Notable Chicago: 8/10–8/16


Friday 8/10: Women & Children First hosts the book launch party for Crystal Hana Kim’s If You Leave Me. 7 p.m., free.

Saturday 8/11: Head to Volumes Bookcafe for an evening of poetry with Charles Alexander, Jennifer Karmin, Jose-Luis Moctezuma, Jennifer Nelson, and blake nemec. 6 p.m., free.

Don’t miss the book release party for Fatimah Asghar’s If They Come For Us. Hosted by Danez Smith and featuring Jamila Woods, Hieu Minh Nguyen, Safia Elhillo, Kaveh Akbar, Franny Choi, and Cam Awkward-Rich. VAM Studio (1621 North Kedzie Avenue), 7 p.m., free.

Sunday 8/12: If you can’t make the event at VAM Studio, hear Fatimah Asghar read alongside Rachel “Raych” Jackson, Hieu Minh Nguyen, and José Olivarez at Women & Children First. 6 p.m., free.

Monday 8/13: You’ll get another chance to hear Fatimah Asghar read from her new collection, this time with Safia Elhillo. Volumes Bookcafe, 7:30 p.m., free.

Tuesday 8/14: Women & Children First hosts a reading by Kate Schatz and Miriam Klein Stahl, authors of Bad Girls Can. 5:30 p.m., free.

Wednesday 8/15: Judith Valente presents her newest book, How to Live: What the Rule of St. Benedict Teaches Us about Happiness, Meaning, and Community. The Book Cellar, 7 p.m., free.

Thursday 8/16: Don’t miss Melissa Stephenson in conversation with Reina Hardy as they discuss Melissa’s memoir, Driven: A White-Knuckled Ride to Heartbreak and Back. Women & Children First, 7 p.m., free.

Visit The Book Cellar to hear Alex Poppe read from her book, Moxie. To be followed by a discussion with Zoe Zolbrod. 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 →