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!

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THC Reading Series Presents John McNally, Saturday, October 17 @ 7 PM

McNally book coverWhen a book has a title like Lord of the Ralphs, how can you resist?

This month, we’re delighted to welcome author John McNally back to Tamale Hut Cafe Presents. McNally, a former resident of Burbank, Illinois, made his daring escape from the Great Midwest years ago. Currently, he resides in Louisiana and teaches as the Writer in Residence at the University of Louisiana – Lafayette. We’re not quite sure if it’s the Italian beef or the Chicago-style hot dogs that have pulled him back here (or, you know, his friends and professional contacts); either way, we’re quite happy that Tamale Hut Cafe will be one of his stops on his fall book tour as he promotes his new young adult novel, Lord of the Ralphs.

The reading will start at 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 17, with McNally’s presentation; an open mic will follow. As always, the event is free, with food and drink available for purchase. And for those who have never joined us (It’s a great month! Bring a ghost story!), Tamale Hut Cafe is located at 8300 W. Cermak Road in North Riverside.

See you on October 17!

Author John McNally
Author John McNally

Author’s Bio: John McNally is the author of three novels (The Book of Ralph, America’s Report Card, and After the Workshop), two story collections (Troublemakers and Ghosts of Chicago), and two books on writing (The Creative Writer’s Survival Guide and Vivid and Continuous). His fiction, essays, and reviews have appeared in over a hundred magazines, anthologies, textbooks, and newspapers, including Washington Post and Chicago Tribune. His new book, Lord of the Ralphs, is his first Young Adult novel. A native of Burbank, Illinois, he is Professor and Writer in Residence at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette, where he now lives.

THC Reading Series Presents Alexei Collier (and Haiku Night!), Saturday, June 20 @ 7 PM

Author Alexei Collier
Author Alexei Collier

This month, the Tamale Hut Cafe Reading Series offers up a little bit of the good and familiar with a little bit of something kinda new.

If you’ve been to our readings before, then you’ve probably heard Alexei Collier (or just Alex) read during the open mic. His fantasy and science fiction stories always have an epic feel to them, so for June, we’re quite happy to see where his stories bring us when he takes the floor as our featured reader.

And then there’s the other thing: during a previous reading, a bunch of us had a good laugh at the idea of doing a Haiku Night. Well, last month, several of our readers went for it, so this month, we’re making it official: bring your haiku, and join us for the open mic! Keep in mind, this is totally optional. Readers are welcome to read anything they’ve written that will fit within the ten-minute open mic slots. We just think that haiku is fun and so are encouraging people to share whatever they’ve got.

Another note about this reading: we’ll be taking the month of July off and returning in August, so come see us one more time before we all head off on summer vacation!

And if all of that wasn’t enough motivation to get you out to THC (this is the last note, I promise), this will be the last Tamale Hut Cafe reading with the inimitable Jenny Seay at the helm before she heads west for the next chapter in her life. Come celebrate this gal with us!

As always, the reading will start at 7 p.m. with Alex’s presentation; the open mic will follow. Tamale Hut Cafe’s food and drink will of course be available for purchase. And if you haven’t been here before, Tamale Hut Cafe is located at 8300 W. Cermak Road in North Riverside.

See you at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 20!

Author’s Bio: Alexei Collier grew up in sunny Southern California, but now lives across the street from Chicago with his wife and their cat. His short fiction has been published by Cicada, Ideomancer, and Tales to Terrify, and he is currently seeking an agent for his completed fantasy novel, The Stepping Stones.

June THC Writers Group Meeting + New Blog Announcement!

Good news! Matt, the coordinator of the Tamale Hut Café Writers Group, has started a blog where he’ll be sharing announcements of upcoming meetings and recaps of meetings recently held. You can behold it for yourself in all its glory at thcwritersgroup.wordpress.com.

But just in case you came here looking for information…

The next THC Writers Group meeting will be Saturday, June 13, at the Tamale Hut Café, starting at 2PM.  If you can attend, we’d love to see you there.

Join the group for conversation, camaraderie, and a little constructive criticism of your work. All are welcome, no matter what genre you write in. Please e-mail thcwritersgroup@gmail.com for more information or to get on the distribution list. Or you can just drop by 8300 W. Cermak Road in North Riverside on Saturday the 13th at 2PM.

Hope to see you there!

THC Writers Group Meeting, Saturday, May 9 @ 2 PM

Has it been a month already? The next THC Writers Group meeting will be Saturday, May 9th, at the Tamale Hut Café, starting at 2PM.  If you can attend, we’d love to see you there.

Join the group for conversation, camaraderie, and a little constructive criticism of your work. All are welcome, no matter what genre you write in. Please e-mail thcwritersgroup[at]gmail[dot]com for more information or to get on the distribution list. Or you can just drop by 8300 W. Cermak Road in North Riverside on Saturday the 9th at 2PM.

Hope to see you there!

THC Reading Series Presents Ted Morrissey, Saturday, April 18 @ 7 PM

Author Ted Morrissey
Author Ted Morrissey

Nope, we didn’t mistakenly duplicate an earlier post; we’re just getting our revenge on Mother Nature.

Author Ted Morrissey was scheduled to be our February featured reader, but the weather conspired against him and kept him from joining us that evening. This month, we’re giving it another go and welcoming him to Tamale Hut Cafe to be our featured reader for the month of April!

Ted has a long literary history that includes establishing the literary journal A Summer’s Reading in the late ’90s and later earning his Ph.D. in English Studies from Illinois State University. An author with a penchant for revisionist fiction, he’ll be joining us on Saturday, April 18, to read from one of his history-based novels. He’ll also have copies of his works available.

The reading will start at 7 p.m. with Ted’s presentation; an open mic will follow. As always, the event is free to attend, with food and drink available for purchase. And just in case you haven’t been here before, Tamale Hut Cafe is located at 8300 W. Cermak Road in North Riverside, Illinois.

See you on April 18!

Author’s Bio: Ted Morrissey is the author of four books of fiction, including the novels Men of Winter and An Untimely Frost, as well as stories and essays in more than thirty journals, among them Glimmer Train, Prick of the Spindle, Writers Ask and the North American Review. A Ph.D. in English studies, he’s also published The Beowulf Poet and His Real Monsters, which won the D. Simon Evans Prize for distinguished scholarship. He lives with his wife Melissa near Springfield, Illinois. Together they have five adult children and a rescued terrier-poodle-Lord-only-knows mix named Einstein. Visit at tedmorrissey.com.

THC Writers Group Meeting, Saturday, April 11 @ 2 PM

The next THC Writers Group meeting will be Saturday, April 11th, starting at 2PM.  Join the group for conversation, camaraderie, and a little constructive criticism of your work. All are welcome, no matter what genre you write in. Please e-mail thcwritersgroup[at]gmail[dot]com for more information or to get on the distribution list. Or you can just drop by 8300 W. Cermak Road in North Riverside on Saturday the 11th at 2PM.

Hope to see you there!

THC Writers Group Meeting, Saturday, March 14 @ 2 pm

Writers! Looks like we might be getting a break in the arctic weather this week, but that just means we’re swapping frozen sidewalks for puddles from the melting snow. Put on your galoshes and join us Saturday, March 14 at 2PM at the Tamale Hut Cafe for fun conversation, camaraderie, and a little constructive criticism of your work. All are welcome, no matter what genre you write in. Please e-mail thcwritersgroup[at]gmail[dot]com for more information and to get on the distribution list. Hope to see you there!

THC Reading Series Presents Ted Morrissey, Saturday, February 21 @ 7 PM

Author Ted Morrissey
Author Ted Morrissey

While we were wandering the Chicago Book Expo in December, we had opportunities to speak with several authors. This month, we’re happy to say that we’ll be featuring one of the authors we had the pleasure to meet: Ted Morrissey!

Ted has a long literary history that includes establishing the literary journal A Summer’s Reading in the late ’90s and later earning his Ph.D. in English Studies from Illinois State University. An author with a penchant for revisionist fiction, he’ll be joining us on Saturday, February 21, to read from his historically based (and aptly named, at least for this time of year) novel An Untimely Frost. He’ll also have copies of his works available.

The reading will start at 7 p.m. with Ted’s presentation; an open mic will follow. As always, the event is free to attend, with food and drink available for purchase. And just in case you haven’t been here before, Tamale Hut Cafe is located at 8300 W. Cermak Road in North Riverside, Illinois.

See you on February 21!

Author’s Bio: Ted Morrissey is the author of four books of fiction, including the novels Men of Winter and An Untimely Frost, as well as stories and essays in more than thirty journals, among them Glimmer Train, Prick of the Spindle, Writers Ask and the North American Review. A Ph.D. in English studies, he’s also published The Beowulf Poet and His Real Monsters, which won the D. Simon Evans Prize for distinguished scholarship. He lives with his wife Melissa near Springfield, Illinois. Together they have five adult children and a rescued terrier-poodle-Lord-only-knows mix named Einstein. Visit at tedmorrissey.com.

THC Writers Group Meeting, Saturday, February 14 @ 2 PM

I just had to include the first paragraph of the e-mail that Matt, coordinator of the Writers Group, sent to the distribution list: “The date of the next Tamale Hut Café Writers Group is fast approaching.  I’m not planning anything special because it’ll be Valentine’s Day, and you don’t have to bring me chocolates or flowers.  A nice card will be just fine.  You know what I like.”

No matter how you feel about chocolates, flowers, or Valentine’s Day cards (I’m partial to conversation hearts myself), the next THC Writers Group meeting will be Saturday, February 14th, starting at 2PM.  Join the group for conversation, camaraderie, and a little constructive criticism of your work. All are welcome, no matter what genre you write in. Please e-mail thcwritersgroup[at]gmail[dot]com for more information or to get on the distribution list. Or you can just drop by 8300 W. Cermak Road in North Riverside on Saturday the 14th at 2PM.

Hope you’ll visit Tamale Hut Café then for the Writing Group, and on the 21st for the next Reading Series night (more details to come)!