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LEMON JAIL events at the Devil's Kitchen Literary Festival with Bill Sullivan

When Oct 23, 2019 07:30 PM to
Oct 24, 2019 04:30 PM
Where Southern Illinois University, Morris Library, 605 Agriculture Dr., Carbondale, IL 62901
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Sullivan_Lemon coverBill Sullivan will be at the Devil's Kitchen Literary Festival on Wednesday, October 23 at 7:30 p.m. and Thursday, October 24 at 11:00 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. for readings and signings of his book Lemon Jail: On the Road with the Replacements. The Festival is sponsored by the SIUC Dept. of English and the Southern Illinois University Bookstore. For more information and the full schedule, visit the Festival website here.


7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
2019 Devil's Kitchen Reading Award Winner in Nonfiction Prose
Reading by Bill Sullivan
John C. Guyon Auditorium (1st Floor Morris Library)


11:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.
Panel featuring Lucy Jane Bledsoe, Bill Sullivan, Leslie Williams, Corrie Williamson, and Emily Jungmin Yoon
John C. Guyon Auditorium (1st Floor Morris Library)

3:15 – 4:30 p.m.
Reception and Book Signing featuring festival readers
1st Floor Rotunda (Morris Library)


A raucous tour diary of rock ’n’ roll in the 1980s, Lemon Jail puts us in the van with the Replacements in the early years. Bill Sullivan—the young and reckless roadie—shows what it’s like to keep the band on the road and the wheels on the van, and when to just close your eyes and hit the gas.


"Bill Sullivan captures the spirit and chaos of the earliest and best years of the band accurately due to the fact that he lived it right alongside us. A true kindred spirit, a fifth member if you will, who from the git-go, got what we were about to the point where it would not have been the same journey without him. Billy had our backs and represented much-needed comic relief on many occasions. Lemon Jail should come with a warning: ‘Don't Try This At Home.’ It's a quick read and, in my opinion, the most successful book to capture the essence of our destructive, drunken outcast brigade in all its successes and foibles. Bill’s ever-present comic sense, woven throughout the book, paints authentically the circus world that it was. I laughed aloud many times!" —Chris Mars

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