We are delighted to welcome author, essaysist, and blogger Francie Arenson Dickman to The Book Stall to celebrate the publication of her debut novel, Chuckerman Makes a Movie. Joining her for a conversation about the book will be Chicago-based writer Sharon Fiffer.
"Dickman's debut novel is witty and observant throughout, and she packs her prose with sensory detail. A funny, romantic story." -- Kirkus Reviews
"Chuckerman Makes a Movie is an endearing, comic novel full of love and family dysfunction. Its characters are so alive they might as well, for better or worse, be standing in your living room. By interweaving Chuckerman's screenplay with his life, Francie Arenson Dickman cleverly blends the past with the present and coming-of-age with romantic comedy. The result is a truly original debut novel--a story that is multi-layered, multi-generational and downright hysterical. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll never want to leave your front row seat as the delightful drama unfolds." --Dylan Massin, television director and producer of NBC's Parenthood
"Thoughtfully narrated and with a split-screen storyline, Chuckerman Makes A Movie is a unique coming of age tale told through the lens of a film-writing class. Quick-paced, witty, and well-executed, Francie Arenson Dickman's debut novel weaves together a series of flawed and honest relationships, both past and present, with the kind of mastery one would expect from a seasoned best-selling author." --Randi Olin and Lauren Apfel, executive editors of Motherwell Magazine
"I enjoyed Francie Arenson Dickman's Chuckerman Makes a Movie immensely. Not only does Chuckerman (AKA David Melman) try and make a movie, he makes a book, a damn good one, funny, full of great energy, serious without, thank god, taking itself too seriously. And best of all it's chock full of family stories, the stories who make us who we are - whether we pull off the movie or not." --Peter Orner, author of Am I Alone Here?
Francie Arenson Dickman's personal essays have appeared in publications such as The Chicago Tribune, Huffington Post, Today Parents, Motherwell Magazine, and Brain, Child Magazine, among others. She lives in Highland Park with her husband, twin daughters, and dog, Pickles. She received her BA from the University of Michigan and her JD from The George Washington University School of Law.
Sharon Fiffer is the author of eight Jane Wheel mysteries. Oher books include the non-fiction titles Imagining America: Paul Thai’s Journey From The Killing Fields to Freedom, and Fifty Ways To Help Your Community: A Handbook for Change, which she co-wrote with Steve Fiffer. She has taught in the Writing Programs/English Departments of the University of Illinois at Chicago, Barat College and Northwestern University. She also works as a private writing coach and editor
Writer Peter Orner says, “i enjoyed Francie Arenson Dickman's Chuckerman Makes a Movie immensely. Not only does Chuckerman (AKA David Melman) try and make a movie, he makes a book, a damn good one, funny, full of great energy, serious without, thank god, taking itself too seriously. And best of all it's chock full of family stories, the stories who make us who we are - whether we pull off the movie or not."
Can't make it to the event? Call us at 847-446-8880
Can't make it to the event? Call us at 847-446-8880, and we'll be happy to arrange an autographed copy for you.
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