An Evening w/ Laird Hunt & Eleni Sikelianos

We are beyond ecstatic to welcome author Laird Hunt (NEVERHOME, THE IMPOSSIBLY) and poet/author Eleni Sikelianos (BODY CLOCK, THE CALIFORNIA POEM) to Volumes Bookcafe this winter. Oh, and they're married. So that's pretty cool. 

Meet Ottie Lee Henshaw, a startling, challenging beauty in small-town Indiana. Quick of mind, she navigates a stifling marriage, a lecherous boss, and on one day in the summer of 1930 an odyssey across the countryside to witness a dark and fearful celebration.
Meet Calla Destry, a determined young woman desperate to escape the violence of her town and to find the lover who has promised her a new life.
On this day, the countryside of Jim Crow-era Indiana is no place for either. It is a world populated by frenzied demagogues and crazed revelers, by marauding vigilantes and grim fish suppers, by possessed blood hounds and, finally, by the Ku Klux Klan itself. Reminiscent of the works of Louise Erdrich, Edward P. Jones, and Marilynne Robinson, The Evening Road is the story of two remarkable women on the move through an America riven by fear and hatred, and eager to flee the secrets they have left behind

Using text and images, moving spikily across the page and across ideas in ever-expanding loops, Make Yourself Happy is devoted to one of the oldest and most important human questions: how to live. Humanity, happiness, and the survival of the biosphere spin each section forward, species are wiped out, yet the poem endures. 

LAIRD HUNT is the author of several works of fiction (Ray of Star, Kind One, The Impossibly) and a two-time finalist for the PEN Center USA Award in Fiction. His 2014 novel, Neverhome, was the inaugural winner of the Grand Prix de la Littérature Américaine. Hunt is a former United Nations press officer currently on the faculty of the University of Denver's creative writing program. 

Eleni Sikelianos is the author of six books of poetry, most recently The Loving Detail of the Living and the Dead and The California Poem, which was a Barnes & Noble Best of the Year, as well as hybrid memoirs, The Book of Jon and You Animal Machine (The Golden Greek). Sikelianos teaches in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Denver.

Event date: 
Saturday, February 18, 2017 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Event address: 
1474 N. Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60622