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Doppelgangers: Jack Clark & Dmitry Samarov
05/08/2012 7:00 pm
05/08/2012 8:30 pm
Two cabbies walk into a bar in Hyde Park...
...and a book reading breaks out! The second installment of our Doppelgangers reading series features writers, and local cab drivers, Jack Clark and Dmitry Samarov.
Jack Clark is the author of several mystery/crime novels and will read from his latest, Nobody's Angel, published by Hard Case Crime (and if you don't know this publisher check out our display at 57th Street Books or their website: the covers are fantastic). An absolute page-turner, Nobody's Angel follows a Chicago hack as he's pulled into the hunt for two killers targeting streetwalkers and cabbies. Before hooking up with Hard Case, Jack self-published Nobody's Angel and sold the 500 copy print run to his fares.
Dmitry Samarov is an artist and painter trained at the School of the Art Institute who has been driving a cab since 1993. In Hack: Stories from a Chicago Cab, we follow Dmitry through the rhythms of a typical week, as he waits hours at the garage to pick up a shift, ferries comically drunken passengers between bars, delivers prostitutes to their johns, and inadvertently observes drug deals. There are long waits with other cabbies at O’Hare, vivid portraits of street corners and their regular denizens, amorous Cubs fans celebrating after a game at Wrigley Field, and customers who are pleasantly surprised that Samarov is white—and tell him so. Throughout, Samarov’s own drawings—of his fares, of the taxi garage, and of a variety of Chicago street scenes—accompany his stories. In the grand tradition of Nelson Algren, Saul Bellow, Mike Royko, and Studs Terkel, Dmitry Samarov has rendered an entertaining, poignant, and unforgettable vision of Chicago and its people.
As with our last Doppelgangers event, if you buy a book we'll buy you a beer (and by beer we mean beverage (and by beverage we mean something around $5 (little known fact: buy both books and you'll have enough for a pitcher: just an FYI))). This is sure to be a fun and engaging event. We'll see you there (just don't try to get a fare out of the writers as you leave: that'd be bad form).
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