December 3, 2009


A Saturday Evening Pre: Cocktail Hour

Reading and Discussion featuring

Renowned Writers Stephen Elliott

and Luis Alberto Urrea,

and Emerging Writer Caroline Picard

at Bar DeVille, Chicago
brought to you by MAKE and Featherproof Books


Evening hosted by Jonathan Messinger. Cofounder of Featherproof Books and books editor for Time Out Chicago.

Saturday, December 5, 6:30pm at Bar DeVille 701 N. Damen, Chicago, IL 60622Reading attendees will receive a bracelet granting a one-dollar discount on each drink!

Elliott is touring in support of his recent memoir The Adderall Diaries – described as “genius” by both the San Francisco Chronicle and Vanity Fair.

Urrea’s most recent books are the 2009 novel Into the North and The Hummingbird’s Daughter – a culmination of 20 years of research and writing.

The reading will take place in Bar DeVille’s lushly furnished parlor – perfectly suited for a Saturday evening of storytelling and conversation.

More info on each participant…Stephen Elliott is the author of seven books including The Adderall Diaries which has been described as “genius” by both the San Francisco Chronicle and Vanity Fair. His novel, Happy Baby, was a finalist for the New York Public Library’s Young Lion Award as well as a best book of the year in, Newsday, New City, the Journal News, and the Village Voice. In 2004 he wrote Looking Forward To It, about the quest for the Democratic Presidential nomination. Elliott’s writing has been featured in Esquire, The New York Times, GQ, Best American Non-Required Reading 2005 and 2007, Best American Erotica, and Best Sex Writing 2006. He was a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and is a member of the San Francisco Writer’s Grotto. He is the editor of The Rumpus.

The current issue of MAKE features an interview with Stephen and Dave Daley of by Green Lantern Gallery and Press’s Caroline Picard.

Luis Alberto Urrea, is the author of the 2009 novel, Into the Beautiful North and The Hummingbird’s Daughter – the culmination of 20 years of research and writing. He is a 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist for nonfiction and member of the Latino Literature Hall of Fame, is a prolific and acclaimed writer who uses his dual-culture life experiences to explore greater themes of love, loss and triumph.

Born in Tijuana, Mexico to a Mexican father and an American mother, Urrea has published extensively in all the major genres and is currently published by Little, Brown and Company. The critically acclaimed author of 11 books, Urrea is an award-winning poet and essayist. The Devil’s Highway, his 2004 non-fiction account of a group of Mexican immigrants lost in the Arizona desert, won the 2004 Lannan Literary Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the Pacific Rim Kiriyama Prize. A national best-seller, The Devil’s Highway was also named a best book of the year by the Los Angeles Times, the Miami Herald, the Chicago Tribune, the Kansas City Star and many other publications.

Urrea lives with his family in Naperville, IL, where he is a professor of creative writing at the University of Illinois-Chicago.
Caroline Picard is the Founding Director of The Green Lantern Gallery & Press, a Co-Editor for the literary podcast The Parlor (www. Her writing has been published in a handful of publications including the Phildelphia Independant, NewCity, Lumpen, AREA Chicago, the Chicago Art Journal Review and Proximity Magazine. She has just finished her first novel, Bygone(s)and has begun work on a second book, Happy Ending.

Jonathan Messinger is the books editor for Time Out Chicago; a cofounder of Featherproof Books, a gutsy Chicago small press, and creator of the popular reading and performance series, The Dollar Store. Messinger is also the author of the short story collection Hiding Out, an impressive debut.

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February 6, 2009

posted by Caroline Picard

There are some exciting happenings coming up next week-

The Association of Writers & Writing Programs is having a grand old conference in our lowly Chicago town. To that end most of the writers round abouts are up to any number of things–different showcases of talent and promise. The Green Lantern Press is sharing a table with MAKE Magazine (so come find us!) and here too, is a wonderful poster with dates and evening events-