Christopher Chambers author

On the left is the cover of "Kind of Blue" with an up close shot of a record player and on the right is silver haired author Christopher Chambers looking serious.

You won’t find Madison writer Christopher Chambers on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or heaven forbid, BookTok. (“I’m terrible about marketing and all that,” he says.) But you will find him in the voices of his steely, razor-sharp short stories, the latest of which are bound in a new collection out this month from Cornerstone Press, a publishing imprint of the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point. “Kind of Blue” packs 27 richly concise stories into 203 pages, delivering wisdom and gristled heart through mostly Midwestern working class characters. Chambers himself is a Wisconsin native who’s lived in North Carolina, Michigan, Minnesota, Florida, Alabama, Texas and Louisiana (but Madison since 2015), and his current roles include interim editor of Wisconsin People & Ideas magazine, bartender at Working Draft Beer Company and instructor with the Wisconsin Prison Humanities program. His short stories have been published widely in esteemed outlets such as Best American Mystery Stories and The Southern Review — and, our personal favorite, Madison Magazine, where “Fair Oaks Diner” first appeared in December 2021. His two previous books are “Delta 88” (short fiction) and “Inter/views” (poetry). “Kind of Blue” is available through Cornerstone Press, special order through your local independent bookseller, and online.

Most of these stories are previously published in anthologies, journals and magazines. When and why did you decide to publish a book? How did this collection come about?

Senior Editor

Maggie Ginsberg is a senior editor at Madison Magazine. Her long-form features have garnered numerous honors since 2006 including from the National City Regional Magazine Association, the Milwaukee Press Club and the American Society of Journalist and Authors. In addition to helping edit the work of Madison Magazine's contributing writers, freelancers and essayists, she writes features and the monthly Looking Back historical photo department page. Online, Maggie conducts monthly author Q&As and covers the local literary scene with her Sunday Reads monthly e-newsletter. Her own debut novel, "Still True," was published by the University of Wisconsin Press in September 2022 and was the honorable mention selection for the 2022 Edna Ferber Fiction Book Award, as well as a 2023 Midwest Book Award honoree. 

You can also find her on Instagram.