Thursday, June 26, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Hello Fans and Friends of Lake Claremont Press! Sharon [Woodhouse] has asked me to introduce myself to all of you and give a little biography. My name is Michael Corcoran and I’m a historian, lecturer, and certified Chicago tour guide.
One of my most popular tours has always been the “Cinematic Chicago” tour, which details locations of major movies filmed in Chicago and the city’s role in the early film industry. Of course, one of the main sources for that tour has been Arnie Bernstein’s excellent book on the subject, Hollywood on Lake Michigan. I have been bugging Sharon for the last several years to get Arnie to do an updated version of his classic tome, and finally one day she responded by asking me if I’d like to do it (me and my big mouth!). After working out the details with her and Arnie, the contract has been signed and I’ll be delivering the revised and updated manuscript to Sharon in January.
As far as my biography goes: I was raised on a tiny lake in rural Wisconsin. I lived in Madison, Wisconsin, for several years before moving to Chicago in 1987 during the “stand-up comedy boom.” I was scared to death of living in Chicago, but wanted desperately to be a professional comic. After about 7 years, during which I was a Chicago based comic, the “boom” had faded to a point where I was going to have to move to New York or LA if I wanted to continue full-time comedy. It was at this point that I realized that I loved living in Chicago much more than I liked being a professional comic.
I did stints as a community activist, delivery driver, and bartender before enrolling in DePaul University’s adult degree program (known as The School For New Learning), graduating with honors in 2000. I’m involved in several creative and academic projects, the main one being touring folks around the city I’ve grown to love so much. My wife Kate and I maintain a Chicago related web site, www.brainsnack.net, and are the proprietors of our own little “Mom and Pop History Shop.”
I’m thrilled and honored to be working on this project. It’s kind of like being asked to play guitar in one of your favorite bands, or to be an actor on that TV show you like to watch every Friday. I’m well aware of how much folks love the original Hollywood On Lake Michigan (I love it myself), and will endeavor to create an updated version that will maintain the character and charm of the original.
Finally, I’d just like to thank Sharon and Arnie for this opportunity. See you all in 2009!!!
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Friday, June 06, 2008
Monday, June 02, 2008
“The Indie Excellence Awards are dedicated to celebrating and promoting the outstanding work of independent publishers and authors,” says Dan Poynter, of ParaPublishing. We’re certainly celebrating their success as well! Congratulations, Rick and Marilyn.
A Cook’s Guide to Chicago, 2nd Edition by Marilyn Pocius has additionally won the 2006 Midwest Regional Interest Book Award (2nd Place) and the 2006 Crafts/Hobbies/How-to Book Award (3rd Place), both from Midwest Independent Publishers Association (MIPA). For a complete listing of our award-winning books, visit: https://www.lakeclaremont.com/awardwinners.php.