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  • Barry Gifford at The Book Cellar

    October 10, 2013

    Thursday, October 10th @ 7:00pm
    The Book Cellar
    4736-38 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625


    Barry Gifford will be at Book Cellar on Thursday, October 10th, 2013 at 7:00pm to discuss his newest collection, The Roy Stories.

    For forty years, the Roy stories have been the one continuous unbroken line in the otherwise kaleidoscopic career of one of America’s greatest living writers, Barry Gifford. Spanning time and space—the Southern and Midwestern United States from the 1940s through the 1980s—The Roy Stories chronicle the personal history of Gifford from Chicago to Miami in a Hemingway style Nick Adams story. Emotional, exploratory, and brimming with photographic realism,  these stories are just that: stories, not memoir or autobiography, and a record of the times and the language of the time.

    Barry Gifford, called “a master of the short story” by the New York Times Book Review, is the author of more than forty published works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, which have been translated into twenty-eight languages.

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  • An Evening With Barry Gifford

    October 9, 2013

    A special screening of two episodes of HOTEL ROOM written by Gifford_Barry_by_Robin_KennedyGifford and directed by David Lynch
    Wednesday, October 9th @ 8:15pm
    Gene Siskel Film Center
    164 N. State St  
    Chicago, IL 60601


    1993, David Lynch, USA, 31 min.
    With Glenne Headly, Harry Dean Stanton

    1993, David Lynch, USA, 47 min.
    With Crispin Glover, Alicia Witt

    Celebrating the publication of  The Roy Stories, many set in Chicago, the Gene Siskel Film Center welcomes renowned author Barry Gifford to discuss his long-running collaboration with David Lynch (WILD AT HEART, LOST HIGHWAY). Two rarely seen episodes from Lynch’s HBO series “Hotel Room” both written by Gifford, screen. In TRICKS, the uneasy meeting of two men and a hooker at the Railroad Hotel has deadly repercussions. In BLACKOUT, a power failure is the catalyst for strange revelations between a husband and his ailing wife in a New York hotel.

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  • Blue Planet to be featured in Nordic Spirit 2012

    October 6, 2012

    Akvavit Theatre presents Nordic Spirit 2012, a festival of staged readings, introducing five new Nordic plays from Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Denmark. Chicago theatre audiences will be awed and inspired by our own Icelandic author, Andri Snaer Magnason, in the translation of his work The Story of the Blue Planet. 

    Brimir and Hulda are best friends who live on a small island on a beautiful blue planet where there are only children and no adults. One day a rocket ship piloted by a strange-looking adult named Gleesome Goodday crashes on the beach. His business card claims he is a Dream.ComeTrueMaker and joybringer,” and he promises to make life a hundred times more fun with sun-activated flying powder and magic-coated skin so that no one ever has to bathe again. But as Brimir and Hulda soon find out, their new found fun comes with a heavy price. Will they be able to convince the other children of the truth behind Goodday’s magic before it’s too late?

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  • VOICES Chicago project

    October 24, 2011

    voicesVOICES is a non-profit arts, education and social justice organization active throughout the United States. It was founded in Chicago in 2007 by a group of activists, artists and educators, led by historian Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove, who together edited the book Voices of a People’s History of the United States (Seven Stories Press). VOICES came together as a result of enthusiastic audience response to occasional readings from the book Voices, held across the country starting in 2003, and to ongoing requests from readers and audiences for educational material and more performances. This evident hunger for a history in which ordinary people can participate and recognize themselves, their forbearers, their neighbors and their fellow workers, motivated the founding of VOICES.

    Today VOICES employs live performances, as well as educational programs based on primary source materials, to illustrate the struggles that ended slavery and Jim Crow segregation, advanced women’s rights and gay liberation, created unions and the eight-hour work day, protested war and the genocide of Native Americans, and worked to right the wrongs of the day.

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  • Chris Howard Visits Barbara’s Bookstore in Chicago

    Chris Howard Visits Barbara’s Bookstore in Chicago

    May 26, 2011

    May 26, 2011, 7:00 pm, author Chris Howard will be a Barbara's Bookstore in Chicago following the release of his debut novel Tea of Ulaanbaatar, the story of disaffected Peace Corps volunteer Warren, who flees life in late-capitalist America to find himself stationed in the post-Soviet industrial hell of urban Mongolia. As the American presence crumbles, Warren seeks escape in tsus, the mysterious "blood tea" that may be the final revenge of the defeated Khans—or that may be only a powerful hallucinogen operating on an uneasy mind—as a phantasmagoria of violence slowly envelops him. Location: 1218 South Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60607 (at UIC).

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  • Inga Muscio at Women & Children First Bookstore

    Inga Muscio at Women & Children First Bookstore

    February 23, 2011

    February 23, 2011, 7:30pm, Inga Muscio will be at Women & Children First Bookstore in Chicago. Muscio will be presenting her latest work Rose which explores the impacts of passive violence, abuse, war, and cultural trauma on our most intimate lives. Inga will be discussing passive violence, racism, and feminism. Rose breaks new ground in answering a fundamental question in most feminist and antiracist writing: how do we identify, witness, and then recover from trauma—as individuals, as families, as communities, and as a country? Location: 5233 N. Clark St. Chicago, IL 60640 For more information go to

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  • Barry Gifford interviewed by Time Out Chicago

    Barry Gifford interviewed by Time Out Chicago

    January 7, 2011

    "Across more than 40 vignettes, Gifford summons post–World War II Chicago through the eyes of Roy, a kid who exists along the seams of Chicago’s underworld . . . The tales in Sad Stories almost read as fables, sometimes not extending beyond just a few pages. In the title story, Roy helps his friend clean up at a strip joint near State and Congress in the pre-dawn hours. An aging stripper bumps into him as he’s taking out the trash, and warns him against becoming one of her clients. In “The Swedish Bakery,” one of Roy’s friends seeks help from a priest when his brother and another boy wrangle him into a conspiracy to knock off the bakery where he works. Some function as snapshots of the city, while others almost as aphorisms, when Roy is granted wisdom from the adults in his life." - Jonathan Messinger, Time Out Chicago

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  • Ralph Nader at International House in Chicago

    Ralph Nader at International House in Chicago

    September 28, 2009

    Monday, September 28, 57th St. Books @ International House, 1414 E. 59th Street, Chicago, IL 60637. Stay tuned for precise times and more details.

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  • Nelson Algren Live clips: Barry Gifford, Don DeLillo, Willem Dafoe

    May 21, 2009

    Following up on Nelson Algren Live from this April, we present two pieces of footage from the event at the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago. In the first, Barry Gifford reads from Nelson Algren's recollections of Margo, the prostitute and junkie who inspired the character Mary-Beth in the uncompleted novel Entrapment. In the second, Willem Dafoe takes on the role of Blackie Cavanaugh, welterweight Chicago boxer, from Algren's haunting 1939 story "The Lightless Room." Click the title of this post to see both clips.

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  • Photos from Nelson Algren Live

    Photos from Nelson Algren Live

    April 16, 2009

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