Chicago writer and music journalist Jessica Hopper reads from and discusses her acclaimed memoir, Night Moves. Our staff here has loved this book, set in the author's days in Wicker Park and the vicinity in the early 2000's, and we agree with Vulture magazine, who said, "This lovely and succinct memoir by music critic Jessica Hopper reads as if the coolest girl you know has let you take a peek at her personal diary." The right song at the right time, the perfect midnight bikeride in Chicago on a hot summer night, the chance meeting with a friend, this book is composed of moments and momentary flashes of delight and nostalgia. This event is free and open to the public.
The poetry and absurdity of existence are constant companions in the pages of Night Moves."--Longreads
"An enliving, heartening read, wriggling with its own vitality as irresistibly as On the Road."--3: AM Magazine
Jessica Hopper is a music critic and the author of The First Collection of Criticism By A Living Female Rock Critic. She was formerly the Editorial Director at MTV News, and an editor at Pitchfork and Rookie. Her essays have appeared in Best Music Writing for 2004, 2005, 2007, 2010, and 2011. Her book The Girls' Guide to Rocking was named one of 2009's Notable Books For Young Readers by the American Library Association.
Written in taut, mesmerizing, often hilarious scenes, Night Moves captures the fierce friendships and small moments that form us all. Drawing on her personal journals from the aughts, Jessica Hopper chronicles her time as a DJ, living in decrepit punk houses, biking to bad loft parties with her friends, exploring Chicago deep into the night.