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On the Web Fri Dec 07 2012

Words Chicago Forgot from Fifth Star Press

The first stirrings of Fifth Star Press began in 2010, when founders Jason Stauter and Ian Morris, longtime editor of TriQuarterly Review, got to thinking there might be a place for contemporary and republished works of fiction among Chicago's many small press publications.

The house didn't release its first book, The Six Granddaughters of Cecil Slaughter, until September 2012, but has quite a few projects in store.

Fifth Star's most recent project, out last week, is the first in a series releases of little known Chicago fiction; Diversey, by MacKinlay Kantor, was published in the Chicagoan Magazine in 1928. Fifth Star provides a brief synopsis on its website:

"A saga of love and betrayal in the age of Prohibition. The novel traces the intersecting lives of three young residents of a boarding house on Chicago's North Side."

The next installment in this series of revisited works is a collection of fiction by novelist and storywriter Henry Blake Fuller. Keep an eye out for this release in 2013.

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