Notable Chicago: 8/16–8/22


Friday 8/16: Women & Children First hosts Sandra Ruiz as she reads from her new book, Ricanness: Enduring Time in Anticolonial Performance. 7 p.m., free.

Saturday 8/17: Rev. Sharon Risher will read from and discuss her book, For Such a Time as This: Hope and Forgiveness After The Charleston Massacre. Seminary Co-op, 3 p.m., free.

Don’t miss the release party for Andrew Hertzberg’s Defenestration Day! Andrew will be joined by Adam Homer Lawson and AJ Marroquin. Fondly Truly (3721 W Belmont), 7 p.m., free.

Monday 8/19: Kim Brooks discusses Small Animals: Parenthood in the Age of Fear. She will be joined in conversation by Rebecca Makkai. 57th Street Books, 6 p.m., free.

Essay Fiesta returns to The Book Cellar for an evening of Live Lit. 7 p.m., donations to 826 Chicago encouraged.

Wednesday 8/21: City Lit Books hosts its monthly Prose and Poetry and Potentially Other Things Open Mic Night. 6:30 p.m., free.

The Book Cellar hosts a local author night featuring Bill Mathis (The Rooming House Diaries), Zachary Lindner (Sex, Lies, and Cupcakes), Melanie Weiss (Spoken), Sandra Jackson-Opoku (Revise the Psalm: Work Celebrating the Writing of Gwendolyn Brookos) and G.P. Gottlieb (Battered: A Whipped and Sipped Mystery). 7 p.m., free.

Thursday 8/22: Lyle Roebuck will be at The Book Cellar to discuss his story collection, Phantom Sounds. 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 →