Notable Chicago: 1/6–1/12


Sunday 1/8: As always, the Uptown Poetry Slam is going down at The Green Mill. Open mic starts at 7 p.m. followed by the slam itself. $7, 21+.

Monday 1/9: Kenneth Seeskin discusses Thinking about the Torah: A Philosopher Reads the Bible at the Seminary Co-op Bookstore. He will be joined in conversation by David J. Cohen. 6 p.m., free.

Visit Buzz Café in Oak Park for the Traveling Mollys Reading Series, featuring Holly Amos and Jessica Walsh. 7 p.m., $5 if you can, $3 if you can’t.

Tuesday 1/10: Head to the Seminary Co-op Bookstore to hear Peter O’Leary and Steven Toussaint read from their latest collections of poetry. 6 p.m., free.

Wednesday 1/11: Join The Book Cellar to celebrate the launch of local author Keir Graff’s new book The Matchstick Castle. 6 p.m., free.

Women & Children First launches their ACTIVISM series showcasing a specific local social justice organization every month. The launch will feature two organizations, FURIE and Masjid al-Rabia. 7 p.m., free.

Thursday 1/12: Mary Wisniewski reads from Algren: A Life, the first biography of Chicago writer Nelson Algren in over twenty-five years. City Lit Books, 6:30 p.m., free.

The Awakening Center in collaboration with author Lisa Smith (Girl Walks Out of a Bar) offer a book talk and workshop focusing on women and addiction. Women & Children First, 7 p.m., free.


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Jonathan McDaniel is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago’s Nonfiction MFA program, and his work has most recently appeared in The Point Magazine, Tahoma Literary Review, and at The Rumpus. He works as a copywriter and lives in Chicago with his dog. Find him on twitter @JonathanMcD. More from this author →