Notable Chicago: 1/13–1/19


Saturday 1/14: David Mitchell discusses his debut novel We Hold These Truths with Dave Baron, author of Pembroke: A Rural, Black Community in the Indiana Dunes. The authors will address the intertwining issues explored by their books. 57th Street Books, free.

Sunday 11/15: #WRITERSRESIST events are happening all over the city. Readers at The Loop reading from 12–3 p.m. include Audrey Niffenegger, Audrey Petty, Barrie Jean Borich, our own Essays Editor Ruben Quesada and Assistant Essays Editor Brian Kornell, and many more. The Loop event will also feature speakers from the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, the Center on Halsted, and other local agencies. Click here for the full list of events and locations.

Clint Smith reads from his debut collection of poetry, Counting Descent, at the Seminary Co-op Bookstore. 3 p.m., free.

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+.

Tuesday 1/17: The Open Door Reading series at the Poetry Foundation welcomes The University of Chicago’s Nathan Hoks and his student Claire Sylvester Smith with Ruben Quesada and his student Oona Winners. 7 p.m., free.

Wednesday 1/18: Head to Women & Children First for the book launch party for Kathleen Rooney’s Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk. 7:30 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 →