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The official website of Gint Aras, Finalist 2016 CWA Book Award


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A visit to Tribune Tower

So…I got to talk to Rick Kogan on WGN Radio last night. It was an extraordinary experience, and I have more to say about it than I’ll be able to include in a short blog post.

Rick Kogan is a journalist and radio personality with almost six decades of experience covering Chicago. He has spoken to and written books about idols of mine, and when it comes to the subject of Chicago, is clearly among the most knowledgeable people alive. To have sat in a studio chair next to him equals one of the most fucking amazing experiences of my life. To hear him call my book Algren-esque, Dostoevsky-esque and Dybek-esque on the air left a strange, giddy tremble in my hands that has yet to go away.

It was also humbling and head-spinning to find myself in the Tribune Tower. While I had walked past the building countless times, I had never been inside. Yesterday, I rode my bike down Madison from Oak Park, past the former site of Fort Dearborn, over the Chicago River, then I walked up to the tower with a sense of awe and connectedness to the history of my city. So many great people (and, to be fair, some extraordinary and colorful assholes) had walked through those doors and worked in that building.

I’ll say it was equally exhilarating and intimidating to step up to the receptionist and let her know I was scheduled to talk on the radio. I thought only babble or drool might exit my mouth once someone gave me a microphone. But it all worked out. You can listen here, and please do share with the book lovers in your live.

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I’ll be on WGN!

Tomorrow, June 26th, I’ll be on “After Hours with Rick Kogan” on Chicago’s WGN radio.

I’m slated to speak beginning at 10:00 PM local (CDT) time. Chicago’s -5 GMT right now. If you’re in Amsterdam, I’ll be on at 5:00 AM. If you’re in Vilnius or Odessa, I’m on at 6:00 AM. Yes…I believe there will be a podcast.

If you’re in the Chicago area, just tune in to 720 AM. Internet users, you can listen live here.

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Photo courtesy of WGN.


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Next reading: The Book Cellar!

I won’t shy away from saying it’s a bit of a dream come true to be reading this Wednesday night at The Book Cellar as part of Local Author Night. Local authors join me: Paul Barile (My Brother’s Hands), Laura Quinn (Punk Charming), Maggie Kast (A Free, Unsullied Land), Donna Urbikas (My Sister’s Mother), Martin Seay (Mirror Thief), at 7PM.

The Book Cellar

June 15, 2016 7:00

4736-38 N Lincoln Ave Chicago, IL 60625 
(773) 293-2665

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Meet me at Printers Row, Chicago

Dear Chicago:

This morning I’m at Printers Row Lit Fest, Tent C, sitting at the Tortoise Books table. Come buy any Tortoise title and meet me, get your copy of The Fugue signed, then browse around. It’s a great event and the weather is just perfect for it!

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