Tuesday Funk : Memoir
            

At our September 3rd edition of Tuesday Funk, co-host William Shunn brought us what will probably have to be the final installment of his many missionary reminiscences, at long last spilling the beans about why he can't travel to Canada...

And if you enjoyed that, please join Bill tomorrow night, Tuesday, October 1st, 2013, at 7:30 pm upstairs at Hopleaf, for an evening of Glitter & Mayhem together with Laura Chavoen, James Kennedy, Noël Jones, Holly McDowell, and Maurice Broaddus & Kyle S. Johnson.

            

In recognition of tomorrow's LDS General Conference in Salt Lake City, we're pleased to share William Shunn's reading from our January 1st episode. His personal essay "The Fanatic on the Street" took us on an intimate tour through the secrets of the flagship Mormon temple, and it sounded just a little like this...

And if you enjoyed that, please join us at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, May 7th, 2013, upstairs at Hopleaf, for an evening with Suzanne Clores, Mary Beth Hoerner, Robert McDonald, Dion Walton, and former co-host Sara Ross Witt. Don't miss it!

            

At our November 6th edition of Tuesday Funk, B. E. Pinkham brought us a funny and heartfelt chapter from her memoir Let Me Look at You, and it sounded a little like this...

And if you enjoyed that, please join us at 7:30 pm on December 4th, upstairs at Hopleaf, for an evening with Julia Borcherts, Jodi Eichelberger, Maggie Kast, Stephen Markley, and Andrew Reilly. See you there!

            

At our November 6th edition of Tuesday Funk, Mary Zemaitis bravely confessed her past as a teenage "Jesus Freak," and it sounded a little like this...

And if you enjoyed that, please join us at 7:30 pm on December 4th, upstairs at Hopleaf, for an evening with Julia Borcherts, Jodi Eichelberger, Maggie Kast, Stephen Markley, and Andrew Reilly. See you there!

            

At our recent January 3rd reading, author Stephen Markley shared with us some of the secrets behind, and therefore within, his "premature memoir" Publish This Book: The Unbelievable True Story of How I Wrote, Sold and Published This Very Book:

And if you enjoyed that, please join us for our next event on Tuesday, February 7, 2012, when we'll bring you great readings from Julia Borcherts, Lauryn Allison Lewis, Margie Skelly, Dustin Monk, and Lillian Huang Cummins.

April debriefing

            

Lisa Chalem J.H. Palmer Ian Belknap A rapt Tuesday Funk audience John tends bar Robert K. Elder

I know we say this every month, but if you missed Tuesday Funk #33 last night, you may have missed our strongest evening of readings yet. The rapt audience last night was treated to Lisa Chalem's hilarious and touching reminiscence of how two newlyweds learned to cook, J.H. Palmer's hilarious and sweet recounting of a relationship with an old boyfriend's family that went on a little too long, and Ian Belknap's hilarious and wrenching defense of the proposition that he was, in fact, once an attractive man. And that was only the first half!

Elder Shunn missionary name tag After a break to let our audience visit John the Bartender, we heard a hilarious and whimsical squirrel haiku. (Are you sensing a pattern yet?) Robert K. Elder brought us hilarious and shocking stories of love gone wrong from his brand-new book It Was Over When..., then shared even more hilarious and sad anonymous offerings from our Tuesday Funk audience. And William Shunn—well, we don't feel qualified to call the chapter he read from his Mormon missionary memoir hilarious, necessarily, but people did laugh. And some lady at a table up front cried a little. We think.

Okay, so maybe we will say this was the strongest Tuesday Funk yet. But that only means you won't want to miss a single one of our upcoming events, starting with our reading on May 3rd, which will feature Paul McComas, Tim W. Brown, Brooke Wonders, Scott Smith, and Bradley P. Beaulieu.

Savor the Funk. It gets better with age.

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Tuesday Funk is an eclectic Chicago reading series, hosted by Andrew Huff and Eden Robins, showcasing a monthly mix of fiction, poetry, essays and performance. Join us next on Tuesday, March 7, 7:30 p.m. at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60640. Admission is free.

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