Summer reading madness

Summer is a great time to read. (OK, always is a great time to read, at least for me.) Happily, Chicago is lousy with reading events much of the time, and there are a few choice picks to check out this week if you want to get your nose out of your book and out of the house:

-Tonight, Wednesday July 19, 7:30 p.m. at Borders at 2817 N. Clark, former Nixon counsel John Dean will appear to promote his latest book, Conservatives Without Conscience. If you’ve got any lingering Watergate questions, this might be your chance to get them answered.

-Tomorrow night, Thursday July 20, 7:30 p.m. at Hopleaf Bar at 5148 N. Clark, check out the Bookslut reading series, featuring authors Hillary Carlip, J.C. Hallman and David A. Karp.

-Also tomorrow night, the Second Annual Printers’ Ball, celebrating Chicago print, takes place at Double Door, 1572 N. Milwaukee, at 8 p.m. Print media and music and booze, oh my!

6 Comments so far

  1. nikkos (unregistered) on July 19th, 2006 @ 11:25 am

    Cool! What are you reading this summer? Any recommendations?

  2. Artemis (unregistered) on July 19th, 2006 @ 11:41 am

    More like what am I reading this week! I’m usually in the middle of 3 books at any given time (1 at home, 1 for the commute, 1 at work for breaks). Right now I’m reading:
    -The Last Boleyn by Karen Harper
    -Perdita: The Literary, Theatrical, Scandalous Life of Mary Robinson by Paula Byrne
    -Adored by Tilly Bagshawe (guilty pleasure summer reading – this book is pure 80s nighttime soap opera material)

    But by next week I’ll probably be finished with a couple of those and on to the next ones. I think Bret Easton Ellis’ Lunar Park is next on the list.

    As for recommendations/books I’ve enjoyed this summer:
    -A Man Without A Country by Kurt Vonnegut
    -A Fistful of Charms by Kim Harrison (I am a sucker for supernatural stuff)
    -Laurien Gardner’s novels of the wives of Henry VIII (I am also a sucker for historical novels)

  3. nikkos (unregistered) on July 19th, 2006 @ 11:47 am

    Wow, you’re not kidding! That’s a lot of reading. I can’t say I’m familiar with many of the authors you listed, however I will say I pretty much gave up on Ellis after “Glamorama”- there’s only so much coke-fueled narcissism one can take!

  4. Bill V (unregistered) on July 19th, 2006 @ 1:10 pm

    Wish I had more time, but real life sure seems to get in the way of sitting in a cozy spot and reading. It seems the harder I try to finish a book a little faster, the longer it actually takes.

  5. Artemis (unregistered) on July 19th, 2006 @ 2:41 pm

    My rule is I always have a book with me, no matter where I go. :)

  6. nikkos (unregistered) on July 19th, 2006 @ 2:52 pm

    Bill V: I understand Einstein had a similar problem.

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