Tuesday, October 22, 2013

This is BIG.

Next up in the fall reading series is Audrey Petty, editor of High Rise Stories: Voices from Chicago Public Housing, just out from McSweeney's/Voice of Witness.

In High Rise Stories, Audrey Petty compiles first-person accounts from former residents of some of Chicago's most iconic public housing projects.

Booklist says that the book "accomplishes its mission to give voice to public housing residents tenfold but is equally successful as a significant work of American urban history." And George Saunders writes that "Audrey Petty and her team have recorded and edited these stories in a way that is joyful, novelistic, and deeply moving. High Rise Stories radically expanded my understanding of human beings."

Audrey Petty's writing has appeared in StoryQuarterly, Callaloo, The Massachusetts Review, African American Review, The Oxford American, Saveur, ColorLines, and The Southern Review, among other publications. She is an associate professor of English at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

For more information about the book, visit Voice of Witness.

Please join us!

Thursday, October 24
4:30–6:00 p.m.
Gage Gallery
18 S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60603
Free and open to the public
RSVP (optional) here.

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