WBEZ | Story Week http://www.wbez.org/tags/story-week Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Chicago Classics http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/chicago-classics-106357 <p><p>Chicago Tribune journalist and WBEZ radio host <strong>Rick Kogan</strong> presents guests from Chicago&rsquo;s literary community reading works by their favorite Chicago authors.</p><p>Featured readers include: <strong>Kathie Bergquist, Arnie Bernstein, Charles Blackstone, Kevin Coval, Alison Cuddy, Amina Gautier, Ronne Hartfield, Aleksander Hemon, Gary Johnson, Billy Lombardo, Eric Charles May, Samuel Park, Coya Paz, Donna Seaman, Regina Taylor, </strong>and<strong> Tony Trigilio</strong>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/StoryWeek-webstory_16.jpg" title="" /></div><p>Recorded live Friday, March 22, 2013 at the Chicago Cultural Center.</p></p> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 10:31:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/chicago-classics-106357 Literary Rock & Roll: Girl Trouble http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/literary-rock-roll-girl-trouble-106358 <p><p>Writers <strong>Gillian Flynn</strong> (<em>Gone Girl</em>), <strong>Jane Hamilton</strong> (<em>Laura Rider&rsquo;s Masterpiece</em>) and <strong>Joe Meno</strong> (<em>Office Girl</em>) read from their work followed by music from Chicago band The Right Now.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/StoryWeek-webstory_17.jpg" title="" /></div><p>Recorded live Thursday, March 21, 2013 at Columbia College Chicago.</p></p> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 13:23:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/literary-rock-roll-girl-trouble-106358 From Truth To Fiction Panel http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/truth-fiction-panel-106220 <p><p>Writers <strong>Jane Hamilton</strong> (<em>Laura Rider&rsquo;s Masterpiece</em>), <strong>Patricia Ann McNair</strong> (<em>Temple of Air</em>) and <strong>Shawn Shiflett</strong> (<em>Hidde Place</em>) discuss the role of truth, fiction, and everything in between in their work, hosted by <strong>Eric May</strong>.</p><p>More information about this event <a href="http://www.storyweek.org">here.</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/StoryWeek-webstory_10.jpg" title="" /></div><p>Recorded live Thursday, March 21, 2013 at Columbia College Chicago.</p></p> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 10:47:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/truth-fiction-panel-106220 Emma Donoghue Discusses 'Astray' and 'Room' http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/emma-donoghue-discusses-astray-and-room-106223 <p><p><strong>Emma Donoghue</strong> appeared in conversation with <strong>Garnett Kilberg Cohen</strong>&nbsp;on the morning of March 20th to discuss her noted collection of short stories titled <em>Astray</em>. &nbsp;The characters featured in these stories include a cross-section of society, such as runaways, drifters, gold miners, counterfeiters, attorneys, and slaves from Puritan Massachusetts and revolutionary New Jersey to antebellum Louisiana.</p><p>Garnett Kilbert Cohen is an instructor at Columbia College Chicago and was named a Distinguished Artist there in 2007. &nbsp;She has published two collections of short stories, most recently How We Move the Air, along with numerous other publications.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F84434000" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Later in the day,&nbsp;Emma Donoghue appeared in conversation with <strong>Karen Lee Osborne</strong>&nbsp;to discuss her powerful novel titled <em>Room</em>. &nbsp;Told entirely in the language of the energetic, pragmatic five-year-old Jack, Room is a celebration of resilience and the limitless bond between parent and child, a brilliantly executed novel about what it means to journey from one world to another.</p><p><strong>Karen Lee Osborne</strong> is a writer and has taught at Columbia College Chicago since 1987. &nbsp;Her novels include <em>Carlyle</em> <em>Simpson</em> and <em>Hawkwings</em>.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F86218038" width="100%"></iframe></p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/StoryWeek-webstory_11.jpg" title="" /></div><p>Recorded live Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at the Harold Washington Library Center.</p></p> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 11:30:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/emma-donoghue-discusses-astray-and-room-106223 Dramatic Revisioning: Conversation with Playwrights http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/dramatic-revisioning-conversation-playwrights-106221 <p><p>Playwrights <strong>Adrian Danzig</strong>, Producing Artistic Director, <em>500 Clown</em>, <strong>Mickle Maher</strong>, Co-founder, Theater Oobleck and <strong>John Musial</strong>, Writer/Director, Lookingglass Theatre discuss the role of vision in their work on a panel hosted by<strong> Lisa Schlesinger.</strong></p><p>More information on this event <a href="http://www.storyweek.org">here</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/StoryWeek-webstory_12.jpg" title="" /></div><p>Recorded live Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at Columbia College Chicago.</p></p> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 10:55:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/dramatic-revisioning-conversation-playwrights-106221 Story Week celebrates Chicago authors, indie publishers http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-03/story-week-celebrates-chicago-authors-indie-publishers-106161 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Megan Stielstra.jpg" style="float: left; " title="Megan Stielstra is the Literary Director of Chicago's 2nd Story storytelling series and recently co-edited their first print anthology, 'Briefly Knocked Unconscious By a Low-Flying Duck: Stories From 2nd Story.' She has told stories for the Goodman, Steppenwolf, the Paper Machete and Chicago Public Radio. (StoryWeek) " />March has been a spectacular month for aspiring writers and writing programs. In Boston, the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.awpwriter.org/awp_conference/overview" target="_blank">AWP Annual Conference &amp; Bookfair</a>&nbsp;featured over 500 readings, lectures and panel discussions to celebrate independent publishing and advance the careers of writers across the country.&nbsp;</p><p>And in Chicago, the Columbia College Fiction Writing Department rolled out its&nbsp;<a href="http://www.colum.edu/storyweek/" target="_blank">17th Annual Story Week Festival of Writers</a>, free and open to the public March 17-22.&nbsp;</p><p>This year&#39;s theme is Vision and Voice, and upcoming events include a <a href="http://www.colum.edu/storyweek/schedule.php" target="_blank">Dramatic Revisioning: Conversation with Playwrights</a> at Film Row Cinema on Wednesday, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story-week-festival-writers-literary-rock-roll-girl-trouble-105907" target="_blank">Literary Rock &amp; Roll: Girl Trouble</a> at the Metro on Thursday and WBEZ&#39;s own <a href="http://www.wbez.org/tags/rick-kogan-essays" target="_blank">Rick Kogan</a> hosting <a href="http://timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/books/16149661/story-week-chicago-classics-with-rick-kogan" target="_blank">Chicago Classics</a> (a night of local literary folks reading from their favorite Chicago authors) at the Chicago Cultural Center on Friday.&nbsp;</p><div class="image-insert-image ">Story Week is a wonderful introduction to the Chicago publishing community, but the book-nerd excitement doesn&#39;t have to end there. Our city is brimming with literary talent, and attending a reading/storytelling series like <a href="http://2ndstory.com" target="_blank">2nd Story</a>, <a href="http://www.tuesdayfunk.org" target="_blank">Tuesday Funk</a>, <a href="http://writeclubrules.com" target="_blank">Write Club</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://twocookieminimum.blogspot.com" target="_blank">Two Cookie Minimum</a>&nbsp;or&nbsp;<a href="http://readingundertheinfluence.com" target="_blank">RUI: Reading Under the Influence</a>&nbsp;is a great way to meet new people and glean inspiration for your own yet-to-be-published work.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Unsure of how to begin turning your long-labored memoir, science fiction novel or collection of short stories into the next literary masterpiece? <a href="https://twitter.com/ChicagoLiterati" target="_blank">Chicago Literati</a>&nbsp;is a helpful hub for news on local publishing companies (<a href="http://www.curbsidesplendor.com" target="_blank">Curbside Splendor</a>, <a href="http://www.featherproof.com/Mambo/" target="_blank">Featherproof Books</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.catandratpublishing.com">Cat and Rat Publishing</a>, <a href="http://www.chicagoreviewpress.com" target="_blank">Chicago Review Press</a>, etc.) and the organizations that promote them.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/The Chicago Reader_RUI.jpg" style="height: 211px; width: 270px; float: right; " title="At RUI: Reading Under the Influence, a monthly reading series established in 2005 and held in various bars throughout Chicago, local writers take a shot before reading a piece on the night's chosen theme. (The Chicago Reader/Kristie Kahns)" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Supporters of the Chicago publishing community include nonprofits (<a href="http://www.chicagowrites.org/default.aspx" target="_blank">Chicago Writer&#39;s Association</a>, <a href="http://www.cwip.org" target="_blank">Chicago Women in Publishing</a>, <a href="http://youngchicagoauthors.org/blog/" target="_blank">Young Chicago Authors</a>), writer meetups (<a href="http://www.sundaysalon.com/chicago-salon" target="_blank">Sunday Salon</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/PubNite" target="_blank">Publishing Cocktails</a>), independent bookstores (<a href="http://citylitbooks.com" target="_blank">City Lit Books</a>, <a href="http://www.powellschicago.com" target="_blank">Powell&#39;s Books</a>, <a href="http://www.unabridgedbookstore.com" target="_blank">Unabridged Bookstore</a>, <a href="http://www.chicagocomics.com" target="_blank">Chicago Comics</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.bookcellarinc.com" target="_blank">Book Cellar</a>, <a href="http://www.quimbys.com" target="_blank">Quimby&#39;s Bookstore</a>, <a href="http://thirdcoastcomics.com" target="_blank">Third Coast Comics</a>, <a href="http://www.unchartedbooks.com" target="_blank">Uncharted Books</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.thebookstall.com" target="_blank">Book Stall</a>), literary news outlets (<a href="http://gapersblock.com/bookclub/" target="_blank">Gapers Block Book Club</a>, <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/literature/Section?oid=926726" target="_blank">ChicagoReader</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://lit.newcity.com" target="_blank">NewCity Lit</a>) and writing centers like <a href="http://www.storystudiochicago.com/aboutus/" target="_blank">StoryStudio Chicago</a>.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">In honor of our hard-working local writers (many of them my friends) who consistently amaze, inspire and fight for their stories to be heard, I present some of my favorite published works from&nbsp;<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_people_from_Chicago#Authors_and_writers" target="_blank">Chicago authors</a> past and present:&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Everyone-Remain-Calm-ebook/dp/B005XBUP56" target="_blank">Everyone Remain Calm</a></strong>&nbsp;by Megan Stielstra</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.amazon.com/The-Criminalist-Eugene-Izzi/dp/0380793490" target="_blank"><strong>The Criminalist&nbsp;</strong></a>by Eugene Izzi</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Gone-Girl-Novel-Gillian-Flynn/dp/030758836X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1363748760&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=gone+girl" target="_blank"><strong>Gone Girl</strong></a> by Gillian Flynn</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Building-Stories-Chris-Ware/dp/0375424334" target="_blank"><strong>Building Stories</strong>&nbsp;</a>by Chris Ware&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Fall-Vintage-Crime-Black-Lizard/dp/0307473643" target="_blank"><strong>We All Fall Down</strong></a> by Michael Harvey</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Office-Girl-Joe-Meno/dp/161775076X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1363745294&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=office+girl" target="_blank"><b>Office Girl</b></a>&nbsp;by Joe Meno&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.amazon.com/I-Sailed-Magellan-Stuart-Dybek/dp/0312424116/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1363745328&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=i+sailed+with+magellan" target="_blank"><strong>I Sailed with Magellan</strong></a>&nbsp;by Stuart Dybek</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.amazon.com/May-Shed-These-Human-Bodies/dp/0983422877" target="_blank"><strong>May We Shed These Human Bodies</strong></a>&nbsp;by Amber Sparks&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><em>Who are your favorite Chicago writers and publishers? Leave a comment below, send a shout-out via Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/leahkpickett" target="_blank">@leahkpickett</a> or join the conversation on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/leahkristinepickett" target="_blank">Facebook</a>.</em></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div></p> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 08:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-03/story-week-celebrates-chicago-authors-indie-publishers-106161 Sapphire Discusses 'The Kid' http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/sapphire-discusses-kid-106224 <p><p>Bestselling author <strong>Sapphire</strong> converses with <strong>Donna Seaman</strong>, Senior Editor at Booklist, to discuss her novel <em>The Kid</em>. <em>The Kid</em> is Sapphire&#39;s second novel and tells the electrifying story of Abdul Jones, the son of Push&#39;s unforgettable heroine, <em>Precious</em>.</p><p>Famed in the worlds of literature, poetry and literacy--and an extraordinary public speaker--Sapphire is first and foremost a poet and performer. She is the author of <em>American Dreams</em>, cited by <em>Publisher&#39;s Weekly</em> as &#39;One of the strongest debut collections of the nineties;&#39; and <em>Black Wings &amp; Blind Angels</em>, of which <em>Poets &amp; Writers</em> declared, &#39;With her soul on the line in each verse, her latest collection retains Sapphire&#39;s incendiary power to win hearts and singe minds.&#39;</p><p>More information on this event <a href="http://www.chipublib.org/events/details/id/99774/">here.</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/StoryWeek-webstory_13.jpg" title="" /></div><p>Recorded live Monday, March 18, 2013 at the Harold Washington Library Center.</p></p> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 11:36:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/sapphire-discusses-kid-106224 Fiction Faculty Showcase http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/fiction-faculty-showcase-106166 <p><p>Members of Columbia College Chicago Fiction Writing Department read from their work, including <strong>Randall Albers</strong>, <strong>Andrew Allegretti</strong>, <strong>Nami Mun</strong> (<em>Miles From Nowhere</em>), <strong>Eugene Cross</strong> (<em>Fires of Our Choosing</em>), <strong>Aaron Golding</strong>, and <strong>Jessica Young</strong>, hosted by <strong>Patricia Ann McNair</strong> (<em>Temple of Air</em>).</p><p>More information on this event <a href="http://www.storyweek.org">here</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/StoryWeek-webstory_14.jpg" title="" /></div><p>Recorded live Monday, March 18, 2013 at Columbia College Chicago.</p></p> Sun, 17 Mar 2013 12:49:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/fiction-faculty-showcase-106166