Blues Before Sunrise Film Festival Sunday, December 6th 12-7

Steve Cushing, Blues Before Sunrise, WDCB, Jazz Record Mart, Delmark Records and after-words books invite you to Steve's pre-Christmas film party.  The Screening will be held at after-words.  Next door, the Jazz Record Mart, will be open special extended Sunday hours for BBS Fans: 11:30 am - 6:30 pm.  See jazz and blues greats on the big screen.  Films include Nat King Cole, Cab Calloway, Count Basie, Mills Brothers, Pigmeat Markham, Dinah Washington, Ethel Waters, Dorothy Dandridge and many, many more. 

www.jazzmart.com/ or call: 312-222-1467
after-words: 312-464-1110


November 21st - Chicago Book Expo

Join us November 21st 11am -5pm - Chicago Book Expo - Columbia College 1104 S. Wabash
This celebration of Chicago independent presses and authors will, as always, feature an expo floor where you can buy books from local presses and authors, as well as over 15 programs, readings, and workshops. after-words will be on hand to sell book from these authors.  Come joins us, admission is free!

Find out more at www.chicagobookexpo.org.


Meet Renee Rosen in Coversation with Marion Purcelli November 18th at 6pm

November 18 at 6pm - Author Renee Rosen will be in conversation with former Chicago Tribune editor Marion Purcelli, model for the lead character in Rosen’s novel, White Collar Girl
In White Collar Girl, bestselling author Renee Rosen explores the Chicago Tribune newsroom of the 1950’s.  Meet Jordan Walsh, a woman from a family of esteemed reporters—and with connections to luminaries like Mike Royko, Nelson Algren, and Ernest Hemingway.  The novel chronicles her struggles to be taken seriously as a society reporter at The Chicago Tribune.
Praised for her ability to bring history to life, Rosen’s fascinating novel captures the inner workings of a 1950’s newsroom and the essence of living in a time when career-minded women were not taken seriously and men dominated the workplace. Packed with moments of palpable tension, excitement, and a hint of romance, White Collar Girl is an extraordinary tribute to an important time in Chicago’s history and one of the Windy City’s most illustrious institutions.
Former Tribune editor Marion Purcelli was one of the employees Rosen consulted with (and was inspired by) when creating Jordan Walsh.  Rosen and Purcelli will speak about Purcelli’s experiences as a woman breaking through the glass ceiling in a male-dominated industry informed Rosen’s book.
This event is organized by the Chicago Book Expo, a free celebration of all things local and literary, with over 90 local presses and authors selling their books and over a dozen readings, workshops, and panel discussions. It happens Saturday, November 21, 2015, from 11am to 5pm at Columbia College Chicago; find out more at www.chicagobookexpo.org.
RenĂ©e Rosen is the bestselling author of What the Lady Wants and Dollface, as well as the young adult novel, Every Crooked Pot. Her acclaimed novels expertly combine Chicago’s rich history with remarkable storytelling. She lives in Chicago. Visit her online at ReneeRosen.com, Facebook.com/ReneeRosenAuthor, and @ReneeRosen1.
Marion Purcelli began working for the Chicago Tribune the day after she graduated from high school.  She spent the next 27 years there.  She started her career as a copy girl, before moving to the Radio-TV department. She began doing the program listings and soon graduated to editing the work of others.  She did the layout, design, and makeup of the Sunday TV pages, and, ultimately, all the spade work for creation of the TV Week - for which she also wrote. After her success in writing news stories for the daily paper about television coverage of the Kennedy assassination, she became an associate editor of the Sunday Magazine, focusing on entertainment stories. In the early 70s she became assistant to the Sunday Features editor, and shortly thereafter was appointed editor of the Sunday Lifestyle section. In late 1976 she left the Tribune to become vice president of corporate communications for a large real estate firm whose main business was condominium conversion.


Free Admission to a Performance of Henry IV Part I

after-words and The Commission Theatre Company invite you to a FREE performance of Henry IV Part I on Saturday, November 14th at 7 pm.  House opens at 6.