I had a wonderful evening on May 7 when I attended a lively panel discussion about movies and the people who write about them. The event, held at Open Books and sponsored by the Chicago Writers Conference, featured four staff writers from the Chicago-based movie-related web site thedissolve.com. Dissolve staffers Keith Phipps, Scott Tobias, Tasha Robinson and Nathan Rabin read samples of their works, discussed various film-related topics and took questions from the audience. The event also provided an opportunity for me to share Consciously Created Cinema with the speakers (I hope they like it!).
For those who aren't familiar with the web site, check it out -- it's a terrific resource about movies and film-related news. For those not acquainted with the Chicago Writers Conference, check it out as well -- it's an excellent resource for writers, networking and informative programs about publishing. And, finally, those not aware of Open Books should stop by this nonprofit River North used book store, whose proceeds benefit literacy programs in Chicago.
Oh, and by the way, if you haven't picked up your copy of Consciously Created Cinema yet, visit one of the many fine online booksellers (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes and Kobo Books) that carry this title in print and ebook formats. (It's a pretty good book, and I can speak from personal knowledge on this -- I know the author!)