Notable Chicago: 9/7–9/13


Friday 9/7: Women & Children First welcomes comedian and podcaster Maeve Higgins for a reading, Q&A, and book-signing for her book Maeve in America. 7 p.m., free.

Saturday 9/8: Brice D. Smith reads from Lou Sullivan: Daring to Be a Man Among Men, which was a 2018 Lambda Literary Award finalist. Women & Children First, 6 p.m., free.

Tuesday 9/11: Barbara Ransby discusses Making All Black Lives Matter: Reimagining Freedom in the 21st Century, and is joined in conversation by Aislinn Pulley. University of Chicago’s Saieh Hall of Economics, 6 p.m., free.

Volumes Bookcafe welcomes Gretchen Bonaduce to discuss and sign her book Surviving Agent Orange. 7 p.m., free.

Wednesday 9/12: Luke Fischer reads and discusses A Personal History of Vision. A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion. Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 6 p.m., free.

Rebecca Makkai presents her newest book, The Great Believers. She will be joined in conversation with Elizabeth Taylor. The Book Cellar, 7 p.m., free.

Thursday 9/13: Don’t miss the book release party for José Olivarez’s debut book of poems, Citizen Illegal.José will be joined by several writers including Nate Marshall, Luis Carranza, Britteney Black Rose Kapri, Eloisa Amezcua, Hanif Abdurraqib, and more. National Museum of Mexican Art (1852 W 19th), 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 →