Notable Chicago: 6/13–6/19


Friday 6/13: New York Times bestselling nonfiction author Susan Jane Gilman stops by Andersonville to read from and talk about her debut novel, The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street. Women and Children First Books, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday 6/14: Go to Quimby’s for the release of Mike McPadden’s Heavy Metal Movies, an illustrated reference guide to heavy metal cinema. He’ll be joined by Andy Ortmann, Katie Rife, Andy Slater, Gregory Jacobson, Rachel McPadden, and Dan Gleason. They’ll read original pieces on heavy metal music. Quimby’s, 7 p.m.

Sunday 6/15: Story Sessions celebrates Father’s Day with stories on the theme “Day of the Dad.” Deanna Moffitt is your host of a great evening of stories from Natasha Tsoutsouris, Alan Neff, Linda Gorham, Shannon Cason, Kelsie Huff, and Kevin Gladish. City Winery, 6 p.m. 

Curbside Splendor debuts a brand new literary series in Pilsen called The Marrow. It’ll feature the “truth in various forms.” Leah Pickett and Naomi Huffman host an all-star lineup, including Samantha Irby, Nico Lang, Jeff Miller, and Jen Richards. Punch House, 7:30 p.m.

Monday 6/16: Essay Fiesta is back in Lincoln Square for another evening of essays in support of 826CHI. Karen Shimmin and Willy Nast host Hungover Dad Day with writers Samantha Irby, Randy Richardson, J.H. Palmer, Andrew Jorczak, and Claire Zulkey. The Book Cellar, 7 p.m. 

Tuesday 6/17: Write Club is back at The Hideout. Six writers go head to head and the audience chooses a winner. Proceeds go to the charity of the winner’s choosing. Ian Belknap hosts the literary bloodsport. 7 p.m.

Wednesday 6/18: Local Author Night at The Book Cellar features an eclectic group of writers, including Mary Rickert, R. Clifton Spargo, and Chris Garlington. 7 p.m.

Thursday 6/19: Poetry Foundation presents “The Voice of Women in American Poetry.” Stuart Dybek, Calvin Forbes, Susan Hahn, Joy Harjo, Parneshia Jones, and David Trinidad celebrate the tradition of American women poets writing in response to their country. 7 p.m.

Frank Tempone writes and teaches on the north side of Chicago. He tweets @tempone and rants at More from this author →