Notable Chicago: 11/7–11/13


Friday 11/7:  57th Street Books is a South Side favorite, and tonight a Cuban literary star, Yoss, is in conversation with Dominican literary star, Rey Andújar. These guys love talking craft, so if you’re into that kind of thing, get there. 6 p.m.

Jac Jemc and her new collection of stories, A Different Bed Every Time, will be at Women and Children First. 7:30 p.m.

LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs brings her multimedia performance to the Film Studies Center at The University of Chicago. Diggs is a big-time poet whose work has been featured at The Whitney and MoMa. 8 p.m.

Saturday 11/8: Anne Rice: Vampire Chronicler appears with her longtime editor, Victoria Wilson at the UIC Forum. 4 p.m.

The Dollhouse Reading Series is back, featuring Sean Bishop, Kara Candito, Chris Green, and Simone Muench. It’s a private residence, so put your nonsense away and enter gently. 7:30 p.m.

Sunday 11/9: The Chicago Humanities Festival continues with one of the best writers in Chicago, Aleksandar Hemon. He previews his next novel, The Making of Zombie Wars, and talks about his creative process with the talented editor and journalist, Laura Pearson. Museum of Contemporary Art, 12 p.m.

Over 30 local and regional indie publishers, presses, and booksellers are participating in Curbside Splendor’s Pop Up Book Fair at The Empty Bottle. 1-6 p.m.

Anna Quindlen’s latest book is the paperback version of Still Life with Bread Crumbs. She’s at Women and Children First. 4:30 p.m.

Monday 11/10: Three great minds from The University of Chicago are at Seminary Co-op Bookstore to discuss Jennifer Scappettone’s latest work, Killing the Moonlight: Modernism in Venice. Scappettone talks with Maud Ellmann and Rebecca West. 6 p.m.

Tuesday 11/11: The Prose Laureate of Chicago might very well be Stuart Dybek, and he headlines The Society of Midland Authors social hour at The Cliff Dwellers Club, 6 p.m.

Eric Jarosinski’s Nein. Quarterly  project has 92,000 followers on Twitter. He’s at  Goethe-Institut Chicago to talk with Editorial Director of Words Without Borders, Susan Harris. 7 p.m.

Wednesday 11/12:  City Lit Books hosts the paperback release of I’ll Take You There: Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers, and the Music That Shaped the Civil Rights Era, by the Chicago Tribune’s longtime music critic, Greg Kot. He’s in conversation with DownBeat senior contributor, Aaron Cohen. 6:30 p.m.

The Book Cellar hosts Scott Onak in conversation with two novelists with new books out. Brock Clarke’s new book is The Happiest People in the World (Algonquin Books), and Miriam Toews has written McSweeney’s Books latest release, All My Puny Sorrows. 7 p.m.

Lan Cao published The Lotus and the Storm this summer, and she’s at Women and Children First to read from and sign copies of her book. 7:30 p.m. 

Thursday 11/13: Poetry Foundation’s “Poetry Off the Shelf” hosts a literary cabaret with Robyn Schiff, Philip Jenks, Damien Rogers, Sally Timms, and Azita Youssefi. 7 p.m.

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