Edward K. Moore - "The Supremes Sing the Happy Heartache Blues" - the Chicago Sinfonietta

Saturday, June 24, 2017 - 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Edward Kelsey Moore

Edward Kelsey Moore discusses The Supremes Sing the Happy Heartache Blues. He will be joined by a quartet of musicians from the Chicago Sinfonietta, dubbed “the city’s hippest orchestra” by the Chicago Tribune.

At the Co-op

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About the book: When a late life love affair blooms between Mr. Forrest Payne, the owner of the Pink Slipper Gentleman’s Club, and Miss Beatrice Jordan, famous for stationing herself at the edge of the club’s parking lot and yelling warnings of eternal damnation at the departing patrons, their wedding summons a legend to town. Mr. El Walker, the great guitar bluesman, comes home to give a command performance in Plainview, Indiana, a place he’d sworn―and for good reason―he’d never set foot in again.

But El is not the only Plainview native with a hurdle to overcome. A wildly philandering husband struggles at last to prove his faithfulness to the wife he’s always loved. And among those in this tightly knit community who show up every Sunday after church for lunch at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat, are the lifelong friends, known locally as “The Supremes” ―Clarice, facing down her longing for, chance at and fear of a great career; Barbara Jean, grappling at last with the loss of a mother whose life humiliated both of them, and Odette, reaching toward her husband through an anger of his that she does not understand.

Edward Kelsey Moore’s lively cast of characters, each of whom have surmounted serious trouble and come into love, need not learn how to survive but how, fully, to live. And they do, every one of them, serenaded by the bittersweet and unforgettable blues song El Walker plays, born of his own great loss and love.

About the author: Edward Kelsey Moore currently writes a series of essays for Minnesota Public Radio. In addition to his writing, he enjoys a career as a professional cellist. A native of Indianapolis, Indiana Edward Kelsey Moore makes his home in Chicago, Illinois.

About the Chicago Sinfonietta: Dubbed “the city’s hippest orchestra” by the Chicago Tribune, the MacArthur Award-winning Chicago Sinfonietta is a professional orchestra dedicated to modeling and promoting diversity, inclusion, and both racial and cultural equity in the arts through the universal language of symphonic music. The Project Inclusion Ensemble is a part of Chicago Sinfonietta’s Project Inclusion program, where talent and mentorship converge to develop diverse, emerging musicians, conductors and administrators on and off-stage.

Event Location: 
Seminary Co-op Bookstore
5751 S. Woodlawn Ave.
Chicago 60637