Notable Chicago: 6/27–7/3


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.

Sunday 6/29: City Lit Books presents Jonathan Lethem in conversation with Printers Row Editor Jennifer Day at Logan Square Auditorium. Don’t miss this one. 3 p.m.

Then head over to Black Rock Pub & Kitchen for Sunday Salon. This month features Arnie Bernstein, Tessa Mellas, Kate Milliken, and Ben Tanzer. 7 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.

Tuesday 7/1: The Wit Rabbit Reading Series returns to Quencher’s and features a powerful lineup: Hannah Brooks-Motl, Adam Fell, Lesley Jenike, Jennifer Perrine, and Snezana Zabic. 7 p.m.

If you’re a writer in Chicago, you know about Hopleaf. This week it hosts Tuesday Funk and two spirited writers, Evan Okun and Lisa Kirchner. 7:30 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.

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