Notable Chicago: 1/27–2/2


Friday 1/27: Visit Women & Children First to celebrate the launch of Programmed Inequality: How Britain Discarded Women Technologists and Lost Its Edge in Computing by Marie Hicks. 7:30 p.m., free.

Saturday 1/28: The fourth installment of the Chimera Reading Series is happening in Logan Square. 2421 W Medill Ave, 7 p.m., donations to 826CHI encouraged.

Sunday 1/29: 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 1/31: What is the writer’s role in the post-truth age? Join Joseph Anthony Rulli (The Chicago Haymarket Affair: A Guide to the Labor Rights Milestone) and Steve Bellinger (The Chronocar) for a reading and conversation. City Lit Books, 6:30 p.m., free.

Wednesday 2/1: Jonathan Lear discusses Wisdom Won from Illness: Essays in Philosophy and Psychoanalysis. He will be joined in conversation by Martha Nussbaum. Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 6 p.m., free.

Thursday 2/2: Don’t miss the Gwendolyn Brooks Centennial, part of an initiative honoring the legacy of the first African American poet to receive the Pulitzer Prize. The event will feature five African American Pulitzer Prize winning poets—Rita Dove, Yusef Komunyakaa, Natasha Trethewey, Tracy K. Smith, and Gregory Pardlo—for an evening of poetry and conversation. Art Institute of Chicago, 6 p.m., free with museum admission.

Women & Children First hosts a conversation about the issues surrounding motherhood and the tension between caretaking and creativity. The event is hosted by Kim Brooks, and features Kiki Petrosino, Cristina HenriquezZoe Zolbrod, Rebecca Makkai, and more. 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 →