"Creatives": Irvine Welsh and Don De Grazia in conversation with Rick Kogan
Irvine Welsh, the Scottish-born author of “Trainspotting,” teamed up with Don De Grazia, author of “American Skin,” on a book titled “Creatives” that was transformed into a pop opera that recently debuted at the Chicago Theatre Workshop. “Creatives” focuses on a Wednesday night song-writing class, with its drama, anxiety, rivalry and occasional brilliance. Chicago Tribune columnist and WGN host Rick Kogan will appear in conversation with Welsh and De Grazia to discuss everything from the Chicago music scene, artistic collaboration and their genre-bending “Creatives.”
Sunday, June 11, 1:30 pm - 2:15 pm
Jones College Prep/South Auditorium
Don De Grazia is the author of the critically acclaimed novel, American Skin. His work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, TriQuarterly, The Outlaw Bible of American Literature, other publications. He is a screenwriter in the Writers Guild of America and faculty in the Columbia College Chicago Creative Writing Department.
Rick Kogan (Moderator)
Born and raised and still living in Chicago, Rick Kogan has worked for the Chicago Daily News, Chicago Sun-Times and the Tribune, where he is currently a senior writer and columnist. Named Chicago's Best Reporter in 1999 and inducted into the Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame in 2003, he is currently host of “After Hours with Rick Kogan” on WGN radio. He is the author of a dozen books, including “Everybody Pays: Two Men, One Murder and the Price of Truth” (with Maurice Possley), “America's Mom: The Life, Lessons and Legacy of Ann Landers,” “A Chicago Tavern,” the history of the Billy Goat, and “Sidewalks I” and “Sidewalks II,” collections of his columns and the work of photographer Charles Osgood.
Irvine Welsh has published eleven novels and four collections of short stories. His first novel, “Trainspotting,” has been adapted both as a play and as a feature film. The sequel to the film, “Trainspotting 2,” is based on Welsh’s novel “Porno” and will be released worldwide in February. His other literary works include “The Acid House,” “Marabou Stork Nightmares,” “Ecstasy: Three Tales of Chemical Romance,” “Filth,” “Glue,” “Porno,” “The Bedroom Secrets of the Master Chefs,” “If You Liked School You’ll Love Work,” “Contamination,” “The Weekenders,” “Travels in the Heart of Africa,” “Crime,” “Skagboys,” “The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins,” “A Decent Ride” and “The Blade Artist.” Welsh has also written several stage plays, including “Headstate,” “You’ll Have Had Your Hole” and the musical “Blackpool.” Don De Grazia is the author of the critically acclaimed novel, “American Skin.” His work has appeared in Chicago Tribune, Chicago Reader, Newcity, TriQuarterly, The Outlaw Bible of American Literature, The Italian American Reader, Rumpus, The Great Lakes Review, Make Magazine and other publications. He is also a screenwriter in the Writers Guild of America (east) and co-founder/co-host of Come Home Chicago, a live event series dedicated to celebrating the Chicago storytelling tradition in all its forms. Don is a full time faculty member in the Columbia College Chicago Creative Writing program.