Gapers Block has ceased publication.

Gapers Block published from April 22, 2003 to Jan. 1, 2016. The site will remain up in archive form. Please visit Third Coast Review, a new site by several GB alumni.
 Thank you for your readership and contributions. 


Friday, October 7

Gapers Block

Gapers Block on Facebook Gapers Block on Flickr Gapers Block on Twitter The Gapers Block Tumblr

Book Club
« Curbside Splendor's Essay Collective Reads This Friday Sketch-ravaganza Art Sale @ Quimby's this Sunday »

Events Thu Dec 12 2013

Tea-Infused Cocktails and Educated Vampires @ Local Root on Tuesday

jilly langlan.jpgSo we have vampire boyfriends, vampire slayers, vampire babies and vampire brides. But what about vampire oncologists? Look no further. The hero of local author Jilly Langlan's debut novel, A Mile of Mayhem, is Dr. Ian Bennett, a respected oncologist at a top Chicago hospital, despite his proclivity for blood sucking...

Langlan, who wrote the self-published novel while caring for her husband during his lymphoma treatment at Northwestern Hospital, will sign copies of A Mile of Mayhem at farm-to-table restaurant Local Root (601 North McClurg Court) during their Afternoon Tea special on Tuesday, December 17 from 2-5pm.

In A Mile of Mayhem, Dr. Bennett's patient, a high-powered CEO named Audrey Winslow, is attacked by a vampire. After the vampire dies (sometimes it takes more than garlic), Bennett must defend the city from the evil Great Lakes Coven who wants to elect a vampire mayor. The characters populate popular Chicago spots like Old Town Social, Local Root, The Ritz Carlton Hotel, and a certain fictional Streeterville hospital.

The book will be available for $10, but folks who order Afternoon Tea that day ($24/person) will receive a free autographed book. Local Root offers the Afternoon Tea menu, which puts an "American twist" on the British tradition with things like teacakes made with locally-crafted Limoncello and boozy drinks like the "Earl of Ginington", on Mondays through Saturdays through December 31.

Author photo courtesy of her website.

GB store
GB store
Gapers Block presents Tuesday Funk, Chicago's ecclectic monthly reading series.
GB store



About GB Book Club

Book Club is the literary section of Gapers Block, covering Chicago's authors, poets and literary events. More...

Editor: Andrew Huff,
Book Club staff inbox:



 Subscribe in a reader.

GB store

GB Store

GB Buttons $1.50

GB T-Shirt $12

I ✶ Chi T-Shirts $15