We are delighted to partner with the Glencoe Public Library on this free, public event.
Short-story master and poet Stuart Dybek, whose writing mines the sublime in Chicago’s ethnic neighborhoods, will read from his work and field questions from the audience on Tuesday, March 13, at 7:30 p.m.
Mr. Dybek’s 1990 collection of stories The Coast of Chicago was a One Book One Chicago selection in 2004. His other works of fiction include Ecstatic Cahoots: Fifty Short Stories, Paper Lantern: Love Stories, I Sailed with Magellan, and Childhood and Other Neighborhoods. He also is the author of two collections of poetry: Brass Knuckles and Streets in Their Own Ink. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including The New Yorker, Harper’s, Paris Review, and The Atlantic.
Among his many awards are a PEN/Malamud Prize, a Lannan Award, a Whiting Writers Award, an award from the Academy of Arts and Letters, several O. Henry Prizes, and a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. Currently he is the Distinguished Writer in Residence at Northwestern University.
The stolid landscape of Chicago suddenly turns dreamlike and otherworldly in Stuart Dybek's classic story collection. A child's collection of bottle caps becomes the tombstones of a graveyard. A lowly rightfielder's inexplicable death turns him into a martyr to baseball. Strains of Chopin floating down the tenement airshaft are transformed into a mysterious anthem of loss.
A new collection of short stories by a master of the form with a common focus on the turmoils of romantic love
"Streets in Their Own Ink . . . has a gritty realism infused with a sense of the marvelous." --Edward Hirsch, The Washington Post
In a city like that one might sail
through life led by a runaway hat.
The young scattered in whatever directions
their wild hair pointed and, gusting