Jessica Hopper appears in conversation with J.R. Nelson to discuss her recent book, Night Moves.
Written in taut, mesmerizing, often hilarious scenes drawn from 2004 through 2009, Night Moves captures the fierce friendships and small moments that form us all. Drawing on her personal journals from the aughts, Jessica Hopper chronicles her time as a DJ, living in decrepit punk houses, biking to bad loft parties with her friends, exploring Chicago deep into the night. And, along the way, she creates an homage to vibrant corners of the city that have been muted by sleek development. A book birthed in the amber glow of Chicago streetlamps, Night Moves is about a transformative moment of cultural history—and how a raw, rebellious writer found her voice.
Jessica Hopper is a music critic and the author of The First Collection of Criticism by A Living Female Rock Critic. In a career spanning more than 20 years, Hopper has earned acclaim as a provocative, fearless writer on topics ranging from the male myopia of emo music to the ways in which commercial success may have saved indie rock. She was formerly the editorial director at MTV News, and an editor at Pitchfork and Rookie. Her essays have appeared in Best Music Writing for 2004, 2005, 2007, 2010 and 2011, and her writing appears in New York Magazine, Rolling Stone, Buzzfeed and Bookforum among others. Her book The Girls' Guide to Rocking was named one of 2009’s Notable Books for Young Readers by the American Library Association.
J.R. Nelson is the longtime author of the Gossip Wolf column for the Chicago Reader.
Doors to the Reception Hall open at 5 p.m., and seating is first come, first served. Books are available for purchase, and the author will autograph books at the conclusion of the program.