Notable Chicago: 11/13–11/19

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Friday 11/13: City Lit Books welcomes Francesca Abbate, Toby Altman, and Alix Anne Shaw for Poetry Night. 6:30 p.m.

Author Maggie Kast launches her first novel, A Free, Unsullied Land. Women & Children First, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday 11/14: Gerald Butters talks about race, film, and Chicago in From Sweetback to Superfly. City Lit Books, 5 p.m.

Join French Authors in Translation at The Book Cellar, 5 p.m.

Sunday 11/15: David V. Matthews, Liz Baudler, Christian Tebordo, and Brendan Tynan Buck read at Uncharted Books.

Monday 11/16: Put your party pants on for Essay Fiesta! All donations benefit 826Chicago. The Book Cellar, 7 p.m.

Tuesday 11/17: Ada Calhoun joins Rachel Swearingen in conversation at City Lit Books. 6:30 p.m.

November’s Open Door Reading features University of Illinois at Chicago’s Roger Reeves and student Cristina Correa with Illinois State University’s Francesco Levato and student Benjamin Busch. Poetry Foundation, 7 p.m.

Wednesday 11/18: Richard Steele emcees an evening of performances, tributes, and reflections as the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame presents Haki Madhubuti with the Fuller Award. Poetry Foundation, 7 p.m.

The Book Cellar welcomes Chuck Bright (Goshena: Queen of the Big In-Betweena), Sam Reaves (Mob Cop), Sonali Dev (Bollywood Bride), and Gerald Brennan (Public Loneliness) for Local Author Night. 7 p.m.

Leah Lax, Uncovered. 7:30 p.m. at Women & Children First.

Thursday 11/19: City Lit Books hosts Chicago Book Expo Awareness Night. 6:30 p.m.

Chelsea Clammer discusses Bodyhome, her recently published collection of essays. Women & Children First, 7:30 p.m.

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Rachel Natale currently lives, dances, and writes in Chicago. She recently received the James Charles Cox Memorial Award in English at Loyola University, and her work has been published in Treehouse Magazine. More from this author →