Notable Chicago: 4/5–4/11


Friday 4/5: Women & Children First welcomes Valerie Jarrett in celebration of her new memoir, Finding My Voice: My Journey to the West Wing and the Path Forward. The Wilson Abbey, 7 p.m., tickets are $35 and include a copy of the book.

Sunday 4/7: Visit 57th Street Books for a reading and discussion with Heidi Barr, author of What Comes Next: Between Beauty and Destruction, and Theodore Richards, author of A Letter to my Daughters: Remembering the Lost Dimension & the Texture of Life. 3 p.m., free.

Monday 4/8: Sappho’s Salon celebrates its 4-year anniversary relaunch at Women & Children First featuring poet Niki Gee, monologist Roberta Miles, and the improvised musical duo of Gail Gallagher and Jessica Landis. 7 p.m., pay what you can.

Wednesday 4/10: Delphine Minoui reads from her memoir, I’m Writing You from Tehran. Seminary Co-op, 6 p.m., free.

Lydia Fitzpatrick reads from her new novel, Lights All Night Long. 57th Street Books, 6 p.m., free.

Thursday 4/11: Visit The Poetry Foundation to celebrate the release of Halal If You Hear Me, Haymarket Books’ third in the BreakBeat Poets anthology series of writings canonizing poetics in the age of hip-hop. Featuring editors Fatimah Asghar and Safia Elhillo with additional contributors to 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 →