THC Reading Series is celebrating our 10th Anniversary! Join us on Saturday, January 14th at 7pm. Our featured reader will be our founder, Jenny Seay.
Jenny is a native Chicagoan whose love for words and stories took root before she could fully speak or write them. She spent her childhood immersing herself in the pages of her favorite fictional worlds, until she realized she had a knack for creating alternate realities of her own.
Eventually she earned two Creative Writing degrees from Columbia College Chicago, which wasn’t the most practical life path, but it allowed her to gain a few publishing and editing credits, and learn enough about event planning to launch Tamale Hut Cafe Presents as a monthly reading series. Her most recent piece can be found in “Working Stiff: The Anthology of Professional Wrestling Literature and Art,” available online through Gimmick Press.
And she has spent the last year-and-a-half getting to know the Bay Area, where she fundraisers for UC Berkeley and chips away at her first novel in between hiking excursions.
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, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
Two (2) Honorable Mentions- $25 each
Following the awards, our mic opens up to any and all who want to share.
This month, the Tamale Hut Reading Series will be featuring our very own Tamale Hut Writer’s Group! Members will be sharing their take on one topic: “The News and Its Impact.” Join us on Saturday, October 22nd. The event starts at 7:00 pm with an Open Mic to follow.
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.
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!
The featured reader for our March event will be Helios contributor and THC regular, Nathan M. Beauchamp.
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!
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 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.
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.
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.