We know that his head is pounding from the Father’s Day kegger, but find a hungover dad (any hungover dad will do), give him some water, and bring him to The Book Cellar at 7pm on Monday, June 20th for an evening of personal essays in support of 826CHI. He’s going to love all of … Continue reading
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Take A Hungover Dad To Essay Fiesta on June 20th!
Father’s Day, the day when all fathers get away from their families to throw a raging, dads-only keg party in the woods, is always followed the next day by the less-recognized-but-equally-important Hungover Dad Day, when dads sleep in, skip work, and eventually watch all their pending Snapchat stories from the Father’s Day kegger. After your … Continue reading
Our September Lineup is Ozone-tastic
Nothing says Essay Fiesta like the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer. So come on over to The Book Cellar on Monday, September 16th at 7 pm for some stories from the greatest lineup of environmental warriors since those wimpy kids on Captain Planet: Paul Whitehouse is a Chicago-based actor, storyteller, and arts educator. He tours the country … Continue reading
Essay Fiesta Preserves the Ozone Layer on September 16!
Ugh, Labor Day. What a drag. Always forcing you to take a three-day weekend and attend backyard barbecues where you have to drink beer and talk about your fantasy football team to anyone who will listen. Does anyone actually enjoy it? Thank goodness it’s finally over. Essay Fiesta knows you can’t wait to start celebrating your … Continue reading
March Literary Madness
March! The month in which office productivity is cut in half and intra office gambling increases 700%! Join us at The Book Cellar – 7pm – Monday, March 18th – for some pre-tourney literary mayhem. And bring your short shorts. HOLY CRAP WOULD YOU LOOK AT THIS LINEUP. Writer Eric Bjorlin Actor and Storyteller Robyn … 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
Get to Know: Samantha Irby
Friday, right? Finally! That means just a stupid old weekend and then Essay Fiesta! And boy are we freaking excited for our last reader. The one. The only. Samantha Irby! Sam has been tearing it up lately in the local lit performance circuit. Besides co-running her own show the Sunday Night Sex Show, she’s read all … 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 Anniversary: What You Missed
If you didn’t get a chance to see the Essay Fiesta 2-year anniversary spectacular, here’s what you missed: Alyson Lyon still loves Matt Dillon. Will Matt Dillon love Alyson Lyon? Ian Belknap wants to kill James Franco. More prizes than you could carry home in your arms. BIG THANKS to Southport Grocery and Cafe, Dabble, … Continue reading