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Events Mon Feb 19 2007

The Audible Ballad of the Whiskey Robber

Biographer Julian Rubenstein's already got an interesting idea in his non-fiction book, Ballad of the Whiskey Robber, in which he follows a Transylvanian bank robber named Attila Ambrus who makes his way over to Hungary and ends up on a hockey team. But Rubenstein steps it up a bit with the release of the book's accompaniment CD, a special audio performance featuring the talents of Jonathan Ames, Eric Bogosian, Gary Shteyngart, Tommy Ramone, Demetri Martin, Mary Birdsong and more. The CD also includes musical performances from five bands around the world who have composed tributes to Attila, who now resides in a Hungarian prison. It's not quite your usual audio adaptation -- more like a well-thought out audio enhancement. The CD is not for sale in stores (you can purchase it at audible[dot]com or iTunes), but you can pick one up for free at Rubenstein's Barbara's Bookstore Oak Park reading on Tuesday (details in Slowdown) or listen to samples on Rubenstein's home page.

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