Wednesday, September 26, 2007

The FIXX is in

We're at the THE FIXX reading this Thursday the 27th 7:30pm at 3053 N. Sheffield Ave. in Chi-town.
Hobart is going to be there too.

Dig our gracious host, Amy Guth.

We'll be reading selections from the last issue or two, hooking up the crowd with specials on subscriptions, t-shirts, some free stuff, and a few other surprises!

See you there!

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Carr Series Brings Pulitzer Winner to Campus

Natasha Trethewey, recipient of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry with her third collection, Native Guard, will read at the Illini Union Bookstore, on Thursday September 27, at 4:30pm. Trethewey is a professor of Creative Writing at Emory University. Click here to read samples of her work or listen to her interivew on NPR. If your plans for Thursday don't include this event, consider changing them. As usual, the event is free, but the poetry is priceless.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Pygmalion Music Festival has Arrived!

Beginning today and runnng through Saturday(September 19-22), the 2007 Pygmalion Music Festival enlivens the Urbana-Champaign music scene with an impressive selection of independent bands. Diverse influences and sounds converge in this gathering which features a range of artists from the internationally known Andrew Bird, the unmatched originality of Dianogah, gospel phenomenon Yeasayer and the amazing local talent of Ryan Groff. And many, many more! Check out the full schedule and ticket info at .

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Love in the Time of Basketball

Arley McNeney, University of Illinois MFA student and Paralympic Medalist will read from her debut novel POST , this Thursday, September, 20th, 4:30 pm at Illini Union Bookstore (Author’s Corner 2nd Floor). Acclaimed by The Georgia Strait as “one of the finest Canadian first novels”, this book's got literary game. Arrive early for a courtside seat. Booksigning to follow.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Ninth Letter Wins Award for Editorial Design

Ninth Letter was recently awarded a SILVER AWARD, in the category of Editorial Design, in the 2007 Create Awards competition. This year's entries came from across the globe, and were judged by more than 20 leading professionals from eight creative industries. Only 235 awards were chosen out of the roughly 2,400 entries.

The Create Awards ( is produced by Create Communications, publishers of Create Magazine. The intense creative competition included 40 categories and 300 subcategories in eight major creative industries including: advertising and art direction, film and video, motion graphics, graphic communication, photography, printing and packaging, interactive, copy writing, self promotion, and student work from creatives all over the world.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

The Only Place to be this Thursday is...

At the Emily Raboteau reading at 4:30 at IUB (September 13th). Fans of her debut novel, The Professor's Daughter, know this is a night not be missed. For anyone yet to read her work, take advantage of this opportunity to hear a live performance by a fierce storyteller. A book signing will follow the reading.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Get Your Arsonist's Guide

9L contributor Brock Clarke's new novel An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England is getting stellar reviews and promises to be his best book yet (which is really saying something). Get your copy today, and if you're in the Chicago area go hear him read at Barbara's Bookstore in Oak Park this Thursday, Sept. 13.

If you're on the east or west coast, here are some of Brock's other upcoming readings:
9/18—SAN FRANCISCO, CA—Books Inc., 7:00 pm

9/20—PORTLAND, OR—Powell’s Books, 7:00 pm

9/21—SEATTLE, WA—Elliott Bay Book Company, 7:00 pm

9/25—BUFFALO, NY—Contemporary Writers Series at Canisius College, 7:00 pm

9/26—BRATTLEBORO, VT—The Book Cellar, 5:30 pm

9/29–PROVIDENCE, RI–Brown University Bookstore, 4:00 pm

9/30—CONCORD, MA—The Concord Bookshop, 3:00 pm

10/1—SOUTH HADLEY, MA—Odyssey Bookshop, 7:00 pm

10/2—NEWTON, MA (Boston area)—Newtonville Books, 7:00 pm

10/3—MANCHESTER CENTER, VT—Northshire Bookstore, 7 pm

10/5—NEW YORK, NY—One Story Reading Series at Pianos, 6:30 pm

10/10—WASHINGTON, DC—Olsson’s, Dupont Circle, 7:00 pm

10/25—WICHITA, KS—Wichita State University, Time TBA

10/30—WICHITA, KS—Watermark Books, 7:00 pm

11/3—CINCINNATI, OH—Books by the Banks, Time TBA

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Braille For The Heart

That's the name of the new book of poetry by Robert Vasquez. Pick it up for the love of poems. Pick it up for a brilliant Introduction written by 9L poet Diana Marie Delgado.

Details can be found Right Here.