Notable Chicago: 8/3–8/9


Friday 8/3: Traci D. O’Neal reads from The Exceptional Negro: Racism, White Privilege and the Lie of Respectability Politics. Women & Children First, 7 p.m., free.

Visit The Book Cellar to hear Osama Alomar read from his short story collection, The Teeth of the Comb & Other Stories. 7 p.m., free.

Saturday 8/4: Join City Lit Books for an evening with Taylor Saracen, author of His Own Way Out, and Blake Mitchell. 5 p.m., free.

Volumes Bookcafe hosts the launch party for T. Sean Steele’s Tacky Goblin. 7 p.m., free.

Sunday 8/5: Head to City Lit Books for a conversation with Ryan H. Walsh, author of Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968, in conversation with Jessica Hopper. 2 p.m., free.

Wednesday 8/8: Women & Children First hosts the book launch party for Kathleen Rooney’s The Listening Room. 7 p.m., free.

Head to Volumes Bookcafe for Pour One Out, a monthly storytelling series organized by Ada Cheng. This month’s theme is “One More Chance, Please!” featuring readings from Antwan Mchenry Belmer, Julia Brown, Mack Dihle, Margaret Ghielmetti, John Hahm, Andrew Rios, Debra Taitel, and Simon Tran. 7 p.m., free.

Thursday 8/9: Ingrid Rojas Contreras reads from Fruit of the Drunken Tree. She will be joined in conversation by Cristina Henríquez. Women & Children First, 7 p.m., free.

Head to The Book Cellar for Chicago trivia and Ellen Shubart’s presentation of What’s With Chicago?. 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 →