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Two Exciting Events in Chicago for Authors and Book Lovers

The Associated Writing Programs (AWP) Conference is coming to Chicago, and Dream of Things is teaming up with other local organizations to sponsor two exciting literary events:

Event #1: Love and Loss

When: Tuesday, Feb. 28, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Where: Heartwood Center, 1818 Dempster St., Evanston, IL 60202

What: Readings by John Rember, Mike O’Mary and Susanna Lang. John writes eloquently about societal and environmental loss. Mike will read from an anthology he published that includes stories of personal loss from 31 writers. And Susanna will read poetry that she has written and translated. For more information, click HERE. RSVP and be eligible to win free books at the event:

Event #2: Writers who teach. Teachers who write.

When: Sunday, March 4, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Where: Open Books, 213 W. Institute Pl., Chicago, IL 60610

What: Readings by Robin Metz, Christine Sneed and John Rember. Robin, Christine and John are all exceptional writers. They also happen to be outstanding teachers of creative writing. They will read from their work and discuss the creative process. For more information, click HERE. RSVP and be eligible to win free books at the event:

Robin Metz & Christine Sneed

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Backstory AKA Like Fire

While looking for an interesting and helpful site for readers and writers, I stumbled across a site called Backstory.  Backstory was a space  where authors shared secrets, truths, logical and illogical moments that sparked their fiction or memoirs. After reading a few entries I realized that the site has moved. Now Like Fire is the new Backstory (as I understand it). Like Fire is a literary blog devoted to commentary, criticism, recommendation, exploration, provocation, raillery, discovery, and—they hope—fun. They champion the offbeat, the independent, and the underdog.

The site takes its name from a quote by Voltaire, “The instruction we find in books is like fire. We fetch it from our neighbors, kindle it at home, communicate it to others, and it becomes to property of all”.  Thus, Like Fire.

The site welcomes submissions in all categories, as are comments. They can be reached at

If you feel like sharing your own backstory to something you’ve written, or if you feel like finding out some secrets about other books, feel free to check out Like Fire.  If nothing else, you’ll find a bunch of new ideas for books to read.  Plenty of titles on the site!

Visit Like Fire by clicking HERE.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

I’ve always been a Shel Silverstein fan and I’m also a huge dog lover, so this is perfect:


Christmas Dog By Shel Silverstein


Tonight’s my first night as a watchdog,

And here it is Christmas Eve.

The children are sleepin’ all cozy upstairs,

While I’m guardin’ the stockin’s and tree.



What’s that now–footsteps on the rooftop?

Could it be a cat or a mouse?

Who’s this down the chimney?

A thief with a beard–

And a big sack for robbin’ the house?


I’m barkin’ I’m growlin’ I’m bittin’ his butt.

He howls and jumps back in his sleigh.

I scare his strange horses, they leap in the air.

I’ve frightened the whole bunch away.


Now the house is all peaceful and quiet again,

The stockin’s are safe as can be.

Won’t the kiddies be glad when they wake up tomorrow

And see how I’ve guarded the tree.


Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  Happy Holidays!