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Tuesday Funk #49: September 14th

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Hey, Chicago! Tuesday Funk is bringing you an extra helping of the Funk this month. But before I tell you about that, let me tell you a little something about the Chicago Writers Conference, to be held September 14-16 at Tribune Tower, and why you should get your ass to it.

What do you get as an attendee of the inaugural edition of the Chicago Writers Conference? You get three days of talks and sessions about the business side of publishing from professionals of every stripe—editors, agents, and writers alike—including a keynote address from Guggenheim Fellow and MacArthur Foundation "genius grant" recipient Aleksandar Hemon.

What's more, Tuesday Funk and Essay Fiesta are teaming up with the CWC to bring conference attendees two nights of the great "live lit" that makes Chicago's such a vibrant writing scene. Tuesday Funk kicks things off the night of Friday, September 14th, with an evening of fiction readings at Open Books featuring Mary Robinette Kowal, M. Salahuddin Khan, Rachel Wilson, Patricia Skalka, and William Shunn. Essay Fiesta follows on Saturday night with a great program of personal essays.

The catch is, only a handful of seats will be available at these readings to folks not attending the conference. The only way to be guaranteed a seat is if you register now. But hurry! Only a handful of slots are left, and you have less than 24 hours remaining to register! Late registration will close at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 7th.

So please consider joining the CWC, and we'll see you September 14th at Open Books!

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Tuesday Funk likes Kegs for Kids

            

We at Tuesday Funk love Hopleaf and the wonderful room they let us use every month, so we're happy to spread the word about a great cause they undertake every year.

No, it's not a program to give beer to minors! It's a charitable event to raise money to support Helen C. Peirce Elementary School, and it takes place this coming Sunday, September 9th, from noon to 5:00 p.m. at Hopleaf. Click the image below for more information on how you can participate, or visit KegsForKidsChicago.com.

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Reminder: Tuesday Funk #48 is tonight!

            

Yokohama 2007 Chicon 7, the 70th World Science Fiction Convention, is over! But for one brief, glorious night, you can relive that magical Worldcon excitement. For our 48th stellar episode tonight at Hopleaf, your friends at Tuesday Funk are bringing you the Chicago Post-Worldcon Science Fiction Spectacular, peopled with the finest science fiction and fantasy writers we could gather from the far corners of the galaxy.

This blockbuster evening will feature Daryl Gregory, Rae Carson, Rajan Khanna, Gregory A. Wilson, and Adam Rakunas, and one of our patented Poems By Bill.

So "like" us today on Facebook, grab one of dozens of varieties of beer from the bar, and get set for a mind-blowing evening with your hosts Sara Ross Witt and William Shunn. Set phasers on fun!

Hopleaf Bar is at 5148 N. Clark St. in Chicago. The reading begins at 7:30 pm in the upstairs lounge. The lounge opens at 7:00 pm. Arrive early if you want a seat.

As always, the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf is cash-only and 21 and over. Remember also that no food can be brought in from the restaurant.

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Greetings from Worldcon in Chicago, where you can meet, among many others, Tuesday Funk veteran Holly McDowell! In fact, at our August reading, Holly read us a powerful and "touching" excerpt from her epic serial fantasy novel King Solomon's Wives, and it went a little like this...

And if you're looking for more thought-provoking speculations, please join us on Tuesday, September 4th, 2012, for our Chicago Post-Worldcon Science Fiction Spectacular featuring Daryl Gregory, Rae Carson, Rajan Khanna, Gregory A. Wilson, and Adam Rakunas. Don't miss it!

Meet Our Readers: Gregory A. Wilson

            

Gregory A. Wilson is currently an Associate Professor of English at St. John's University in New York City, where he teaches creative writing, fantasy and science fiction along with various other courses in literature. His first academic book was published by Clemson University Press in 2007; on the creative side, he has won an award for a national playwriting contest, and his first novel, a work of fantasy entitled The Third Sign, was published by Gale Cengage in the summer of 2009. He is a regular panelist at conferences across the country and is a member of Codex, the Writers' Symposium, and several other author groups on and offline.

Bio-Pic-for-Gregory A. Wilson.jpg He is currently in the process of submitting his second and third novels, Icarus and Grayshade respectively, to publishers, and he has a new short story out in the anthology When the Villain Comes Home, edited by Ed Greenwood and Gabrielle Harbowy. He also has two articles in the SFWA Bulletin with another one due out by the end of the year, and he is co-editing an anthology of short stories on speculative fiction and politics with Hugo nominee John Helfers.

On other related fronts, he did character work and flavor text for the hit fantasy card game Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer, and along with fellow speculative fiction author (and past Tuesday Funk reader) Bradley P. Beaulieu is the co-host of the podcast Speculate! The Podcast for Writers, Readers and Fans, a show which discusses (and interviews the creators and illustrators of) speculative fiction of all sorts and types.

He lives with his wife Clea, daughter Senavene—named at his wife's urging for a character in The Third Sign, for which he hopes his daughter will forgive him—and dog Lilo in Riverdale, NY.

Please join Greg and the rest of our crew of excellent readers in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf on September 4th for the Chicago Post-Worldcon Science Fiction Spectacular! The fun gets underway at 7:30 pm.

Meet Our Readers: Rajan Khanna

            

RajanKhanna.jpg Rajan Khanna is a fiction writer, blogger, narrator, and graduate of the 2008 Clarion West Writers Workshop. His work has appeared in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, GUD, PodCastle, and The Way of the Wizard, among others. His articles have appeared at Tor.com and his podcast narrations can be heard at PodCastle, Escape Pod, PseudoPod, Wired.com, Starship Sofa and Lightspeed Magazine. Rajan lives in New York, where he's a member of the Altered Fluid writing group. His personal website is RajanKhanna.com and he tweets as @rajanyk.

Please join Raj and the rest of our crew of excellent readers in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf on September 4th for the Chicago Post-Worldcon Science Fiction Spectacular! The fun gets underway at 7:30 pm.

            

At our August Tuesday Funk reading, Stacy Bierlein, author of the collection A Vacation on the Island of Ex-Boyfriends, chronicled a steamy Hollywood affair backward through time to its origins, and it sounded a little like this...

And if you enjoyed that, please join us on Tuesday, September 4th, 2012, for our Chicago Post-Worldcon Science Fiction Spectacular featuring Daryl Gregory, Rae Carson, Rajan Khanna, Gregory A. Wilson, and Adam Rakunas. Don't miss it!

Meet Our Readers: Rae Carson

            

59394_433090668417_751033417_4781819_1875007_n.jpg Rae Carson was named a Publishers Weekly Flying Start Author for Fall 2011. Her debut novel, The Girl of Fire and Thorns, was a finalist for the Morris, Norton, Cybils, and Ohioana Awards, and was named to ALA's 2012 Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults list. It has been translated into eleven languages. The sequel, The Crown of Embers, will be released later this month. She lives in Ohio with her husband, author Charles Coleman Finlay, but she visits Chicago as often as possible.

Please join Rae and the rest of our crew of excellent readers in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf on September 4th for the Chicago Post-Worldcon Science Fiction Spectacular! The fun gets underway at 7:30 pm.

Meet Our Readers: Daryl Gregory

            

daryl_gregory050_260x388.jpg Daryl Gregory is an award-winning writer of genre-mixing novels, stories, and comics. His first novel, Pandemonium, won the Crawford Award and was nominated for a World Fantasy Award. His second novel, The Devil's Alphabet, was named one of the best books of the year by Publisher's Weekly and was a finalist for the Philip K. Dick Award. His 2011 novel Raising Stony Mayhall was named one of the best books of the year by Library Journal.

unpossiblecover_small.jpg Many of his short stories are collected in Unpossible and Other Stories, which was named one of the best books of 2011 by Publisher's Weekly. His comics work includes the ongoing Planet of the Apes series, and the recently completed Dracula: The Company of Monsters series (co-written with Kurt Busiek). He lives in State College, PA, where he writes programming code in the morning, prose in the afternoons, and comics at night.

Please join Daryl and the rest of our crew of excellent readers in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf on September 4th for the Chicago Post-Worldcon Science Fiction Spectacular! The fun gets underway at 7:30 pm.

            

Attention, Chicago Writers Conference attendees! You have until tomorrow night to get us your submissions for our rare special Friday edition of Tuesday Funk.

The reading will take place the evening of Friday, September 14th, at the non-profit Open Books bookstore, in conjunction with the Chicago Writers Conference.

We're currently looking for three conference participants to fill out the roster for this very special evening of fiction and poetry. If you'd like to be considered as a reader, please email us at cwc@tuesdayfunk.org. Tell us a little about yourself and about your work. Include the piece(s) you'd like to read by pasting the text into the body of your email. (We prefer not to download attachments.) For fiction, limit your submission to a total of 2,000 words or less. For poetry, send a sample of four or five poems. Readings will be limited to 10 minutes or less.

We are open to any type or genre of fiction and poetry, so long as it's entertaining to listeners. But since we won't be at our usual adults-only location on September 14th, please keep the contents to a mild R rating. And remember, you must be a registered Chicago Writers Conference attendee to participate. (And yes, we will check. Submissions from those who aren't registered by August 25th will not be read.)

The entries are rolling in! Submissions are due by Saturday, August 25th, end of day. The three readers selected to participate will be contacted by no later than September 1st. Don't miss your chance to participate in this exciting evening of live literature, and good luck!

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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, October 3, 7:30 p.m. at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60640. Admission is free.

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