Notable Chicago: 10/25–10/31


Friday 10/25: Rock musician Amy Rigby will be at The Book Cellar to read from her memoir, Girl to City, and to perform her greatest hits. 7 p.m., free.

Saturday 10/26: Join Danez Smith (Don’t Call Us Dead) and Franny Choi (Soft Science) for a live recording of their VS podcast with Patricia Smith (Incendiary Art). Venue SIX10, 4:30 p.m., $10-20. Tickets available here.

Sunday 10/27: Head to Women & Children First for the release of Like Wings, Your Hands by Elizabeth Earley. Elizabeth will be joined by poet Dasha Kelly and storyteller Ada Cheng. 4 p.m., free.

Volumes Bookcafe hosts a poetry reading with Amanda Galvan Huynh, Michael Alessi, and Natasha Mijares. 5:30 p.m., free.

Tuesday 10/29: Visit City Lit Books to celebrate the release of the Fall issue of Funny Looking Dog Quarterly. Copies of the issue will be available for purchase, and readers include Allison Brooke Young, Shelby Shaw, Adam Webster, Laura Menardo, and Evan Fusco. 6:30 p.m., free.

Visit The Poetry Foundation to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Graywolf Press with a vibrant reading by Graywolf poets Nick Flynn (I Will Destroy You), Carmen Giménez Smith (Be Recorder), Erika L. Sánchez (Lessons on Expulsion), Diane Seuss (Still Life with Two Dead Peacocks and a Girl), and Tom Sleigh (House of Fact, House of Ruin). 7 p.m., free. Register in advance here.

Jami Attenberg will be at The Book Cellar to launch her new book, All This Could Be Yours, in conversation with Samantha Irby. 7 p.m., free.

Kristin Grady Gilger and Julia Wallace, authors of There’s No Crying in Newsrooms: What Women Have Learned about What It Takes to Lead, will be joined by WBEZ managing editor Tracy Brown for a reading and discussion of their new book. Volumes Bookcafe, 7 p.m., free.

Wednesday 10/30: City Lit Books hosts a poetry reading with Dorothy Chan, Christine Kanownik, and Joshua Bohnsack. 6:30 p.m., free,

Women & Children First hosts a free reading, Q&A, and book signing with Kimberly Dark in celebration of her new essay collection, Fat, Pretty, and Soon to Be Old: A Makeover for Self and Society. 7 p.m., free.

Poetry off the Shelf continues at The Poetry Foundation with readings by avery r. young and Dorothée Munyaneza. 7 p.m., free.

Thursday 10/31: Join Women & Children First as they welcome Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor for a reading, Q&A, and book signing for Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership. 7 p.m., free.

Rachel Zucker and Tiana Clark discuss SoundMachine and I Can’t Talk About the Trees without the Blood. They will be joined in conversation by Isaac Ginsberg Miller, and a Q&A and signing will follow the discussion. The Seminary Co-op, 6 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 →