Chicago Quarterly Review Reading, featuring Paul Skenazy, Dipika Mukherjee, and Jay Shearer

We are delighted to host this Sunday afternoon reading, sponsored by the Chicago Quarterly Review, with Paul Skenazy, Jay Shearer, and Dipika Mukherjee. Join us for the finest in contemporary fiction. Coffee and cookies will be served. This event is free and open to the public.

Paul Skenazy taught literature and writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz for thirty-five years. He has written critical pieces on writers as diverse as James M. Cain, Saul Bellow and Maxine Hong Kingston, revised and edited a posthumous novel by a friend (Arturo Islas, La Mollie and the King of Tears) and published more than three hundred book reviews in newspapers and magazines nationwide. His new book, Temper CA won the 2018 Miami University Press Novella Prize for 2018. He lives in Santa Cruz, California with his wife, poet Farnaz Fatemi, and an old cat and young dog who don’t see eye to eye. 

Dipika Mukherjee is a writer and sociolinguist. Her work, focusing on the politics of modern Asian societies and diaspora, includes the novels Ode to Broken Things (Repeater, 2016) and Shambala Junction (Aurora Metro, 2016). Language Shifts Among Malaysian Minorities as Effects Of National Language Planning: Speaking in Many Tongues, her co-edited collection of academic essays, was published by Amsterdam University Press (2011). She has been mentoring Southeast Asian writing for over two decades and has edited five anthologies of Southeast Asian fiction. She lives in Chicago.

Jay Shearer’s writing has appeared, among other places, in Southeast Review, Chicago Quarterly Review, Other Voices and Tikkun. He is the author of a novel, Five Hundred Sirens (Cairn Press), a chapbook novelette, The Pulpit vs. the Hole (Gold Line Press) and a play, The Full Treatment (which ran last year at Broom Street Theater in Madison). His story collection How Exquisite the Dead Girl was a finalist for the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction (University of Georgia). He teaches at the University of Illinois at Chicago and lives in the city with his family.

The Chicago Quarterly Review is a nonprofit, independent literary journal publishing short stories, poems, translations and essays by emerging and established writers. They’re proud to have had work from their pages chosen for Best American Short Stories, Best American Essays, the O. Henry Prize Stories and the Pushcart Prize Anthology as they continue their mission to stimulate, entertain, and inspire. Discover more at

Event date: 

Sunday, February 17, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:15pm

Event address: 

The Book Stall
811 Elm Street
Winnetka, IL 60093
Temper CA Cover Image
ISBN: 9781881163640
Availability: Special Order--Subject to Availability
Published: Miami University Press - January 8th, 2019

Fiction. LGBTQIA Studies. California Interest. Joy Temper grew up wandering the woods of Temper, CA, a Gold Rush town her family helped establish in the 1840s. When she returns to Temper for her grandfather's funeral, she discovers that the stories she's long traded on about her hippie upbringing have little to do with reality.

Shambala Junction Cover Image
ISBN: 9781910798393
Availability: Not on hand, usually available within 1-5 Days
Published: Aurora Metro Books - April 11th, 2017

Iris is visiting India from the U.S. for the first time with her fianc , and not enjoying it. When she steps off the train for a water at Shambala Junction, little does she know that her life is about to undergo a radical change. Along the way, she finds real friendship, learns what counts and grows to love the country.