If you’re as excited about the imminent release of XI Quarterly as we are, we’d love to have you join us at some of the various issue one launch events in September. For those in Chicago, San Diego, Los Angeles and Portland, there are several gatherings in the next month that we invite you to attend, find out more about XI, and meet others as enthused about North American soccer as you are. Copies of issue of XI Quarterly will be available for sale at all events for $15.
XI Quarterly Launch Party + Soccer Literature Swap (Chicago)
The first event is being held in Chicago on Tuesday September 6 from 7:00-9:00pm. Co-sponsored by Section 8 Chicago, the Independent Supporters’ Association for the Chicago Fire Soccer Club, and being held at Cleo’s Bar & Grill, the event will also feature a book swap.
Attendees are encouraged to bring a soccer book they love, and leave it to be shared with another who can then discover new stories about the beautiful game – then pick up a book to take home yourself. But if you don’t have an extensive library, just come along and pick-up something new to read – issue one of XI will be available for $15, which includes eleven original stories of its own about the game in North America, from Johan Cruyff’s NASL adventure to Gil Scott-Heron’s unexpected connection to soccer in the Midwest.
US vs. Jamaica Qualifier and XI Quarterly Launch Party (San Diego)
The second event is being held at O’Brien’s pub in San Diego on September 11th at 5:00 in conjunction with the US vs. Jamaica qualifier. Come join the San Diego chapter of the American Outlaws to watch the game and find out more about XI Quarterly. The first 11 fans who show up wearing US jerseys get a free copy of XI. For others, XI will be on sale for $15, $5 of which will be donated to a soccer charity chosen by the American Outlaws.
Gringos at the Gate Premiere
XI Quarterly will also be at the Los Angeles Premiere of Gringos at the Gate on Sunday September 9 at 6:00pm. This film, which is also showing at the Kicking and Screening Film Festival, examines the rivalry between the United States and Mexico. XI will be at the event, talking North American soccer and selling copies of issue one.
K+S Word (Portland)
If you’re in Portland, XI Quarterly contributor Andrew Guest will be one of the speakers at K+S Word, a literary event as part of the Kicking and Screening Film Festival taking place on Wednesday, September 12. The event, which will take place at will take place at Bazi Bierbrasserie, will present unique readings of soccer-themed stories by national and local writers.
Soccer Congress (Los Angeles)
Returning to Los Angeles, XI Quarterly editor David Keyes will be one of the featured speakers at a Soccer Congress to take place at Human Resources. The event, which will last from 2:00-10:00pm, will feature a range of speakers, including Gwendoyln Oxenham, author of the new book Finding the Game. More information:
A day exploring creative conversations with football culture. For fans, players, students, artists, historians, referees, writers – this is an open event. The only requirement here is that you have an interest in the game, that you love talking about it and want to talk about it more. And/or that you want to listen to people talk about it, look at art about the sport, meet people with similar passions or learn about pick-up games in the city.
Soccer Tech 2012 (Los Angeles)
David Keyes will also be a featured speaker at Soccer Tech 2012, taking place from on September 27 from 10:00am-8:00pm at the LA Creative Space, Opulen Studios. More information:
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