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Currently reading: Empire of the Summer Moon, by S C Gwynne.
Matt Gavin Frank reads from and answers questions about his book, Preparing the Ghost.
Memory, mythology, and obsession collide in this strikingly original and enigmatic account of the first man to photograph a giant squid.
Moses Harvey was the eccentric Newfoundland reverend and amateur naturalist who first photographed the near-mythic giant squid in 1874, draping it over a shower curtain rod to display its magnitude. In Preparing the Ghost, what begins as Moses’s story becomes much more, as fellow squid-enthusiast Matthew Gavin Frank boldly winds his narrative tentacles around history, creative nonfiction, science, memoir, and meditations about the interrelated nature of them all.
Matt Gavin Frank was born and raised in Chicago, and recieved an MFA in Poetry and Creative Nonfiction from Arizona State University.
Helen Park Bigelow comes to The Book Cellar to read from her book, Given Time.
Above all, Given Time is a love story. Two strong, artistic people face the kind of diagnosis nobody wants. With searing effect, this memoir shows the full dimensions of terminal illness interspersed by tales of a colorful, unusual past. Given Time is both heart-wrenching and surprisingly uplifting.
Helen Park Bigelow and her husband, Edward B. Bigelow, lived on the Island of Maui as well as in Palo Alto, California, where Helen still lives. She earned her living making pottery during the 1960s and 1970s, and she has led a weekly writing workshop in Palo Alto for twenty-five years. Her first book, David Park, Painter: Nothing Held Back, was published by Hudson Hills Press in 2009.
The Book Cellar is happy to host poet Chris Green!
Chris Green’s reading is the launch of his new book of poems, Résumé. This book of poetry sees life as a series of jobs: pimp’s assistant, lost pet psychic, petting tent attendant, target changer, aviary security, etc. He is the author of two other books of poetry: The Sky Over Walgreens and Epiphany School. His poetry has appeared in such publications as Poetry, New York Times, New Letters, Verse, and Nimrod. He’s edited four anthologies, including Brute Neighbors: Urban Nature Poetry, Prose & Photography and the forthcoming, I Remember: A Poem by Chicago Veterans of War. He founded LitCity (www.litcity312.com), a comprehensive literary site for Chicago. He teaches in the English Department at DePaul University. More information can be found at www.chrisgreenpoetry.com.