We may not have had margaritas, but we had great writers, and isn't that really what Cinco de Mayo is all about? Maggie Kast started off the night with an essay about making fudge and an excerpt from her newest novel. Jenny Drai followed it up with passages from her humorous novella about relationships and death. Co-host Andrew Huff read a few seasonally-themed haiku, and then Jack Silverstein wrapped up the half with a love/hate letter about living in Chicago.
Cameron plied us all with cervezas, and then we were refreshed for the second half.
Melissa Franic read part of her memoir about family, memory, and Croatia, and then Wesley Chu finished strong with a scene from his new novel, the sequel to Time Salvagers.
Did you miss it? Don't worry! We'll be back at it next month on June 2nd - same time, same place - with readers Emily Nordling, Hannah Gamble, Christa Desir, Mary Lorenz, and Kirsten Jensen!