Five with...

Another feature starting up this week is the Five with... It's pretty much exactly like it sounds. It's five questions each time with a different Pilcrow guest participant. Stay tuned for that.

Pilcrow wants your email.

Please note on the front page of the Pilcrow site, we've added a mailing list sign up. We're not going to stuff your inbox with a ton of useless crap, don't even worry for a minute. But, what we will do is keep you looped as new things happen that you might be interested in.


Excellent news!

BookCellar in Chicago has agreed to serve as the official bookseller for Pilcrow Lit Fest. We couldn't ask for a better bookstore for the job and are really looking forward to hanging with them during the festival.


Rebuilt Books

The fabulous party taking place Saturday May 24th will be a fundraiser to benefit New Orleans Public Libraries damaged during Hurricane Katrina. To help rake in the dough, we're asking authors to take a copy of their own book, destroy it, and rebuild it into a piece of art. Sculpture, on canvass, whatever. Just art. Recruit a team, if you must. Let us know if you're down to destroy your book, magazine, whatever. As long as it's yours in some way.


This week...

Pilcrow welcomes Sunday Salon Chicago to the festival. Stay tuned for details of the event we're cooking up on May 25th. Also, Trader Todd's is generously offering space for our use as well.


Birds of a feather...

Jonathan Messinger and Zach Plague of Featherproof Books are on board. Do come out and say hello during the festival.


Monday News

If you head over to the participant page, you'll see our lovely little participant list starting to shape right up. Fictionista Jami Attenberg is coming with her new novel The Kept Man in tow, Chicago author Charles Blackstone, publicist (and style icon) Lauren Cerand, award-winning playwright Angela Gant, author and (Downtown) Omaha Lit Fest mastermind Timothy Schaffert and comedic essayist Katie Schwartz. Hello fabulous. A whole slew of other folks will be posted this week, too, so stay tuned, RSS us and keep in touch.


With Day One behind us...

If you trot yourself over to the participants section of the Pilcrow website, you'll see that even after one day of announcing the fest, we've added some really wonderful folks to the mix.


I have an announcement. (Ahem)

Guth here. (Ahem)

I think that wonderful things happen when you bring people together that have common interests. Or, slightly compatible interests. Since my first novel came out, I've traveled a lot and gone to many places and met a lot of people. I have gone to Atlanta and enjoyed meeting and talking and brainstorming with writers and publishers at Darren Wang's Decatur Book Festival. Then, I went to Omaha and enjoyed meeting and talking and brainstorming with writers and publishers at Timothy Schaffert's (Downtown) Omaha Lit Fest (Something is going on with that usually-beautiful site, but I'm sure it'll be back up shortly). Then, I went to New Orleans, and did the same at Paul J. Willis' Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival. Then, I went back to Omaha and did it all again.

Somewhere, during all of that, I realized that these three festivals were more than something I enjoyed attending. There was something about the execution of these three festivals that I wanted to bring to Chicago. And, as I had this stuff all in my head in New Orleans last spring, I was standing outside watching a "Stellaaaa!"-shouting contest with Paul Willis and he turned to me suddenly and said, "Do you have any interest in curating a festival? You should. You'd be great." Two months later, I was sitting having fancy cocktails with Timothy Schaffert and I started to pick his brain, and, well...

Introducing Pilcrow Lit Fest. Brought to you by me.

There is a whole sea of things to say about it all coming together, filled with really helpful people that I brought in to help like Mommas Boy Design (to make things look beautiful as they come into being), like online/social/media shaker Leah Jones (to do all that stuff I just said), like Adam Deutsch of Ninth Letter (to organize his head off) and A Moveable Bit (to document the crap out of everything and then some). Just for starters.

It's going to be held May 22nd-25th all around the intersection of Belmont and Sheffield here in Chicago. You know, near where The Fixx is, where I host those readings every month. It all starts with the regularly scheduled Fixx reading on May 22nd, with very special guests Jami Attenberg and Katie Schwartz. And possibly another special guest, too. The rest of the weekend is a series of panel discussions, readings, lots of authors (local and from far away), a cocktail party or three, workshops, and ends on Sunday morning with an author brunch.

And, it's going to be really fun.

There is a blog, too.

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Join us on Facebook, won't you?

Pilcrow fans and fanistas, we want to be everywhere you are, which is why Amy asked me to be on board. I'm here to be the Social Media Shaker. After you take time to subscribe to our RSS feed here and check out the main site, why don't you join us on Facebook?

I hear the temperature there is just right for the launch of a new Literary Festival in Chicago.