Our July Lineup Would Knock Hemingway Out

Our July Lineup Would Knock Hemingway Out

Put on your Hemingway-shaped party hat and come on out to The Book Cellar at 7:00 pm on Monday, July 21st. Hosts Karen Shimmin and Willy Nast will be joined by a lineup so good, you’ll wish you could sit in a boat with them for days, trying to catch a giant fish. Scott Smith grew up in the suburbs of Chicago … Continue reading

Essay Fiesta on All Write Already!

Essay Fiesta on All Write Already!

Can’t wait until the next Fiesta on July 21st? Lucky for you, Willy and Karen produce a literary podcast and this week’s episode features three stories told at Essay Fiesta. Hop on over to All Write Already! to hear Erin Kahoa recount his greatest moment on the baseball diamond, Randy Richardson taking the birds and the bees … Continue reading

A Hemingtastic Essay Fiesta on July 21st

A Hemingtastic Essay Fiesta on July 21st

July 21st is not only the date of our next Fiesta, but it’s also the day that Ernest Miller Hemingway punched his way out of his mother’s womb in Oak Park, Illinois. Whether or not you were enchanted with his prose when your high school English teacher made you read The Sun Also Rises, you have to … Continue reading

A Tariff-ic Essay Fiesta on May 19th

A Tariff-ic Essay Fiesta on May 19th

As we all know, May 19 marks the 186th anniversary of the day President John Quincy Adams (like John Adams, but Quincyer) signed the Tariff of 1828 into law, much to the chagrin of South Carolina’s John C. “Crazy Eyes” Calhoun, who labelled it the “Tariff of Abominations.” He had a way with words, that … Continue reading

A Fundraiser That’s Totally Out of This World

A Fundraiser That’s Totally Out of This World

What are your plans for this Saturday, April 26th? Cancel them. We have better plans. Plans that are fun and benefit children. Yes! It’s 826CHI’s annual prom fundraiser! This year’s theme – Prom 9 From Outer Space: A Galactic Romp Through the Retro-Futuristic Cosmos. Attendees will forgo ill-fitting rental tuxes and bustling taffeta for all manner of tin-foiled, … Continue reading

An April Shower of Essay Excellence on April 21

An April Shower of Essay Excellence on April 21

No one likes April showers, especially when they are showers of tiny sharp icicles. And if we’re honest, there isn’t much to like about April. Tax Day; the beginning of an interminable, sub-mediocre baseball season; broken umbrellas; dumb Internet April Fools pranks. Luckily, we have a cure for your rainy day blues. Don’t sit around, drenched, … Continue reading