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Local Book Notes: Novelties & Sea Monsters

1. Chris Ware's Acme Novelty Datebook Volume One 10th Anniversary Edition.

"[A] terrific look at the 'loose' work of one of the world's best living illustrators," Mark Frauenfelder writes for Boing Boing.



2. Joseph Nigg's Sea Monsters.

"Joseph Nigg, the inventive mind behind How To Raise and Keep a Dragon, has immersed himself in the lore and history of imaginary animals for 30 years," Jan Gardner writes for the Boston Globe.

"His newest book, Sea Monsters: A Voyage Around the World's Most Beguiling Map (University of Chicago), is itself a neat trick. Unfold the book jacket to reveal a poster-sized reproduction of a richly detailed map of Scandinavia that dates to 1539. The seas on the map are littered with fantastic creatures, such as a sea unicorn and a giant worm that wraps itself around a big ship."



3. Poetry off the Shelf: The WRITE CLUB: Poetry Versus . . .

"Hosted by Ian Belknap, and featuring a rotating lineup of Chicago's most audacious and fearsome writers and performers, the WRITE CLUB is bare-knuckled literature.

"In true WRITE CLUB form, two opposing writers argue two opposing ideas, and each has seven minutes, no more, to throw their best punches.

"All of the bouts in this WRITE CLUB event will involve poetry in some way - page contesting stage, perhaps, or free against form, or maybe prose vs. verse.

"Writers compete for cash going to a charity of their choosing and the audience picks winners."


4. Scrabble For Literacy.

"People are getting ready to shake their tile bags, rack their brains and roll at the 10th Annual 'It's Your Word Against Theirs' SCRABBLE for Literacy Challenge on Saturday, October 19th.

"This event will support the fight against low literacy in Illinois and the joblessness, homelessness and even incarceration that can result.

"Sponsored by Literacy Volunteers of Illinois and supported by local chapters of the North American Scrabble Players Association it will be held at Grossinger Auto Complex, 1500 N. Dayton from 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m."


5. Absurd-Noir Writer And Author Christian TeBordo Joins Roosevelt University As Director Of Creative Writing.

"Christian TeBordo, noted writer and author of experimental fiction, has joined Roosevelt University as director of the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program.

"His most recent book, The Awful Possibilities, was published by the Chicago independent press, Featherproof Books. The book of short stories was nominated as an American Library Association Notable Book and received accolades from Publishers Weekly and Booklist.

"Kicking off Roosevelt's Gage Gallery Reading Series, TeBordo will read from his work at 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23 in Roosevelt's Gage Gallery, 18 S.Michigan Ave.

"Born in Albany, NY, and most recently a resident of Philadelphia, TeBordo is the author of three novels, We Go Liquid, Better Ways of Being Dead and The Conviction and Subsequent Life of Savior Neck.

"TeBordo is known for delving deeply into weird and crazy perspectives of his characters - like the girl among kidney thieves who masters the art of forgetting and the high school boy who is thinking about a school shooting because his counselor wants him to become an accountant, both who are featured in The Awful Possibilities.

"He spent the last six years as associate director of strategic communications at Drexel University in Philadelphia and has taught creative writing and literature at Temple University, the University of the Arts and Bryn Mawr College."


Comments welcome.


Posted on September 17, 2013

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