Notable Chicago: 4/12–4/18


Friday 4/12: Visit Women & Children First to celebrate the debut poetry collection, Library of Small Catastrophes by Alison C. Rollins. She will be joined by Aricka Foreman for a reading and book signing. 7 p.m., free.

Saturday 4/13: The Iraqi Mutual Aid Society returns to The Poetry Foundation for its annual poetry festival. Enjoy the rich tradition of multilingual poems in Arabic and other Middle Eastern languages by refugees and immigrants from the cradle of civilization. 4 p.m., free.

Join Volumes Bookcafe in celebrating the release of Camonghne Felix’s new book of poetry Build Yourself a Boat. Felix will be joined by Safia Elhillo, Eve L. Ewing and Britteney Black Rose Kapri. 7 p.m., free.

The Book Cellar celebrates the release of Hong Kong Noir, an anthology from that spotlights mystery stories centered in Hong Kong. Co-editor Susan Blumberg-Kason and contributors Tiffany Hawk, Charles Philipp Martin, and Carmen Suen will be reading from and discussing the book. Sulzer Regional Library, 5 p.m., free.

Sunday 4/14: Don’t miss a release party for The BreakBeat Poets Volume 3: Halal If You Hear Me. Featuring editors Fatimah Asghar and Safia Elhillo in conversation with beyza ozer, whose work is featured in the anthology. Women & Children First, 6 p.m., free.

Monday 4/15: Visit Volumes Bookcafe for a reading from Andrew Reeves, author of Overrun: Dispatches from the Asian Carp Crisis. 7 p.m., free.

Tuesday 4/16: Head to City Lit Books for a reading from Night Moves with author Jessica Hopper. She will be joined in conversation by Tara Mahadevan. 6:30 p.m., free.

Thursday 4/18: Join Amy Stanton, founder and CEO of Stanton & Company and co-author of the The Feminine Revolution, for a discussion about femininity and authenticity. Women & Children First, 7 pm., 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 →