Notable Chicago: 10/11–10/17


Saturday 10/12: Ursula Bielski will be at The Book Cellar to discuss her new book, Haunts of the White City: Ghost Stories from the World’s Fair, the Great Fire and Victorian Chicago. 4 p.m., free.

Monday 10/14: Sappho’s Salon returns to Women & Children First. Performers include Alexia Jasmene, Teressa LaGamba, and YOU on the open mic! 7 p.m., free.

Tuesday 10/15: Don’t miss a discussion with Asma Uddin, author of When Islam Is Not a Religion: Inside America’s Fight for Religious Freedom. A Q&A and signing will follow. Seminary Co-op, 6 p.m,, free.

The Open Door Reading Series at The Poetry Foundation continues with readings by Lisa Fishman, Jennifer Karmin, and their students. 7 p.m., free.

Wednesday 10/16: Don’t miss Local Author Night at The Book Cellar featuring Alexandra Ellison (Go Your Own Way), R. R. Campbell (Imminent Dawn), Matthew Murrey (Bulletproof), John Domini (The Color Inside a Melon) and Goldie Goldbloom (On Division). 7 p.m., free.

Saeed Jones presents his new memoir How We Fight for Our Lives, a stunning coming-of-age story written at the crossroads of sex, race, and power. Books will be sold and signed at the event. American Writers Museum, 6:30 p.m., $12/free for members. RSVP and purchase tickets here.

Experience the Lit & Luz Festival of Language, Literature, and Art! Participants including Miguel Marzana, Emily Jungmin Yoon, Bill MacKay, Dalia Huerta Cano, and Sara Uribe read their favorite poems in both Spanish and English and offer explanations of the poems’ significance. Hosted by Daniel Borzutzky and Rachel Galvin. Poetry Foundation, 7 p.m., free.

Thursday 10/17: Head to The Poetry Foundation to celebrate the 20th anniversary of The Iceworker Sings by the late Andrés Montoya. Ada Limón and Heidi Andrea Restrepo Rhodes will read selections from the text as well as samplings of their own work. 7 p.m., free.

Women & Children First welcomes Jeannie Vanasco in honor of her new memoir, Things We Didn’t Talk About When I Was a Girl. Jeannie will be in conversation with Megan Stielstra. 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 →