Tuesday, February 27, 2018


Hey readers! It's been a minute! I AM SO SORRY.

Silence here notwithstanding, there's been lots of great stuff going on in Chicago, and more on the way. Couple things coming up to have on your radar:
  • Lecture by Emily Maguire this Wednesday, 2/28, at the Evanston Public Library: "Cyborgs, Zombies, and Planets for Rent: Science Fiction in Contemporary Caribbean Literature". Looks really fantastic.
  • Deep Dish returns to Volumes Thursday, 3/1. Chicago's premiere quarterly SFF reading event, hosted by Mary Anne Mohanraj, Mary Robinette Kowal, and Michi Trota. This is one of the most exciting things going on in the SF scene hereabouts, lots of fun, check it out.
  • The Chicago Feminist Film Festival is hosting a science fiction track on Wednesday, March 7: Philip K. Vagina. Free and open to the public, featuring 6 short films.
  • A great chance to hang out with other Chicago Nerds is the illustrious Almost Pi(e) Day, a pie-making, book-donating, math-celebrating party at Open Books. March 10th!
  • Bucket O'Blood and DMen Tap are once again hosting An Unnameable Night of Lovecraftian Delights, celebrating the day ol' Howard died, March 15th. Readings, drinks, generally a delightful time. Details here.
  • Book launch party for Audrey Niffenegger & Eddie Campbell's Bizarre Romance! March 20th at Women & Children First.
  • Ytasha Womack, author of Afrofuturism, will be giving a talk at Bucket O'Blood on March 25. Not to be missed!
A little further down the line, we've got C2E2 coming up (April 6-8), looking to feature a bit more bookish material than usual this year (I spot Nnedi Okorafor and Ada Palmer on the roster, for instance).  DuPaul's annual and always-awesome Pop Culture Conference is, this year, A Celebration of Slashers, April 28.

Our friends at Otherworld Theatre have a number of readings coming up (including a play based on Forster's The Machine Stops, March 19). They're also fundraising to take over the Public House Theatre as a permanent space, which would do amazing things for SFF performance arts in Chicago.

Speaking of fundraisers, please check out Volumes Bookcafe's Indiegogo, which is aiming to pay off some unexpected costs from their initial opening, so they can continue to thrive. Volumes has quickly become one of the main driving forces in the Chicago literary scene, hosting hundreds of events, author talks, book clubs, and more, and it would be a real tragedy to seem them go. Authors and organizations have chipped in a slew of rewards for supporters, consider helping out.

As always, check our Upcoming Events Page and Facebook Events for tons of book clubs and many more miscellaneous events.

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