Notable Chicago: 1/11–1/17


Friday 1/11: Visit Women & Children First for a poetry reading with Chicago House’s TransWorks Mentorship Program, featuring Cassie, Keegan, Casper Hanney, Angel Nordstrom, and Mara Williamson. 7 p.m., free.

Saturday 1/12: Catherine Pikula reads from her new chapbook, I’m Fine, How Are You?, and will be joined by Jan-Henry Gray and Julia Cohen. Volumes Bookcafe, 7 p.m., free.

Sunday 1/13: Ava Black will discuss her new psychological thriller, The Bug Jar. 57th Street Books, 3 p.m., free.

Tuesday 1/15: The Open Door Reading Series continues at the Poetry Foundation with readings by Rivka Yeker and her student Lora Mathis, and Chris Green and his student Christopher Watkins. 7 p.m., free.

Wednesday 1/16: The Book Cellar hosts Local Author Night featuring Libby Fischer Hellman, Rita Dragonette, Ava Black, G.W. Kennedy, and Pete Leki. 7 p.m., free.

Thursday 1/17: Amy Gentry and Layne Fargo will discuss Amy’s new novel, Last Woman Standing. Women & Children First, 7 p.m., free.

Ling Ma discusses her debut novel Severance. A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion. Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 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 →