News & Events & Meetings

First Year MFA Student Cotillion Reading

SUNDAY OCTOBER 5th, 7:00pm
John Porcellino

Join Boxcar Books and John Porcellino on Sunday, October 5th, at 7pm, for the launch of his latest, The Hospital Suite! There will be a presentation with a signing to follow. This event will also feature a screening of Root Hog or Die, a new documentary celebrating 25 years of King-Cat Comics. 

The Hospital Suite is a landmark work by the celebrated cartoonist and small-press legend John Porcellino—an autobiographical collection detailing his struggles with illness in the 1990s and early 2000s. One day, John Porcellino suddenly fell ill with extreme stomach pain. After a gruelling abdominal surgery, he quickly recovered--briefly--and then spent the next several years experiencing various surprise illnesses, both physical and mental. First a rash of environmental intolerances left Porcellino black-eyed, cadaverous, and dizzy. Then his mild obsessive-compulsive tendencies became full-blown. With three overlapping narratives, The Hospital Suite recounts one man's battle for health--Porcellino loses jobs, marriages, and faith but never loses his desire to live and create. 

Porcellino is the author of the iconic zine King-Cat and the graphic novel Perfect Example. His comics are lauded for their quiet, clear-eyed contemplation of every-day life. The Hospital Suite is a testimony to Porcellino's subtle gift for transforming his struggles--this time with the medical system and its consequences for his mental health--into art that is universaland engaging. 

Boxcar Books
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Bloomington Writing Project meets every Tuesday from 3:30pm-6:30pm at Boxcar Books in the meeting space and offers free writing consultation for writers of all levels. 

The Midwest Pages to Prisoners Project now meets at 118 S. Rogers Suite #2

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Book and monetary donations should still be dropped off at Boxcar Books.

Mondays: 7-9pm The Midwest Pages to Prisoners Project (during school year)

Tuesdays: 7-10pm The Midwest Pages to Prisoners Project (Community Night)

Wednesdays: 3-6pm The Midwest Pages to Prisoners Project

Thursdays 7-10pm The Midwest Pages to Prisoners Project

Sundays 2-5pm The Midwest Pages to Prisoners Project