July 13

Book Fort Pitchfork Pre-Party

7 pm

Book Fort Pitchfork Pre-Party

Book Fort is coming to the Pitchfork Music Festival for the sixth consecutive year!

Tonight’s party features readings by Nat Baldwin (Dirty Projectors), Dan Ivec, Suman Chhabra, Heather McShane, Halle Butler, and Freda Love-Smith.

In true Book Fort style, we’re following the readings with a dance party featuring DJ Sonny Mountain and more drinks. Come out and get ready for a book-filled weekend!

Nat Baldwin is a writer and musician living in Portland, Maine. He has released several solo albums and plays bass in Dirty Projectors. His first collection of stories, The Red Barn, is out now from Calamari Archive.

Dan Ivec lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His poems have appeared in Verse, Guernica, 6X6, and elsewhere. Recent drawings of his are included in the forthcoming Meekling Review. He also shares his birthday with Olav Stedje, a Norwegian musician known, according to Wikipedia, “for a number of soft rock recordings.”

Suman Chhabra is a multigenre writer and cellist. She is the author of Demons Off, a chapbook through Meekling Press. Chhabra is a Kundiman Fellow and writes for Eye on India, an arts organization. She teaches courses in Reading and Writing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Heather McShane’s recent explorations involve pairing text with images in (hopefully) surprising ways. Unexpected encounters drove the fictional narrative of her chapbook No Home but Everywhere, published by Meekling Press. Her poems, fiction, and nonfiction have been published in Alice Blue, Bad at Sports, Eleven Eleven, Entropy, Pistil, among other places, online and in print.

Freda Love Smith is a lecturer in the School of Communication at Northwestern University. She is the co-founder of the bands The Mysteries of Life and The Blake Babies, who were regulars on MTV and critically applauded in The Village Voice, Rolling Stone, and Spin. She has a monthly column in Paste and her short stories have appeared in journals such as The North American Review, Smokelong, Bound Off, and Riptide.

Halle Butler‘s first book, Jillian, was published by Curbside Splendor in Chicago. She was recently named one of Granta’s Best of Young American Novelists.

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