WBEZ | 2nd Story http://www.wbez.org/tags/2nd-story-0 Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en 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? 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