Notable Chicago: 4/27–5/3


Friday 4/27: Daniel Borzutzky and Nate Marshall will read at Women & Children First. 7:30 p.m., free.

Saturday 4/28: It’s Independent Bookstore Day! Celebrate all of Chicago’s indie bookstores by visiting as many as possible in one day! There will be giveaways and complimentary refreshments galore! Participating stores can be found here.

Sunday 4/29: Women & Children First welcomes poets Franny Choi (Death by Sex Machine) and sam sax (Madness) for the Madness Machine Tour! 6 p.m., free.

Monday 4/30: Poetry off the Shelf continues at The Poetry Foundation with a reading by Maggie Nelson. 6 p.m., free.

Wednesday 5/2: Visit City Lit Books for the Oyez Review 45 release party! Contributors include Matthew Goulish, Jazzy Smith, Rabha Ashry, Hannah McHugh, Elizabeth Bertch, Rachel Arndt, and Jennifer Roche. 6:30 p.m., free.

Rebekah Frumkin will discuss her new book The Comedown with Rebecca Makkai. Volumes Bookcafe, 7 p.m., free.


Chicago readers: our Poetry Editor Cortney Lamar Charleston’s grandfather has been unaccounted for since 8 p.m. on April 21. He is believed to have been wearing green khaki pants and his Logos Baptist Assembly jacket. There is a photograph of him below. If you see someone that might be him, please call (773) 221-7463. He is eighty-three and has been diagnosed with dementia so he may not be able to recall his name. He does not have any identification on him that the family is aware of. Thank you.


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Logo art by Max Winter.

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 →