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Meet Our Readers: James Kennedy

            

A very glittery James Kennedy
James Kennedy is the author of The Order of Odd-Fish, a young adult fantasy that was named one of the Smithsonian's Notable Books for Children. Booklist praised Odd-Fish as "hilarious," and Time Out Chicago described it as "a work of mischievous imagination and outrageous invention."

He is also the founder and curator of the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival, in which kid filmmakers are challenged to create movies that tell the story of Newbery award winning books in 90 seconds or less, screening annually in New York, Chicago, Portland, and San Francisco.

James lives in Chicago with his wife and two daughters. He is at work on a new novel and a collection of short stories. You can visit him at www.jameskennedy.com and learn more about the 90-Second Newbery at www.90secondnewbery.com.

Please join James and the rest of our glittery readers on Tuesday, October 1st, 2013, for an unforgettable evening of Glitter & Mayhem! The needle drops upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

Meet Our Readers: Aleksandar Hemon

            

Aleksandar Hemon
Aleksandar Hemon is the author of The Lazarus Project, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the National Book Award, as well as The Question of Bruno, Nowhere Man, Love and Obstacles and The Book of My Lives.

He has worked as a waiter, canvasser, bookseller, bike messenger, as well as a supervisor at a literacy center, a writer for Radio-Sarajevo Youth Program and a teacher of English as a second language. His work has been featured in The New Yorker, Esquire, Granta, The New York Times, Playboy, McSweeney's, TriQuarterly, The Baffler, The Wall Street Journal, Tin House, Ploughshares and The Paris Review, among others. He has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a "genius grant" from the MacArthur Foundation, the Jan Michalski Prize for Literature, the PEN/ W.G. Sebald Award, and, most recently, a 2012 USA Fellowship. He lives in Chicago with his wife and daughters.

Please join Sasha and all our accomplished readers on Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

Meet Our Readers: Norman Doucet

            

Norman Doucet hails from the den of the southern rebellion, Charleston, South Carolina. Influenced by the duality that exists there, he made some interesting decisions, starting with attending the college—founded after a slave revolt—which also has the dubious distinction of producing the two cadets who fired the first shots of the Civil War.

An English major as an undergrad, Norm decided to join the Marine Corps. He spent almost a decade there, earning his MA in English literature in the process. He loves telling stories, especially stories about those seminal moments that explain the duality that exists in most people.

Norm Doucet

Please join Norm and all our accomplished readers on Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

Meet Our Readers: William Shunn

            

William Shunn began his professional software development career at WordPerfect in 1991, where he wrote 80x86 assembly language code and helped kill the DOS version of the venerable word processor. Ironically, he still uses WordPerfect for most of his prose writing, which includes more than thirty works of short fiction.

WordPerfect Developer Point-and-Shoot Program
His stories have appeared everywhere from Asimov's to Salon, and have been shortlisted for the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award, and the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award.

His podcast memoir "The Accidental Terrorist" details his experiences as a young Mormon missionary running afoul of the law in Canada. "This just may be my favorite true-life amazing-but-true tale," wrote Cory Doctorow of the podcast in Boing Boing. Bill first came to the attention of Tuesday Funk audiences in April 2009, when he presented an early chapter from the work. More appearances and more chapters followed over the subsequent months, until in October 2010 he was invited to join Tuesday Funk as co-producer and co-host.

Bill has appeared around town at such popular live-lit series as Essay Fiesta, The First Time, and Write Club. A past national judge for the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, he now serves as a board member for the Chicago Writers Conference. He has lived in New York City since June, which is why he'll reluctantly be stepping down as a Tuesday Funk co-host at the end of 2013.

William Shunn at The First Time

Please join Bill next week when he compresses the entirety of "The Accidental Terrorist" into eight short minutes. You can hear him and all our accomplished readers on Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

Meet Our Readers: Lania Knight

            

Lania Knight
Lania Knight's first book, Three Cubic Feet, is a 2012 Lambda Literary Award Finalist in Debut Fiction. Her work has been published or will appear soon in Fourth Genre, New Stories from the Midwest, The Missouri Review, Literary Mama, PANK, Midwestern Gothic, Jabberwock Review, and elsewhere. She lives down-state and teaches at Eastern Illinois University. Read more about her and her recent travels to China at www.laniaknight.com.

Please join Lania and all our accomplished readers on Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

Meet Our Readers: Virginia Konchan

            

Virginia Konchan
Virginia Konchan's poems have appeared in Best New Poets, The Believer, The New Yorker, and The New Republic, her criticism in Quarterly Conversation, Barzakh Magazine, and Boston Review, and her fiction in StoryQuarterly and Joyland, among other places. Co-founder of Matter, a journal of poetry and political commentary, Virginia is pursuing her Ph.D. in the Program for Writers at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Please join Virginia and all our accomplished readers on Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

Meet Our Readers: Steven H Silver

            

Steven H Silver
Steven H Silver is a publisher, editor, author, poet, and reviewer ... in his "free time." When he isn't messing around in the literary arts, he raises his two daughters, spends time with his wife, and shores up the foundation of his house so it doesn't collapse under the weight of books—his own personal collection and the warehouse for ISFiC Press.

Steven has been questioned by the police outside the KGB building in Russia, spent several days chauffeuring Buzz Aldrin, and was a Jeopardy! champion. His writing has been features in Zombie Raccoons & Killer Bunnies, Helix, BookPage, Love & Rockets, and The New York Review of Science Fiction, and amazingly enough has been translated into French, Japanese, and Russian.

Please join Steven and all our outstanding readers on Tuesday, August 6th, 2013, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

Meet Our Readers: Maggie Jenkins

            

Maggie Jenkins is a comic, storyteller, writer, runner, and rapper. She performs standup regularly with the kates, a twice-monthly all-female comedy showcase, and has also performed at the Chicago Women's Funny Festival, Zanies, Studio BE, and The Lincoln Lodge. Maggie has been a featured storyteller at The Funny Story Show, I Shit You Not, and Story Club, where she was voted the audience favorite.

A three-time Chicago Marathoner, Maggie is co-author of the blog RulesForRunning.com, and she's also one-fourth of She's Crafty, Chicago's all-female Beastie Boys tribute. You can see her with She's Crafty on August 10 at Gallery Cabaret in Bucktown, and telling jokes at the kates on August 31 at the Book Cellar in Lincoln Square.

Please join Maggie and all our outstanding readers on Tuesday, August 6th, 2013, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

Maggie Jenkins

Meet Our Readers: Dmitry Samarov

            

Dimitry Samarov by Seth Anderson
Dmitry Samarov was born in Moscow, U.S.S.R., in 1970. He emigrated to the U.S. with his family in 1978.

He got in trouble in 1st grade for doodling on his Lenin Red Star pin and hasn't stopped doodling since.

After a false start at Parsons School of Design in New York, he graduated with a BFA in painting and printmaking from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1993.

Upon graduation he promptly began driving a cab—first in Boston, then after a time in Chicago—which eventually led to the publication of his illustrated work memoir Hack: Stories from a Chicago Cab by University of Chicago Press in 2011.

He has exhibited his work in all manner of bars, coffeeshops, libraries, and even the odd gallery (when he's really hard up).

He paints and writes in Chicago, Illinois. He no longer drives a cab.

Please join Dmitry and all our outstanding readers on Tuesday, August 6th, 2013, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

Meet Our Readers: Jac Jemc

            

Jac Jemc
Jac Jemc is the author of the novel My Only Wife and a forthcoming collection of stories, A Different Bed Every Time, both from Dzanc Books. Her chapbook of stories, These Strangers She'd Invited In, was published by Greying Ghost Press.

Recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Wag's Revue, Lies/Isle, Big Lucks, and the anthology The Force of What's Possible: Essays of Accessibility and the Avant-Garde. She is a web fiction editor for Hobart and the poetry editor of decomP. You can learn more at jacjemc.com.

Please join Jac and all our outstanding readers on Tuesday, August 6th, 2013, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

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Tuesday Funk is an eclectic Chicago reading series, hosted by Andrew Huff and Eden Robins, showcasing a monthly mix of fiction, poetry, essays and performance. Join us next on Tuesday, August 1, 7:30 p.m. at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60640. Admission is free.

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