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Bookslut Reading Series Tomorrow Night

By Anonymous in Arts & Entertainment on Aug 22, 2005 7:39PM

Trash Sex Magic -- Cover Image: Amazon.comFrequent are the days, especially in summer, when Chicagoist finds ourselves struggling to make a decision between two or more fabulous things to do. Of course, we're usually deciding between work and sleep, but tomorrow night is something special. We know what we're doing, mainly because our roommate has never in her 24 years seen Star Wars, but we also really wish we could go to the Bookslut Reading Series at the Hopleaf. It's the second of a monthly series put together by the fine folks at Bookslut--we heard the first was awesome, and tomorrow's reading promises to be swell as well. And entirely free of light sabers! (We assume.)

Sharing their work tomorrow are Chicago authors Jennifer Stevenson and Charles Blackstone and Ohioan Maureen McHugh. We'd especially love to hear Stevenson read: her 2004 novel Trash Sex Magic has garnered much praise for its fantastic and lyrical treatment of class and sex, among other accolades. McHugh, a science fiction novelist, recently published Mothers and Other Monsters, a collection of "humanist" sci-fi short stories exploring personal relationships. Blackstone, from what we can tell, achieves intensity of emotion via staunchly realist stream-of-consciousness rather than fantasy. His autobiographical novel The Week You Weren't Here explores women, writing, and Chicago via hyper-self-aware narrator Hunter Flanagan.

In short, tomorrow night is sure to be one of eclectic literary awesomeness. Also, there will be beer. So if you and your roommate have both seen Star Wars (or if you want beer), we highly recommend the Bookslut Reading Series tomorrow night at the Hopleaf. Go and tell us how it is.

The Bookslut Reading Series
Maureen McHugh, Charles Blackstone, & Jennifer Stevenson
Tuesday, August 23, 7:30 PM
Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark, 2nd Floor