Notable Chicago: 8/23–8/29


Friday 8/23: City Lit Books hosts its monthly Filling Station Reading Series. August readers include Jacob Saenz and Carrie Olivia Adams. 6:30 p.m., free.

Visit Women & Children First for a poetry reading with Chicago House’s TransWorks Mentorship Program. Featuring Rebecca Grant, Katie Hilton, Angelina Nordstrom, Cassie, and Stevi. 7 p.m., free.

Saturday 8/24: Don’t miss the Women & Children First Block Party celebrating their 40th anniversary! There will be entertainment, kids activities, and free food and drink. Starts at 11 a.m., free.

Debbie Reese and Jean Mendoza discuss An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States for Young People, adapted for young readers. They will be joined in conversation by Bernardine Dohrn. 57th Street Books, 3 p.m., free.

Sunday 8/25: The Well-Read Black Girl Book Group meets at Women & Children First to discuss its August selection, Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi.

Wednesday 8/28: Volumes Bookcafe hosts the You Joke Like a Girl: Monthly Comedy Showcase. 7 p.m., free.

Thursday 8/29: Women & Children First hosts a conversation with Emil Ferris and Diane Noomin moderated by Anya Davidson in honor of the new anthology, Drawing Power: Women’s Stories of Sexual Violence, Harassment, and Survival. 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 →