Thursday, November 3, 2011

Auction Items Announced for November 4th Lit Reading!

We are pleased to announce the generous gifts that have been donated to 10,000 Tons of Black Ink by Merz Apothecary, Old Town School of Folk Music, Northlight Theatre, Writers’ Theatre, Victory Gardens Theatre, and Timeline Theatre to support our next "Best Of" print edition.

Several LWN members also donated their gently used books to be auctioned off during our Special Literary Engagement featuring five great readings from five of our talented members, Friday, November 4, 7pm at The Book Cellar in Chicago.

Auction item #1: Two Tickets to see The Caretaker at The Writers’ Theatre, from November 8 – December 30, 2011.

Writers’ Theatre • 664 Vernon Ave., Glencoe, IL 60022

Item Value: $120

Bidding starts at $10


Auction item #2: Two Tickets to any Northlight Theatre production during the 2011-12 Season.

Chose from:

Season's Greetings - Nov 11 - Dec 18, 2011
Black Pearl Sings! - Jan 13 - Feb 19, 2012
Ten Chimneys - March 9 - Apr 15, 2012
[title of show TBA] - May 4 - June 10, 2012

Northlight Theatre • 9501 Skokie Boulevard Skokie, IL 60077

Item Value: $120
Bidding starts at $10


Auction Item #3: Two Tickets to see Ameriville at Victory Gardens Theatre, from January 27 – February 5, 2011.

Victory Gardens Theatre • 2433 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60614, IL 60657

Item Value: $110

Bidding starts at $5


Auction Item #4: Two Tickets to any performance at Timeline Theatre before November 2, 2012.

Choose from:
The Pitmen Painters – Sept. 6 – Dec. 4, 2011
Enron – Jan. 17 – Apr 15, 2012
My Kind of Town – May 1 – July 29, 2012
Check website for future shows running Aug-Nov, 2012.

Timeline Theatre • 615 W. Wellington Ave. Chicago

Item Value: $90
Bidding stats at $5


Auction Item #5: Gift basket full of natural health and beauty products from Merz Apothecary.

Item Value: $100

Bidding stats at $10


Auction item #6: a Complimentary New One-Year Household Membership to the Old Town School of Folk Music—for New Members Only!

· Membership benefits for one household
· Member price for Group & Private Lessons
· Advance Concert Ticket Purchases
· Member price for Concert Tickets
· 10% off most merchandise in the School's Music Store
· Discounts on Smithsonian Folkways CDs
· Multiple class discount
· Gift Certificate for an Old Town School t-shirt or hat
· $20 Savings on 16-week classes

Old Town School of Folk Music • 4544 N. Lincoln & 909 W. Armitage, Chicago, IL

Item Value: $125
Bidding starts at $10


Auction Item 7: A Basket of Several Gently Used Books

Give yourself the perfect excuse to take a break and relax with this wonderful selection of great books…

The Hours by Michael Cunningham
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
Be Cool by Elmore Leonard
Gilligan’s Wake by Tom Carson
In The Woods by Tana French
Blitz by Ken Bruen
The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
Little Big by John Crowley
Memoir’s of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
You Remind Me of Me by Dan Chaon
The Idiot Girls’ Action-Adventure Club by Laurie Notaro
Night of the Grizzlies by Jack Olsen
Our "Best Of" 2009 print edition of 10,000 Tons of Black Ink

Bidding starts at $3

Stay and enjoy readings by…

Denis J. Underwood is the online managing editor for 10,000 Tons of Black Ink. His stories have appeared in The First Line, The Angler, The Paumanok Review, Hatches Magazine, and elsewhere. His chapbook, Carolina, was published by Wind River Press. Grave Matters, a feature film he co-wrote and co-produced, has been in post-production a few years too many. The project was featured on the Sundance Channel's 24 Frames News.

Susan Fox has worked as a technical writer for a major consulting firm in the Chicago area, and is an editorial assistant for 10,000 Tons of Black Ink. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from University of St. Francis, plus a nursing degree and a certificate in technical writing from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. Susan has been invited to speak about her current novel by the Indiana Center for Middle East Peace and excerpts have been published in Two With Water, and the opening pages of the book took honors in the non-fiction category at the 2011 Writers’ Institute in Madison, Wisconsin. Visit her website at

Chad Peterson is the managing editor of 10,000 Tons of Black Ink. He has written a very small sampling of short stories as he spends most of his time working on novels, working on selling novels, putting novels in a drawer and then starting a new novel. He also writes poetry and has been recognized for his work by the Jo-Anne Hirshfield Memorial Poetry Awards and by the Writers' Institute at the University of Madison. During daylight hours, he serves as Director of Marketing and Communications for Writers' Theatre in Glencoe, and feels that you should come and see “The Real Thing” (which the Wall Street Journal says "reminds us of why we go to the theatre") before it closes on December 4.

Stephen Markley
is the author of Publish This Book: The Incredible True Story of How I Wrote, Sold, and Published This Very Book, which is available wherever books are sold. In addition, he is a regular columnist for RedEye and writes a blog for them called "Off the Markley." His fiction and non-fiction have appeared in the Chicago Reader, Perceptive Travel, RadarOnline, The Week,'s KickingTires, and Weber: A Study of the Contemporary West. He is currently at work on his second and third books and has recently sold the film rights to Publish This Book.

Willy Nast graduated from Northwestern University, where he studied creative non-fiction. He loves beer, boxing, and greyhounds, though not necessarily in that order. He updates (far too infrequently) his own blog about writing at His greatest accomplishment is being the only Willy Nast on Facebook.