Notable Chicago: 9/20–9/26


Saturday 9/21: Visit 57th Street Books for a discussion with Rena Barron, author of Kingdom of Souls. 3 p.m., free.

Sunday 9/22: Seminary Co-op hosts a panel discussion with William Ayers, David Stovall, Brandon Johnson, Jennifer Johnson, Elizabeth Todd-Breland, and Monique Redeaux-Smith in celebration of the publication of Ayers’s About Becoming a Teacher. 3 p.m., free.

Jacqueline Woodson presents her new novel, Red at the Bone, and will be joined by Samira Ahmed (Internment). A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion. Gary Comer Youth Center, 4 p.m., free with registration.

City Lit Books welcomes Neil Young and Phil Baker for a signing of their new book, To Feel the Music: A Songwriter’s Mission to Save High-Quality Audio. 4 p.m., free.

Monday 9/23: C. Heike Schotten discusses Queer Terror: Life, Death, and Desire in the Settler Colony. Seminary Co-op, 6 p.m., free.

Tuesday 9/24: Visit Women & Children First for a reading, conversation, and book signing with Gabby Rivera in honor of her young adult novel, Juliet Takes a Breath. Rivera will be in conversation with Erika L. Sánchez. 7 p.m., free.

Wednesday 9/25: Bethany White reads from her new poetry collection, My Afmerica. She will be joined by Tara Betts. Women & Children First, 7 p.m., free.

Writer and disabled rights advocate Keah Brown presents her first book The Pretty One: On Pop Culture, Disability, and Other Reasons to Fall in Love with Me. American Writers Museum, 6:30 p.m., free for members/$6 for guests/$12 general admission. Tickets available here.

Thursday 9/26: Akilah Hughes discusses Obviously: Stories from My Timeline. Seminary Co-op, 6 p.m., free.

Visit Volumes Bookcafe for an evening with Icelandic author, Sigrún Pálsdóttir, on tour with her new novel, History. A Mess. 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 →