Friday 6/27: Women and Children First Books kicks off a big weekend in Chicago with a panel discussion, “Writing and Editing Noir,” moderated by the award-winning journalist, Mei-Ling Hopgood. She’ll be joined by Cheryl Lu-Lien, Joe Meno, Richard Thomas and Ben Tanzer. Refreshments and intellect served. 7 p.m.
Saturday 6/28: Printers Ball celebrates its 10th anniversary of celebrating “literary culture with an international scope.” Learn to create a one-page zine, develop an app, discover the aesthetics of letterpress, or pop in on a reading. You’re going to be inspired. The Hubbard St. Lofts, 1821 W Hubbard, 3:30 p.m.
Monday 6/30: The Book Cellar checks in this week with a great event featuring the UK-based Laydeez Do Comics, a group represented by Cathy Hannah and MK Czerwiec that presents comics as narratives of quotidian life. 7 p.m.
Wednesday 7/2: City Lit Books hosts Damien Echols and Lorri Davis, co-authors of Yours for Eternity, a book that documents the epistolary exchange between the two while Echols, a part of “The Memphis Three,” served a 20-year sentence on death row for a crime he did not commit. 7 p.m.