Wednesday, September 9, 2009

A Special Literary Engagement

Please Join Literary Writers Network for a Special Literary Engagement, featuring critically acclaimed Chicago Author Stephanie Kuehnert, on Thursday, September 17, 2009, at 7 p.m. at the Book Cellar, 4736-38 North Lincoln, Chicago.

Stephanie will read from her newly released novel, Ballads of Suburbia, and a brief Q&A with the author will follow. She will also sign copies of her book, which will be available for purchase. To learn more about Stephanie, visit her website at

Praise for Ballads of Suburbia…

" intensely real and painfully honest novel of high-school anxiety." and "....Kuehnert nails the raw vulnerability of teendom and delivers a hard-hitting and mesmerizing read." - Booklist

"Like an American Beauty for the teen set." - NewCity

"With her first two novels, Kuehnert has created vivid pictures of teenage lives that lie in that borderland that abuts adulthood. It is a fertile, confusing and intense place, and Kuehnert never holds back. But like a good ballad, she keeps the stories taut and precise, with a touch of heart thrown in for good measure." - Chicago Sun-Times

The evening will include brief readings by the following LWN members prior to our featured author:

Stephen Markley, whose first book, Publish This Book, will be released by Sourcebooks in March 2010. Currently he writes for the Tribune Company’s RedEye and the ChicagoNow blog “Off the Markley,” at

April Galarza, a Columbia College Chicago graduate of fiction writing and an associate editor for the literary publication 10,000 Tons of Black Ink.

Nancy Werking Poling, author of Out Of The Pumpkin Shell, released earlier this year. To learn more about Nancy and her book, visit her website at

The reading is free.