Kundiman is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to nurturing generations of writers and readers of Asian American literature, and creating a space where Asian Americans can explore, through art, the unique challenges that face the new and ever-changing diaspora.
Join us on Thursday, November 8th at 7 pm as we welcome writers Suman Chhabra, Emily Jungmin Yoon, Lani Montreal and Melody S. Gee to the store to read from their works. Refreshments will be served.
About the authors:
Suman Chhabra is a multigenre writer. She holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan and an MFA in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Chhabra is the author of Demons Off, a chapbook through Meekling Press. She is a Kundiman Fellow and her work has been supported by Vermont Studio Center, Ragdale, The Massachusetts Review, TAYO, Poemeleon, WINDOW, Hair Club, and Homonym. Chhabra teaches courses in Reading and Writing at SAIC.
Melody S. Gee has been a Kundiman fellow since 2008. She is a freelance writer and editor living in St. Louis, MO with her husband and two daughters. She is the author of Each Crumbling House, which won the 2010 Perugia Press Book Prize, and The Dead in Daylight, which was published in 2016 by Cooper Dillon Books. Her poems and essays most recently appear in Ruminate, Figure One, Spillway, and The Los Angeles Review.
Lani T. Montreal is a Filipina educator, writer, performer, and community activist based in Chicago. Her writings have been published and produced in Canada, the U.S., the Philippines and in cyberspace. While her poems have been featured in journals and anthologies (among them, Rattle, Bloodstone, Garland Court Review, Love Gathers All, Pinoy Poetics, Hay(Na)Ku 15, and MiPoesias) Finishing Line Press is publishing her very first poetry collection, FANBOYS: Poems about Teaching and Learning, in Fall 2018. Lani writes poetry to create her home in the diaspora. She is the recipient of the 2015 3Arts Djerassi Residency for Playwriting, 2008 3Arts Ragdale Residency, the 2001 Samuel Ostrowsky Award for her memoir “Summer Rain,” and the 1995 JVO Philippine Award for Excellence in Journalism for her environmental expose “Poison in the River.” She is also a 2017 alumna of the Voices of Our Nation Arts (VONA) Writers’ Workshop. A former journalist in the Philippines, Montreal currently teaches writing at Malcolm X College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago, and writes a blog called “Fil-in-the-gap” (filinthegap.com). She lives and loves in Albany Park with her multi-species, multi-cultural family.
Emily Jungmin Yoon is the author of Ordinary Misfortunes (Tupelo Press, 2017), winner of the Sunken Garden Chapbook Prize, selected by Maggie Smith. Her first full-length collection, A Cruelty Special to Our Species, is forthcoming from Ecco in 2018. Born in Busan, Republic of Korea, Yoon earned her BA in English and communication at the University of Pennsylvania and her MFA in creative writing at New York University, where she served as an award editor for the Washington Square Review and received a Starworks Fellowship. Her poems and translations have appeared or are forthcoming in the New Yorker, Poetry magazine, Columbia Journal Online, Pinwheel, and elsewhere. She is the poetry editor for The Margins, the literary magazine of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, and is pursuing a PhD in Korean literature in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. In 2017, Yoon was a recipient of the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation.
Join us as we welcome cartoonist Ken Krimstein to The Dial Bookshop to talk about his newest graphic biography, The Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt! Ken will be joined in conversation with local artist and writer Dmitry Samarov. Refreshments will be served.
“Ken Krimstein's deeply moving graphic memoir about the life and thoughts of philosopher Hannah Arendt is not only about Hannah Arendt. It's also, through her words, about how to live in the world, the meaning of freedom, the perils of totalitarianism, and our power as human beings to think about things and not just act blindly. Krimstein explains Arendt's ideas with clarity, wit, and enormous erudition, and they still resonate.” -Roz Chast, author of CAN'T WE TALK ABOUT SOMETHING MORE PLEASANT?
“As an admirer of Hannah Arendt, I appreciate the significant enrichment that this book offers to an understanding of her life and times. Ken Krimstein brings his spare and elegant aesthetic to the depiction of a profound life lived in the shadow of fascism.” –Emil Ferris, author of MY FAVORITE THING IS MONSTERS
Come cozy up in The Dial for an evening of poetry with Daniel Owen, Krystal Languell, Anna Vitale, and Lewis Freedman as we celebrate the new releases of Daniel Owen’s Restaurant Samsara and Anna Vitale’s Our Rimbaud Mask.
Of Restaurant Samsara:
“From the first bold declaration in Daniel Owen’s Restaurant Samsara, the looping language of eros and beauty jolts towards the reader and does not let up until the book is done… Both spare and lush, these poems are a gripping testament to the surprise, confusion and pleasures of navigating the modern world via poetic structures and visions.” — Sandra Simonds
Of Our Rimbaud Mask:
“Under special conditions of ritual and imagination a mask can reveal as well as conceal. With his Arthur Rimbaud mask, David Wojnarowicz showed us the strange and terrifying power of that, and now a poet by the name of Vitale encourages us to take stock of that precious achievement.—Michael Taussig
Refreshments will be served. Join us for this special event!
Pilsen Community Books First Annual Fair
3 Days of Books, Art & Music
Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219 S Morgan St, Chicago, 60607
FRIDAY OCT 5 - doors open at 5pm, music starts around 8pm
SATURDAY OCT 6 - doors open at noon, music starts around 8pm
SUNDAY OCT 7 - doors open at noon, sale ends at 4pm
+ Over 7500 used books for sale - $4 per book or 3 for $10
+ Literary-themed original poster art for sale from 10+ artists
+ Two nights of live music featuring 6 local bands
Rapper, singer and essayist Dessa talks poetry and lyrics and her new book, My Own Devices. A Billboard Top 200 artist who appeared on The Hamilton Mixtape, Dessa is a member of the Minneapolis hip-hop crew Doomtree.
In her literary debut memoir, My Own Devices: True Stories From the Road on Music, Science, and Senseless Love, Dessa gives a candid account of her life in the van as a hard-touring musician, her determination to beat long odds to make a name for herself, and her struggle to fall out of love with someone in her band. Raw and intimate, Dessa demonstrates just how far the mind can travel while the body is on the six-hour ride to the next rap show.
Tickets available here.
Join us as we celebrate the launch of David Hayden's debut short story collection Darker With the Lights On! David will give a brief reading, followed by a discussion with Maryse Meijer (author of Heartbreaker and the forthcoming Northwood) and a signing. Refreshments will be served.
The Guardian writes, "The 20 stories in this debut collection from David Hayden are strange, uncomfortable fables of memory, metamorphosis, time, disassociation and death: hard to fathom, but impossible to ignore; twisty and riddling, yet with a blunt impact that reverberates long after the final page."
We hope you'll join us for this special event! Seating is limited; RSVP here.
We're very excited to announce that our grand opening is this coming Friday, November 10th! We'll have live music, drinks, and other goodies. Festivities start at 5pm, music starts at 7pm and we'll be there until 9pm. The opening coincides with the Fine Arts Building Open Studios so there will be plenty of other awesome stuff to see that night too!
Fine Arts Building
410 S Michigan Ave
Take the elevator to the second floor!
LIVE PODCAST TAPING with Lumpen Radio. We'll be welcoming Tori Telfer into the 'studio' to talk about her new book LADY KILLERS. Inspired by Telfer's Jezebel column “Lady Killers,” this thrilling and entertaining compendium investigates female serial killers and their crimes through the ages. Seating is LIMITED.
When you think of serial killers throughout history, the names that come to mind are ones like Jack the Ripper, John Wayne Gacy, and Ted Bundy. But what about Tillie Klimek, Moulay Hassan, Kate Bender? The narrative we’re comfortable with is the one where women are the victims of violent crime, not the perpetrators. In fact, serial killers are thought to be so universally, overwhelmingly male that in 1998, FBI profiler Roy Hazelwood infamously declared in a homicide conference, “There are no female serial killers.”