Author and columnist debate underground publishing.

Words collide with art in the world of self-publishing tonight, when San Francisco writer Dave Eggers and New York Times art critic Michael Kimmelman powwow for Pen & Ink, the latest installment of the Spectrum: The Lockwood Thompson Dialogues series. "We're trying to look at the back-and-forth of pop culture and fine art," says Corrie Slawson, the series' program manager at Cleveland Public Art. "It's not something your typical publishers are going to touch."In a one-on-one format, Eggers and Kimmelman will examine how indie publishers have merged razor-sharp commentary with high-end artwork in media like blogs, e-zines, and comic books. They'll also talk about Eggers' ongoing projects, from his grassroots publishing house, McSweeney's, to his quarterly journal, DVD of short films, and self-published memoir, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. "He's one of the rabble-rousers of publishers," says Slawson. "They're not the Forbeses, but they have important stories to tell and beautiful ways to tell them." Pen & Ink starts at 6:30 tonight at the Cleveland Public Library, 525 Superior Avenue. Admission is free. Call 216-623-2869 or visit www.clevelandpublicart.org.
Thu., Dec. 13, 6:30 p.m., 2007

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