What can you expect from the feature presentation if you c’mon down to the THC Reading Series at 7PM on Saturday, August 26th? Well, we can’t tell ya, but it’s gonna be great. Really great.
Christopher Krazmus is releasing three new editions from his coffee table short story-picture book series, which include several new photography collections.
You can reckon you’ll hear parts of some stories and themes like these. Science fiction? You bet. Mystery and romance. Check. Comedy? If embarrassing stories about personal failures can be funny. If doing something half-assed is worth it, then you can say everything best comes from inspiration. That’s what these coffee table short story picture-books mean to be. That’s sexy and spiritual.
As always, there is no cover and parking is free. Tamale Hut Cafe — Supporting the Arts.
Join us Saturday, June 24th at 7:00 pm as we welcome Joanne Zienty, our featured Reader for the month of June.
Joanne was born and raised on Chicago’s South Side. She spent a lot of time wandering the aisles of her local branch of the Chicago Public Library. Besides wandering, she also did a lot of reading. But when she couldn’t find the stories she wanted to read, she started writing her own.
In 2014, Joanne won the very first Soon to Be Famous Illinois Author contest, sponsored by the Illinois Library Association and the RAILS Library System for her novel, The Things We Save. She was a finalist for the 2016 BookLife Prize in Fiction sponsored by Publishers’ Weekly and in 2017 was named an “Emerging Voice” in fiction by the College of DuPage. She is currently working on her second novel.
As always, there is no cover charge. THC — supporting the arts!
Tamale Hut Cafe welcomes Julia Schopick as Featured Reader for the month of May. Join us at 7:00 on Saturday the 20th to hear Julia talk about and read from her Amazon best-selling book, HONEST MEDICINE: Effective, Time -Tested, Inexpensive Treatments for Life-Threatening Diseases.
HONEST MEDICINE grew from her experience advocating for and taking care of her husband Tim Fisher, who was a brain tumor patient for 15 years. He survived so long—12 years beyond his doctors’ predictions—in large part, because of the treatments Julia found for him.
Julia is a public relations consultant and author. Creator of the award-winning blog, HonestMedicine.com, her writings on health and medical topics have been featured in the American Medical News (AMA), Alternative & Complementary Therapies, British Medical Journal and the Chicago Sun Times. Her mission is to inform people about little-known but promising treatments, and to empower them in making health care choices.
Join us on April 22nd at 7:00 pm as we host an all Open Mic evening. Poetry. Prose. Book excerpts. Fiction. Non-fiction. We love it all. As always, there is free parking, no cover, and a lot of great people to meet.
Tamale Hut — Supporting the arts.
Our March event will take place on Saturday the 25th at 7:00 pm. Join us to hear fabulous tales from our featured reader, Alexei Collier.
Alexei grew up in sunny Southern California in a house his family moved into on his very first Halloween. Many years later, powerful forces flung him deep into the heart of the Midwest, where he now lives across the street from Chicago with his wife and their cat. He has a bachelor’s degree in creative writing from Beloit College, and his short fiction has been published by Cicada, Ideomancer, and StarShipSofa’s Tales to Terrify, and is upcoming in a new anthology from Sanguine Press.
Following Alexei, there will be an Open Mic. As always, admission is free. THC: Supporting the Arts.
THC Reading Series is pleased to announce that Brendan Detzner will be our featured reader for February. Join us at 7:00 on Saturday the 25th for tamales, tinga, and twisted tales.
Brendan Detzner lives, works, and writes in Chicago. His work has appeared in Chizine, Pseudopod, Edge of Propinquity, Ruthless Peoples, Untied Shoelaces of the Mind, and the Book of Dead Things and Exigencies anthologies, as well as elsewhere. His latest novel “The Hidden Lands”, part two of the “Orphan Fleet” series, is available on Amazon. Brendan has also been featured at the Twilight Tales and Reading Under The Influence reading series in Chicago and runs his own reading series Bad Grammar Theater (http://www.badgrammartheater.com). You can keep track of what he’s up to at http://www.brendandetzner.com
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.