« Saturday April 26, 2014 »
Start: 5:00 pm
Please join us for an evening with Curbside Splendor.  Three of the Chicago indie publishers' authors, Kevin Sampsell, Russ Woods, and James Tadd Adcox, will be reading and signing their books. This Is Between Us by Kevin Sampsell: Chronicling five years of a troubled romance, This Is Between Us offers an intimate view of one couple's struggle - from the illicit beginnings of sexual obsession to the fragile architecture of a family. Full of sweet moments, emotional time bombs, unexpected humor, and blunt sexuality, the daily life of this couple, both recently divorced with children, emerges in all of its complexity. In this engrossing debut novel, Kevin Sampsell delivers a confessional tale of love between resilient people who have staked their hearts on each other. Kevin Sampsell is an editor, publisher, employee at Powell's in Portland, and author of Creamy Bullets, A Common Pornography, and This Is Between Us. His writing has appeared in Salon, The Rumpus, McSweeney's, Tin House, Best Sex Writing 2012, and Best American Essays 2013.  ************************************************************************************                                         Wolf Doctors by Russ Woods: In Wolf Doctors, Russ Woods' first full-length collection of poetry, we find cities that have transformed into girls but who perhaps would like to transform back once again into cities. We find lovers in a forehead-shaped grove, next to a forehead-shaped lake, touch their foreheads together, endlessly. We find rampaging herds of bulls that desperately love that which they trample to death.  Russ Woods lives in Chicago. He is author of the books Wolf Doctors, and Sara or the Existence of Fire, as well as ten chapterbooks and musical albums. His work is published or forthcoming in Salt Hill, Guernica, Denver Quarterly, Gulf Coast, Diagram, and Columbia Poetry Review. He is online at moonbears.biz. ************************************************************************************* Does Not Love by James Tadd Adcox: Set in archly comedic, alternate-reality Indianapolis that is completely overrun by Big Pharma, Adcox's book chronicles Robert and Viola's attempts to overcome loss through the miracles of modern pharmaceuticals. Their marriage crumbling after a series of miscarriages, Viola finds herself in an affair with the FBI agent who has recently appeared at her workplace, while her husband Robert becomes enmeshed in elaborate conspiracy designed to look like a drug study. James Tadd Adcox's first book, The Map of the System of Human Knowledge, was published in 2012 by Tiny Hardcore Press. His work has appeared in TriQuarterly, The Literary Review, PANK, Barrelhouse, and Another Chicago Magazine.