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

Warm Up with Essay Fiesta on January 20!

Warm Up with Essay Fiesta on January 20!

It’s cold. Too cold to make dumb jokes about how cold it is. But it’s warm at The Book Cellar. And there’s no better way to warm your heart than an evening of stories that also raises money for 826CHI. So join hosts Karen Shimmin and Willy Nast on Monday, January 20th at 7 pm, along with a lineup that … Continue reading

Essay Fiesta on All Write Already!

Essay Fiesta on All Write Already!

Are you in Essay Fiesta withdrawals? We sure are. Luckily, Willy and Karen produce a literary podcast and this week’s episode features three stories told at Essay Fiesta this year. Hop on over to All Write Already! to hear from Kelsie Huff, Chris Bower, and Erin Diamond on green cars, quarter heists, and a really big … Continue reading

Your Candles Can’t Handle This Birthday Lineup

Your Candles Can’t Handle This Birthday Lineup

Oh gosh. Here it comes. We are starting to feel really, really festive. Join us at The Book Cellar this Monday, November 18 at 7pm for our 4th birthday and, as always, a night of awesome stories in support of 826CHI. These talented folks will be helping us celebrate: Natasha Tsoutsouris is a writer and solo performer. She has had the … Continue reading

Essay Fiesta Turns 4 on November 18!

Essay Fiesta Turns 4 on November 18!

Essay Fiesta is getting old. November is our 4th birthday, which is about 72 in live lit years. We can hardly believe it’s been four whole years since Alyson and Keith started the show, and one year since they handed it over to Willy and Karen. But we do love an excuse to celebrate and … Continue reading