Today’s book review: “The Blue Kind,” a dystopian drug novel by Chicago-area author Kathryn Born, and put out by academic imprint Switchgrass. Says reviewer Karl Wolff, “More novelists writing in science fiction should take these kinds of chances.” Continue reading CCLaP Fridays: The Blue Kind, by Kathryn Born
This week at CCLaP, I review “Gold Coast Madam,” by Rose Laws with Dianna Harris, an autobiography of Rose Laws and the seamier side of Chicago history. Continue reading CCLaP Fridays: Gold Coast Madam, by Rose Laws with Dianna Harris
Today on the CCLaP Podcast, it’s episode 2 of our special “Podcast Dreadful” 12-part serial-fiction audiobook anthology. This week featuring stories from Davis Schneiderman, Keith McCleary and Sophia G. Starmack, Jason Riley, Karl Wolff and Jacob S. Knabb, with music by Ken Kase and hosted by Christopher Sullivan. Continue reading Podcast Dreadful Episode 2 now live!
David Anthony Witter puts a new spin in the crowded field of travel guides. Oldest Chicago offers the reader a guide to the oldest places in Chicago and its suburbs. The guidebook encompasses everything from the commonplace (oldest school building: St. Ignatius College Prep, 1869) to the esoteric (oldest tamale shop: La Guadalupana, 1945). From the oldest church to the oldest magic shop to the oldest slaughterhouse, they are all in here and much, much more. Witter seamlessly blends the historical, the informative, and the personal into a unique take on the travel guide. Throughout the guide, the dark undercurrents … Continue reading Oldest Chicago by David Anthony Witter
With her sophomore effort entitled How to Survive a Natural Disaster, Margaret Hawkins offers the reader a meditation on family, faith, and redemption. Given the subject matter, one shouldn’t expect a Nicholas Sparks clone or some other emotionally exploitive trash that usually lines the shelves of bookstores and tops bestseller lists. The novel is about redemption, but it is a strange and dark redemption, more Dexter than The Notebook. Through the prism of multiple voices, Hawkins reveals a family in turmoil and a traumatic event that shatters the numbing dysfunction. (The cover displays a young child, teddy bear in hand, … Continue reading How to Survive a Natural Disaster by Margaret Hawkins