Repetition Patterns - A story cycle by Ben Tanzer

Dysfunctional suburbs. Dark thoughts. Crumbling relationships. Or in other words, just another day in the twisted world of author Ben Tanzer. The Chicago Center for Literature and Photography is proud to announce its first original book, the "story cycle" Repetition Patterns.

"Some of these stories might seem inconsequential. They're about tiny happenings or changes. People long for something, they grow up or move away. But the detail is beguiling, and often something dark or unusual is happening behind closed doors--the older sister who plays breathing games with the baby, the father who insists on giving visiting children a goodnight kiss, or the husband who sleeps with all of his neighbors' wives." --The Short Review

"Well written and easy to read...a bit of a page-turner for me." --Words, Notes, and Fiction

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The New York Stories

The New York Stories

Want a paper copy of Repetition Patterns? Then please consider purchasing The New York Stories, a special deluxe compendium of both this book and Tanzer's 2011 story collection with CCLaP, So Different Now. This premier "fine art" publication, designed specifically for professional collectors and hardcore fans, features 30 illustrations by local artist Laura Szumowski (six in full color and inserted via special vellum sheets), held together with faux-suede covers and external Coptic stitching. Click here to learn more, and to see samples of the illustrations found within.

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Ben Tanzer: This Tour Will Change Your Life 2009

In February 2009, Tanzer went on a virtual book tour to support Repetition Patterns, stopping by the blogs of twelve other authors and literary organizations to pen guest entries and interviews about both the book and writing in general. You can click here for the wrap-up of how it all went, or click on the names below to see any of their particular tour dates:

Pete Anderson | Elizabeth Crane | Jason Jordan | What To Wear During An Orange Alert | Tim Hall | Virtual postcard 1 | Michael FitzGerald | Amy Guth | Chicago Literary Examiner | Jason Riley | Nick Ostdick | Virtual postcard 2 | S. Craig Renfroe | JA Tyler


Supplemental and promotional material:

An audio interview with Tanzer regarding the origins of these stories

A critical essay by the publisher, on why he signed the book in the first place, along with detailed reviews by CCLaP's readers and a chance to leave your own (good or bad...seriously)

A "radio-play" style audio recording (MP3) of the story "Life As He Had Known It"

A 2007 interview with Tanzer for the CCLaP Podcast

More about this book's Creative Commons license, and what you can and cannot do because of it

Tanzer's personal website

Tanzer's first novel, Lucky Man (2007, Manx Media)

Tanzer's second novel, Maybe You'll Go Your Way and I'll Go Mine (2008, Orange Alert Press)


Creative Commons License
This book has been released under a Creative Commons license (click the above icon to actually read it in full); this gives you permission to make unlimited copies for yourself, convert it into other formats, translate it into other languages, and use it as a basis for nonprofit multimedia projects (audio, film, animation, stage performance, calligraphy, etc), in return for you not changing the contents or removing the credits.


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