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New ‘Don’t Fret’ Mural Celebrates Chicago Writers

Who are the authors that are looking over your shoulder?

Chicago Review of Books

Dozens of Chicago writers can now be found standing together, big shoulder to big shoulder, at a new branch of the Chicago Public Library system in Irving Park. In a painted mural, famous faces from the past such as Gwendolyn Brooks, Ernest Hemingway, and Richard Wright loom with equal prominence to more contemporary writers such as Kevin Coval and Eve Ewing.

Local artist Don’t Fret created the mural, drawing from his own literary inspirations as well as a few names that the library suggested. Don’t Fret has created art inspired by Chicago’s lit scene in the past — you can find his giant mural depiction of Carl Sandburg’s “Chicago” poem in the West Loop. Once you know what to look for, you can also spot his work on walls all over the city, particularly in bars along the Blue Line.

The Independence branch (and the mural) debuted on Jan. 22…

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Please Join Me in Welcoming. . .

A New Indie Author-Publisher!

Irene Plouviez, PeeWeeRosa Publishing.

Irene is a former freelance journalist, and is currently based in North Carolina. Her first publication between covers is a memoir taken from her mother Joan’s correspondence, featuring period family photographs and Joan’s original illustrations:

Love, Joanie: Letters from the Suburban Frontier 1957-1967.

Irene has a great writer’s voice of her own (I’ve read some of her past newspaper columns), and she’s a talented photographer with many years’ experience (she did the cover photo for Love, Joanie). She recently published this photo and haiku on her FB page:

Reprinted by permission.

Love, Joanie is available at Lulu and Amazon. (Click logos to link.)

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