posted by Caroline Picard

Jonathan Messinger wrote an awesome piece about Terri and her new book. I thought I’d post an excerpt here. And then of course, you can go here to read the entire thing!

Nothing feels good

A debut novel builds drama from doldrums.

By Jonathan Messinger

BETTER LIVING Griffith is all smiles after the release of her debut novel.

Someone forgot to tell Terri Griffith that all first novels are supposed to be autobiographical.

Liz, the protagonist of Griffith’s So Much Better (Green Lantern, $20), is defined by her detachment. She works at a credit union during the day and lives with her girlfriend whom she rarely sees at night, and as the book moves along, it’s clear she’s a loner. She wears her detachment as a badge to ward off potential friends.

But when we meet up with Griffith at a South Loop coffee shop to discuss the book, she’s anything but detached. In fact, she’s all smiles about the fact that her book is out in the world after nearly a decade of trying to place it. And she has the good grace to acknowledge the tiny victories that mark a new literary career.

“I sent it out, with I think tremendous success,” she says. “I probably sent 50 queries and got the book read 40 times. I’ve had agents read the book and call me, and I’ve had lovely letters from editors. It’s sad that I have to judge everything by the kindness of the rejection.”

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posted by Caroline Picard

We got this super awesome review in this week’s TimeOut Chicago which is due out (in print) tomorrow…anyway, I thought I’d share the first paragraph to whet the appetite, so to speak. What follows was written by Jonathan Messinger…. (photos courtesy of Sonnenzimmer)


Anonymous critics may have found their ultimate playground in the comments sections of countless websites, but cowardly griping is no 21st-century invention. In fact, in 1819, a sailor saw an opportunity to namelessly sound off in a letter to the editor of The North Georgia Gazette and Winter Chronicle, complaining that the theater scene had grown too concerned with putting up new work and had forgotten the old favorites.

Of course, we’re willing to cut “A Looker-On” (as he called himself) a little slack, given the risk of retribution. He was in a more closed community, being one of 92 men stranded just off the Baffin Bay in the winter, waiting out the season on two ships moored to the ice.

Royal Navy vessels Hecla and Gripere made the voyage from England in 1819, attempting to find the Northwest Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific Oceans. The ships had been prepped to wait out the winter months: Heavy cloths covered their decks, and they were stocked with fuel, food and provisions to last them through. But Lt. William Edward Parry knew the men would need to keep themselves busy, so he commissioned The Chronicle, designed to report the good news of the camp, and plays to provide entertainment (which stuck in A Looker-On’s craw). The North Georgia Gazette and Winter Chronicle was produced in numerous editions, a historical document that doubles as historical oddity, and brought back to print by Chicago’s Green Lantern Press.

posted by Caroline Picard

You all should come out! It looks like it’s going to be a pretty great line-up-

and it’s a fundraiser and it’s always great to come out and support- AND a bunch of these authors have read or are scheduled to read at The Parlor….so come on down, I say…

55 word extravaganza!


The Innertown Pub
1935 W Thomas
Chicago, IL

Kyle Beachy, Dave Snyder, Tobias Amidon Benglesdorf, Heidi McKye, Zach Plague, Colt Foutz, James Lower, Jessi Lee Gaylord, Amy Guth, Spencer Dew, Nicolette Bond, Maria Parrott, Jac Jemc, Lauren Pretnar, Ben Tanzer, Sam Reaves, JT Litchfield, Kevin Fink, Amira Hanafi, Lex Sonne, Geoffrey Forsyth, Melanie Datz, Laura Goldstein, Kate Harbaugh, Marissa Plumb, Chris Bower, Jon Fullmer, Steve Tartaglione (tar-taglee-oh-knee), Josh Amidan, Jonathan Messinger