A long and thoughtful review of A Greater Monster

By on September 3rd, 2013
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For anyone who has read or is considering reading my second novel A Greater Monster: a popular, critical and highly intelligent blogger-of-unusual-books has posted a long and thoughtful review and has invited discussion/posting of comments.

http://bit.ly/oddbooksMonster

She begins the review by writing…

Jesus Christ. The best way I can begin this book discussion is to dare every single one of you to buy the book and read it.

And she concludes it…

I have to stop here because I could keep going for another five thousand or so words and still not cover all this book brings to the table. [...] But the interpretation, as I mentioned before, is half the fun. You should read this book and not just because I dare you to read it. You should read it because it’s not like anything I have ever read before and in spite of being one of the more challenging narratives I’ve tackled for [I Read Odd Books], it remained compelling and interesting, even as I had to put it down and return to it. Highly recommended.


Two podcasts and an invitation to judge

By on June 29th, 2013
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I was interviewed about The Kickstarter Letters as part of the summer podcast at WordPlaySounds. I read the first letter from my collection. Play it here.

My publisher, Jason Pettus of CCLaP, interviewed me about many topics including Death by Zamboni, A Greater Monster, The Kickstarter Letters, the Chicago lit scene, self-publishing, and more. You can hear it here.

Also, I have been invited to be a finalist judge for the Chicago Writer’s Association Book of the Year writing contest.


The Kickstarter Letters published in print & ebook versions

By on April 4th, 2013
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The Kickstarter Letters poster
After a successful Kickstarter project, my third book, The Kickstarter Letters is available to the public from my publisher, the Chicago Center for Literature & Photography. The Kickstarter Letters is a beautiful handmade book that collects 52 of my stream-of-consciousness emails and handwritten letters written to supporters of my Kickstarter project for A Greater Monster. The book features psychedelic cover art, four color illustrations, 16 black and white illustrations and three fold-out handwritten letters. The letter design by publisher Jason Pettus is reminiscent of the groundbreaking music magazine Raygun from the 80s.

The Kickstarter Letters is also available as a pay-what-you PDF or as an ebook without the artistic layouts. The cover art is available as a poster from Cafepress.


A Greater Monster named to two top 10 lists

By on January 5th, 2013
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A Greater Monster was named as one of the Top 10 Books of 2012 by Common Ills Blog as voted by members.

“… Beth championed it near weekly in her column for the gina and krista round-robin. It is a jigsaw of writing and you find yourself falling down the rabbit hole. ‘A book to ponder and to read for the sheer life on the page,’ Beth observed.

It was also called one of “10 books every Chicagoan needs to read right now” and highlighted on Refinery29.com.


Signing on Sunday Dec 09 at Chicago Writer’s House Book Fair

By on December 8th, 2012
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I’ll be at the Empty Bottle from 3- 4pm with my publisher for The Kickstarter Letters on Sunday. I’ll be signing copies of A Greater Monster and Death by Zamboni. There may be one or two copies of The Kickstarter Letters available as well. It should be a great event, so please come down.

Chicago Writer’s House Book Fair

Chicago Writers House with the support of Curbside Splendor Publishing and The Chicagoan present a book-fair at The Empty Bottle Sunday December 9 from 2pm to 7pm. The bar will be open, there will be music, and a cross-section of Chicago independent publishers will be on hand showcasing their lovely books and journals. Live performances throughout the day to be announced. Come support Chicago’s thriving independent publishing and writing community and get some holiday shopping done.

Empty Bottle (best indie music venue in Chicago, fyi)
1035 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
Phone: 773-276-3600

Tickets to the event are here.