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Live Lit Coming Your Way!

Next week we're transforming Curbside to your live lit headquarters! Be sure to come to these readings featuring some of today's most new exciting literary voices.


Monday March 26, 5 PM – 8:30 PM


The notorious reading series, READ SOME SH*T is relocating to Curbside! Join us at Curbside Books & Records for an evening of drinks, ambiance, music, stories, poems, and monologues performed by these fresh voices: Vanessa Ramstack, Brittany Laurent, Aleene Morgenthaler, Kevin Sterne, and Doe Parker. Music accompaniment by Gus Klett. Hosted by Sophie Amado.

Grab a drink at Revival Food Hall Cafe Bar before listening to some literary inspiration. Featuring literary themed drinks from award-winning bartender Adam Daniels. Happy hour is at 5:00 and the reading will start around 6:30!

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Tuesday March 27, 7 PM – 8:30 PM

Join us for a poetry reading by award-winning writer Jason Phoebe Rusch as he presents his debut full-length collection of poetry, Dualities, new from SF/LD Books.

Jason will be joined by C. Russell Price, Jess Ranard, Aricka Foreman, and Felix Lecocq. 

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Book & Record Pairing

Book & Record Pairing

Fast Machine and Jackie Lynn

We love gritty and we love real at Curbside, so we’re sending some real, gritty work at you this week. We are pairing Jackie Lynn’s self-titled LP along with Elizabeth Ellen’s FAST MACHINE.

Elizabeth Ellen’s aptly titled short story collection, FAST MACHINE moves at one dominating speed. Her characters are real and relentless and bring the spirit of old west to new America. Roxane Gay writes, “The best thing about Ellen’s writing is that it has big brass balls. There is seemingly nothing she won’t write about but more than the fearlessness is how Ellen writes about anything.”

Jackie Lynn is the new project from Circuit des Yeux’s Haley Fohr, released under the guise of a Tennessee native, transplanted to Chicago, where she runs a multi-million dollar drug trade from a car repair shop on the Southside. When the police raid her apartment, they find this album, which becomes their only lead to her whereabouts. Pitchfork claims “it’s music of many hues, and most of them tend toward darkness.”

So there you have it. We’re getting real and we’re getting bleak, without getting really bleak.