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Meet Our Readers: Scott Smith

            

Scott Smith is 37 years old and the Director of Digital Strategy for Chicago magazine. Scott cites his years attending college in Ohio as his most formative, and his years since, living in Chicago, as his most enriching. In his spare time, Scott enjoys comic books, whiskey, video games and the oeuvre of The Faces. He lives on the South Side in Beverly with his wife, Erin, and daughter, Abigail. Follow his further exploits at ourmaninchicago.net.

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Please join Scott and the rest of our crew of excellent readers in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf on August 7th. The fun gets underway at 7:30 pm.

Meet Our Readers: Kristin Lueke

            

Kristin Lueke once lived in Southern California for 17 years in a row, if you can believe it. Her poems have been published in NAP, Untoward Magazine, the Acentos Review, and elsewhere. Her first chapbook, (in)Different Math, is forthcoming this summer from Dancing Girl Press.

She sometimes reads not-poetry at the sometimes monthly but mostly sporadic reading series Ray's. No matter what she tells you, she knows nothing about science.

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Meet Our Readers: Alex Shakar

            

shakar.jpgAlex Shakar's latest novel, Luminarium, was this year's winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction. It was also named a Notable Book of the year by The Washington Post, an Editor's Choice by The New York Times, and a best book of the year by Publishers Weekly, Booklist, the Austin Chronicle, and the Kansas City Star.

His novel The Savage Girl was a New York Times Notable Book. His story collection City in Love won the FC2 National Fiction Competition.

A Brooklyn native, he now lives in Chicago.

            

Jen_Schaefer_pic.jpgJennifer Schaefer was born in nineteen seventy-something in Waukegan. She grew up in Illinois and Wisconsin, but spent her roaring twenties in London, where she lived in youth hostels, an assortment of squalid flats, a rundown old pub, and worked such varied jobs as barmaid, singer in a punk band, TV extra, financial advisor and fashion model.

You can read a chapter from her recently completed novel, The Salamander's Slipper, in the Spring 2012 print issue of Curbside Splendor literary journal. She's currently seeking a home for this book while working on a second, a supernatural adventure story set in a Renaissance faire. You can find her online at www.jenschaefer.com, and in-the-flesh in Evanston, where she's happily encumbered with a limey husband and their two lovely sprogs.

Meet Our Readers: Dion Walton

            

Dion.jpgOriginally a theater performer for 25 years, Dion Walton has been writing for the past 10. He's a published writer, OUR LEGACIES (Writings from Chicago's Older Gay Men), a singer, and an artist that has presented artwork in art galleries in the Chicago area.

At present he is writing his autobiography, The Happening, and also writing and performing with The Goodman Theater.

Follow him on Facebook via his page, "Where is Dion Now."

Meet Our Readers: B.C. Bell

            

BC_Bell.jpgB.C. Bell is the author and creator of Tales of The Bagman, Chicago's own pulp hero! Bell has written numerous pulp hero adventures--among them The Avenger, Secret Agent X, and Dan Fowler G-Man--for Airship 27, Pro Se Press, and Moonstone Books. His short story "How Pappy Got Five Acres Back and Calvin Stayed on the Farm" was a winner of SFReader.com's annual short story contest, and has been featured on the Tales To Terrify Podcast. He is currently working on the sequel to Tales of The Bagman, and plans to work every genre he can. He has yet to write that Western...


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Meet Our Readers: Chris Mendius

            

Chris_Mendius.jpgChicago author Chris Mendius earned a BSME from University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana and an MBA from University of Chicago. He started writing after college and produced a terrible screenplay, a mediocre first novel and some decent short stories. He finally hit a bullseye with Spoonful , a story influenced by his own experiences living in Bucktown in the late '90s and drawing on his sordid past to provide its authenticity. The book was released by local press Anything Goes Publishing LLC in February 2012 and awarded the Kirkus Star of Remarkable Merit. Chris lives with his family in Oak Park. Spoonful is his first published novel.

Hear Chris read on Tuesday, May 1 at 7:30 p.m. at Hopleaf's upstairs bar!

            

luminarium.jpg Tuesday Funk sends its heartiest congratulations to Chicago's own Alex Shakar, whose novel Luminarium was awarded the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for fiction this past Friday evening!

Alex will be joining us on June 5th to read from Luminarium, an evening you won't want to miss. And you also won't want to miss our upcoming May 5th program, featuring Chris Mendius, B.C. Bell, Susanna Lang, Julie Rosenthal, and Tom Underberg. It all gets underway at 7:30 pm in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf. We'll see you there!

Meet Our Readers: Tom Underberg

            

Tom_Underberg.jpgTom Underberg writes speculative fiction and raises children. He also obsessively documents bricks, sidewalks and manhole covers for his blog on invisible infrastructure. Before his twins were born he had real jobs in software and consulting. He lives with his wife and children in Evanston in an old house with a big porch.

Hear Tom read on Tuesday, Monday 1 at Hopleaf's upstairs bar at 7:30 p.m.

Meet Our Readers: Julie Rosenthal

            

Julie Rosenthal is a freelance writer in Chicago. Her fiction has been recognized by ChiZine and has appeared in Kaleidotrope, A cappella Zoo, and Columbia College's annual Story Week Reader. Another story is forthcoming later this year in Breaking the Bow, an anthology from India-based Zubaan Books.

She is working on a novel about the unsolved murder of King Edward the Martyr of England.

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Julie adds, "Thanks very much to Bill and Sara -- and to all of the loyal supporters of Tuesday Funk."

Hear Julie read Tuesday, May 1 at Hopleaf's upstairs bar at 7:30 p.m.

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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, April 4, 7:30 p.m. at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60640. Admission is free.

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