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Meet Our Readers: William Shunn

          

D. William Shunn

The first record album that longtime Tuesday Funk co-host William Shunn ever bought was Feels So Good by Chuck Mangione. He picked it up for the well-known title track, but continues to play it today for the Side 2 opener, "Hide & Seek (Ready or Not Here I Come)," which you should go listen to right now.

No, seriously, go listen to that track. Right now.

A classically trained pianist, Bill dabbled with keyboards and composition as a teenager. He eventually went to work for N2K Entertainment, where he helped produce some of the earliest online concert webcasts, including live shows with The Cure, The Allman Brothers Band, and Mötley Crüe. This is what the '80s sounded like from where he was standing:

Please join Bill and the rest of our glittery readers on Tuesday, October 1st, 2013, for an unforgettable evening of Glitter & Mayhem! The needle drops upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

          

At our September 3rd edition of Tuesday Funk, Norm Doucet brought us a charming and thought-provoking remembrance of childhood and military service, and it went just a bit like this...

And if you enjoyed that, please join us at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, October 1st, 2013, upstairs at Hopleaf, for an evening of Glitter & Mayhem with James Kennedy, Noël Jones, Holly McDowell, Maurice Broaddus & Kyle S. Johnson, and William Shunn & Laura Chavoen.

Meet Our Readers: Noël Jones

          

Originally from Alaska, Noël Jones is a writer and former member of the 2000 National Poetry Slam Champion Team NYC-Urbana, featured in The New York Times and on NPR's "Infinite Mind," as well as at the South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, TX. As a performance poet, Jones has toured internationally and was selected to be part of an all-woman tour introducing slam poetry to Denmark. She now lives in Chicago, and is excited to be investigating fiction as a new medium.

Noël Jones

Please join Noël and the rest of our glittery readers on Tuesday, October 1st, 2013, for an unforgettable evening of Glitter & Mayhem! The needle drops upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

Meet Our Readers: Laura Chavoen

          

Laura Chavoen is a wanna-be geek, a data and meme junkie, and a scarf and bangle lover. In her role as a digital brand strategist, she creates social and digital programs for clients and drives innovation. In the past she executive-produced Scholastic's websites for kids, including Harry Potter and Clifford the Big Red Dog, and also helped manage Scholastic's non-profit scholarship program, The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers.

A former denizen of the Chicago club scene, Laura is an experienced world traveler who has run the Chicago and Boston Marathons and inline-skated across Holland. She married William Shunn at the Las Vegas Strip's Graceland Wedding Chapel in 2001, and they've lived in both New York City and Chicago. Their dog Ella is the world's most photogenic soft-coated wheaten terrier. Her collaboration with Bill in Glitter & Mayhem, "Subterraneans," is her first fiction publication.

Laura Chavoen, Hakone Sculpture Garden, Japan

Please join Laura and the rest of our glittery readers on Tuesday, October 1st, 2013, for an unforgettable evening of Glitter & Mayhem! The needle drops upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

Meet Our Readers: Maurice Broaddus

          

Maurice Broaddus has written hundreds of short stories, essays, novellas, and articles. His dark fiction has been published in numerous magazines, anthologies, and web sites, including Asimov's Science Fiction, Cemetery Dance, Apex Magazine, and Weird Tales Magazine. He is the co-editor of the Dark Faith anthology series (Apex Books) and the author of the urban fantasy trilogy, Knights of Breton Court (Angry Robot Books).

He has been a teaching artist for over five years, teaching creative writing to students of all ages. He lives in Indianapolis with the "House of M" which includes the lovely Sally Jo ("Mommy") and two boys: Maurice the Second and Malcolm. Visit his site at MauriceBroaddus.com.

Maurice Broaddus

Please join Maurice and the rest of our glittery readers on Tuesday, October 1st, 2013, for an unforgettable evening of Glitter & Mayhem! The needle drops upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

          

At our September 3rd edition of Tuesday Funk, Virginia Konchan brought us a powerful tale of faith, self-doubt, and violence, and it sounded a little like this...

And if you enjoyed that, please join us at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, October 1st, 2013, upstairs at Hopleaf, for an evening of Glitter & Mayhem with James Kennedy, Noël Jones, Holly McDowell, Maurice Broaddus & Kyle S. Johnson, and William Shunn & Laura Chavoen.

Meet Our Readers: James Kennedy

          

A very glittery James Kennedy
James Kennedy is the author of The Order of Odd-Fish, a young adult fantasy that was named one of the Smithsonian's Notable Books for Children. Booklist praised Odd-Fish as "hilarious," and Time Out Chicago described it as "a work of mischievous imagination and outrageous invention."

He is also the founder and curator of the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival, in which kid filmmakers are challenged to create movies that tell the story of Newbery award winning books in 90 seconds or less, screening annually in New York, Chicago, Portland, and San Francisco.

James lives in Chicago with his wife and two daughters. He is at work on a new novel and a collection of short stories. You can visit him at www.jameskennedy.com and learn more about the 90-Second Newbery at www.90secondnewbery.com.

Please join James and the rest of our glittery readers on Tuesday, October 1st, 2013, for an unforgettable evening of Glitter & Mayhem! The needle drops upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

A Glitter & Mayhem soundtrack

          

Glitter & Mayhem: The Speculative Nightclub Anthology
We hope you're looking forward to October 1st's special Glitter & Mayhem Edition of Tuesday Funk!

That's the night when we'll be celebrating the recent release of Apex Publications' new Glitter & Mayhem anthology, a collection of original speculative-fiction stories set in the night clubs and roller discos of the '70s and '80s.

With tales by the glittery likes of Seanan McGuire, Christopher Barzak, Rachel Swirsky, and Daryl Gregory, Glitter & Mayhem is unlike anything you've read before. You can purchase your very own copy here, in physical or electronic form.

The anthology features "Subterraneans," a story by our own William Shunn and Laura Chavoen set largely at Medusa's, a Chicago club many of our audience members may recall fondly.

To set the tone for our upcoming reading, Bill and Laura have created a Spotify playlist to accompany their story—a "Subterraneans" soundtrack, more or less.

We hope you dig it, and we look forward to seeing you upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm on October 1st!

          

At our September 3rd edition of Tuesday Funk, co-host William Shunn read still another poem about his dog, this time in a valiant attempt to make up for that last poem...

And if you enjoyed that, please join us at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, October 1st, 2013, upstairs at Hopleaf, for an evening of Glitter & Mayhem with James Kennedy, Noël Jones, Holly McDowell, Maurice Broaddus & Kyle S. Johnson, and William Shunn & Laura Chavoen.

          

At our August 6th edition of Tuesday Funk, co-host William Shunn read yet another poem about his dog, and it went quite a bit like this...

And if you enjoyed that, please join us at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, October 1st, 2013, upstairs at Hopleaf, for an evening of Glitter & Mayhem with James Kennedy, Noël Jones, Holly McDowell, Maurice Broaddus & Kyle S. Johnson, and William Shunn & Laura Chavoen.

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