Notable Chicago 8/22–8/28


Friday 8/22: City Lit Books hosts a reading, signing, and conversation with two novelists with recent releases. Josh Weil, author of The Great Glass Sea (Grove Press) and Mike Harvkey, author of In the Course of Human Events (Soft Skull Press), will appear. 6:30 p.m.

The TallGrass Writers Guild is at The Book Cellar in Lincoln Square to present original works on the theme “Dressing Up.” There’ll be poetry, essay, and fiction. 7:00 p.m.

Stop by one of the best indies in the country, Women & Children First Books, for an evening of poetry with Lisa Marie Brodsky, Rita Mae Reese, and Nathan Hoks. 7:30 p.m.

 Saturday 8/23: The Chicago 77 is a papermaking workshop that leads participants in creating something from found text and objects from each of Chicago’s 77 neighborhoods. Margaret Mahan and Drew Matott lead the project. Columbia College Papermaker’s Garden, 728 S Wabash, 10 a.m.

The Paper Machete is a live show at The Green Mill featuring journalists, comedians, and other storytellers commenting on American culture. Subscribe to the podcast at their website. 3 p.m.

Sunday 8/24: This month’s edition of 2nd Story Chicago is on stories of moving forward, and it features Ozzie Totten, Rebecca King, and Senyo Ador. Untitled, 7 p.m.

Tuesday 8/26: The Moth StorySLAM is back at Martyrs’ on the theme “Deception.” Get there early to get any seat whatsoever. Doors at 6 p.m., Stories at 8 p.m.

The Stoop is an off-book storytelling show. That means you can’t read your story from a nice printed page in Times New Roman and make no eye contact with your audience. It’s hosted by Moth GrandSLAM champion, Lily Be. Rosa’s Lounge, 7 p.m.

Wednesday 8/27: This month’s Miss Spoken is about “Summer Love,” featuring Corrine Mucha, Elizabeth Gomez, Lily Be, Karen Shimmin, and Cinnamon Cooper. The Gallery Cabaret, 7 p.m.

Roxanne Gay’s essay collection, Bad Feminist, is one of the hottest books this year, and she stops at Women & Children First Books to give its audience a taste. Don’t miss this one. 7:30 p.m.

Thursday 8/28: Jan Morrill is at the Harold Washington Library to read and sign copies of her novel, The Red Kimono. 6 p.m.

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