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Tim Kinsella reads from his debut novel @ Hideout tomorrow


Chicago indie rock kingpin Tim Kinsella (Joan of Arc, Cap’n Jazz, Owls, etc.) is having a book release party tomorrow night (10/11) at Hideout, for his debut novel The Karaoke Singer’s Guide to Self-Defense.

When you feel life is a cliché, do you fight back? Tim Kinsella’s strange, dream-like debut novel is filled with painfully aware characters, families, and outcasts caught in inherited rhythms of cruelty and ambivalence. Dark secrets lurk when three siblings gather for a funeral: a thoughtful dancer back at her bar, a bitter father working in a toothpaste factory, and a fist-fight addict struggling to keep his nose clean. Across town, a boy is locked up in a delusional man’s home. Meanwhile, a teenage runaway looks for a new life in The Legendary Shhh, a strip club recently passed down to an unprepared heir. There, in the back room, is the only escape from these derailed lives: a karaoke machine. The Karaoke Singer’s Guide to Self-Defense reveals the honesty that can only be heard while singing someone else’s song. [Joan of Arc]

Tickets to the reading are only $1.00 per person.

Kinsella will be joined by other members of the Chicago literary community like Bobby Burg, Mairead Case, Zach Dodson, Natalie Edwards, Lindsay Hunter, Devin King, Paul Koob, Todd Mattei, Caroline Picard, Dmitry Samarov, and more.

Download a free excerpt from the novel HERE. You can also purchase the whole thing (paperback only) on Amazon.

Jeff Tweedy will not be playing this time.

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