Friday 8/29: After Hours is a literary magazine that publishes writing and art by Chicagoans, even ones who once lived here but then made the insane decision to move away. The magazine is celebrating issue #29 at The Book Cellar, 7 p.m.
D. Bryant Simmons continues her area tour in support of her novel How to Knock a Bravebird from Her Perch at Women and Children First Books. Refreshments are always served at these readings, so consider going to one of the few feminist bookstores in the country. 7:30 p.m.
Saturday 8/30: Myopic Books Poetry Series continues in earnest with special guests Luis Humberto Valadez and Philip Jenks. 7 p.m.
Lane Milburn stops by Quimby’s to promote his sci-fi graphic novel, Twelve Gems. 7:30 p.m.
Sunday 8/31: This week’s Uptown Poetry Slam happens concurrently with the Chicago Jazz Festival. There could be something really special planned, or it might just be the same great time it always is. The Green Mill, 7 p.m.
Tuesday 9/2: Tuesday Funk returns to Hopleaf. Hosts Andrew Huff and Eden Robins present an evening of literary goodness, featuring Jasmine Davila, Ryan DiGiorgi, Anne Holub, Scott Smith, and Holly McDowell. Get there early; it fills fast. 7 p.m.
Wednesday 9/3: Challengers Comics + Conversation hosts the release party for Ryan Browne’s God Hates Astronauts. They’re really excited about this book. 6 p.m.
Thursday 9/4: Poetry Foundation hosts the launch of Nepantla: A Journal Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color. Come celebrate with Duriel E. Harris, Ching-In Chen, Ruben Quesada, and Francisco Aragón. 7 p.m.