Notable Chicago: 2/2–2/8


Friday 2/2: Visit Women & Children First for Am I Man Enough?: A Storytelling Show & Podcast where eight storytellers will share their personal story to critically examine the culture of toxic masculinity and the construction of masculinity and manhood. 7:30 p.m., free.

Saturday 2/3: Jen Bervin and Matthew Goulish read from their latest works, Silk Poems and The Brightest Thing in The World: 3 Lectures from the Institute of Failure. Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 4 p.m., free.

Tuesday 2/6: Visit City Lit Books for a conversation with Virginia Eubanks, author of Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor, and Aziz Huq. 6:30 p.m., free.

Wednesday 2/7: Mary Wisniewski, author of Algren: A Life, will discuss the contradictory relationship that Nelson Algren had with strong women and the effect that that had on his art. Women & Children First, 7:30 p.m., free.

Thursday 2/8: Poetry off the Shelf continues at the Poetry Foundation with Toi Derricotte and Cornelius Eady in conversation about the legacy of Cave Canem. Moderated by Tracie D. Hall. 7 p.m., free.

Visit Women & Children First for a joint author reading with partners Dale Boyerwho will launch his new story collection, Thornton Stories, and novelist Scot T. O’Hara, who will read from his recently released novel, Tarantella. 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 →