Monday, November 1, 2010

Dept. of Cultural Affairs New Website Launch

Join us to celebrate the launch of two new literary web sites from the Dept. of Cultural Affairs

**Great prizes and givaways**

On Tuesday November 9, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) will launch two websites to support Chicago's vibrant publishing and literary communities. CAR-Literary will be the newest section of Chicago Artists Resource, and will be the online home of DCA’s Publishing Industry Programs. will showcase Chicago as a major yet distinct player in the world of publishing through regularly updated news, featured books and periodicals from the Chicago Publishers Gallery, and a comprehensive literary events calendar. A searchable database of all Chicago-area book and periodical publishers will be the first of its type to exist in the Chicago area. In addition, will provide a full array of social media tools including Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr.

CAR-Literary will provide a robust platform for community-contributed postings such as jobs; calls for submissions; an online forum for open dialogue; links to local and national resources; articles on professional practice; and Artist Stories, essays contributed by writers and publishers about their personal expertise and experiences. Created by artists for artists, CAR encourages cross-disciplinary collaboration.

Join us at the launch event:

Tuesday, November 9, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
The Chicago Cultural Center
78 East Washington St.

Admission is free but RSVPs are requested


•Performances by The Paper Machete, with Katie Watson and Lindsey Harrington as The History Girls, Jonathan Messinger of Featherproof Books, and The Paper Machete emcee, Christopher Piatt and Coya Paz.

•A bounty of giveaways and prizes generously donated by Chicago-area publishers and literary organizations, including new book releases, new magazine issues, t-shirts, and tote bags; and special door prizes including themed gift packs, concert tickets, and gift certificates. The first 100 guests to arrive will also receive a free copy of the GRANTA Chicago issue
•Website walk-throughs by fabulous CAR and Chicago Publishes staff and researchers

•Refreshments provided by Argo Tea

•Time for networking at a post-launch happy hour at the Park Grill, with literary-themed drink specials