Notable Chicago: 7/26–8/1


Friday 7/26: Tom Miller reads from his novel, The Philosopher’s War. The Book Cellar, 7 p.m., free.

The Filling Station, a monthly reading series hosted by Willie James and Matthew Kelsey, welcomes Erin Adair-Hodges and Hai-Dang Phan. City Lit Books, 6:30 p.m., free.

Saturday 7/27: The Book Cellar hosts Don Zminda as he discusses his book, The Legendary Harry Caray: Baseball’s Greatest Salesman. 10:30 a.m., free.

Don’t miss the Fourth Annual Chicago Poetry Block Party, an all-ages event celebrating poetry, music, and creativity! National Museum of Mexican Art (1852 W 19th), 3 p.m., free.

Monday 7/29: The Book Cellar welcomes a founding member of The Backroom Shakespeare Company, Samuel Taylor, as he discusses his new book, Blueprints for a Shakespeare Cult. 7 p.m., free.

Tuesday 7/30: Kalisha Buckhanon discusses her new novel, Speaking of Summer. 57th Street Books, 6 p.m., free.

Wednesday 7/31: Visit City Lit Books for a reading with Matthew Kepnes, author of Ten Years a Nomad: A Traveler’s Journey Home. 6:30 p.m., free.

Darrel J. Mcleod reads from Mamaskatch: A Cree Coming of Age. He will be joined in conversation with Terese Marie Mailhot. Women & Children First, 7 p.m., free.

R. O. Kwon presents her acclaimed debut novel, The Incendiaries. Kwon will be in conversation with Nami Mun (Miles from Nowhere). American Writers Museum, 6:30 p.m., $12/free for members.

Thursday 8/1: John Domini celebrates the Chicago launch of his new novel, The Color Inside a Melon, with a reading and discussion. City Lit Books, 6:30 p.m., free.

Head to Women & Children First for a reading, conversation, and book signing with Iliana Regan for her new memoir, Burn the Place. 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 →