Notable Chicago: 2/16–2/22


Friday 2/16: Local authors Samira Ahmed (Love, Hate & Other Filters) and Gloria Chao (American Panda) will discuss their debut novels at Women & Children First. 7 p.m., free.

Monday 2/19: Visit The Book Cellar to welcome author Colin Winnette as he discusses his new book The Job of the Wasp with Jac Jemc. 7 p.m., free.

Tuesday 2/20: The Open Door Reading Series at The Poetry Foundation continues with a reading by Chicago State University’s Tara Betts and her student Jermaine Reed, along with the University of Chicago’s Rachel Galvin, and her student Anna Wood.

Wednesday 2/21: The Book Cellar’s monthly Local Author Night returns for a reading with Sahar Mustafah, Patricia McNair, Christine Rice, and Cyn Vargas. 7 p.m., free.

Thursday 2/22: Poetry off the Shelf presents CantoMundo authors Amy Sayre Baptista, Natalie Scenters-Zapico, and Jacob Shores-Argüello. The Poetry Foundation, 7 p.m., free.

The Conversation series continues at Women & Children First with panelists Sarah Manguso, Gina Frangello, and Kiki Petrosino discussing The Body in a conversation moderated by Kim Brooks. 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 →