Notable Chicago: 12/12–12/18


Saturday 12/13: City Lit hosts a reading and signing by Chicago teacher and writer Jessie Ann Foley, who’s promoting her first novel, The Carnival at Bray. 5 p.m. 

Unabridged Books invites you to its holiday party. 5 p.m.

Students from the Roosevelt University M.F.A. program read their work from the fall semester at the literary jewel of Lincoln Square, The Book Cellar. 6 p.m.

The Myopic Poetry Series is back at just about the best used book store in the city. This month come hear Amaranth Borsuk, Joel Craig, Caryl Pagel, and Nick Twemlow. 7 p.m.

Monday 12/15: Essay Fiesta is back for another month for an “Essay Festivus for the Rest of Us.” Go get the pole out of the crawlspace and bring it to The Book Cellar. Lily Be, Naomi Huffman, Dave Stinton, Bill Hillmann, and Mike Manship are scheduled to read. All proceeds benefit 826CHI, a place that has changed how young people think about writing. 7 p.m. 

Tuesday 12/16: This month’s edition of Write Club is going to be a good old-fashioned throwdown. David Isaacson versus Susan Karp; Dave Stinton has words with Emily Rose; and Samantha Irby smears word blood everywhere for the main event. The Hideout, 7 p.m. 

Poetry Foundation presents another installment of its Open Door Reading series. This month features Matthew Shenoda, Abigail Zimmer, Joshua Corey, and Kaisa Cummings. 7 p.m.

Story Club South Side comes back to Bridgeport at Co-Prosperity Sphere with “Stories that may or may not Happen in the Future.” Come hear Maura Clement, Bill Drew, and Kirsten Clifford. 7:30 p.m.

Baudelaire in a Box is about artists taking poems from the 126 pieces that comprise Charles Baudelaire’s The Flowers of Evil and creating music with them. The next show is at The Hideout. 9 p.m.

Wednesday 12/17: Keith Ecker and Samantha Irby close out the year of Guts and Glory with Valentine Soposky, Melinda McIntire, Gwynn Fulcher, Andi Nelson, and Fred Weinstein. Schubas, 7 p.m.

Thursday 12/18: Ian Belknap takes the best live lit event in Chicago to Poetry Foundation for their Poetry Off the Shelf series. Whit Nelson, Jessica Anne, Robbie Telfer, JW Basilo, Patrick Carberry, and Barrie Cole do battle. 7 p.m.


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