THC Short Story Contest

We are pleased to announce the five stories that will compete for the 2016 Tamale Hut Cafe Presents Short Story Contest:
A. “Penne Alla Vodka” — Thomas Boyle
B. “Sacred Chords” — Alexi Collier
C. “Discernment Part One” — Brendan Detzner
D. “Chanteuse” — Christine Fugate
E.  “Grandma” — Kirsten Srinivasan
These stories will be read and prizes will be awarded at the next THC Reading Series Saturday November 19,typewriter-801921_1920 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
Prize Breakdown
1st-  $500
2nd- $300
3rd-  $200
Two (2) Honorable Mentions- $25 each

 

Following the awards, our mic opens up to any and all who want to share.

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Christopher Krazmus launches new coffee table short story-picture book collection.

Mr. Krazmus will present two stories from his new coffee table short story-picture book collection.

The words? Science, fiction, truth, and daring and caring in short stories about travel and friendship; little adventures and good deeds; plus comedy and wisdom in hard luck and good fortune and overcoming and appreciation add up to backdrop for a storyteller to ask the questions the philosopher does. That is sexy and spiritual, and that is what Life is all about.

The pix? Taken in cities and burbs and out in the sticks, plus some places in Europe too. A day at the zoo. The streets of a large American city as seen from the window of a taxicab on a nocturnal trip in Chicago. And the fashion and figure photography of Mystery Vogue.

Each hardcover coffee table book contains one such story, and a photography collection.

 

Matt Bieniek, Featured Reader

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The next THC Reading Series night will feature Matthew Bieniek, and the August 27th event will be the release party for his latest novel, The Sleep Detectives Go to Washington.  It’s the story of a man who can see past events in his dreams as if he was there, and what happens to him after the U.S. government finds out he has this ability.  The first book in this series, The Sleep Detectives, was serialized at the Tamale Hut between 2011 and 2013.

Matt wrote his first novel in 2010.  He’s been a regular open mic reader at the THC since 2011, and has been the coordinator of the Tamale Hut Cafe Writers Group since 2012.  He describes his stories as character-driven mystery and suspense.  He lives in Brookfield with his artist wife, Stephanie, and you can find out more about him (and sign up for his mailing list) at www.storiesbymatt.net.

The Reading Series will begin at 7:00 pm with Matt, followed by an Open Mic. As always, there is no cover. BYOB. THC — Supporting the arts!

THC Reading Series 3/19

 

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The featured reader for our March event will be Helios contributor and THC regular, Nathan M. Beauchamp.

Nathan started writing stories at seven-years-old and never stopped. From his first grisly stories about carnivorous catfish, mole detectives, and cyborg housecats, his interests have always emphasized the strange. Nathan works in finance so that he can support his habit of putting words together in the hope that someone will read them. His hobbies include reading, photography, arguing for sport, and pondering the eventual heat death of the universe. He lives in Chicago with his wife and two young boys.

The Reading Series will begin at 7:00 pm with Nathan, followed by an Open Mic. As always, there is no cover. BYOB. THC — Supporting the arts!

Bill Hillman

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Our next Tamale Hut Reading Series event will be on Saturday, February 20th at 7pm when we will welcome Bill Hillman as our featured reader.

Bill is the author of the award-winning, internationally-acclaimed novel The Old Neighborhood. He’s appeared on NBC’s Today, CNN International and BBC World Service talking about his acclaimed memoir Mozos: A Decade Running With the Bulls of Spain. His writing has appeared in the Toronto Star, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune and on NPR.

After Bill, we will open up the mic for anyone who would like to share their words.

As always there is no cover and no minimum purchase. THC — Supporting the Arts!

 

Germania Solorzano

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Germania  Solorzano is a work in progress.  She likes curmudgeonly older folk who tell good stories.  Although she was born and raised in Chicago, she was conceived in Nicaragua and believes that must mean something.
Germania also has the distinction of being the very first reader at Tamale Hut’s Reading Series and will be joining us again to celebrate 10 years of tamales, tinga, and the arts.
Stop by this Saturday, January 16th at 7pm and hear for yourself why she is so special.

10 YEARS OF TAMALES!

Tamale Hut Cafe was opened on January 16, 2006. What better way to celebrate our first decade in business than by bringing back our first ever Reading Series featured reader — Germania Solorzano? C’mon down and hear her stories followed by an open mic. The festivities will begin at 7pm on Saturday, January 16th.

10 Years of Tamales!

Tamale Hut Cafe opened on January 16, 2006. What better way to celebrate than by bringing back the first ever Reading Series featured reader Germania Solarzano? C’mon down and hear her stories, have a piece of cake, and stick around for open mic. Festivities begin at 7pm on Saturday, January 16, 2016.

Check out Tamale Hut Café Writers at the 2015 Chicago Book Expo!

Next Saturday, November 21, in addition to our end-of-the-year extravaganza reading featuring the winners of the Tamale Hut Café Short Story Contest, we’ll also be involved in another Chicago-area literary event: the 2015 Chicago Book Expo at Columbia College. The table is officially under the banner of the Tamale Hut Café Writers Group (for which we have the wonderful Matt to thank for coordinating this whole thing!). Along with Matt and writing group regular Marianne Koerfer, you’ll see a couple of familiar faces from the Tamale Hut Café Reading Series–Phil Reebius and Michael Penkas–selling their books and chatting with people.

The Chicago Book Expo is an excellent opportunity to check out independent publishers and authors and learn about other literary events in Chicagoland. And, hey, if you happen to want to swing over to Tamale Hut Café and join us for our last reading of the year afterward, we wouldn’t be sad to see you there, either.

Have fun, and happy reading!