ALL HACK: A Conversation with Dmitry Samarov and Gil Roth
Friday October 02 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
Join us for a conversation with Chicago's own Dmitry Samarov and Gil Roth in celebration of Dmitry's newest book All Hack, an illustrated work memoir about Dmitry Samarov's twelve years driving a cab in Chicago and Boston between 1993 and 2012.
**This event will be broadcast vis YouTube Live. Register via Eventbrite for a link to view to be sent to you the day of the event.**
Gil Roth is the creator of The Virtual Memories Show, a weekly podcast featuring conversations with cultural figures. The show recently celebrated its 400th episode. The Virtual Memories Show is available on iTunes, YouTube, and many other platforms.
Dmitry Samarov paints and writes in Chicago. He is the author and illustrator of five books. He sends out a newsletter every Monday. An absurd amount of his work is collected at his website, which is sixteen years old now. Buy his art and books and read some of his journalism.
Woody Guthrie: An Intimate Life
Monday October 12 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
Join Gustavus Stadler and Peter Coviello for an evening in celebration of the new book Woody Guthrie: An Intimate Life, out this October from Beacon Press.
**This is a virtual event that will be broadcast via YouTube Live. Register for a link to view the event to be sent to you the day of the event.**
Woody Guthrie is often mythologized as the classic American “rambling’ man,” a real-life Steinbeckian folk hero who fought for working-class interests and inspired Bob Dylan. Biographers and fans frame him as a foe of fascism and focus on his politically charged folk songs. What’s left unexamined is how the bulk of Guthrie’s work—most of which is unpublished or little known—delves into the importance of intimacy in his personal and political life. Featuring an insert with personal photos of Guthrie’s family and previously unknown paintings, Woody Guthrie: An Intimate Life is a fresh and contemporary analysis of the overlapping influences of sexuality, politics, and disability on the art and mind of an American folk icon.
Part biography, part cultural history of the Left, Woody Guthrie offers a stunning revelation about America’s quintessential folk legend, who serves as a guiding light for leftist movements today. In his close relationship with dancer Marjorie Mazia, Guthrie discovered a restorative way of thinking about the body, which provided a salve for the trauma of his childhood and the slowly debilitating effects of Huntington’s disease. Rejecting bodily shame and embracing the power of sexuality, he came to believe that intimacy was the linchpin for political struggle. By closely connecting to others, society could combat the customary emotional states of capitalist cultures: loneliness and isolation. Using intimacy as one’s weapon, Guthrie believed we could fight fascism’s seductive call.
Gustavus Stadler is Professor of English at Haverford College, where he teaches courses on 19th and 20th-century American literature, music, and sound culture. His most recent book is Woody Guthrie: An Intimate Life (Beacon, 2020). He is also the author of Troubling Minds: The Cultural Politics of Genius in the U. S. 1840-1890 (U of Minnesota, 2006) as well as articles for Al Jazeera, Public Books, avidly.com, Social Text, and other popular and scholarly venues.
Peter Coviello is the author of four books, the most recent of which are Make Yourselves Gods: Mormons and the Unfinished Business of American Secularism (Chicago, 2019) and Long Players: A Love Story in Eighteen Songs (Penguin, 2018), selected as one of ARTFORUM’s Ten Best Books of 2018. His next book, Vineland Reread, appears in the fall of 2020. He is Professor of English at the University of Illinois-Chicago.
INDEX OF HAUNTED HOUSES: Adam O. Davis, Eduardo C. Corral, and Kiki Petrosi
Wednesday October 14 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
Join us for a reading with Adam O. Davis, Eduardo C. Corral, and Kiki Petrosino in celebration of Adam's new book Index of Haunted Houses.
**This event will be broadcast via YouTube Live. Register via Eventbrite for a link to view to be sent to you the day of the event.**
Index of Haunted Houses is a book of ghost stories, and for the most part, ghosts are jealous monsters, intent upon our destruction. They never appear overtly here, yet we gradually become aware of the spirits in haunted houses in the way they tread over creaky floors, slam doors, and issue sudden gusts of wind. These poems are Koan-like—the fewer the words, the more charged they are. The engine driving the sense of haunting and loss is money, which Davis describes as “federal bone” boiling around us. Bison in Nebraska are reduced to bones, “seven/standing men/tall” fodder for the fertilizer used by farmers in the 1800s. There is, too, an equality to the hauntings—every instance has its moment, and persists, despite being in the past, present, or future. Index of Haunted Houses is spooky and sad—a stunning debut, one that will surprise, convince, and most of all, delight.
Adam O. Davis is the author of Index of Haunted Houses (Sarabande), winner of the Kathryn A. Morton Poetry Prize. His poems have appeared in many journals, including The Believer, Boston Review, Gulf Coast, The Paris Review, The Southern Review, and ZYZZYVA. The recipient of the 2016 George Bogin Award from the Poetry Society of America, Davis has received grants and fellowships from Columbia University, the Prague Summer Program, and Vermont Studio Center. He currently lives in San Diego, California where he teaches English literature at The Bishop’s School.
Eduardo C. Corral is the son of Mexican immigrants. He's the author of Guillotine (Graywolf Press) and Slow Lightning, which won the Yale Series of Younger Poets Competition. He’s the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University. He teaches in the MFA program at North Carolina State University.
Kiki Petrosino is the author of four books of poetry: White Blood: a Lyric of Virginia (2020), Witch Wife (2017), Hymn for the Black Terrific (2013) and Fort Red Border (2009), all from Sarabande Books. She holds graduate degrees from the University of Chicago and the University of Iowa Writer's Workshop. Her poems and essays have appeared in Poetry, Best American Poetry, The Nation, The New York Times, FENCE, Gulf Coast, Jubilat, Tin House and on-line at Ploughshares. She teaches at the University of Virginia as a Professor of Poetry. Petrosino is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, a Fellowship in Creative Writing from the National Endowment for the Arts, and an Al Smith Fellowship Award from the Kentucky Arts Council.
Sign of the Times: Tobias Carroll and Christen Carter
Thursday October 15 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
Join us for an event with Christen Carter and Tobias Carroll in celebration of their new books Button Power: 125 Years of Saying It with Buttons and Political Sign.
**This event will be broadcast via YouTube Live. Register for a link to view to be sent to you the day of the event.**
In an election year, political signs can be impossible to avoid. They're in front yards, on bumper stickers, and in some places you might never have expected. In Political Sign, Tobias Carroll chronicles the permutations and secret histories of political signs, venturing into the story of how they came to be and illuminating how the signs around us shape us in ways we often fail to appreciate.
From the campaign trail to the rock tour, Button Power collects a people's history of American culture told through the pin-back button. Lively commentary from two of America's foremost button experts, Christen Carter and Ted Hake, shows how the small but powerful button reveals the events and movements that outraged, amused, and inspired us over time, from the solo flight of Charles Lindbergh to the Black Power movement.
Tobias Carroll is the author of three books: Political Sign; the novel Reel; and the short story collection Transitory. He is the managing editor of Vol.1 Brooklyn and writes the Watchlist column for Words Without Borders.
Christen Carter is the founder of Chicago-based Busy Beaver Button Company and has produced more than 30 million buttons for bands, artists, political campaigns, and more. In 2010, she started the Button Museum, dedicated to revealing American history through pin-back buttons. Visit Busy Beaver at: busybeaver.net/
Club de Lectura #1: Las cosas que perdimos en el fuego
Thursday October 29 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
Club de Lectura #1: Las cosas que perdimos en el fuego
El Club de Lectura se centra en literatura latinoamericana contemporánea. Cada dos meses, leeremos ficción de distintos países hispanoparlantes del continente. La charla será en español también. ¡Los esperamos!
Para nuestro encuentro inaugural en octubre, leeremos Los peligros de fumar en la cama de la argentina Mariana Enríquez, un libro de cuentos que ahonda en lo siniestro de lo cotidiano. Charlaremos del libro por Zoom el día jueves 29 de octubre a las 7PM. ¡Quedan todos invitados! Para suscribirte, envía un correo a firstname.lastname@example.org para pedir el link.
Sobre el libro:
Una niña desentierra en el jardín unos huesos que resultan no ser de un animal; la bucólica escena veraniega de unas chicas que se bañan en un paraje natural acaba convertida en un infierno de celos de inquietantes consecuencias; un mendigo despreciado siembra la desgracia en un barrio pudiente; Barcelona se transforma en un escenario perturbador, marcado por la culpa y del que es imposible escapar; una presencia fantasmal busca un sacrificio en un balneario; una chica siente una atracción fetichista por los corazones enfermos; un rockero fallecido de un modo atroz recibe un homenaje de sus fans que va más allá de lo imaginable; un chico que filma clandestinamente a parejas haciendo el amor y a mujeres con tacones altos caminando por las calles recibe una propuesta que le cambiará la vida... En los doce cuentos que componen este volumen Mariana Enriquez despliega todo un repertorio de recursos del relato clásico de terror (apariciones espectrales, brujas, sesiones de espiritismo, grutas, visiones, muertos que vuelven a la vida), pero reelaborando el material con una voz propia y radicalmente moderna.