Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Monday 4/2/2011: Cris Mazza and Lidia Yuknavitch

Please join us for the April installment of Uncalled-for Chicago, featuring the terrific LIDIA YUKNAVITCH promoting her new book, a memoir called THE CHRONOLOGY OF WATER (Hawthorne Books); and Chicago's own CRIS MAZZA, reading from her new novel VARIOUS MEN WHO KNEW US AS GIRLS (Emergency Press).

Monday, April 4, 2011
6-8 p.m.
Barbara's Bookstore
1218 S Halsted St
Chicago, IL

Lidia Yuknavitch is the author of the new memoir The Chronology of Water from Hawthorne Books, as well as three books of short stories and a forthcoming novel. Her stories have appeared in Ms., The Iowa Review, Zyzzyva, Exquisite Corpse, Another Chicago Magazine, as well as in several national anthologies. She has twice been a finalist for the Oregon Book Award, and is the editor of Chiasmus Press. Her essay "About a Boob, or the Hermeneutics of a Woman's Body" was just awarded a "Best of the Web" essay award. She lives with her husband Andy and her son Miles in Portlandia.

Cris Mazza has authored sixteen books, most recently Various Men Who Knew Us as Girls, a novel. Her other fiction titles include Waterbaby, Trickle-Down Timeline, and the critically notable Is It Sexual Harassment Yet? In 1995-1996, Mazza was co-editor for the original Chick-Lit anthologies: Chick-Lit: Postfeminist Fiction, and Chick-Lit 2: No Chick Vics. In 2006, her essay "Who's Laughing Now: Chick Lit and the Perversion of a Genre," explaining the co-opting and corrosion of the title, appeared in Poets & Writers Magazine and Chick Lit: The New Woman's Fiction (Routledge). In addition to fiction, Mazza also has published a memoir, Indigenous: Growing Up Californian. A native of Southern California, Mazza grew up in San Diego County. She currently lives 50 miles west of Chicago and is a professor in the Program for Writers at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Roxane Gay reviews Lidia Yuknavitch's THE CHRONOLOGY OF WATER at HTMLGiant.

Davis Schneiderman interviews Cris Mazza about VARIOUS MEN WHO KNEW US AS GIRLS at Big Other.