Join us for February’s Society of Midland Authors event featuring books + wine.

Come out and mark the Valentine’s Day holiday with Chicago author Joseph G. Peterson and his latest novel, Memorandum from the Iowa Cloud Appreciation Society, an exploration of love. Enjoy a glass of wine + a reading + booksigning.

WHAT: SMA ventures into Lincoln Square, to one of the best neighborhood bookstores in the city

WHERE: Book Cellar, 4736 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

WHEN: Tuesday, February 14, 2023, 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m.

ABOUT THE BOOK: When his girlfriend, Rosemary, asks about his life, Jim Moore, a successful salesman whose territory covers the entire continental United States and parts of Canada, doesn’t think there is anything to say and so he tells her “nothing happened,” or maybe he doesn’t know how to put it all into words or maybe he doesn’t want to.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Joseph G. Peterson is the author of several books of fiction and poetry, including most recently, The Rumphulus and Ninety-Nine Bottles. He grew up in Wheeling, Illinois, and received his B.A. from the University of Chicago. He works at The University of Chicago Press and is a longtime resident of Hyde Park.

IN CONVERSATION WITH: Carol Saller. Carol is a contributing editor to The Chicago Manual of Style and, before her retirement, a longtime colleague of Joseph G Peterson at the University of Chicago Press. The New York Times called her book The Subversive Copy Editor “the book Oprah would write if her vocation were saving writers from embarrassment.” Saller’s young-adult novel Eddie’s War was named a Best Book of the Year at Kirkus Reviews, a Horn Book Recommended Verse Narrative, and a Chicago Public Library Best Fiction for Teens. Carol currently writes the “Writer, Editor, Helper” newsletter for aspiring writers and self-publishers. Visit Carol at

COST: Free and open to the  public. Books available for purchase and signing after the event.


February 2023 SMA Event