Zulkey.com Appearances

As you may or may not know, I have a book coming out next week and I'll be out and about in Chicago to promote it. I'm not just trying to sucker you into supporting me and buying my book (but it wouldn't hurt if you did) but I think all these events sound cool and I hope you can come out and support both local talent and myself.

Thursday, September 3:
Book Cellar S-P-E-L-L-I-N-G B-E-E!

Come out for a night that spells F-U-N! It's the annual Book Cellar Spelling Bee! Celebrity judges include Random House rep Bridget Piekarz and Chicago writer and Billy Lombardo and myself. Stacey Ballis is the night's emcee.

Merriam-Webster and Time Out Chicago are contributing prizes for this year's bee. Don't miss it! (Otherwise, you'll misspelling!)

Start time: 07:00 PM
4736-38 North Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625

The Book Cellar, if you haven't been, is an awesome independent book store in Chicago that sells WINE so you can get your drink one while you get your spell on. Before or after make sure to wander around wonderful Lincoln Square and check out one of the many delightful places to eat.

Friday, September 4:

The Interview Show at the Hideout

The monthly Chicago-based talk show The Interview Show, hosted by Mark Bazer, is back at The Hideout.

This month: Interviews with:

-- JOEY SLOTNICK, noted TV and film actor, Lookingglass Ensemble Member and star of the Goodman Theatre's upcoming production of "Animal Crackers"

-- CLAIRE ZULKEY, novelist ("An Off Year") and blogger (Zulkey.com)

-- DOUG SOHN, owner of Hot Doug's: The Sausage Superstore and Encased Meat Emporium.

PLUS: A musical performance by Puerto Muerto

6:30pm - 8:00pm
$5 admission
The Hideout
1354 W. Wabansia
Chicago, IL

If you live in Chicago and haven't been to the Hideout yet, this is the perfect time to go. Plus, Bazer's show is a great way to start off a weekend--I've enjoyed being an audience member many times and am excited to make the transition to the stage. Maybe if you go enough times he'll have you on as a guest as well.

Wednesday, September 16

Local Author Night at the Book Cellar

For this month's Local Author Night, we welcome four fantastic writers:

* Tasha Alexander, author of A Fatal Waltz, A Poisoned Season, and Only to Deceive. Her latest novel, Tears of Pearl (a Lady Emily Mystery), hits shelves on Sept 1.

* Claire Zulkey, all-star blogger and writer and friend o' The Book Cellar. Her debut young adult novel, An Off Year, comes out on Sept. 3.

* Scott Blackwood, author of We Agreed to Meet Just Here, which won the 2007 AWP Award for the Novel and was published earlier in '09.

* Joan Naper, author of Beautiful Dreamer, a historical novel published earlier this year.

Start time: 07:00 PM
4736-38 North Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625

Saturday, September 26

Anderson's 6th Annual Young Adult Literature Conference

There is so much packed into this conference I can't even list it all here but you can find out more here. Basically a powerpacked day of Young Adult literature and writers.