Notable Chicago: 9/28–10/4

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Friday 9/28: Visit Women & Children First to celebrate the release of Semi Queer: Inside the World of Gay, Trans, and Black Truck Drivers by Anne Balay. 7 p.m., free.

Saturday 9/29: Visit the Poetry Foundation for an edit-a-thon to build, strengthen, and correct the Wikipedia pages of Latinx and Latin American literary figures. No previous experience necessary. Just bring a laptop and a commitment to build community! RSVP here. 11 a.m., free.

Sunday 9/30: Women & Children First hosts the launch of To Survive on this Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults. Joining the discussion will be project creators Jess T. Dugan and Vanessa Fabbre, in conversation with participants Gloria Allen, Mickey Mahoney, and Alexis Martinez. 4 p.m., free.

Monday 10/1: Croatian author Dubravka Ugresic discusses American Fictionary and Fox. A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion. 57th Street Books, 6 p.m., free.

Poetry off the Shelf continues at The Poetry Foundation with a reading from Solmaz Sharif. 7 p.m., free.

Tuesday 10/2: The Poetry Foundation hosts a Special Poetry Workshop & Discussion with Joshua Beckman. 12 p.m., free. 

Wednesday 10/3: Riley Snorton and Joshua Chambers-Letson will present selections from their recently published books, meditating on the power of queer of color and black trans grief. Women & Children First, 7 p.m., free.

Thursday 10/4: Women & Children First presents The Audacity of Diverse, Daring Fiction for Youth featuring debut authors Beth Kander and Lora Hyler. 7 p.m., free.

Visit The Book Cellar to celebrate Amy Blumenfeld’s debut novel, The Cast. 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 →