Painting of Bozo's Circus
Painting of Bozo's Circus
Don laughing


Time TBA
Time TBA
TPWCYL Corporate Offices
Chicago, IL 

This Podcast Will Change Your Life

This Podcast Will Change Your Life is a rollicking, smart, deep ride through our literary and cultural communities, and I'm honored to be a guest. Ben Tanzer is the brain and personality behind this project. We met a few years back through Curbside Splendor's Victor David Giron at the Beauty Bar, and recently reconnected through the Northwestern University Summer Writers' Conference. Ben is an accomplished writer and performer with a sincere interest in the creative life around him, and I like that he's created a format in which authors can expand upon their books rather than recite the Cliff Notes. We'll not only talk about my short story collection, but a lot of the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame initiatives coming together this fall. 

Sunday, October 7
1-3 p.m.
1590 WGCO

Playtime with Bill Turck & Kerri Kendall

Bill and Kerri are having me on their radio show for a chat. I've never been on before, but listened to a fair number of their interviews, including seeing them live at Murphy's Bleachers. Their show is smart and fun; I'm looking forward to it. 

Thursday, October 18
6 p.m.
Cliff Dwellers
200 S. Michigan Ave., Penthouse
Chicago, IL 

Christmas (Off-White) at The Cliff

The Cliff Dwellers Club will be hosting me and Hannah for a book signing event. The Cliff Dwellers is a private club, but this event is free and open to the public. Cash bar, and food off the menu, if you want to go in that direction. This will be a pretty informal gathering. I'll read a short excerpt and Hannah will show some slides. We'll take whatever questions there are. Then we can enjoy the views and the bar. 

Tuesday, October 30
6-9 p.m.
Poetry Foundation
61 W. Superior St.
Chicago, IL

Fuller Award for Lifetime Achievement: Stuart Dybek

The Chicago Literary Hall of Fame will give its sixth Fuller Award for lifetime achievement to Stuart Dybek in a ceremony at the Poetry Foundation. Food and drink will follow. The event is free and open to the pubic. I will host a spectacular lineup of Chicago's finest literary figures as they give short speeches about Stuart's tremendous contributions to our city and our literary life. 

Thursday, November 1
Radio Misfits Podcast Network

Minutia Men

Rick Kaempfer and Dave Sterns are two of the most entertaining guys arounds, and publishers of a lot of quality books, as well. Rick comes from a radio background, and he teamed with Dave all the way back in their University of Illinois days. Minutia Men is build around their warehouse of useless information, so on the occasion of the Eckhartz Press's release of An Off-White Christmas I think it's approriate I share some of the useless information I picked up in writing the book. 

Sunday, November 4
9-11 p.m.
WGN Radio 720

After Hours with Rick Kogan

Rick is going to have Hannah and me on his show to talk about the short story collection, and also promote the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame's annual induction ceremony.  

Thursday, November 15
5-8 p.m. 
Elgin Public House
219 E. Chicago St.
Elgin, IL

Holiday Stories at the Elgin Public House

The Elgin Pub is a really nice place for food and drink, and maybe short stories, as well. We'll commandeer a back room, where I'll read a few snippets from An Off-White Christmas, but mostly hang out, chat, and sign books. 

Thursday, November 29
3-5 p.m.
Cliff Dwellers
200 S. Michigan Ave., Penthouse
Chicago, IL

An Afternoon Holiday Tea at Cliff Dwellers

An Off-White Christmas illustrator Hannah Jennings will join a festive and proper Cliff Dwellers tea; she will be available to chat about her work and sign books. 

Date and Time TBA
Madison Street Theatre
1010 Madison Street
Oak Park, IL 60302

Oak Park Theatre Festival: Concert Reading

The iconic Oak Park Theatre Festival will present a concert reading of my short story, “Bah!” at the intimate Madison Street Theatre. The stunning set of “A Christmas Carol” serves as a backdrop to the performance, which will be followed by a reception. I'm super excited to hear these fantastic actors do this staged reading. Books will be available for sale, and both Hannah and I will be available to sign.  

Saturday, December 1
2 p.m. 
Oak Park Public Library (Main Branch)
834 Lake Street
Oak Park, IL 60302

Off-White Saturday at the Oak Park Library

I'll be doing a reading and Hannah a presenation of her artwork for our own version of Black Friday. Only it's a Saturday. And there really aren't any deals. But we've been talking about making some wrapping paper out of Hannah's glorious illustrations, so maybe you can get your holiday gifts and get them wrapped, too. 

Hannah Jennings Design