Notable Chicago: 6/20–6/26


Friday 6/20: Maria Venegas stops into Women and Children First Books to read from and discuss her memoir, Bulletproof Vest: The Ballad of an Outlaw and His Daughter. Where just named the bookstore one of the best independent booksellers in the country, and events like this one validate the honor. 7:30 p.m. 

Saturday 6/21: Rosalind Cummings-Yeates is at the Edgewater branch of the Chicago Public Library to promote Exploring Chicago Blues, a historical take on the blues scene in Chicago. 1 p.m.

The blues theme continues at The Book Cellar in Lincoln Square, where David Whiteis talks about his book Southern Soul-Blues, a collection of profiles of artists who mark the history of the “neglected musical genre.” 7 p.m.

Sunday 6/22: City Winery hosts Bubbly and Books, a live reading and sparkling wine tasting featuring Jen Lancaster, Stacey Ballis, Sarah Jio, and Amy Hatvany. 1 p.m.

Tuesday 6/24: Moth StorySLAM returns to Martyrs for a night of stories on the theme of “fathers.” If you don’t get there early, you won’t get a seat—it’s always packed. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Wednesday 6/25: Bonnie Blue stops off at the Blackstone branch of the Chicago Public Library to read from and discuss Emmett Till’s Secret Witness, a novelization of the author’s scholarly research into the truth about the events leading up to and beyond August 28, 1955. 6:30 p.m.

2nd Story presents “Joy: Stories of Identity and Self-Expression” at Untitled. Three stories from Melissa DuPrey, Deb Lewis and Shaun Sperling headline the night. 7 p.m.

Sheila Flaherty promotes East of Mecca, a novel about an American family that struggles to adjust to life in Saudi Arabia. The book is based on the author’s covert work counseling women in Saudi Arabia. Women and Children First, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday 6/26: City Lit Books welcomes Daniel Levine in celebration of his new novel Hyde, a retelling of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, by Robert Louis Stevenson. 6:30 p.m.

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