Notable Chicago: 8/24–8/30


Friday 8/24: Visit The Book Cellar to hear author Brian Abrams present his book Obama: An Oral History. 7 p.m., free.

Jean Iversen discusses Local Flavor: Restaurants That Shaped Chicago’s Neighborhoods. She will be joined in conversation by Jeffrey Ruby. 57th Street Books, 3 p.m., free.

Saturday 8/25: Celebrate the winners of the Illinois state-wide Gwendolyn Brooks Youth Poetry Awards at The Poetry Foundation. Host Eve L. Ewing leads this lively event of poetry readings, food, and family. 1 p.m., free.

Tuesday 8/28: Visit Unabridged Books for an evening in celebration of Jason Heller’s Strange Stars: David Bowie, Pop Music, and the Year Sci-Fi Exploded. Jason will appear in conversation with the A.V. Club’s Keith Phipps. 7 p.m., free.

Wednesday 8/29: Martin Patrick discusses his book Across the Art/Life Divide: Performance, Subjectivity, and Social Practice in Contemporary Art. Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 6 p.m., free.

Thursday 8/30: Visit City Lit Books for a poetry reading and book release celebration for Fruit of the Earth by Jamie Wendt. 6:30 p.m., free.

Head to Women & Children First for the book release party celebrating The Air You Breathe by Frances de Pontes Peebles. Frances will be in conversation with Cristina Henriquez. 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 →