Notable Chicago: 1/4–1/10


Friday 1/4: Women & Children First hosts the book launch party for Before AIDS: Gay Health Politics in the 1970s by Katie Batza. 7 p.m., free.

Visit Volumes Bookcafe to hear Michael Berube read from Life as Jamie Knows It: An Exceptional Child Grows Up. 7 p.m., free.

Saturday 1/5: Jonathan Rosenbaum discusses Cinematic Encounters: Interviews and Dialogues. He will be joined in conversation by Ignatiy Vishnevetsky. Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 3 p.m., free.

Sunday 1/6: Charles Bernstein discusses Near/Miss, his first poetry collection in five years. A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion. 57th Street Books, free.

Tuesday 1/8: Samira Ahmed presents Love, Hate, & Other Filters, her critically acclaimed YA debut in which a Muslim teen copes with Islamophobia, cultural divides among peers and parents, and the perceptions of American identity. American Writers Museum, 6:30 p.m., $12 general/$6 member guests/free for members. Tickets available here.

Wednesday 1/9: P.K. Newby visits The Book Cellar to discuss her new book, Food and Nutrition: What Everyone Needs to Know. 7 p.m., free.

Don’t miss Pour One Out: A Monthly Storytelling Series, curated and hosted by Ada Cheng. This month’s theme is “The Space in Between,” and will feature Ines Bellina, Molly Brennan, Mack Dihle, Jonathan Euseppi, Keisa Reynolds, Chhun Singha, Tony Ho Tran, and Nancy Wai. Volumes Bookcafe, 7 p.m., free.

Thursday 1/10: Angalia Bianca will discuss In Deep: How I Survived Gangs, Heroin, and Prison to Become a Chicago Violence Interrupter. She will be joined by co-author Linda Beckstrom. Women & Children First, 7 p.m., free.

The Tangelo Reading Series continues with readings by Leila Register, Matt Pelkey, Sarah Coogan, and Lindsay Hunter. 2451 S Oakley Ave, 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 →