Join Belt Publishing in celebrating the release of Rust Belt Chicago, a collection of essays, journalism, poetry, and fiction edited by Martha Bayne. The pieces in this collection tell the vibrant and culturally rich history of this great city, all together singing a forlorn love song to a place similarly marked, if less evident, by deindustrialization and economic decline as Rust Belt sister cities.
Featuring drink specials, brief readings by Britt Julious, Kathleen Rooney, Paul Durica,Toni Nealie, Rayshauna Gray, Zoe Zolbrod, David Isaacson, and Yana Kunichoff, plus a DJ set by Jake Austen. Free and open to the public.
About the book:
Chicago is built on a foundation of meat and railroads and steel, but its identity long ago stretched past manufacturing. A city of opportunity from the get-go, it continues to lure new residents from around the world, and from across a region rocked by recession and deindustrialization. But the problems that plague the Belt don’t disappear once you get past Gary. In fact, they’re often amplified. Chicago’s glittering downtown towers stand in sharp contrast to the struggling south and west sides. A city defined by movement that’s the anchor of the Midwest, bound to its neighbors by a shared ecosystem and economy, Chicago’s complicated – both of the Belt and beyond it.
Rust Belt Chicago shares the myriad cultures in a single city marked by segregation, corrupt politics, and extreme temperatures, but also by fierce hometown pride, architectural marvels, and rich histories worth retelling.
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