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spacer.gif   Chicago Book Festival 2009 Presents 100 Events (Full Schedule)
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Hey Chicago Poetry Scene,

October is not only Chicago Artist Month, but also the month of the Chicago Book Festival. Celebrate Chicago's rich and diverse literary past and present with some of the country’s most accomplished authors. Each October, the Chicago Book Festival offers a variety of events throughout the city. There will be 100 events held at libraries, bookstores, universities, cafés, theaters and other local venues in Chicago to as part of the Book Festival.

Here is the entire schedule courtesy of the Chicago Public Library:

Chicago Book Festival 2009
Book and Author Events

Unless otherwise noted, events are free and open to the public.

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University Club of Chicago/The Book Stall
John Wasik
Thursday, October 1, Noon
76 E. Monroe St.
(847) 446-8880
Journalist John Wasik (Bloomberg News) discusses his new book, The Audacity of Help: Obama's Economic Plan and the Remaking of America, about the Obama economic stimulus plan and budget—who benefits and what does it mean for the future of the country?
Reservations mandatory. Plated lunch, tickets $25.

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Instituto Cervantes
Moacyr Scliar
Thursday, October 1, 5:00 p.m.
31 W. Ohio St.
(312) 335-1996
www.chicago.cervantes.es
Brazilian writer and physician Scliar talks about the themes of Jewish identity, particularly on being part of the Diaspora in Brazil, that occur so often in his fiction.

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57th Street Books
Arika Okrent
Thursday, October 1, 6:00 p.m.
1301 E. 57th St.
(773) 684-1300
www.semcoop.com
Okrent reads from and signs her book, In the Land of Invented Languages.

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Art Institute of Chicago
T. J. Clark: Cézanne and Pissarro in the 1870s
Thursday, October 1, 6:00 p.m.
111 S. Michigan Ave., Fullerton Hall
(312) 443-3399
www.artinstituteofchicago.org
Renowned author Clark of the University of California at Berkeley looks at the period when Pissarro and Cézanne painted side by side, before differences emerged and a decisive parting of the ways occurred within modernism.

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The Book Cellar
John Shors
Thursday, October 1, 7:00 p.m.
4736-38 N. Lincoln Ave.
(773) 293-2665
www.bookcellarinc.com
Bestselling author Shors (Beneath a Marble Sky and Beside a Burning Sea) presents his newest title, Dragon House.

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Pritzker Military Library
Darrell Griffin Sr.
Friday, October 2, 12:30 p.m.
610 N. Fairbanks Court
(312) 587-0234
www.pritzkermilitarylibrary.org
The author of The Last Journey: A Father and Son in Wartime discusses his moving memoir, which weaves in the thoughts and letters of his son, U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Skip Griffin, who was killed by a sniper in Baghdad in 2007.

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William Kamkwamba

Barbara's Bookstore
William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer
Friday, October 2, 7:30 p.m.
1218 S. Halsted St.
(312) 413-2665
www.barbarasbookstore.com
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is the story of William Kamkwamba's struggle to advance himself from nothing, and inspire whole world by using all of his resources to build a windmill to power his Malawi community. The authors host a discussion with video and slides.

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Chicago Foundation for Education
Donalyn Miller
Saturday, October 3, 8:15 a.m. (Registration begins at 7:45 a.m.)

Whitney Young High School Auditorium
1431 W. Jackson Blvd.
(312) 670-2323
www.chicagofoundationforeducation.org
Miller, teacher and author of The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child, will share her secrets for getting all kids to read as part of the 21st Annual Teachers as Leaders and Learners Workshop. $15 Advance/$25 Door provides access to entire workshop, including continental breakfast, goodie bag, and teacher-led workshop sessions.

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Chicago Public Library
Woodson Regional Library
Taylayah Stovall
Saturday, October 3, 2:00 p.m.
9525 S. Halsted St.
(312) 747-6921
Stovall, author of All the Single Ladies & Men, leads a discussion about relationships and missteps. A book signing follows.

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David Carter
Stonewall
Gerber/Hart Library
Making History: Riot Revolution, Rights
Saturday, October 3, 6:00 p.m. (benefactors) 7:00 p.m. (general event)
The Swedish American Museum Center
5211 N. Clark St.
(773) 381-8030
www.gerberhart.org
The keynote speaker of this fundraiser is David Carter, author of Stonewall: The Riots That Sparked the Gay Revolution and the honorary chair is lifelong activist Vernita Gray. $75 general admission, $135 for benefactors.

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Old Town School of Folk Music
Black String Band Music: An Enduring Tradition
Sunday, October 4, 5:30 p.m.
4544 N. Lincoln Ave.
(773) 728-6000
www.oldtownschool.org
As part of the Old Town School of Folk Music's pre-concert "Spin Night," Paul Tyler, co-author of The Hayloft Gang: The Story of the National Barn Dance, speaks about the rich tradition of string band music in African American history.

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Neighborhood Writing Alliance
Release Party: Making Our Own Choices
Monday, October 5, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Chicago Public Library
Hall Branch
4801 S. Michigan Ave.
Come celebrate the 79th issue of Journal of Ordinary Thought, featuring an introduction by Alice Kim, photos by David Marques, and true stories about important choices written by Neighborhood Writing Alliance participants in over 12 Chicago neighborhoods.

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Chicago Public Library
Harold Washington Library Center
Catherine O’Connell
Tuesday, October 6, Noon
400 S. State St., Chicago Authors Room
(312) 747-8184
Prospective authors will want to join O’Connell as she walks you through the writing process and the dos and don’ts of the publishing industry. O’Connell’s mysteries, Well Bred and Dead and Well Read and Dead, are published by HarperCollins.

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Madeleine Albright
Borders Books and Music
Madeleine Albright
Wednesday, October 7, 12:30 p.m.
150 N State St.
(312) 606-0750
www.borders.com
The former Secretary of State presents Read My Pins: Stories from a Diplomat's Jewel Box, her new book featuring more than 200 pins—some elegant, many playful—from the Albright collection, many worn by Secretary Albright at historic events.

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Marcus Sakey
57th Street Books
Marcus Sakey
Tuesday, October 6, 6:00 p.m.
1301 E. 57th St.
(773) 684-1300
www.semcoop.com
Chicago crime writer Sakey reads from and sign his new book, The Amateurs.

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57th Street Books
Sara Paretsky
Wednesday, October 7, 6:00 p.m.
1301 E. 57th St.
(773) 684-1300
www.semcoop.com
Join us in celebrating the release of Paretsky's latest, Hardball.

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Patrick Somerville
Chicago Public Library
Harold Washington Library Center
Patrick Somerville
Wednesday, October 7, 6:00 p.m.
400 S. State St., Chicago Authors Room
(312) 747-8184
Somerville, winner of the 21st Century Award for recent achievement by a Chicago writer given by the Chicago Public Library Foundation each fall, discusses and signs his stunning novel, The Cradle.

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Kathy Griffin
Borders Books and Music
Kathy Griffin
Tuesday, October 7, 7:00 p.m.
830 N. Michigan Ave.
(312) 573-0564
www.borders.com
The actress and comedian signs copies of her new book, Official Book Club Selection: A Memoir According to Kathy Griffin. Due to the popularity of this author, please call store for details.

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The Guild Complex
Angela Jackson and Carolyn Rodgers
Wednesday, October 7, 7:00 p.m.
Southside Community Art Center
3831 S. Michigan Ave.
www.guildcomplex.org
These two important women writers, well-known for their role in the Black Arts Movement, read from their work and discuss their insights about the African American female voice in contemporary literature.

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Chicago Public Library
Bezazian Branch
Tracy Baim
Thursday, October 8, 6:30 p.m.
1226 W. Ainslie St.
(312) 744-0019
Join Baim, editor and co-author of Out and Proud in Chicago: An Overview of the City's Gay Community and co-founder of the Windy City Times,as she discusses her historical overview of more than 200 years of Chicago LGBT activism, culture, sports, academics, politics and much more. The book is the companion to www.chicagogayhistory.org.

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The Book Cellar
John Koethe
Friday, October 9, 7:00 p.m.
4736-38 N. Lincoln Ave.
(773) 293-2665
www.bookcellarinc.com
The Milwaukee poet reads from and signs his newest poetry collection, Ninety-fifth Street.

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Rebecca Brown
Women and Children First
Rebecca Brown
Friday, October 9, 7:30 p.m.
5233 N. Clark St.
(773) 769-9299
www.womenandchildrenfirst.com
Brown reads from her latest collection of essays, American Romances, a mordant and playful mix of pop culture, autobiography, misremembered movie plots, fiction and literary history that plays with the notion of what it means to be "American."

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One Book, One Northwestern
Thomas Friedman's Hot, Flat, and Crowded
Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution—and How It Can Renew America, by Thomas Friedman, has been chosen for One Book One Northwestern for the 2009-2010 academic year. The One Book project also sponsors free, public lectures and other events related to the topics of energy and sustainability. Thomas Friedman, best-selling author and three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The New York Times, speaks at the inauguration of Northwestern University’s new president, Morton O. Schapiro, on Friday, October 9 at Deering Meadow on Northwestern’s Evanston campus. For more information call (847) 467-1475 or visit www.northwestern.edu/onebook.

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Chicago Public Library
Woodson Regional Library
Author Showcase 2009
9525 S. Halsted St.
Saturday, October 10, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
(312) 747-6921
Books Ink and Woodson Regional Library host panel discussions, workshops, and author signings. Featured authors include Regina Harris Baiocchi, Arlene Y. Burke, Sandra Hall, Gracie Hill, Michelle Larks, and Arlene Jones.

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Chicago Public Library
Woodson Regional Library
Jeffrey B. Perry
Saturday, October 10, 1:30 p.m.
9525 S. Halsted St.
(312) 745-2080
Join author Perry as he discusses the life and work of Hubert Harrison: The Voice of Harlem Radicalism, 1883-1918.

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Chicago Public Library
Legler Branch
Mark Allen Boone
Saturday, October 10, 2:00 p.m.
115 S. Pulaski Rd.
(312) 746-7730
Boone reads from his novel, The Demise of Luleta Jones. Set in a gentrified African American neighborhood in Chicago, it tells the story of an investigative reporter’s obsession with a local teacher who was murdered.

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Chicago Public Library
Woodson Regional Library
Erin Goseer Mitchell
Saturday, October 10, 2:00 p.m.
9525 S. Halsted St.
(312) 747-6921
Join Mitchell as she discusses her book, Life Before Bloody Sunday. This collection of essays captures the tyranny of and triumph of growing up as an African American girl in the Deep South.

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The Book Cellar
Second City/Third Person
Saturday, October 10, 7:00 p.m.
4736-38 N. Lincoln Ave.
(773) 293-2665
www.bookcellarinc.com
Second City/Third Person is the only reading series focusing exclusively on third-person stories, written and read by talented Chicago writers.

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Women and Children First
Jacqueline Edelberg
Sunday, October 11, 4:30 p.m.
5233 N. Clark St.
(773) 769-9299
www.womenandchildrenfirst.com
Edelberg's book (co-authored with Susan Kurland), How to Walk to School, details the transformation of Nettelhorst School in New Town from a struggling public school into a vibrant, community-based center for liberal education.

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University Club of Chicago/The Book Stall
Deborah Tannen
Tuesday, October 13, Noon
76 E. Monroe St.
(847) 446-8880
Communications expert Deborah Tannen turns her trademark wit to one of the most powerful and perplexing relationships of all—sisters. Tannen helps women translate “sisterspeak”—that mixture of deep connection and equally deep rivalry—in You Were Always Mom’s Favorite! Sisters in Conversation Throughout Their Lives.
Reservations mandatory. Plated lunch, tickets $25.

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Seminary Co-op Bookstores and the Newberry Library
Sara Paretsky
Tuesday, October 13, 6:00 p.m.
Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton St.
(312) 255-3520
www.semcoop.com
The legendary Chicago crime writer reads from her latest, Hardball.

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Literacy Chicago
Patrick Somerville
Wednesday, October 14, 1:00 p.m.
17 N. State St., Ste 1010
(312) 870-1100
www.literacychicago.org
The Chicago author reads from his critically acclaimed novel, The Cradle, and discusses his work with Literacy Chicago students and members of the community.

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57th Street Books
Walton Muyumba
Wednesday, October 14, 6:00 p.m.
1301 E. 57th St.
(773) 684-1300
www.semcoop.com
Muyumba discusses and signs The Shadow & the Act: Black Intellectual Practice, Jazz Improvisation, & Philosophical Pragmatism.

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Chicago Public Library
Roden Branch
Richard C. Lindberg
Wednesday, October 14, 7:00 p.m.
6083 N. Northwest Hwy.
(312) 744-1478
The Chicago author and historian talks about his lifelong fascination with Michael C. McDonald, Chicago's wily 19th Century political boss, roué, and roguish gambler, the inspiration for his new book, The Gambler King of Clark Street.

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Barbara's Bookstore
Billy Lombardo
Wednesday, October 14, 7:30 p.m.
1218 S. Halsted St.
(312) 413-2665
www.barbarasbookstore.com
The Bridgeport native reads from his novel How to Hold a Woman, which is told through a series of stories that cling together, beautifully reflecting the barely-functioning family that they chronicle.

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C. D. Wright
Art Institute of Chicago
C.D. Wright
Thursday, October 15, 6:00 p.m.
111 S. Michigan Ave., Fullerton Hall
(312) 443-3399
www.artinstituteofchicago.org
Carolyn D. Wright’s poems have been described as elliptical, experimental, and yet informed by a strong sense of place. She reads from her work for the 55th Annual Poetry Day, with a booksigning following. Presented with the Poetry Foundation.

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57th Street Books
Viktor Mayer-Schönberger
Thursday, October 15, 6:00 p.m.
1301 E. 57th St.
(773) 684-1300
www.semcoop.com
Mayer-Schönberger discusses and signsDelete: The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age.

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Chicago Public Library
North Austin Branch
Open Mic/Poetry Reading
Thursday, October 15, 6:00 p.m.
5724 W. North Ave.
(312) 746-4233
Join local poets from near and far for an evening of poetry. Perform your work, or sit back and enjoy the talent of others. Featured poets include Ida Barnes, Patrice Morrison, Doreen Van Lee, and Syreeta Williams.

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Instituto Cervantes
The International Comic Art Forum/ Forum Internacional del Cómic
Thursday, October 15, 6:00 p.m.
31 W. Ohio St.
(312) 335-1996
www.chicago.cervantes.es; www.internationalcomicartsforum.org
The International Comic Arts Forum is an annual academic conference dedicated to promoting the scholarly study and appreciation of comic art, including comic strips, comic books, comic albums and graphic novels, magazine and newspaper cartooning, caricature, and comics in electronic media. Guest artists from Spain include Max and Pere Joan.

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Alton Brown
Borders Books and Music
Alton Brown
Thursday, October 15, 7:00 p.m.
830 N. Michigan Ave.
(312) 573-0564
www.borders.com
The Food Network host discusses and signs Good Eats: The Early Years. Hear from a foodie phenomenon: a great cook, a very funny guy, and—underneath it all—a science geek who’s as interested in the chemistry of cooking as he is in eating.

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Verbs N Vibes
Lyah Beth LeFlore
Friday, October 16, 6:30 p.m.
Sensual Steps Shoe Salon
4518 S. Cottege Grove Ave
(773) 548-3338
www.sensualstepsinc.com, www.verbsnvibes.com
Meet author LeFlore as she reads and signs her new novel, Wildflowers.

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4th Annual Book It Black 2 Bronzeville Book Festival
Saturday, October 17
Time and Location TBA
www.bookitblack2bronzeville.com, www.verbsnvibes.com, www.dabookjoint.com
This year’s Festival will feature a tribute to bestselling author E. Lynn Harris.

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5th Annual Cavalcade of Authors
October 16 - 18
(888) 854-8823
www.naleighnakai.com; www.thecavalcadeofauthors.com.
NaleighnaKai and J. L. Woodson, with Rev. Renee Sesvalah Cobb-Dishman return for another year of celebrating books and authors with a weekend of seminars, receptions and signings. Speakers include Minister Kathy McClure, Michelle Moorer, Gloria Franklin, Theresa Gonsalves, M. Raye Turner, Anita Royston and Lorraine Eliza.

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Friday, October 16

Signing at Books-a-Million
Noon - 2:00 p.m.
144 S. Clark St.

Signing at Borders Books and Music
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
2210 W. 95th St.

Soft Sheen Carson presents a Reception at Sonoma Coffee Café
hosted by Michelle Moorer & Lorraine Elzia
7:30 p.m. - Midnight
2845 W. 95th St.
FREE tickets at Genesis Print & Copy Services, 8319 S. Stony Island Ave.

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The Book Cellar
Steve Darnall
Friday, October 16, 7:00 p.m.
4736-38 N. Lincoln Ave.
(773) 293-2665
www.bookcellarinc.com
The editor of Nostalgia Digest Magazine talks aboutcompleting the 35th year of publication—bringing the best of the Golden Age of radio, the glory days of motion pictures, the big band era, and photos of favorite old-time performers.

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Saturday, October 17

Jump at the Sun Books presents Publishing Seminar Part I & Book Signing moderated by Anita Royston & M. Raye Turner
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Chicago Public Library, Avalon Branch
8148 S. Stony Island Ave.
FREE registration online at www.thecavalcadeofauthors.com

Disney presents an Etiquette Workshop for Today’s Teens by Pageant Director, Gloria Franklin
1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Chicago Public Library, Avalon Branch
8148 S. Stony Island Ave.
FREE registration online at www.thecavalcadeofauthors.com

Publishing Seminar Part II & Signing moderated by Theresa Gonsalves
3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Coffee Break Café
10307 S. Hale St.
FREE registration online at www.thecavalcadeofauthors.com

Soft Sheen-Carson presents Come Out & Play with Naleighna Kai & Friends hosted by J. L. Woodson
8:00 p.m.
Room 43, 1043 E. 43rd St.
$15 per person (early bird) / $20 thereafter; Adults 21 & up only, island attire.
Tickets online at www.naleighnakai.com or at Genesis Print & Copy Services, 8319 S. Stony Island Ave.

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Chicago Public Library
Woodson Regional Library
Diane Williams Muhammad
Saturday, October 17, 1:00 p.m.
9525 S. Halsted St.
(312) 747-6921
Muhammad, once ranked second in the world as an Olympic-caliber sprinter, discusses and signs her biography True to Me, an Olympian’s Victory Over Steroids.

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JC Conrad-Ellis
Chicago Public Library
Woodson Regional Library
JC Conrad-Ellis
Saturday, October 17, 2:00 p.m.
9525 S. Halsted St.
(312) 747-6921
Join author Conrad-Ellis as she discusses her young adult book entitled, Boys, Beauty & Betrayal.

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Chicago Public Library
Woodson Regional Library
Beatrice Watson
Saturday, October 17, 2:00 p.m.
9525 S. Halsted St.
(312) 747-6921
The author, poet and playwright will discuss and sign Fragments of Life, which includes poetry and stories about every aspect of life.

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Alison Lurie
Chicago Humanities Festival
Alison Lurie and Bill Savage: Literary Laughs
Saturday, October 17, 3:00 p.m.
Ida Noyes Hall, Max Palevsky Cinema
1212 E. 59th St.
(312) 494-9509
(Tickets go on sale Sept. 8 to CHF members and Sept. 21 to the general public)
www.chfestival.org
Lurie, author of nine novels including Foreign Affairs, discusses humor in literature with Northwestern University’s Bill Savage.

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Michelle Tea
Women and Children First
Sister Spit: The Next Generation
Saturday, October 17, 7:30 p.m.
5233 N. Clark St.
(773) 769-9299
This eclectic all-girl group of zinesters, fashion plates, performance artists, slam poets and fancy scribblers hits the road again with their magnificent underground female brilliance. Performers include Michelle Tea, Beth Lisick, Ariel Schrag, Rhiannon Argo, Kirya Traber, and Ben McCoy.
$10 cover charge.

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Sunday, October 18

Book Lovers Buffet Brunch hosted by Sesvalah and Minister Kathy McClure
Blu 47 Restaurant, 4655 S. King Dr.
$30 per person in advance; tickets online at www.naleighnakai.com

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Columbia College Chicago Departments of Fiction Writing, English, and Journalism
Creative Nonfiction Week – Student Readings
Monday, October 19, 3:30 p.m.
Columbia Film Row Cinema, 1104 S. Wabash, 8th fl.
(312) 369-7611
www.colum.edu/cnfw
Experience the powerful voices of the next literary generation with readings by emerging writers from the English, Fiction Writing, and Journalism departments.

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By Cassandra Clare
Chicago Public Library
Cassandra Clare
Ages 14 and up
Monday, October 19, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Sulzer Regional Library
Tuesday, October 20, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Woodson Regional Library
Tuesday, October 20, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Harold Washington Library Center – YOUmedia
Join Chicago Public Library’s Teen Read Week celebration with a renowned author for young adults as she reads from The Mortal Instruments. Teen Read WeekTM Read Beyond Reality @ Your Library® celebrates science fiction and fantasy for teens.

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Chicago Public Library
Albany Park Branch
Ellis Goodman
Monday, October 19, 6:30 p.m.
5150 N. Kimball Ave.
(312) 747-4056
Goodman reads from and signs his novel. Bear Any Burden is a family saga and espionage thriller spanning three generations through World War II to a world-renowned scientist’s defection from Poland to the West in 1983.

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Columbia College Chicago Departments of Fiction Writing, English, and Journalism
Creative Nonfiction Week – Luis Urrea
Monday, October 19, 6:30 p.m.
Columbia Film Row Cinema, 1104 S. Wabash, 8th fl.
(312) 369-7611
www.colum.edu/cnfw
Essayist, poet, and novelist Urrea is the author of 11 critically acclaimed books including The Devil’s Highway, Nobody's Son: Notes from an American Life, and Into the Beautiful North.

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Seminary Co-op Bookstores & International House
Barbara Ehrenreich
Tuesday, October 20, 6:00 p.m.
International House, 1414 E. 59th St.
(773) 684-1300
www.semcoop.com
From the author of Nickel and Dimed comes Bright-Sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America. The renowned author reads from and signs her new work.

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Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies
Chef Laura Frankel on Jewish Slow Cooker Recipes
Tuesday, October 20, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
610 S. Michigan Ave.
(312) 322-1773
www.spertus.edu
Chef Laura demonstrates recipes from her new book while sharing her favorite tips, tricks, and ingredients. $50 | $45 members, includes demo, tasting, and autographed cookbook.

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Columbia College Chicago Departments of Fiction Writing, English, and Journalism
Creative Nonfiction Week – Laurie Lindeen
Tuesday, October 20, 6:30 p.m.
Columbia Film Row Cinema, 1104 S. Wabash, 8th fl.
(312) 369-7611
www.colum.edu/cnfw
Former front for the indie rock band Zuzu’s Petals, Lindeen penned the 2007 memoir Petal Pusher. She is currently at work on a novel and two collections of essays.

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University Club of Chicago/The Book Stall
Larry Kanfer and Alaina Kanfer: Barns of Illinois
Wednesday, October 21, Noon
76 E. Monroe St.
(847) 446-8880
This new collection of Larry Kanfer’s photographs, with text by Alaina Kanfer, documents the diversity of barns throughout the Prairie State and chronicles Illinois’ evolving way of life.
Reservations mandatory. Plated lunch, tickets $25.

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Aviya Kushner
Columbia College Chicago Departments of Fiction Writing, English, and Journalism
Creative Nonfiction Week – Faculty Readings
Wednesday, October 21, 3:30 p.m.
Columbia Film Row Cinema, 1104 S. Wabash, 8th fl.
(312) 369-7611
www.colum.edu/cnfw
Aviya Kushner of the English Department and faculty authors from the Fiction Writing and Journalism Departments share their creative work.

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Michael Chabon © Merkley???
Chicago Public Library
Harold Washington Library Center
Michael Chabon
Wednesday, October 21, 6:00 p.m.
400 S. State St., Cindy Pritzker Auditorium
(312) 747-8184
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay reads from and signs his latest book, Manhood for Amateurs: The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father and Son. In this memoir, Chabon presents an insightful vision of life and explores what it means to be a man today.

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Columbia College Chicago Departments of Fiction Writing, English, and Journalism
Creative Nonfiction Week – Chris Rose
Wednesday, October 21, 6:30 p.m.
Columbia Film Row Cinema, 1104 S. Wabash, 8th fl.
(312) 369-7611
www.colum.edu/cnfw
Journalist, essayist and performance artist Rose of the Times-Picayune, well known for his post-Katrina commentary, shares his insights on modern times and culture.

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57th Street Books
Kari Lydersen
Wednesday, October 21, 6:00 p.m.
1301 E. 57th St.
(773) 684-1300
www.semcoop.com
Lydersen reads from and signsRevolt on Goose Island.

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Literacy Chicago
Joe Meno
Wednesday, October 21, 6:00 p.m.
17 N. State St., Suite 1010
(312) 870-1100 x 103
Join Literacy Chicago students and friends to hear the latest fiction from one of Chicago’s favorite authors.

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The Book Cellar
Local Author Night
Wednesday, October 21, 7:00 p.m.
4736-38 N. Lincoln Ave.
(773) 293-2665
www.bookcellarinc.com
Libby Hellman (Doubleback and Easy Innocence), Craig Hickman (The Insiders) and others share their works and tricks of the trade.

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The Guild Complex
Wednesday, October 21, 7:30 p.m.
Palabra Pura presenting Dolores Dorantes, Laura Solórzano and Jen Hofer
Decima Musa
1901 S. Loomis St.
Dorantes and Solórzano come to Chicago from Mexico to read from their poetry. They are joined by Jen Hofer, a respected translator of Mexican women poets.

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University Club of Chicago/The Book Stall
Carlyn Berghoff
Thursday, October 22, Noon
76 E. Monroe St.
(847) 446-8880
Fourth-generation Chicago restaurateur Carlyn Berghoff puts her signature “tradition with a twist” spin on many of the recipes from the Berghoff Café with The Berghoff Café Cookbook: Berghoff Family Recipes for Simple, Satisfying Food.
Reservations mandatory. Plated lunch, tickets $25.

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Columbia College Chicago Departments of Fiction Writing, English, and Journalism
Creative Nonfiction Week – The Lost Origins of the Essay
Thursday, October 22, 3:30 p.m.
Columbia Film Row Cinema, 1104 S. Wabash, 8th fl.
(312) 369-7611
www.colum.edu/cnfw
David Lazar, Hotel Amerika editor and head of Columbia’s program in creative nonfiction; Jenny Boully, poet, essayist and CNF faculty; and University of Iowa essayist John D’Agata discuss the craft.

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Art Institute of Chicago
Helen Vendler: Robert Lowell and the Modern Legacy
Thursday, October 22, 6:00 p.m.
111 South Michigan Ave., Fullerton Hall
(312) 443-3399
www.artinstituteofchicago.org
Harvard University professor Vendler discusses the poet Robert Lowell at the end of his career, when he viewed American modernists Pound, Eliot, Frost, Tate, Crane, and Williams no longer as intimidating predecessors but as fellow human beings. Presented with the Poetry Foundation.

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Pritzker Military Library
Tanya Biank
Thursday, October 22, 6:00 p.m.
610 N. Fairbanks Court
(312) 587-0234
www.pritzkermilitarylibrary.org
Biank’s book, Army Wives: The Unwritten Code of Military Marriage, a portrait of four Army wives, is the basis of Lifetime TV series of the same name.

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Sherman Alexie
Writers on the Record with Victoria Lautman
Sherman Alexie
Thursday, October 22, 6:00 p.m.
Harold Washington Library Center
400 S. State St., Cindy Pritzker Auditorium
(312) 747-4050
www.victorialautman.com
Lautman speaks with the award-winning Native American author, poet and screen-writer about his latest book of stories, War Dances. Co-sponsored by 98.7WFMT radio and the Chicago Public Library.

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John D'Agata
Columbia College Chicago Departments of Fiction Writing, English, and Journalism
Creative Nonfiction Week – John D’Agata
Thursday, October 22, 6:30 p.m.
Columbia’s Ferguson Auditorium, 600 S. Michigan, 1st fl
(312) 369-7611
www.colum.edu/cnfw
Author of Halls of Fame, About a Mountain (forthcoming), The Next American Essay and The Lost Origins of the Essay, D’Agata was a finalist for the PEN/Albrand Award for nonfiction.

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Chicago Public Library
Woodson Regional Library
Kimberla Lawson Roby
Thursday, October 22, 7:00 p.m.
9525 S. Halsted St.
(312) 747-6921
Join the bestselling author of The Best of Everything and the Reverend Curtis Black sagas, as she reads from her latest work, A Deep Dark Secret. Reception and book signing to follow.

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Chicago Public Radio Presents…
Thursday, October 22, 7:00 p.m.
Heartland Café
7000 N. Glenwood Avenue.
(312) 948-4600
www.chicagopublicradio.org/events
In collaboration with STOP SMILING, Chicago Public Radio presents a showcase of Chicago authors to pontificate and rhapsodize about the city that shaped their lives and work. Participating writers weave a narrative from readings, personal anecdotes and visual supplements to reveal the many facets of Chicago’s literary tapestry.

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The Book Cellar
Ursula Bielski: Chicago’s Ghost Stories
Thursday, October 22, 7:00 p.m.
4736-38 N. Lincoln Ave.
(773) 293-2665
www.bookcellarinc.com
Bielski is an expert on Chicago ghost lore. At this annual event, she sets your skin crawling with the stories she’s experienced herself and gathered from others.

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826CHI
Beginning, Middle, End – Student Reading
Friday, October 23, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
The Boring Store
1331 N. Milwaukee Ave.
(773) 772-8108
www.826CHI.org
Join an action-packed hour during which our always-clever 826CHI students read from the works they've produced during drop-in tutoring, workshops and on their own. Milk and cookies included!

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The Book Cellar
Mike Farrell
Friday, October 23, 7:00 p.m.
4736-38 N. Lincoln Ave.
(773) 293-2665
www.bookcellarinc.com
Former M*A*S*H actor and author (Just Call Me Mike) presents his most recent book, the autobiography Of Mule and Man.

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Regina Spellers
Chicago Public Library
Woodson Regional Library
Regina Spellers
Saturday, October 24, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
9525 S. Halsted St.
(312) 747-6921
The Chicago author discusses her co-edited volume entitled, Blackberries and Redbones: Critical/Articulations of Black Hair/Body Politics in Africana Communities.

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Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies
Gary A. Rendsburg
Sunday, October 25, 2:00 p.m.
610 S. Michigan Ave.
(312) 322-1773
www.spertus.edu
Rendsburg, author of From the Desert to the Sown: Ancient Israel and its Environment, shares his expertise in archaeology, the environment and the Bible to illuminate the ancient Jewish past and Israel’s relationship to the land.

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Borders Books and Music
Newt Gingrich and William Forstchen
Tuesday, October 27, 2:00 p.m.
150 N. State St.
(312) 606-0750
www.borders.com
Gingrich and Forstchen sign and discuss their new book, To Try Men’s Souls.

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57th Street Books
Stephen T. Asma
Tuesday, October 27, 6:00 p.m.
1301 E. 57th St.
(773) 684-1300
www.semcoop.com
Asma, Columbia College professor and author of the acclaimed The Gods Drink Whiskey: Stumbling Toward Enlightenment in the Land of the Tattered Buddha, discusses his latest book, On Monsters: An Unnatural History of Our Worst Fears.

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Aleksander Hemon
Loyola University Chicago, University Libraries
Aleksandar Hemon
Tuesday, October 27, 6:00 p.m.
Crown Center Auditorium
Lake Shore Campus, 6525 N. Sheridan Rd.
(773) 508-2641
http://libraries.luc.edu
A National Book Critics' Circle finalist and National Book Award finalist, Hemon discusses his work and its autobiographical theme, from The Lazarus Project to Love & Obstacles.

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Augusten Burroughs
Borders Books and Music
Augusten Burroughs
Tuesday, October 27, 7:00 p.m.
Music Box Theater, 3733 N. Southport Ave.
(773) 935-3909
In this caustically funny, nostalgic, poignant, and moving collection, You Better Not Cry, Burroughs recounts Christmases past and present as only he could. Please call the store for detail on tickets for this event!

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Chicago Public Library
Clearing Branch
Ellis Goodman
Tuesday, October 27, 7:00 p.m.
6423 W. 63rd Pl.
(312) 747-4056
Goodman reads from and signs his novel. Bear Any Burden is a family saga and espionage thriller spanning three generations through World War II to a world-renowned scientist’s defection from Poland to the West in 1983.

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Tianguis Books
Paul Martinez-Pompa
Tuesday, October 27, 7:30 p.m.
Estrella Negra, 2346 W. Fullerton Ave.
www.tianguis.biz
Attend this book launch and reading of Martinez-Pompa’s My Kill Adore him at the lovely Estrella Negra. Presented by Tianguis Books, Letras Latinas, and The Guild Complex.

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By Jian Ping
Chicago Public Library
Harold Washington Library Center
Jian Ping and Ellis Goodman
Wednesday, October 28, 6:00 p.m.
400 S. State St., Chicago Authors Room
(312) 747-8184
Ping (Mulberry Child: A Memoir of China) and Goodman (Bear Any Burden) discuss how their writing turned traumatic real life experiences into stories. Mulberry Child is the story of coming of age and surviving persecution during the Cultural Revolution in China. Bear Any Burden is a family saga and espionage thriller spanning three generations, from World War II to 1983, when a world-renowned scientist defects from Poland.

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Chicago Public Library
Austin-Irving Branch
Victoria Granacki
Wednesday, October 28, 7:00 p.m.
6100 W. Irving Park Rd.
(312) 744-6222
Join author Granacki for a lecture and slide show outlining the history of what was once referred to as "Chicago's Polish Downtown", an area currently known as Wicker Park, East Village, River West and Bucktown.

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Seminary Co-op Bookstores
David Sax
Thursday, October 29, Time and Location TBD
(773) 684-1300
www.semcoop.com
Sax discusses and signs his latest, Save the Deli: In Search of Perfect Pastrami, Crusty Rye, and the Heart of Jewish Delicatessen.

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University Club of Chicago/ The Book Stall
Taylor Branch
Thursday, October 29, Noon
76 E. Monroe St.
(847) 446-8880
The Pulitzer Prize-winning historian presents The Clinton Tapes, a new work whichhighlights major events of Clinton’s two terms, including the war in Bosnia, the anti-deficit crusade, health care reform failure, anti-terrorist strikes and the Whitewater investigations—all from the perspective of both a historian and a friend to the President. Reservations mandatory. Plated lunch, tickets $25

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Borders Books and Music
Hulk Hogan: My Life Outside the Ring
Thursday, October 29, 7:00 p.m.
830 N. Michigan Ave.
(312) 573-0564
www.borders.com
Hulk Hogan, born Terry Bollea, burst onto the professional wrestling scene in the late seventies and went on to become a world wrestling champion many times over.

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Rick Kogan and Charles Osgood
Chicago Public Library
Lincoln Belmont Branch
Rick Kogan & Charles Osgood
Thursday, October 29, 7:00 p.m.
1659 W. Melrose St.
(312) 744-0166
The journalist and photographer introduce Sidewalks (Volume II), based on their Chicago Tribune magazine column. They share stories of some of the most interesting people around Chicago and regale us with tales about the old days in this great city.

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Kati Marton
University Club of Chicago/Book Stall of Winnetka
Kati Marton
Friday, October 30, Noon
76 E. Monroe St.
(847) 446-8880
The Peabody Award-winning journalist reads from her memoir, Enemies of the People: A Family’s Journey to America, an account of love and survival in a terrorist state during the Cold War.
Reservations mandatory. Plated lunch, tickets $25.
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THE ORIGINAL CHICAGO POETRY SINCE 1999
The following calendar is updated daily at ChicagoPoetryCalendar.com

**Mon Sept 28: Weeds Off The Wall Poetry Contest, 1555 N. Dayton, try to win $50 with a poem that "is not safe", sign up at 9, contest at 10 PM, hosted by Gregorio Gomez
**Tue Sept 29: Two With Water Reading Series & Open Mic, Usually the last Tuesday of the month at Cafe Ballou, 939 N. Western, 6:30 sign-up, 7:00 lit. 1-2 featured reader(s) then an open mic. We choose an OPTIONAL theme for inspiration randomly from the audience for use at the next month's reading. Next month's: "fixation." Two With Water will have its coming out/release party right around that time-- end of Sept. '09! Very excited to come out in *print.* Work by Kristiana Colon, Nick Sarno, an Interview with Thax Douglas and more
**Wed Sept 30: California Clipper, 1002 N California Ave, Susan Messer's book release, 8:30 p.m., Books for sale, 21 and over, Free admission. Guild Complex presents a book release event for Susan Messer's first novel Grand River and Joy, which explores the "intersections of race, class and religion during the long hot summers of Detroit in the 1960s." Check out Susan's web page (www.susanmesser.net) and her blog (http://ethnicwords.blogspot.com) which probes the difficult terrain of ethnic words and labels.
**Thur Oct 1 thru Sun Oct 11: The Fourth Annual Chicago Calling Arts Festival (CCAF4) takes place October 1-11, 2009, featuring Chicago-based artists collaborating in performances and projects with artists living in other locations -- both here in the U.S. and abroad. These collaborations will be prepared or improvised, and some performances will involve live feeds between Chicago and elsewhere. CCAF4 venues include: the Claudia Cassidy Theater at the Chicago Cultural Center, The Velvet Lounge, Elastic Sound & Vision Gallery, Church of the Epiphany, WNUR, Mercury Café, WLUW, Myopic Bookstore, and other venues. http://www.chicagocalling.org/ Click here for the full Chicago Calling schedule of events
**Thur Oct 1: Katerina's, 1920 W. Irving Park Rd, The Bridge of the Arts Series, 7:30 to 10 PM, Tara Betts, Tristan Silverman, Max ZT , with musical guests, $7
**Thur Oct 1: Roots & Culture Gallery, 1034 N. Milwaukee, MAKE Magazine Issue 8 Release Party, 7 to 10 PM, $10
**Fri Oct 2: The Silver Room, 1442 N. Milwaukee Ave, Tara Betts celebrates the release of her new book, ARC & HUE (Willow Books), 8 PM. This is Tara's official Chicago release party. Arrive early since we are expecting a large turn-out!
**Fri Oct 2: Final Poetry Reading at Mercury Cafe, 1505 W. Chicago Ave, Chicago Calling show at 6-9 pm (see http://www.chicagocalling.org/). You are invited to attend this Chicago Calling Arts Festival event, which includes performances by Chicago-based artists, in collaboration with artists who live outside of Chicago. Performers include: Vittorio Carli (poetry) and Carolyn Curtis Magri (visual art); Elizabeth Harper (Chicago) and Faux Paul -- poetry collaboration; Janina Ciezadlo; Rachel Javellana; Leonard De Montbrun (Chicago) and Don Coorough (Arizona) -- poetry collaboration; Sid Yiddish, in collaboration with The Clean Boys; Cathleen Schandelmeier-Bartels in collobaration with the Ugandan artist Sarah; short films by Thomas Realm (from New York) featuring Vittorio Carli and Lee Groban; Lynn Fitzgerald performing poetry with Cuban photography; Josephine Lipuma other TBA artists. This event is free and open to the public.
**Fri Oct 2: Borders Books & Music in Highland Park, 595 Central Avenue , poetry open mic with feature William Graham, 8 PM, all welcome
**Sun Oct 4: Woman Made Gallery, 685 N. Milwaukee, Writing the Transdiasporic Experience poetry reading, 2 to 4 PM, hosted by Nina Corwin, free and open to the public, refreshments will be served
**Sun Oct 4: Myopic Books, 1564 N. Milwaukee 2nd Fl, 7 PM, Chicago Calling w/ Dan Godston
**Tue Oct 6: Homolatte at Tweet, 5024 N Sheridan, 7:30 PM, queer open mic with feaures, pass the hat.
**Wed Oct 7: Sheffield's, 3258 N. Sheffield, Reading Under The Influence, Where the Wild Things Are with Devon Polderman, John Flaherty, Rob Duffer and Jesse Jordan, 7:30 PM, $3
**Wed Oct 7: Hopleaf Bar, 5148 N. Clark, Bookslut Reading Series, 21 and over, 7:30 PM, Dave Reidy, David Taylor and Brian Evenson
**Wed Oct 7: Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell, Series A, 7 to 8 PM, Michelle Taransky and Nick Demske
**Wed Oct 7:: Columbia College Concert Hall. 1014 S. Michigan, Catherine Bowman, 5:30 PM. Catherine Bowman was born in El Paso, Texas. She is the author of the poetry collections The Plath Cabinet, Notarikon, Rock Farm, and 1-800-HOT-RIBS, winner of the Peregrine Smith Poetry Prize and the Kate Frost Tufts Prize. She is the editor of Word of Mouth: Poems Featured on NPR's All Things Considered. Her poems have been published in many literary journals and magazines, and have been selected for six editions of The Best American Poetry anthology. She is the Ruth Lilly Professor of Poetry at Indiana University in Bloomington
**Wed Oct 7 Southside Community Arts Center, 3831 S, Michigan Ave., 7 PM, free. Please join the Guild Literary Complex and Northwestern University Press as we celebrate the publication of Angela Jackson’s debut novel, Where I Must Go. The evening will include readings by Carolyn Rodgers and Angela Jackson
**Wed Oct 7 The Chicago Reading, Mary Ann Hoberman’s first official reading as Children’s Poet Laureate, Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago, 1212 East 59th Street, 6:45 PM, free
**Wed Oct 7 New Media Poetics, Sullivan Galleries, 33 S. State St., 7th floor, 6:30pm. Featuring readings by Bill Allegrezza, Robert Archambeau, Ray Bianchi, Justin Cabrillos, Steve Halle, Philip Jenks, Simone Meunch, and Lina Ramona Vitkauskas. This project is an artistic response to the Learning Modern exhibition, with particular attention to modernist trends in poetry and the manner in which design sensibilities translate across media and are even evident in our understandings of the sonic landscape. Building on the works on display, contemporary poets design texts, which are then read in the Sullivan Galleries on Wednesday, October 7 at 6:30 p.m. Subsequently, SAIC sound students engage these poems as material for further response, reframing the auditory elements of each poem's structure into a new sound score. The resulting projects will be presented in the lobby of the Sullivan Gallery as a temporary sound installation November 6 - 25. New Media Poetics is a collaboration between Experimental Sound Studio for its 2009 Outer Ear Festival of Sound, the Poetry Center of Chicago, and the SAIC Department of Exhibitions
**Thur Oct 8: John Koethe will do a reading for the University of Chicago's Poem Present Series., 4:30 – 6pm, University of Chicago, Classics 110, 1010 E. 59th Street
**Thur Oct 8: Wild Pug, 4810 N. Broadway. Poetry and Pints is a gay / lesbian literary open mic. It is free and open to the public. A queer-focused, straight friendly open mic reading, featuring special readings from Darwyn Jones (contributor, Sin: An Anthology) and Mark Richard Zubro (Schooled in Murder) and a staged reading from playwright and author Rick Karlin’s newest work (Witches Among Us); Hosted by Tavern Boy Craig Rathwell and author Drew Ferguson. Sign-up for open mic begins at 7:30 p.m. Readings start at 8:00 p.m. Readers are encouraged to sign-up early with approximately five minutes of poetry, fiction or creative nonfiction Prose, Poetry and Pints is hosted by "Tavern Boy Craig" and Drew Ferguson (The Screwed-Up Life of Charlie the Second).
**Fri Oct 9: Union Street Gallery, 1527 Otto Boulevard, Chicago Heights, open mic poetry with feature Luis Humberto Valadez, 6:30 to 8 PM.
**Fri Oct 9: UIC Hull House, 800 S. Halsted St., 6 PM, Sneza Zabic, Chad Heltzel, Renoir Gaither, Beatriz Ruiz
**Sun Oct 11: Uptown Poetry Slam, Green Mill Cocktail Lounge, 4802 N. Broadway, 7 PM, featuring Gregory Pickett, $6
**Mon Oct 12: Molly Malone's, 7652 Madison Street, Forest Park, 7:30 to 9:30 PM, open mic with feature Susan Hahn , $3-$5 cover, let Nina know you heard about it through ChicagoPoetry.com
**Tue Oct 13: QUICKIES! FUNdraiser,, 7:30 pm, The Innertown Pub, 1935 W Thomas
**Tue Oct 13: Hopleaf Bar, 5148 N. Clark, Bookslut Reading Series, 21 and over, 7:30 PM, Laird Hunt
**Wed Oct 14:: Barbara's Bookstore, 1218 S. Halsted, Billy Lombardo, 7:30 PM
**Thur Oct 15: 55th Annual Poetry Day: C.D. Wright, Fullerton Hall, Art Institute of Chicago, 111 South Michigan Avenue, Free admission. Now in its 55th year, Poetry Day is one of the oldest and most distinguished reading series in the country. Inaugurated by Robert Frost, Poetry Day has featured such poets as T.S. Eliot, Marianne Moore, Elizabeth Bishop, W.H. Auden, Seamus Heaney, and Adrienne Rich. C.D. Wright was born and raised in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas. She has published a dozen collections; the most recent is Rising, Falling, Hovering (2008), which won the 2009 International Griffin Poetry Prize. She is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, a Lannan Literary Award, and the Robert Creeley Award. A book signing follows. Co-sponsored with the Art Institute of Chicago, 6:00 pm
**Thu Oct 15:: Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln, Witty Women Writers, 7 PM, Amy Guth, Stacey Ballis and Jen Lancaster
**Thur Oct 15: Words That Kill, The Spot, 4437 N. Broadway, Masquerade, Emily Rose and The Puterbaugh Sisters, 7, 6:30 - Slam Sign-Up; 7:00 - Poetry/Comedy Showcase (Host, Brian Babylon); 8:00 - Slam (Host, Gregory Pickett), $5 OR free with canned goods donation. 21+
**Thur Oct 15: DePaul Student Center, room 314, 2250 N Sheffield Avenue, Chris Green celebrates his new book Epiphany School (Mayapple Press), Thursday, 5:30 PM. Chris Green’s poems have appeared in numerous publications, including Poetry, Verse, Black Clock, North American Review, RATTLE, 5 AM, Poet Lore, and Poetry East. His book, The Sky Over Walgreens, was published in 2007 by Mayapple Press; his chapbook, Conceptual Animals, was published in 2006 by Sheltering Pines Press. He has been a featured reader and lecturer for the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, Amnesty International, and National Public Radio. He has an M.F.A. in Poetry from Bennington College and an M.A in British and American Literature from the University of Utah. He has been an editor for Quarterly West and RHINO. He was Editorial Manager for BearingPoint Inc., one of the largest consulting companies in the world. He has also taught for fifteen years at high schools and colleges across the country; he currently teaches poetry at Loyola University and DePaul University. He is also a Visiting Fellow at the DePaul University Humanities Center.
**Fri Oct 16: Chicago Artists Month poetry/video project My Chicago for Your Ljubljanica featuring Joel Craig, Gregor Podlogar (via live feed), Kirsten Leenaars, Travis Nichols, and Dean Rank, 6pm sharp at the Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia Ave
**Tue Oct 20: Hopleaf Bar, 5148 N. Clark, Bookslut Reading Series, 21 and over, 7:30 PM, Mary Caponegro and Matthew Gavin Frank
**Tue Oct 20: Homolatte at Tweet, 5024 N Sheridan, 7:30 PM, queer open mic with feaures, pass the hat.
**Wed Oct 21: Decima Musa, 1901 S Loomis St, Jen Hofer, Laura Solórzano & Dolores Dorantes read for Guild Complex's Palabra Pura,, 7:30 p.m. All ages, Free admission. Dolores Dorantes & Laura Solórzano will travel from Mexico to read with poet/translator Jen Hofer. Presented in partnership with the Mexican Consulate and Southwest Airlines.
**Thur Oct 22: Poetry Off the Shelf: Helen Vendler, On Robert Lowell and the Modern Legacy, Fullerton Hall, Art Institute of Chicago, 111 South Michigan Avenue, Free admission. Helen Vendler, the A. Kingsley Porter University Professor at Harvard, discusses the poet Robert Lowell at the end of his career, when he viewed the great American Modernists Pound, Eliot, Frost, Tate, Crane, and Williams no longer as intimidating predecessors but as fellow human beings. A book signing follows the talk. 6 PM
**Fri Oct 23: Women & Children First, 5233 N Clark St, Christine Rhein & Zoe Keithly, 7:30 PM
**Tue Oct 27: Book Release, Paul Martinez Pompa, My Kill Adore Him, Estrella Negra, 2346 W. Fullerton, 7:30 PM, free
**Fri Oct 30: Rhino Reads at Brother K in Evanston presents Al DeGenova and Judy Valente
**Tue Nov 3: Homolatte at Tweet, 5024 N Sheridan, 7:30 PM, queer open mic with feaures, pass the hat.
**Wed Nov 4: Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell, Series A, 7 to 8 PM, Jorge Sanchez and Francesco Levato
**Thur Nov 5: Katerina's, 1920 W. Irving Park Rd, The Bridge of the Arts Series, 7:30 to 10 PM, Paul Martinez Pompa, Stella Vinitchi Radulescu , with musical guests, $7
**Thur Nov 5: Disturb the Universe: Modernism across Europe, Fullerton Hall, Art Institute of Chicago, 111 South Michigan Avenue, Free admission. Poets W.B. Yeats, Ezra Pound, Rainer Maria Rilke, and others revolutionized poetic practices, while novelists such as James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, and Thomas Mann delved into their characters’ minds. Goodman Theatre actors bring the literary passages to life. 6 PM.
**Mon Nov 9: Molly Malone's, 7652 Madison Street, Forest Park, 7:30 to 9:30 PM, open mic with feature Tara Betts, $3-$5 cover, let Nina know you heard about it through ChicagoPoetry.com
**Fri Nov 13: UIC Hull House, 800 S. Halsted St., 6 PM, Maggie Anderson, Sara Tracey, Brooke Wonders, Derek Philips
**Sun Nov 15: Poetry Off the Shelf: Billy Collins and Kay Ryan, Thorne Auditorium, Northwestern University School of Law, 375 East Chicago Avenue. 6 PM. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door, free for students and teachers. Tickets will be available at www.chicagohumanities.org or via phone at 312.494.9509 starting Tuesday, September 8, for all CHF members and Monday, September 21, for the general public. A $5 handling fee applies to all orders. Two very witty poets—one the current Poet Laureate of the United States and the other a recent holder of that office—share poems and conversation in the concluding program of the Chicago Humanities Festival Laughter series. A book signing follows. Billy Collins’s last three collections of poems have broken sales records for poetry. Among his honors are fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. In 2004, Collins was selected as the inaugural recipient of the Poetry Foundation’s Mark Twain Award for humorous poetry. Characterized by subtle, surprising rhymes and nimble rhythms, Kay Ryan’s compact poems are charged with sly wit and offbeat wisdom. Her awards include the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and an Ingram Merrill Award. In 2008, the Librarian of Congress appointed her the 16th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry. Co-sponsored with the Chicago Humanities Festival
**Wed Nov 18:: Decima Musa, 1901 S. Loomis, Palabra Pura, 7:30 PM, Rita Maria Martinez and Luis Tubens read for the Guild Complex
**Thur Nov 19: Rockpile Poetry and Jazz Festival at The Hideout, 1354 West Wabansia, 8 to 11:30 PM, with The Spider Trio, Bob Malone, Art Lange, Dan Godston, Larry Sawyer, Francesco Levato and Ed Roberson and more.
**Fri Nov 20: Rhino Reads at Brother K in Evanston presents Kathleen Kirk
**Wed Dec 2: Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell, Series A, 7 to 8 PM, Miekal And and Maria Damon
**Thur Dec 3: Katerina's, 1920 W. Irving Park Rd, The Bridge of the Arts Series, 7:30 to 10 PM, Quraysh Ali Lansana, Judith Valent, with musical guests, $7
**Thur Dec 3: Poetry Off the Shelf: Reginald Gibbons, Odes and Fragments of Sophocles, National Hellenic Museum, 801 West Adams Street, 4th Floor
Free admission. Reginald Gibbons retells the story of Oedipus, reading the five odes from Oedipus the King. Filled with sparkling language, intense and surprisingly modern feeling, and myth, the five odes are among the most beautiful poems of antiquity. Reginald Gibbons’s most recent book of poems is Creatures of a Day (2008), a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award. His new translations of Sophocles, Selected Poems: Odes and Fragments (2008), won the Soeurette Diehl Fraser translation award from the Texas Institute of Letters. He teaches at Northwestern University. Co-sponsored with the National Hellenic Museum. 6 PM
**Wed Jan 6: Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell, Series A, 7 to 8 PM, George J. Farrah

 
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