Notable Chicago: 8/9–8/15

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Friday 8/9: Jim DeRogatis discusses his new book, Soulless: The Case Against R. Kelly. Seminary Co-op, 6 p.m., free.

Head to City Lit Books for a poetry reading featuring Sara Minges, Billy Tuggle, and Jamie Wendt, and Hadara Bar-Nadav. 6:30 p.m., free.

Visit Women & Children First for a reading, conversation, and book signing with Lyz Lenz, author of the new book, God Land: A Story of Faith, Loss, and Renewal in Middle America. Lyz will be in conversation with Kate Harding. 7 p.m., free.

Saturday 8/10: Celebrate the winners of the Illinois state-wide Gwendolyn Brooks Youth Poetry Awards! The Poetry Foundation, 1 p.m., free.

The Book Cellar welcomes Karen Abbott to discuss her newest book, The Ghosts of Eden Park: The Bootleg King, the Women Who Pursued Him, and the Murder That Shocked Jazz-Age America, in conversation with Greg Borzo. 6 p.m., free.

Monday 8/12: Jodi Magness discusses Masada: From Jewish Revolt to Modern Myth. Seminary Co-op, 6 p.m., free.

The Sappho’s Salon open mic returns to Women & Children First! 7 p.m., pay what you can.

Wednesday 8/14: Charles King discusses Gods of the Upper Air: How a Circle of Renegade Anthropologists Reinvented Race, Sex, and Gender in the Twentieth Century. Seminary Co-op, 6 p.m., free.

Thursday 8/15: Visit Women & Children First for the annual Women in Translation reading and discussion! Lineup includes Susan Harris (moderator), Alta L. Price (German and Italian), Kevin Gerry Dunn (Spanish), Denise Kripper (Argentinian Spanish), Todd Hasak-Lowy (Hebrew), and Winifred Bird (Japanese). 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 →