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Author Event and Reading

  • Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co. 1276 North Milwaukee Avenue Chicago, IL, 60622 United States (map)

"Join us for readings by three authors published by Curbside Splendor. 
Free and open to the public.
Part of Wicker Park and West Town Lit Fest.

Halle Butler, author of "Jillian"
In "Jillian," Megan, recently out of college and working a meaningless job as a gastroenterologist's secretary, openly hates all of her friends for being happy and successful. She makes herself feel better by obsessively critiquing the behavior of her coworker, Jillian, a rapid cycling, grotesque optimist, whose downfall is precipitated by the purchase of a dog.

Dave Reidy, author of "The Voiceover Artist"
Seven-year-old Simon Davies suffers a crippling stutter inherited from his father. To punish his father for failing to protect Simon from the cruel teasing he endures, he stops speaking completely—eventually rendering his vocal cords useless from atrophy. Now unable to speak, Simon finds solace in the sounds of the voices piping through his bedside radio.

Eighteen years later, after much practice, he regains control of his voice and moves to Chicago to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a voiceover artist, carefully hiding his stutter beneath a series of tics he’s developed to loosen his vocal cords. Meanwhile, his younger brother Connor, in every way more confident and charming than Simon, attempts to take his prodigious talent for improv comedy from the barroom stages of Chicago to the television studios of 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City. After his years of silence, Simon seeks to balance his relationship with his brother, forcing Connor to examine what brotherhood and success mean to him.

T. Sean Steele, author of "Tacky Goblin"
An aimless twenty-something struggles to make sense of reality after he moves to Los Angeles to live with his older sister. His legs are rotting, his apartment is haunted, and he’s in charge of taking care of a human baby that might actually be a dog. On top of it all, he has trouble making friends. Tacky Goblin blunders through particularly strange but familiar misadventures to remind us that, ultimately, learning to take care of yourself is hard."

Earlier Event: September 17
Wasted Pages Pop-In Poetry Workshop
Later Event: September 17
Author Event and Reading