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Local Book Notes: Lumpen Comics, Dark Hearts & Inner Lives

Over the transom.

1. From The Lumpen Times:

"Please join us as we celebrate the release of the long awaited Comics Issue of Lumpen magazine. We haven't done one since the 90's and we are super thrilled to see a compilation of some of the best comic artists in America all contained in one juicy newsprint concoction.

"We are mounting an exhibition of works by the artists featured in the issue. Complementary beverages will be served. There is no cover."

Friday, January 25, at the Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219 S Morgan Street.

Here's the cover.



2. From The Society of Midland Authors:

"Gillian Flynn, author of the No. 1 New York Times fiction best-seller Gone Girl, will speak at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, in a Society of Midland Authors program at the Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State St., Chicago.

"The Chicago writer is a former TV critic for Entertainment Weekly. Her previous novels are Sharp Objects, an Edgar Award finalist and the winner of two of Britain's Dagger Awards, and Dark Places.

"The free event begins at 6 p.m. sharp in the library's Cindy Pritzker Auditorium. After speaking, Flynn will sign copies of her books, which will be for sale at the event. Seating is available first come, first served. Reservations are not required.

"NOTE: Unlike previous Society of Midland Authors events, this one does not feature a social hour with drinks and appetizers. The talk will begin promptly at 6 p.m. The Society is holding its February and March events at the Harold Washington Library Center while our usual venue, the Cliff Dwellers Club, is temporarily closed for renovations."


3. Non-local bonus item from Secrecy News:

"When U.S. Army Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer wrote a memoir of his service as an intelligence officer in Afghanistan called Operation Dark Heart in 2010, the Department of Defense intervened to block publication, asserting that the manuscript contained classified information.

"An initial print run of the book was destroyed, and the work was republished with hundreds of passages redacted. However, a limited number of uncensored review copies and early sales editions have remained in circulation.

"Now the Pentagon has decided that many of the claimed redactions are no longer necessary, and may be disclosed in future editions of the book."

Click through here for the rest of the story.


4. Earlier this month from the Tribune:

"As sure as an automobile could not have been built by even the most enterprising Neanderthal, the appearance of humans on Earth could not have occurred without the myriad of developments that began with the birth of the universe, and continued with the evolution of our planet.

"Neil Shubin, a paleontologist and evolutionary biologist at the University of Chicago and author of the critically acclaimed, Your Inner Fish, reveals in his newest book, The Universe Within, our intimate relationship with the planet that shaped us. We spoke recently by phone; the following is an edited transcript of our conversation."


Comments welcome.


Posted on January 25, 2013

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