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.

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THC Reading Series Presents Brendan Detzner, Saturday, September 19 @ 7 PM

Author Brendan Detzner
Author Brendan Detzner

If you’ve been to a Tamale Hut Presents reading any time within the past few years, you know Brendan Detzner. And if you don’t know Brendan Detzner,  you’ve been missing out on some excellent horror stories.

Brendan has a new short story collection, Beasts, coming out at the beginning of October. This month, we’re giving him the spotlight so that he can show us what he’s been working on. If you like your stories surreal, amusing, and incredibly haunting–well, you’re probably a regular guest at our readings, to be honest. But this is definitely the month for you.

The reading will begin at 7 p.m. with Brendan’s presentation; an open mic for writers in all genres and fields will follow. As always, admission is free, with food and drink available for purchase. And for those who have never joined us, Tamale Hut Cafe is located at 8300 W. Cermak Road in North Riverside, just east of the intersection of Cermak and 1st Avenue.

See you on the 19th!

Author’s Bio: Brendan Detzner‘s work is sometimes funny, sometimes scary, and usually very strange. His work has appeared in Chzine, Pseudopod, Bizarrocast, One Buck Horror, the Twilight Tales anthology “Book of Dead Things”, the Dark House Press anthology “Exigencies”, and a bunch of other places. He runs the Bad Grammar Theater reading series in Chicago. You can look up Bad Grammar at www.badgrammartheater.com and keep up with Brendan’s other activities at www.brendandetzner.com.

THC Reading Series Presents the ‘Exigencies’ Showcase, Saturday, May 16 @ 7 PM

Every now and then, we hold a reading event that showcases several featured readers instead of just one. That’s what Tamale Hut Cafe Presents has in store for you this month.

Exigencies has been dubbed a “neo-noir anthology,” a collection of short stories tinged with urgency and suspense. For our May reading, we’ll be featuring two of the authors with stories in this collection: Chicago-area writer Nathan M. Beauchamp and one of the many familiar faces at our readings, Brendan Detzner.

It’s sure to be a nail-biting time (unless nail biting is a habit you’ve worked hard to give up on), so come out and join us! The reading will start at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 16, with the featured readers; an open mic will follow. As always, admission is free, and there will be Tamale Hut Cafe’s food and drink available for purchase. And just for your reference, Tamale Hut Cafe is located at 8300 W. Cermak Road in North Riverside.

See you on the 16th!

Author Bios:

Author Nathan M. Beauchamp
Author Nathan M. Beauchamp

Nathan M. Beauchamp is a short fiction and novel writer who lives in Chicago with his wife and two young boys. His short fiction has appeared in Spark: A Creative Anthology, Pantheon Magazine, Under the Bed, The Big Adios and the Exigencies anthology. Chimera, Nathan’s YA science fiction novel, is available on Amazon. Nathan holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Western State University.

Brendan
Author Brendan Detzner

Brendan Detzner‘s work is sometimes funny, sometimes scary, and usually very strange. His work has appeared in Chzine, Pseudopod, Bizarrocast, One Buck Horror, the Twilight Tales anthology “Book of Dead Things”, the Dark House Press anthology “Exigencies”, and a bunch of other places. He runs the Bad Grammar Theater reading series in Chicago. You can look up Bad Grammar at http://www.badgrammartheater.com and keep up with Brendan’s other activities at http://www.brendandetzner.com.

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 Reading Series Presents Janet Wondra, Saturday, March 28 @ 7 PM

Author Janet Wondra
Author Janet Wondra

It’s always wonderful to see familiar faces. It’s even better to see familiar faces and hear new works at the same time!

This month, we’re thrilled to welcome back Janet Wondra as our featured reader. Janet has previously delighted the THC Reading Series audience with her worldly, thoughtful poetry. This time around, she has an assortment of new fables and fairy tales to share with us; she’ll also be promoting Oyez Review, Roosevelt University’s literary magazine, of which she is the editor and publisher.

Janet’s reading will begin at 7 p.m. on March 28; an open mic will follow her presentation. As always, the event is free, and Tamale Hut Cafe will have food and drink available for purchase. For those who have never attended one of our shows, Tamale Hut Cafe is located at 8300 W. Cermak Road in North Riverside.

See you on March 28!

Author’s Bio: Janet Wondra is currently venturing into the world of narrative, writing short pieces in the vein of folk tales and fables and what might be their sly modern descendants. Her largest body of work, though, is in poetry and creative nonfiction. Her most recent poetry chapbook is Bad Attitude (Finishing Line Press), and individual poems have appeared in The Southern Review, Denver Quarterly, Michigan Quarterly Review, and Witness. Her creative nonfiction is included in Short Takes: Brief Encounters with Contemporary Nonfiction (Norton) and In the Middle of the Middle West: Literary Nonfiction from the Heartland (Indiana University Press) as well as in such journals as Bellingham Review and Connecticut Review. This summer her essay “Cleaning Theory” will appear as the archival feature on The Southern Review’s website. She teaches creative writing at Roosevelt University in Chicago, where she is editor and publisher of Oyez Review.

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 Reading Series Presents Michael Penkas, Saturday, January 31 @ 7 PM

Michael Penkas
Author Michael Penkas

Happy New Year, everybody! Ready to crack the whip on 2015?

I’m sorry. I don’t even know what that means, exactly, but I couldn’t resist saying it.

Anyway, those who have attended our readings before will understand why I began this post that way. We’re starting the year by featuring one of our open mic regulars, who for months has been entertaining us with the adventures of his crime-solving dominatrix character, Mistress Bunny. Michael Penkas released a full-fledged Mistress Bunny novel, Mistress Bunny and the Cancelled Client, in November of last year. On January 31, we’ll be celebrating that by letting Mike have the floor as our featured reader.

The evening begins at 7 p.m. with Mike’s reading; 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.

A murder mystery being probed (ahem) by a dominatrix–what’s not to enjoy? See you on January 31!

Author’s Bio: Michael Penkas has worked as a librarian, a typesetter, a website editor and a ghostwriter. His short stories have appeared in Black Gate, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, Shock Totem, Midnight Echo and One Buck Horror, among other places. A collection of his ghost stories, Dead Boys, was published in 2013. His first novel, Mistress Bunny and the Cancelled Client, was published in November 2014. A complete list of his published work can be found at michaelpenkas.com.

THC Reading Series Presents Lance Stahlberg, Saturday, November 22 @ 7 PM

Thanks to Lance and what he plans on reading on the 22nd, I guess we can say that the THC Reading Series will be going out with a bang this year!

Lance Stahlberg has been one of our open mic regulars for some time now, and on Saturday, November 22, we’ll have the pleasure of showcasing him as our featured reader for the evening. For the most part, Lance has been entertaining us with stories that have a supernatural bent, but that night, he’ll be reading from his novel in progress, which he informs us is a straight-up crime drama. Happy holidays, everyone!

In fact, because the THC Reading Series takes the month of December off every year, this will be our last reading event for 2014, so come out and join us, get some early holiday cheer in, and enjoy the written work that this reading series offers, before the snow comes and inevitably shuts us all in for a while.

As always, the reading starts at 7 p.m., and there will be an open mic after the featured reader’s presentation. The event is free, with food and drink available for purchase. And, hey, Tamale Hut Cafe is located at 8300 W. Cermak Road in North Riverside, just east of the intersection of Cermak and 1st Avenue.

Hope to see you on the 22nd!

Author Lance Stahlberg
Author Lance Stahlberg

Author’s Bio: After surviving college and a decade of trying to fit in the world of traditional wisdom, Lance wandered the fringes of the comic book industry, first as an indie self-publisher, than as a distributor for a few years.

He has since joined the New Pulp movement with novellas in the crime, spy thriller, superhero, and supernatural genres.

Nominated for 2014 New Pulp Awards: Best New Writer

THC Reading Series Presents a Halloween Free-for-All, Saturday, October 25 @ 7 PM

Spooky Treet

It’s Halloween time for the Tamale Hut Cafe Reading Series! You might argue, based on the material that some of us read, that it always feels like Halloween with us. This time, though, it’s for real!

Instead of our usual featured reader format, we’ll be celebrating the season with an evening-long, Halloween-themed open mic. Bring your best scary stories, poems, and dramatic works (or just autumn-themed material–that’s wonderful, too) to share with our audience! This month’s reading will be held on Saturday, October 25, starting at 7 pm, with free admission and food and drink available for purchase. And because we’re feeling festive, costumes are totally welcome but not required.

Tamale Hut Cafe is located at 8300 W. Cermak Road in North Riverside. Questions? Shoot us an e-mail at thcreadingseries (AT) yahoo (DOT) com.

See you on October 25!

THC Reading Series Presents Ben Solomon, Saturday, September 20 @ 7 PM

The Hard-Boiled Detective at Tamale Hut CafeDon’t call it a comeback. Or a throwback. And please don’t hold my puns against this month’s featured reader.

The Tamale Hut Cafe Reading Series returns in September with a featured reader whose work is sure to please fans of old-school crime stories. Since February 2013, Ben Solomon has been publishing the stories that make up The Hard-Boiled Detective as entries in an online, subscription-based serial. This month, Solomon will be celebrating the release of The Hard-Boiled Detective 1, a collection that presents the first eleven stories in the series in paperback and e-book format. We’re thrilled to welcome him as part of this month’s Tamale Hut Cafe reading event!

The reading starts at 7 p.m. on Saturday, September 20, with Mr. Solomon’s presentation; an open mic will follow. As always, admission is free, with food and drink available for purchase. Tamale Hut Cafe is located at 8300 W. Cermak Road in North Riverside.

Hope to see you on the 20th!

bensolomon1809XSAuthor’s Bio: Ben Solomon grew up with Picasso, Cagney and Beethoven. Classical arts training, comic books and Hollywood’s golden age rounded out an education fit for a renaissance-hack, and provided inspiration for a lifetime. He’s worked across disciplines, attempting to capture music upon canvas, translate oils and silver nitrate into words.

Solomon’s passion for the tough guy world of early gangster and PI flicks led to his creation of his short story series, The Hard-Boiled Detective. He premiered the adventures online in
February 2013, offering three yarns a month to subscribers. His hard-boiled and other fiction have appeared in e-zines across the web as well as the 2014 anthology “The Shamus Sampler II.” Another adventure is scheduled for the “Drag Noir” anthology from Fox Spirit in October 2014. Samples and more information about Solomon’s old-school crime series can be found here: http://thehardboileddetective.com/