Notable Chicago: 10/18–10/24


Friday 10/18: Visit Women & Children First for a reading celebrating new poetry collections by Hanif Abdurraqib (A Fortune for Your Disaster), Shira Erlichman (Odes to Lithium), and Paige Lewis (Space Struck). 7 p.m., free.

Sunday 10/20: Women & Children First hosts an author conversation with Jennifer Pastiloff and Megan Stielstra in celebration of Jen’s new memoir, On Being Human. 4 p.m., free.

Monday 10/21: Seminary Co-op hosts a discussion with Morgan Parker, author of Who Put This Song On. Morgan will be in conversation with Tara Betts. 6 p.m., free.

Essay Fiesta returns to The Book Cellar for an evening of Live Lit! 7 p.m., donations to 826 Chicago encouraged.

Ann Patchett presents The Dutch House. Wilson Abbey, 7 p.m., $31, tickets available here.

Tuesday 10/22: Women & Children First welcomes Bonnie Jo Campbell to discuss the film adaptation of her novel, Once Upon a River, with the film’s director, singer-songwriter Haroula Rose.  7 p.m., free.

Wednesday 10/23: Kitty Curran and Larissa Zageris will be at The Book Cellar to talk about their new book, For Your Consideration: Keanu Reeves. 7 p.m., free.

Visit The Poetry Foundation for a joint book launch of Everything Must Go and Can I Kick It?, featuring Chicago poet and editor Kevin Coval and award-winning BreakBeat poet and playwright Idris Goodwin. 7 p.m., free.

Women & Children First celebrates the release of Born in Syn by Beth Kander. Beth will be in conversation with Mary Anne Mohanraj. 7 p.m., free.

Thursday 10/24: The Book Cellar hosts Aaron Cohen for the launch of his new book, Move On Up: Chicago Soul Music and Black Cultural Power. 7 p.m., free.

Poetry off the Shelf continues at The Poetry Foundation with a reading featuring Poetry contributor Susan Kinsolving and author and editor Devin Johnston. 7 p.m., free.

Visit Volumes Bookcafe to celebrate the release of Sue Burke’s novel, Interference. 7 p.m., free.

It’s a busy week at Women & Children First! Head back to the store as they welcome Jeanette Winterson for a reading and book signing in honor of Frankissstein. 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 →