Notable Chicago: 9/21–9/27

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Friday 9/21: Julian Randall discusses his new collection, Refuse. He will be joined in conversation with Tara Betts. 57th Street Books, 6 p.m., free.

City Lit Books hosts a poetry reading with Kundiman founder Joseph O. Legaspi, and fellows Feliz Lucia Molina, Faisal Mohyuddin, and Helene Achanza. 6:30 p.m., free.

Women & Children First welcomes Shannon Gibney for a reading and moderated conversation with Rachel DeWoskin for Gibney’s new YA novel, Dream Country. 7 p.m., free.

Saturday 9/22: Don’t miss Lit Crawl 2018 as literary events takeover Andersonville bars, restaurants, and businesses! 5:30 p.m., free.

Tuesday 9/25: Women & Children First presents the book launch celebration for Charlene Carruthers’s Unapologetic: A Black, Queer, and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements. The event will be held in the Screening Room at the Logan Arts Center. 7 p.m., tickets here include a copy of the book.

Wednesday 9/26: Poetry off the Shelf continues at The Poetry Foundation with Grady Chambers reading from his debut collection, North American Stadiums, winner of the inaugural Milkweed Editions Max Ritvo Poetry Prize. Henri Cole, who judged the prize, will also read. 7 p.m., free.

Head to Women & Children First for the release party celebrating The Eggshell Skull Rule, the debut full-length poetry collection from Amy Strauss Friedman. Amy will be reading along with guest readers and fellow poets Jessica L. Walsh and Donna Vorreyer. 7 p.m., free.

Thursday 9/27: Visit City Lit Books for a reading with L.A. Chandlar, author of The Gold Pawn: An Art Deco Mystery. 6:30 p.m., free.

A bonus Poetry off the Shelf this week features readings by our own Poetry Editor Carolina Ebeid, Manuel Paul López, and Vanessa Angélica Villarreal. 7 p.m., free.

Women & Children First celebrates Samuel Park’s final book, The Caregiver. Samuel died last year, and his friends Curtis Sittenfield, Rebecca Makkai, Shauna Seliy, and Nami Mun will discuss the book. 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 →