Wolfgang Amadeus Aleksandr “Aleks” Fa has a lot of baggage. The protagonist of Joe Meno’s new novel Book of Extraordinary Tragedies has that name, after all—which also serves as a clue about what burdens the young man. Born into a perfectionist but impoverished Bosnian/Croat/Polish family in Evergreen Park on the border with Chicago’s south side, […]
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Everything that’s free at the annual fest (except Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Al Franken)
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Ten months after her death, the community she left behind honors her positivity by welcoming her queercore band’s final album into the world.
Local author Joe Meno’s Chicago Noir: The Classics compiles stories from the likes of Stuart Dybek, Patricia Highsmith, and Nelson Algren—some more hard boiled than others.
It’s also the first novel about the crisis of American masculinity that this reviewer has actually enjoyed.
Chicago novelist and playwright Joe Meno has published his most ambitious work to date. The Nelson Algren Literary Award and Pushcart Prize winner and author of books such as Hairstyles of the Damned and Office Girl now offers up Marvel and a Wonder, which he describes as “a contemporary epic set in the midwest.” The […]
Indie imprint Curbside Splendor releases its first cassingle during Words + Music, October 16 at the Empty Bottle.
What’s on the Reader‘s Agenda for Thursday, March 27
Anders Nilsen’s new book brings Greek gods and Bible stories into the modern world.
The story revolves around two purposeless artists hell-bent on fumbling into some kind of purpose.
Office Girl by Joe Meno
“Vision and Voice” is the theme of the 17th annual Story Week Festival of Writers.