BOB SIROTT, Chicago broadcast legend: "If you want to really get to know the unique characters of a unique city—read THE BLUE CIRCUS. It’s based on the real Chicago that only a former city worker like Dennis Foley understands."
RICK KOGAN, Chicago Tribune: “The Blue Circus . . . has a sure-footed and clear-eyed sense of this city and its unusual ways and power structures. With snappy dialog and compelling characters, it is part family saga and part mystery and wholly satisfying."
"Chicagoese is such a great language and in THE BLUE CIRCUS, Dennis Foley, a native Southsider, brings that language, the city itself, and its rambunctious characters to life. Neighborhood streets, dive bars, and shady city deals waltz across the page, spread out like a deck of cards. But Foley hold some of the cards back and delivers them in a timely fashion, causing the reader to shake his head and marvel. This is a wonderful story about the City that Works, or doesn't work, and a family trying to push forward to survive, as only an insider can tell." --Reviewer's Bookwatch
"That 'stormy, husky, brawling' city that Sandburg described is still with us, and it comes surging to life on these pages. THE BLUE CIRCUS is Southside Chicago down to the very marrow of its bones." --Jack Lynch, former Southside English teach extraordinaire
Listen to the Dave Plier interview. Good guy. We talk about different parts of the city and about the works of CHICAGOESE authors, Stuart Dybek, Joe Meno, Carl Sandburg, Sherwood Anderson, John Guzlowski, Patricia Ann McNair and more. Click HERE
"[We Speak CHICAGOESE] is like a talented chorus that sings the song of Chicago in words." --Rick Kogan, WGN Radio
"[We Speak CHICAGOESE] is a must-read for anyone who wants to better understand the city through its literature. In just a couple hundred pages, the reader will taste a vast variety of topics served up by a wonderfully broad range of writers. --Greg Borzo, Windy City Reviews
"We Speak Chicagoese . . . is a must for any lover of this city who also loves good writing. Funny, touching, timely and just some damn fine artists in these pages." --Daniel French, of "French and Friends," WCGO Radio
"The authors [in We Speak CHICAGOESE] take us from Foster Beach to Englewood, from Edgewater to Marquette Park, from the Loop to Humboldt Park, and the diction and perspective shifts along the way." --Toni Nealie, Newcity
“Dennis Foley may have outgrown his days as a Chicago alley fighter, but in The Drunkard’s Son he delivers a knockout punch with this moving and thought-provoking look at a sometimes painful period in American history and in a young boy’s life. Foley knows how to tell a story—the highest compliment I can pay.” --Mark Brown, Chicago Sun-Times
THREE STARS "[Not a Stranger] is the epitome of an independent film . . . The screenplay by Dennis Foley, who also produced and enlisted the help of just about everyone he knew in order to get the film done, is filled with smart and mostly authentic dialogue." --Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times
“…[The Drunkard's Son] is a compelling and surprisingly humorous book. And Foley has always been one to play around with perceptions. . . . You will be pleasantly surprised by the depth and heart and honesty of his new book.” --Rick Kogan, Chicago Tribune
Click HEREto listen to WGN Radio's Rick Kogan interview Dennis about THE DRUNKARD'S SON.
Click HERE to listen to Dennis' interview on the WBEZ Afternoon Show regarding THE DRUNKARD'S SON and the contributions of Chicago author John Powers who died on January 17, 2013.
THE BLUE CIRCUS "This is a superb drama pilot. It takes a close look at Chicago labor and politics. . . The dialogue is great. It sounds authentic. It's tough and often profane but there's a great rhythm to it. This is a very exciting project." --judge's comment, Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest
"The book is based on a simple premise: Who better to advise you on where to grab a tasty, affordable midday meal in Chicago's neighborhoods than people who consider lunch to be the highlight of the work day? You always assumed this was true, but Foley confirms it in enough detail that, tongue-in-cheek or not, you will be more than tempted to take his dining tips." --Mark Brown, Chicago Sun-Times
"The former electrician for the city's Department of Streets and Sanitation has become a local icon since releasing The Streets and San Man's Guide to Chicago Eats." --Robert Elfinger, Chicago Tribune