Notable Chicago: 10/4–10/10


Friday 10/4: Visit Women & Children First for the release of Degrees of Difficulty by Julie Justicz. Julie will be in conversation with Alex Kotlowitz. 7 p.m., free.

Saturday 10/5: Emily Thuma discusses All Our Trials: Prisons, Policing, and the Feminist Fight to End Violence. She will be joined in conversation by Bill Ayers and Tara Betts. 57th Street Books, 3 p.m., free.

Visit The Book Cellar to hear John Young read from his first novel, When the Coin Is in the Air. 6 p.m., free.

Monday 10/7: Women & Children First welcomes Kim Liggett for the first stop on her tour for her new novel, The Grace Year. Moderated by Libba Bray, Kim will be on a panel with Samira Ahmed and Jasmine Warga. 7 p.m., free.

Poetry off the Shelf continues at The Poetry Foundation with a reading by poet and educator Eduardo C. Corral. 7 p.m., free.

Tuesday 10/8: Annalee Newitz presents their new novel, The Future of Another Timeline. American Writers Museum, 6:30 p.m., $12 general admission/free for members.

Wednesday 10/9: The Poetry Foundation hosts a pop-up poetry reading and Q&A with Kristy Bowen at the Field Museum (1400 S Lake Shore Drive). 12 p.m., free.

Join writer/producer Weiko Lin as he shares his secrets to telling a good story in his new book, Crazy Screenwriting Secrets. The Book Cellar, 7 p.m., free.

Head to Women & Children First for the celebration of False Bingo, the new story collection by Jac Jemc. Jac will be in conversation with Laura Adamczyk. 7 p.m., free.

Thursday 10/10: Mark Larson reads from and discusses his new book, Ensemble: An Oral History of Chicago Theater. The Book Cellar, 7 p.m., free.

Women & Children First hosts yet another book launch! Don’t miss the celebration of Driving in Cars with Homeless Men by Kate Wisel. Kate will be in conversation with Maryse Meijer. 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 →