Tagged with Dana Norris

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

Our July Lineup Will Storm Your Fortresses

Our July Lineup Will Storm Your Fortresses

We’re only a few days away from a wicked post-Bastille Day hangover. After you’ve re-hydrated and eaten a stack of French Toast, come to the Book Cellar on July 15th, 7pm, and keep the Bastille Day festivities going with hosts Karen Shimmin and Willy Nast, as well as this group of literary revolutionaries: Erin Diamond … Continue reading

Printers Row Lit Fest Is Upon Us!

Hello bookish boys and gals! Last Essay Fiesta was a homerun! Our readers really brought it, and you really helped fund a great cause with a sizable amount of donations for 826CHI. Good work, team! Summer is here, which means the smell of literature is in the air. “Huh?” you say. That’s right. It’s the … Continue reading

Hello Michigan and Biggest Liars!

Hello Essay Fiesta fans! This past show was a spectacular tapestry of storytelling, from Claire Zulkey’s piece about living next to a dead body to Jason Economus sharing his love publicly for all the women of his 20s. A funny, touching and magical night! But just because Essay Fiesta is over doesn’t mean the stories … Continue reading

Essay Fiesta Announces December Line-Up

You’re probably dreaming of a white Christmas. Well keep those sugar-plumb fairies at bay until after the 19th because Essay Fiesta is going to stuff your mental stocking with heaping helpings of literary joy! That’s right, we are proud to welcome the following readers to our December line-up: Queen of Story Club (and recent bride) … Continue reading

Chicago Readings in December

‘Tis the season for fabulous and fun readings! Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, there are an abundance of great lit shows to attend. Here’s what’s on Essay Fiesta’s list: Story Club will feature Shannon Cason and Scott Whitehair. The show is  Thursday Dec. 1 at Uncommon Ground on Clark. It starts at 8:15 p.m. and is hosted … Continue reading

Essay Fiesta Update

Hello Essay Fiesta fans! We’ve got a few small news bits for you. So strap yourself in and prepare to get updated. First, Alyson Lyon and Keith Ecker will be appearing tonight at Story Club. Story Club is an eclectic literary event with an open-mic component. It is also hosted by the adorable Dana Norris. … Continue reading