• Love Emergencies

    by Bill Wolak and Mahoom Karimi-Hakak

    Cross-Cultural Communications

    $20.00 List Price

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    Bill Wolak and Mahmood Karimi-Hakak Poetry Reading

    Bill Wolak, recipient of several National Endowment for the Humanities scholarships, is joined by Mahmood Karimi-Hakak for an evening of cross-cultural poetry. Copies of their collaborative poetry book, Love Emergencies, will be available!

  • Xanthous Mermaid Mechanics:

    Journal of Experimental Fiction 44

    by Brion Poloncic

    Journal of Experimental Fiction

    $15.00 List Price

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    Brion Poloncic and Eckhard Gerdes Read

    Brion Poloncic’s novel Xanthous Mermaid Mechanics pushes at all of our preconceptions and misconceptions not only about the self, but also about art. Artists are too often and too easily cast as outsiders, and Outsider Art has become somewhat of a commodity with so-called “outsiders” who seem to …

    Brion Poloncic’s novel Xanthous Mermaid Mechanics pushes at all of our preconceptions and misconceptions not only about the self, but also about art. Artists are too often and too easily cast as outsiders, and Outsider Art has become somewhat of a commodity with so-called “outsiders” who seem to market their “outsidedness” for monetary gain. One wonders if in some cases the outsider stance isn’t merely a con. But with Poloncic, who has been called the “Daniel Johnston” of literature, we see the real thing, and it is beautiful and scary, marvelous and delightful, yet also angry, insecure, self-doubting. In other words, this is as human as it gets. And sometimes it as humorous as it gets as when, in the depths of his artistic quest, Poloncic begins channeling William S. Burroughs, who dictates a manuscript to him, or when he realizes that all we really need to get through our lives successfully is a sequence of form letters. Although it is deliciously funny, the book is, simply put, both charming and discombobulating, which is a note that rings absolutely true to the ear. Brion Polonic is also an accomplished artist and musician. He lives in Omaha, Nebraska, with his dog Tinca.

    “This book was a very interesting read. At times, the author goes on a road that I don’t follow, but above and beyond, the first person narrative is brilliant. Dealing with mental illness, drug abuse and some very bad behavior without making excuses or apologies, this book chronicles parts of the author’s psyche that most of us keep locked away. My personal favorite was ‘Schizophrenia 101′. It is a step by step guide for “new” schizophrenics. Though written with humor, one can’t help but wonder if the advice and detailed guide of symptoms and meanings WOULD be a useful tool for people experiencing their first psychotic episode.” –Kyle Muntz, Author of VII (A Novel): The Life, Times, and Tragedy of Sir Edward William Locke the Third: Gentleman.

    Also joining the bill is Chicago author Eckhard Gerdes, who will read from his new books The Three Psychedelic Novellas of Eckhard Gerdes (Enigmatic Ink Books) and The Sylvia Plath Cookbook (Sugar Glider Press).

    For more info: www.experimentalfiction.com, www.eckhardgerdes.com

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  • Too Cold for Snow

    by Jon Gower

    Parthian

    $18.00 List Price

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    Jon Gower presents "Too Cold for Snow"

    In his inaugaral visit to Chicago, Jon Gower presents his newest collection of stories, Too Cold For Snow. Wales is a backdrop for chaos as assassins, prison ships, and avalanches line stories chock-full of tension and crafty language. Gower is a Hay Festival International fellow and has written over…

    In his inaugaral visit to Chicago, Jon Gower presents his newest collection of stories, Too Cold For Snow. Wales is a backdrop for chaos as assassins, prison ships, and avalanches line stories chock-full of tension and crafty language. Gower is a Hay Festival International fellow and has written over ten books, including The Story of Wales, which accompanies the six-volume BBC series.

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  • Regalia

    by Eliza Frye

    Synergy

    $25.00 List Price

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    Eliza Frye Reads From Regalia

    Regalia is a collection of short stories exploring themes of sex and death through visual metaphor, magical realism, and white tigers. Some of the stories have been previously published and some are brand new. They are all love letters. “Frye has a powerful style. I had an immediate, almost visceral…

    Regalia is a collection of short stories exploring themes of sex and death through visual metaphor, magical realism, and white tigers. Some of the stories have been previously published and some are brand new. They are all love letters.

    “Frye has a powerful style. I had an immediate, almost visceral reaction to the images.”

    — Derik A. Badman, COMIXTALK

    “I really want this … but I’m afraid of what my pastor will say.”

    — Chicago Comic Con Attendee

    Eliza Frye is a graphic novelist, illustrator and exhibiting artist. Her comics have been featured in literary magazines and anthologies in the United States and Europe, and her short story “The Lady’s Murder” was nominated for a 2009 Eisner Award. She has studied Character Animation at California Institute of the Arts and has a BA in Japanese Literature from UCLA. She enjoys her tea earl grey, hot.

    For more info: elizafrye.com and mail@elizafrye.com

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