Notable Chicago: 7/20–7/26

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Friday 7/20: Join Women & Children First as Wendy L. Rouse presents research from Her Own Hero: The Origins of the Women’s Self-Defense Movement. 7:30 p.m., free.

If you’re going to Pitchfork Music Festival, don’t miss the Book Fort, open Friday through Sunday. View the full list of events and readers here.

Paulette Livers, Kelly Mcnees, and Brian Leung discuss the myriad of weird journeys their novel writing has taken them on. Volumes Bookcafe, 7 p.m., free.

Sunday 7/22: Women & Children First hosts On Intersex: A Panel Discussion. Presenters include I. W. Gregorio, Eric Lohman, and Hann Lindahl. 4 p.m., free.

Monday 7/23: Music critic Jenn Pelly will be at Volumes Bookcafe to chat about her book The Raincoats. She will be joined by music critic and author of The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic, Jessica Hopper. 7:30 p.m., free.

Thursday 7/26: Aaron Leonard discusses A Threat of the First Magnitude—FBI Counterintelligence & Infiltration: From the Communist Party to the Revolutionary Union—1962-1974. Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 6 p.m., free.

Cheryl Bardoe discusses Nothing Stopped Sophie, followed by a Q&A and signing. 57th Street Books, 6 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 →