Notable Chicago: 10/12–10/18

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Friday 10/12: Visit Women & Children First to celebrate the release of Losing Beck by Susan Hahn. For this event, Susan will be joined by special guest Donna Seaman. 7 p.m., free.

Saturday 10/13: The 2018 Lit and Luz Festival kicks off with So close, far away, an exhibition that features artists from Chicago and Mexico and brings together the multitude of ways in which poetry, art, and literature manifest in artistic practices. Sector 2337, 6 p.m., free.

Tuesday 10/16: Lacy M. Johnson reads from her new collection of essays, The Reckonings. Women & Children First, 6 p.m., free.

Lit and Luz continues with 1968: We Were There as writers and activists assembled by Dr. Héctor García Chávez and Moira Pujols discuss the tumultuous events in Mexico City and Chicago in 1968. Co-prosperity Sphere, 7 p.m., $5 suggested donation.

Wednesday 10/17: Visit Roosevelt University for a reading and interview with Julián Herbert as part of the Lit and Luz festival. 5 p.m., free.

The Poetry Foundation hosts a Lit and Luz celebration with readings by Natalia Toledo, Fernanda Melchor, Julián Herbert, José Olivarez, Stephanie Manriquez, Daniel Borzutzky, and many more. 7 p.m., free.

Women & Children First hosts the book launch party for The Lake on Fire by Rosellen Brown with special guest Janet Burroway. 7 p.m., free.

Thursday 10/18: Don’t miss a conversation between Jill Soloway (She Wants It) and Hannah Gadsby, plus appearances by Pidgeon Pagonis, Elaine Soloway, and other special guests. Chicago Waldorf School, 7 p.m., tickets here.

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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 →