Photographer Kyle Cassidy and author Jennifer Stevenson will be among more than a dozen literary and art celebrities in attendance for An Evening to Honor Gene Wolfe on March 17, 2012.
Leica camera calls Kyle Cassidy “utterly fascinating, fearless, and brilliant.” He has been photographing American culture since the 1990′s, and his work is divided between serious, compassionate documentary and bizarrely creative half stories. Kyle’s bestselling collection of portraits of gun owners, Armed America was named as one of the 10 best art books of 2007 by amazon.com. A series of strange coincidences has teamed him up with a number of fantasy and science fiction authors recently. He’s done collaborative projects with Michael Swanwick, Elizabeth Bear, Emma Bull, Caitlin R. Kiernan and Neil Gaiman as well as trotting across the country photographing authors in their work spaces for a project called Where I Write. His most recent book, War Paint, a collection of portraits of soldiers, comes out in April. You can find out more about him at kylecassidy.com.
Jennifer Stevenson is the author of Trash Sex Magic, a trilogy of romantic fantasy: The Brass Bed, The Velvet Chair, The Bearskin Rug, and short stories that appear in Rocket Boy and the Geek Girls, The Shadow Conspiracy, and JAM! Tales from the World of Roller Derby. Jennifer met Gene Wolfe when she invited him to be Special Guest at Chimera, a sercon she ran in Chicago in 1991. Since then she has become an author, but the fangirl’s still in there somewhere. She has published novels with Small Beer Press, Ballantine, Book View Cafe, and has just contracted for four books with Musa.
With only a week left to purchase tickets for the dinner (ticket sales end March 5th), don’t miss your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to have a gourmet dinner in the majestic Carousel Pavilion of the Sanfillippo estate while special guests (including Neil Gaiman, Peter Sagal, Michael Swanwick, Michael Dirda, Jody Lynn Nye, Gary K. Wolfe, and others) pay tribute to Gene Wolfe.
After dinner, enjoy desserts, coffee, and cordials while mingling with other guests. Exploring the collection of musical antiques and the most complete example of a European salon carousel in existence – the ‘Eden Palais’ (or Eden Palace), built in 1890.
While there won’t be any signings at the event, all of our dinner guests will receive a book with a commemorative bookplate signed by both Neil Gaiman and Gene Wolfe! This will be a limited collector’s item.
You can read more about the event on our website: http://chicagoliteraryhof.wordpress.com