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Performance Fri Mar 07 2014
Australia's literary salon, Women of Letters, arrives in Chicago for one performance on Friday, March 21, at the Mayne Stage in Rogers Park. Seven female writers and performers will read letters they have written in advance on the topic: "A letter to the moment the lights came on."
Australian shows have been such a literary phenomenon that three collections have been published by Penguin--the most recent released in November 2013. This year's Women of Letters US tour features additional events in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Austin and New York.
Scheduled to read at the Chicago salon are:
- Tavi Gevinson, writer, actress and founder of Rookie Magazine
- Claire Zulkey, author and blogger
- Kate Harding, author of Asking for It: The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture
- Wendy McClure, author, columnist and children's book editor
- Kristen Toomey, comedian and actress
- Kyra Morris, actor, physical theatre artist and director
- Arlene Malinowski, solo artist, writer and instructor
Women of Letters was created to revive the lost art of letter-writing. Co-curators are writers Marieke Hardy and Michaela McGuire. Hardy is a writer, broadcaster, columnist and television producer. Her first collection of essays, You'll Be Sorry When I'm Dead, was published in 2011. McGuire is a journalist and the author of Apply Within: Stories of Career Sabotage. Her second full-length nonfiction book, an examination of gambling culture in Australia, will be published by MUP in 2014.
The performances raise funds for an animal rescue shelter, Edgar's Mission.
Women of Letters will be presented at 8pm Friday, March 21, at the Mayne Stage, 1328 Morse Ave. Doors are at 6:30pm. Tickets are $20 general admission and may be purchased online or by calling the box office at 866-468-3401. For more information, call 773-381-4554. Mayne Stage has $5 valet parking on show nights.