Notable Chicago: 5/3–5/9


Friday 5/3: Visit Women & Children First for a reading, Q&A, and book signing with Adrienne Maree Brown in celebration of her new book, Pleasure Activism. 7 p.m., free. Registration is encouraged.

Saturday 5/4: Head to the Seminary Co-op for a reading and discussion with Edgar Garcia, author of Skins of Columbus, and Fred Schmalz, author of Action in the Orchards. They will be joined in conversation by Harris Feinsod. 3 p.m., free.

The Book Cellar welcomes Kim Dower as she reads from her book of poetry, Sunbathing on Tyrone Power’s Grave. 5:30 p.m., free.

Sunday 5/5: Leslie Carol Roberts will read from Here Is Where I Walk: Episodes From a Life in the Forest. She will be joined by Michele Morano. Women & Children First, 4 p.m., free.

Tuesday 5/7: Volumes Bookcafe hosts a reading by Pam Houston, author of Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country. 7 p.m., free.

Wednesday 5/8: Poetry off the Shelf continues at The Poetry Foundation with an evening of poetry featuring the 2019 National Youth Poet Laureate Kara Jackson and young laureates from Chicago and the UK: Aisling Fahey, Caleb Femi, Rachel Long, Natalie Richardson, and Patricia Frazier. The poets are part of an exchange organized by Peter Kahn and Young Chicago Authors. 7 p.m., free.

Visit City Lit Books to celebrate the release of issue 46 of Roosevelt University’s literary magazine, Oyez Review. Readers include Sophie Lucido Johnson, Caroline McCraw, and Natasha Mijares. 6:30 p.m., free.

Women & Children First hosts the book launch for A Contest without Winners: How Students Experience Competitive School Choice by Kate Phillippo. 7 p.m., free.

Volumes Bookcafe welcomes back another month of POUR ONE OUT, a storytelling series with host Ada Cheng. This month’s theme is “Mom, I am telling you the truth now!” and readers include Elliot Besmann, Eli Harvey, Barbara Hobart, Victoria Montalbano, Carol Solberg Moss, Natalia Rokita, Doug Stevenson, and Florence Yoo. 7 p.m., free.

Thursday 5/9: Come hear the spiritual intensity of Beethoven’s sublime String Quartet in A Minor, op. 132, performed by the Solera Quartet. The performance features actor and the Gift Theatre founder Michael Patrick Thornton reading excerpts of T.S. Eliot’s FOUR QUARTETS, poems inspired by Beethoven’s music. The Poetry Foundation, 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 →