the center's new monthly reading series, "The CCLaP Sessions," this time featuring local writer Mark R. Brand, author of the speculative story collection "Long Live Us." | 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 the last day of Meera Lee Sethi's "Mountainfit" book tour! | October 25, 2013
It's the last day 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 the Introverted Reader, where she shares a playlist of music related to the book; while yesterday she was at Glorified Love Letters, sharing a book-related recipe for Swedish cinnamon rolls. Click through for links to them both! | 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

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

It's day four of Meera Lee Sethi's "Mountainfit" book tour! | October 18, 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 Superstition Review, where she has posted a guest essay on the subject of going from being a self-publisher to signing with a legitimate small press. | 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 the start of Meera Lee Sethi's "Mountainfit" virtual book tour! | October 15, 2013
All right! Another one of our authors is on a virtual book tour! Click through to read all about Meera Lee Sethi, her book of nature and science essays with CCLaP, "Mountainfit," and at which blogs she'll be appearing over the next two weeks to talk more about it. | Read entire entry

Join us this Friday for "The CCLaP Sessions" with Mark R. Brand! | October 2, 2013
Just two more days until the next edition of "The CCLaP Sessions," the center's new monthly reading series! This month's Session features Chicago writer Mark R. Brand, reading from his new speculative story collection "Long Live Us." Free admission! Free food! Free liquor! Only 15 seats left! Click through for all the details on how to RSVP! | 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

Your last chance to RSVP for "The CCLaP Sessions" tonight! | September 6, 2013
Only ten seats left for tonight's inaugural edition of "The CCLaP Sessions" monthly reading series, this time featuring California author Maureen Foley! RSVP right away, or click through for more details and to see photos from the first two nights of Mo's recent Chicago mini-tour. | Read entire entry

Maureen Foley's Chicago mini-tour starts today! | September 4, 2013
CCLaP author Maureen Foley's mini-tour of Chicago starts today! Join us tonight (Wednesday) at "Reading Under the Influence" at Sheffield's, tomorrow for a CCLaP showcase at Quimby's (along with Mason Johnson and Mark R. Brand), and Friday night for the inaugural edition of our new "CCLaP Sessions" monthly reading series. Click through for the details on all! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 102: Live from the 'Sad Robot Stories' release party | August 26, 2013
Today on the CCLaP Podcast, it's a special 90-minute live recording from last weekend's release party for Mason Johnson's "Sad Robot Stories." Featuring performances from Johnson, Dan Shapiro, Chris Terry, Shanny Jean, Terd Macchio, Hillary Stone & Tom Simmons, Lindsay Hunter, and Don De Grazia. | 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

It's week two of Kevin Haworth's virtual book tour! | May 28, 2013
Oh no! Frantic book work and a case of the flu prevented me from getting daily updates posted last week regarding Kevin Haworth's virtual author tour, in support of his CCLaP book "Famous Drownings in Literary History." Here, a recap post with links to all five tour stops last week, as well as yesterday's visit to the blog of our old friend Ben Tanzer. | 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

It's day two of Kevin Haworth's virtual book tour! | May 21, 2013
It's day two of Kevin Haworth's virtual book tour, in support of "Famous Drownings in Literary History!" Today Kevin is over at the wonderful litblog Love At First Book, where he has penned a guest essay comparing the three different small presses that have put out his three books. Click through for the link! | Read entire entry

It's day one of Kevin Haworth's virtual book tour! | May 20, 2013
It's day one of the new virtual book tour for Kevin Haworth's "Famous Drownings in Literary History!" Click through for a link to today's stop at Cobalt Review, plus more on Kevin's book and how it's been doing in the seven months it's now been out and for sale. | 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

One week left! Just a little money to go! Help us finally have our first successful Kickstarter campaign! | November 15, 2012
Oh, we're so close I can freaking taste it! Just five days left for CCLaP's newest Kickstarter campaign, to raise the funds for our coming deluxe illustrated holiday book, "The Kickstarter Letters" by David David Katzman, and we're only a couple of hundred dollars left from reaching our $2,500 goal. If we miss our goal we don't get a penny, AND WE'VE DONE THAT BEFORE AND IT'S HEARTBREAKING, so click through right now and find out how you can help! | 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: Video from our "Podcast Dreadful" Quimby's event is now online! | October 5, 2012
Sorry this took so long, but the video from CCLaP's recent "Podcast Dreadful" live recording at Quimby's Bookstore is now online, split into five parts over at YouTube. Click through for them all! | Read entire entry

CCLaP's Podcast Dreadful, 4 of 12 | September 24, 2012
Today on the CCLaP Podcast, it's part 4 of "A Podcast Dreadful," the center's 12-part serial-fiction audiobook anthology. This episode was taped in front of a live audience at Quimby's Bookstore, and includes work by Davis Schneiderman, Keith McCleary and Sophia G. Starmack, Jason Fisk, Karl Wolff and Jacob S. Knabb. | Read entire entry

Tonight! Tonight! CCLaP's 'Podcast Dreadful' live taping is tonight! | September 21, 2012
Many thanks to all of you who have been downloading and mentioning CCLaP's "Podcast Dreadful" audiobook anthology this month; and I'm happy to say that tonight finally is our live taping at Quimby's Bookstore! Click through for all the details, and I hope to see you all there! | Read entire entry

The day is here! CCLaP's Podcast Dreadful has begun! | September 3, 2012
Excelsior! CCLaP's new 12-part serial fiction audiobook anthology, "A Podcast Dreadful," begins today! Click through for a lot more about it, as well as info on the episode we'll be doing in front of a live audience, on September 21st at Quimby's Bookstore here in Chicago. | Read entire entry

It's day ten of Mark R. Brand's virtual book tour! | July 31, 2012
It's day ten of Mark R. Brand's virtual tour for the science-fiction novella "Life After Sleep!" Today Mark finishes his busy tour with a visit to our old pal Ben Tanzer, featuring a rare video that you should really stop by and check out when you have a chance. Click through for the link! | Read entire entry

It's day nine of Mark R. Brand's virtual book tour! | July 30, 2012
It's day nine of Mark R. Brand's virtual tour for the science-fiction novella "Life After Sleep!" Today Mark is hanging out with popular blogger Okla Elliott, where he has posted a special excerpt from the book at the website As It Ought To Be. Click through for the link! | Read entire entry

It's day seven of Mark R. Brand's virtual book tour! | July 26, 2012
It's day seven of Mark R. Brand's virtual tour for the science-fiction novella "Life After Sleep!" Today Mark is hanging out with fellow CCLaP author Lauryn Allison Lewis, where he types up some guest thoughts on how he came up with the dialogue and plot details. Click through for the link! | Read entire entry

It's day six (and five) of Mark R. Brand's virtual book tour! | July 25, 2012
It's day six of Mark R. Brand's virtual tour for the science-fiction novella "Life After Sleep!" And as usual, I actually have two links to share with you today, since I missed posting about this yesterday; on that day Mark was hanging out with fellow CCLaP artist Laura Szumowski, while today he has a new MP3 reading from the book posted at Curbside Splendor. Click through for them both! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 91: Live from the 'solo/down' release party | July 23, 2012
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: It's a live recording from the recent crowded, drunken release party for Lauryn Allison Lewis's novella "solo/down." Featuring performances from Robyn Pennacchia, James Tadd Adcox, Jac Jemc, Lindsay Hunter, Mason Johnson, Samantha Irby, Matt Rowan, Ben Tanzer and Lauryn herself, and hosted by Curbside Splendor's Victor David Giron. | Read entire entry

It's day four of Mark R. Brand's virtual book tour! | July 23, 2012
It's day four of Mark R. Brand's virtual tour for the science-fiction novella "Life After Sleep!" And I actually have two links to share with you today, since I missed posting about this on Friday; on that day Mark was hanging out with our friends at Another Chicago Magazine, while today he's at the great science-fiction blog Grasping for the Wind. Click through for the links! | Read entire entry

It's day two of Mark R. Brand's virtual author tour! | July 19, 2012
It's day two of Mark R. Brand's virtual tour for the science-fiction novella "Life After Sleep!" Today Mark is hanging out with fellow CCLaP author Jason Fisk, where the two gab about science-fiction versus speculative fiction, where the ideas for this book came from, and more. Click through for the link! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 90: CCLaP in NYC - KGB Bar | July 17, 2012
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: It's the fourth of four recent shows we did in New York City, this time at famed lower Manhattan lit hangout KGB Bar. Featuring Kevin Haworth, David David Katzman, Traci Kim, Lauryn Allison Lewis, Sally Weigel, and an infamously riotous performance from Ben Tanzer. Many thanks to Lori Hettler for providing the missing audio you'll hear at the end! | Read entire entry

Welcome to the Mark R. Brand virtual author tour! | July 17, 2012
It's day one of CCLaP's newest "virtual book tour," this time for the day-after-tomorrow sci-fi tale "Life After Sleep" by local author Mark R. Brand. Click through for more about the book and the full schedule of performers, including a link to today's stop at the blog of noted New Weird writer Bella Street. | Read entire entry

It's day twenty-one (and the very last day) of the Ben Tanzer/Laura Szumowski virtual book tour! | July 13, 2012
It's the very last day of CCLaP's Ben Tanzer/Laura Szumowski virtual book tour for "The New York Stories!" Today the tour wraps up with a visit by Laura to our old friend and local bizarro author David David Katzman, where the two talk at length about Laura's work, career, and distinctive visual style. Thanks, everyone, for an extra-long and extra-great tour! And don't forget that Mark R. Brand hits the information superhighway starting Monday! | Read entire entry

Hey, Chicagoans! Come out to our show tonight at Women & Children First! | July 12, 2012
We haven't had a chance to promote this much, and we forgot to make a Facebook event page, but I wanted to let all you Chicagoans know that we're doing an all-CCLaP, all-female (or, er, all-non-penis-owning) reading tonight at the great Women & Children First Bookstore at 5233 N. Clark, starting at 7 pm, and featuring Lauryn Allison Lewis, Katherine Scott Nelson and Traci Kim. Hope to see you there! | Read entire entry

It's day nineteen of the Ben Tanzer/Laura Szumowski virtual book tour! | July 11, 2012
It's day nineteen of the Ben Tanzer/Laura Szumowski virtual book tour for "The New York Stories!" Today Laura is hanging out with our friend Davis Schneiderman at the blog Big Other, where she has turned in a guest essay (and lots and lots of illustrations) about what it was like as a visual artist to work on this book. Click through for the link! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 89: CCLaP in NYC - Vaudeville Park | July 9, 2012
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: It's the third of four hour-long shows that CCLaP's authors recently attended in New York City, this time at the Brooklyn performance space Vaudeville Park, and in this particular case in conjunction with local band Battle Of The Camel. Featuring performances from David David Katzman, Oriana Leckert, Lauryn Allison Lewis, Katherine Scott Nelson, John Reed and Sally Weigel. | Read entire entry

It's day seventeen (and sixteen) of the Ben Tanzer/Laura Szumowski virtual book tour! | July 9, 2012
It's day seventeen of the Ben Tanzer/Laura Szumowski virtual book tour for "The New York Stories!" And once again I actually have two links to share today -- both Laura's stop today at Untoward Magazine, and her talk last Friday with fellow CCLaP artist Mark R. Brand. Click through for them both! | Read entire entry

It's day fifteen of the Ben Tanzer/Laura Szumowski virtual book tour! | July 5, 2012
It's day fifteen of CCLaP's Ben Tanzer/Laura Szumowski virtual book tour for "The New York Stories!" Today both Ben and Laura are doing a group talk with our friends at Artifice magazine, where they go into all kinds of detail about the process of putting this special illustrated edition together (including lots and lots of image examples). Click through for the link! | Read entire entry

It's day fourteen (and thirteen) of the Ben Tanzer/Laura Szumowski virtual book tour! | July 4, 2012
It's day fourteen of CCLaP's Ben Tanzer/Laura Szumowski virtual book tour for "The New York Stories!" And like usual these days, home internet problems kept me from updating yesterday, so today I have four links to share with you - yesterday at Baby Got Books for Laura and Dead End Follies for Ben, and today at WordPlaySound for Ben and Caleb J. Ross for Laura. Click through for all four links! | Read entire entry

It's day twelve of the Ben Tanzer/Laura Szumowski virtual book tour! | July 2, 2012
It's day twelve of the Ben Tanzer/Laura Szumowski virtual book tour for "The New York Stories!" And just like on Friday, today Ben and Laura are both being featured at the same place -- Lori Hettler's "The Next Best Book Blog," where both turn in separate videos featuring the places where they work. Click through for them both! | Read entire entry

It's day eleven of the Ben Tanzer/Laura Szumowski virtual book tour! | June 29, 2012
It's day eleven of CCLaP's Ben Tanzer/Laura Szumowski virtual book tour for "The New York Stories!" And while we wait for today's link to Ben and Laura's recent podcast talk for Another Chicago Magazine, let me share yesterday's link as well, a guest essay by Ben at the blog of Curt Bledsoe; and for that matter, let me officially announce all the dates for Laura's leg of the tour, starting today and lasting the next two weeks! Click through for it all! | Read entire entry

It's day nine (and eight) of the Ben Tanzer/Laura Szumowski virtual book tour! | June 27, 2012
It's day nine of the Ben Tanzer/Laura Szumowski virtual book tour for "The New York Stories!" And in fact once again I didn't get to post a tour update yesterday, so not only am I telling you today about Ben's recent MP3 reading for Curbside Splendor, but also about his recent visit with litblogger Patricia Ann McNair yesterday. Click through for them both! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 87: CCLaP in NYC - Book Thug Nation | June 25, 2012
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: It's show two of our recent four-day tour of New York, this time at Brooklyn bookstore Book Thug Nation, and in this case in conjunction with local litmag Moonshot. | Read entire entry

It's day seven of the Ben Tanzer/Laura Szumowski virtual book tour! | June 25, 2012
It's day seven of the Ben Tanzer/Laura Szumowski virtual book tour for "The New York Stories!" Today Ben is hanging out with our old buddy Mel Bosworth, so I hope you'll have a chance to stop by later. | Read entire entry

It's day six (and five) of the Ben Tanzer/Laura Szumowski virtual book tour! | June 22, 2012
It's day six of CCLaP's Ben Tanzer/Laura Szumowski virtual book tour for 'The New York Stories!' And in fact I missed yesterday's update, so I actually have two links to share today - a video interview between Ben and his son for Baby Got Books, and a guest essay by Ben on 'meta-projects' at Burrow Press Review. Plus photos and a report from last night's insanely packed release party for Lauryn Allison Lewis's CCLaP novella 'solo/down!' | Read entire entry

It's day four of the Ben Tanzer/Laura Szumowski virtual book tour! | June 20, 2012
It's day four of CCLaP's Ben Tanzer/Laura Szumowski virtual book tour for "The New York Stories!" Today Ben is hanging out with our old friend Pete Anderson, a fellow Chicago author and the owner of the great blog PeteLit.com. | Read entire entry

It's day three of the Ben Tanzer/Laura Szumowski virtual book tour! | June 19, 2012
It's day three of CCLaP's Ben Tanzer/Laura Szumowski virtual book tour for "The New York Stories!" Today Ben is hanging out with our pal Ryan Bradley; and instead of doing an interview, Ben asked Ryan (a full-time graphic designer and the owner of the great Artistically Declined Press) if he might do an alternative cover for the book, just as an interesting intellectual exercise. Click through to see the results! | Read entire entry

Welcome to the Ben Tanzer/Laura Szumowski virtual book tour! | June 18, 2012
Excelsior! Today kicks off CCLaP's latest virtual tour, this time a double one featuring both Ben Tanzer and Laura Szumowski, out promoting their illustrated story-collection collaboration from last Christmas, "The New York Stories." Plus, starting today, a big discount on the deluxe paper edition, and for the first time a free electronic version of the illustrated book! Click through for it all! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 86: CCLaP in NYC - Le Poisson Rouge | June 18, 2012
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: It's the first of four one-hour shows that CCLaP's authors recently attended in New York City, this time at the lower Manhattan rock club Le Poisson Rouge. Featuring performances from David David Katzman, Traci Kim, Lauryn Allison Lewis, Katherine Scott Nelson and John Reed. | Read entire entry

Hey, Chicagoans! Come out to the 'solo/down' release party this Thursday! | June 18, 2012
Hey, Chicagoans! I hope you'll have a chance to come out this Thursday for the official release party of Lauryn Allison Lewis's novella for CCLaP, "solo/down," at Cole's Bar in the Logan Square neighborhood (2338 N. Milwaukee) from 7 to 10 pm. Cupcakes! Music! Ten freaking readers! Plus every person who buys a book gets a free drink too! Click through for all the details! | 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 day eight of Katherine Scott Nelson's virtual author tour! | May 30, 2012
It's day eight (and the final day) of Katherine Scott Nelson's virtual book tour for hir CCLaP novella "Have You Seen Me!" Today Katherine is over at our good friend Lori Hettler's The Next Best Book Blog, where ze is participating in a regular feature there called "Where Writers Write," essays about the locations where authors prefer doing their work. | Read entire entry

It's day seven of Katherine Scott Nelson's virtual author tour! | May 29, 2012
It's day seven of Katherine Scott Nelson's virtual book tour for hir CCLaP novella "Have You Seen Me!" Today Katherine is hanging out with our buddies at Curbside Splendor, another small press here in Chicago, for whom ze recently did a 15-minute MP3 reading of the first two scenes from the book. Click through for the link! | Read entire entry

Books! Parties! Struggling Kickstarter campaigns! Only four days until CCLaP's in New York City! | May 28, 2012
Holy crap! Only four days until CCLaP's big trip to New York City! Today, some photos of all the handmade books that have been made for the tour, shots from the bon voyage party we threw this weekend at Lauryn Allison Lewis's place in Evanston, and the latest from our sadly struggling Kickstarter campaign, and what you can do to help. Click through for it all! | Read entire entry

It's day five (and, uh, four) of Katherine Scott Nelson's virtual author tour! | May 25, 2012
It's day five of Katherine Scott Nelson's virtual book tour for hir CCLaP novella "Have You Seen Me!" Today Katherine is visiting our old pal Jason Behrends at the Orange Alert Podcast. And since we missed yesterday, you can visit today's post as well for day four's stop at the podcast of yet another good friend, Ben Tanzer, as well as photos from Katherine's physical tour stop last night at the Lambda Finalist reading at Chicago's Center On Halsted. Click through for all the images and links! | Read entire entry

It's day three of Katherine Scott Nelson's virtual author tour! | May 23, 2012
It's day three of Katherine Scott Nelson's virtual book tour for hir CCLaP novella "Have You Seen Me!" And today Katherine is at the blog of our old pal and fellow Chicago writer Jason Fisk, himself the author of last year's CCLaP book "Salt Creek Anthology." Click through for the link! | Read entire entry

Holy interrobang! CCLaP's holding a summer writing camp! | May 22, 2012
Well, whaddya know? CCLaP is doing its very first summer writing camp! It's every Tuesday through Friday this August, consists of eight interrelated courses on the storytelling process, was developed and is being taught by local academes, can be taken individually by existing writers to brush up on specific skills, but was designed primarily as a full program for teens looking to add an impressive asset to college applications. Click through for all the details! | Read entire entry

It's day two of Katherine Scott Nelson's virtual author tour! | May 22, 2012
It's day two of Katherine Scott Nelson's virtual book tour for hir CCLaP novella "Have You Seen Me!" And today Katherine is at the blog of LGBT performer Sassafras Lowrey, where the two talk in detail about Katherine's writing process, hir thoughts on both YA and "coming out" literature, and a lot more. Click through for the link! | Read entire entry

It's day one of Katherine Scott Nelson's virtual book tour! | May 21, 2012
All right! It's day one of Katherine Scott Nelson's virtual author tour for hir CCLaP novella "Have You Seen Me," double-nominated for this year's Lambda Awards for LGBT literature (and with the awards ceremony just two weeks from today). Click through for the entire tour plans, and a link to today's stop, over at the blog of trans performer Rebecca Kling. | Read entire entry

CCLaP in NYC: We have a Friday lit partner! Now give us money! | May 15, 2012
Yeehaw! Only 16 days until CCLaP's big road trip to New York City! And I'm happy to say that we now have a local literary partner for our Friday show at Book Thug Nation, local litmag Moonshot. Click through for all the details. Oh, and did I mention that we're running our very first Kickstarter campaign right now too? How about donating a few bucks to pay for the $2,500 in plane tickets we all ended up buying? | Read entire entry

CCLaP's first-ever Kickstarter campaign is underway! | May 7, 2012
Have you heard? Six of CCLaP's authors are going on a four-day mini-tour of New York City at the end of this month! And that unfortunately meant that they were all forced to buy airplane tickets on their own dimes ahead of time; so in the hopes of subsidizing the money they've spent, we're running our first-ever Kickstarter campaign, specifically to pre-sell a new anthology featuring never-before-published work from all the authors in question. Click through for a lot more! | Read entire entry

Start spreading the news! CCLaP is going to New York City! | May 1, 2012
A group of us have been secretly working on this for six months, so I'm happy to finally announce publicly today that a half-dozen of CCLaP's authors and myself will be doing a four-day, four-show mini-tour of New York City at the end of this month, including Kevin Haworth, David David Katzman, Traci Kim, Oriana Leckert, Lauryn Allison Lewis, Katherine Scott Nelson, John Reed, Ben Tanzer and Sally Weigel. Click through for lots, lots, LOTS more! | Read entire entry

Good luck on your trip, Lauryn Allison Lewis! | March 15, 2012
Chicago author Lauryn Allison Lewis is leaving today to be a featured guest at Miami University of Ohio this week; and that meant that we worked hard and got a special little chapbook "sneak preview" edition of her coming dark surreal body-horror novella for CCLaP, "solo/down," finished and printed off for her to sell there this week. Click through for a lot more! | Read entire entry

It's the last day of Jason Fisk's virtual author tour! | March 5, 2012
Greetings from day ten of the Jason Fisk virtual author tour, in support of his "hyperfiction" story collection from last summer, "Salt Creek Anthology!" Today Jason finishes up a tiring but successful tour by stopping by the blog of our old pal Ben Tanzer. Click through for the link! | Read entire entry

It's day nine of Jason Fisk's virtual author tour! | March 2, 2012
Greetings from day nine of the Jason Fisk virtual author tour, in support of his "hyperfiction" story collection from last summer, "Salt Creek Anthology!" Today Jason is over at the Lantern Projects blog, an offshoot of Caroline Picard's Green Lantern alternative arts space over in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood. Click through for the link! | Read entire entry

It's day eight of Jason Fisk's virtual author tour! | February 29, 2012
Greetings from day eight of the Jason Fisk virtual author tour, in support of his "hyperfiction" story collection from last summer, "Salt Creek Anthology!" Today Jason is hanging out with our old pal Claire Stokes, editor of the marketing-for-creatives blog "Clarity Solutions." Click through for the link! | Read entire entry

It's day seven of Jason Fisk's virtual author tour! | February 28, 2012
Greetings from day seven of the Jason Fisk virtual author tour, in support of his "hyperfiction" story collection from last summer, "Salt Creek Anthology!" Today Jason is hanging out with CCLaP pal and fellow local author Pete Anderson, editor of the great PeteLit.com. Click through for the link! | Read entire entry

It's day six of Jason Fisk's virtual author tour! | February 27, 2012
Greetings from day six of the Jason Fisk virtual author tour, in support of his "hyperfiction" story collection from last summer, "Salt Creek Anthology!" Today we've got a very special treat to start week two of the tour; turns out that Jason recently did a reading from the book for Victor David Giron's Curbside Splendor, which got turned into a professional small film by Garett Holden for the Curbside website. Click through for the link! | Read entire entry

It's day five of Jason Fisk's virtual author tour! | February 24, 2012
Greetings from day five of the Jason Fisk virtual author tour, in support of his "hyperfiction" story collection from last summer, "Salt Creek Anthology!" Today, a very special treat to wrap up week one of the tour -- an actual twenty-minute audio interview between Fisk and Jason Behrends over at his popular indie-rock/spoken-word "Orange Alert" podcast. Click through for the link! | Read entire entry

It's day four of Jason Fisk's virtual author tour! | February 23, 2012
Greetings from day four of the Jason Fisk virtual author tour, in support of his "hyperfiction" story collection from last summer, "Salt Creek Anthology!" Today Jason is hanging out with fellow local author and community maven Amy Guth -- she of the Chicago Tribune, WGN Radio, the Pilcrow Lit Fest, Reading Under the Influence...oh yeah, and who has a new novel coming out with CCLaP in July! Click through for the link! | Read entire entry

It's day three of Jason Fisk's virtual author tour! | February 22, 2012
Greetings from day three of the Jason Fisk virtual author tour, in support of his "hyperfiction" story collection from last summer, "Salt Creek Anthology!" Today Jason is visiting with fellow Chicago writer Katherine Scott Nelson, author of the big CCLaP hit "Have You Seen Me" from last fall. Click through for the link! | Read entire entry

It's day two of Jason Fisk's virtual author tour! | February 21, 2012
Greetings from day two of the Jason Fisk virtual author tour, in support of his CCLaP hyperfiction story collection "Salt Creek Anthology!" Today Jason is hanging out with fellow Chicago author Delphine Pontvieux, who don't forget has short pieces of her own in both of CCLaP's anthologies from 2011, "American Wasteland" and "Amsterdamned If You Do." Click through for the link! | Read entire entry

Announcing the Jason Fisk virtual author tour! | February 20, 2012
Yippee! After a long hiatus, CCLaP's "virtual author tours" are back this year with a vengeance; starting today, it's the tour for Jason Fisk and his experimental "Salt Creek Anthology" from last summer. Click through for more, including the complete list of stops over the next two weeks, and a link to today's kickoff stop at Lori Hettler's "The Next Best Book Blog." | 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

Hey, Chicagoans! CCLaP's first major fundraiser is here! | January 9, 2012
Happy day! CCLaP is finally set to hold its first-ever major fundraiser on February 4th, in honor of the recent "New York Stories" deluxe illustrated book by Ben Tanzer with Laura Szumowski. $100 per couple gets you a copy of the book, free food and liquor, and a multimedia performance, all within the confines of a historic Victorian mansion in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood. Click through for all the details, and to purchase tickets right this second! | 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

CCLaP's paying some artists on December 18th! Come join us! | December 8, 2011
Hooray! Time for CCLaP to pay some artists again! This time it'll be Jason Fisk of "Salt Creek Anthology" and Katherine Scott Nelson of "Have You Seen Me;" we'll be meeting up at the Swedish pub Simon's in Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood on Sunday, December 18th. Click through for all the details, including the Facebook event page! | 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

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

And don't forget the big Chicago party tonight! | November 10, 2011
And don't forget, Chicagoans, tonight's the big release party for Katherine Scott Nelson's book with CCLaP, the runaway coming-of-age novella "Have You Seen Me," at Women & Children First Bookstore in Andersonville, then moving to a nearby wine bar afterwards. Click through for the details! Hope to see you tonight! | Read entire entry

SHOP Podcast 01: All The Writers I Know | November 10, 2011
Today on the SHOP Podcast, produced by the Southside Hub of Production and whose files are hosted and distributed through CCLaP: It's the November edition of the queer literary showcase "All The Writers I Know," held in the library of the historic Fenn House in Chicago's Hyde Park where SHOP is headquartered. | 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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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