Notable Chicago: 11/1–11/7


Friday 11/1: Pamela Newkirk discusses her new book, Diversity, Inc.: The Failed Promise of a Billion-Dollar Business. She will be joined in conversation by Mary Morten. Women & Children First, 7 p.m., free.

Saturday 11/2: The Book Stall in Winnetka hosts an afternoon of poetry with Ananda Lima, Faisal Mohyuddin, and KC Trommer. 3 p.m., free.

Visit Seminary Co-op for the book launch for What Saves Us: Poems of Empathy and Outrage in the Age of Trump. Editor Martín Espada will read with contributors Tara Betts, Benjamin Balthaser, Tarfia Faizullah, Ruth Goring, Paul Martínez Pompa, Marty McConnell, Lauren Schmidt, and Mark Turcotte. 3 p.m., free.

Sunday 11/3: Seminary Co-op hosts Alejandro Frid, author of Changing Tides: An Ecologist’s Journey to Make Peace with the Anthropocene. He will be joined in conversation by Teresa Montoya. 3 p.m., free.

Tuesday 11/5: Poetry off the Shelf continues at The Poetry Foundation with readings by Kundiman poets Sarah Gambito and Janine Joseph. 7 p.m., free.

Wednesday 11/6: Women & Children First hosts a conversation with author Mikki Kendall and illustrator A. D’Amico for their new book, Amazons, Abolitionists, and Activists: A Graphic History of Women’s Fight for Their Rights. Mikki and Aster will be in conversation with journalist Jamie Nesbitt Golden. 7 p.m., free.

Head back to The Poetry Foundation for a special Poetry off the Shelf celebrating Seamus Heaney. Heaney’s daughter Catherine Heaney, joined by poets Rosanna Warren, Elise Paschen, Kevin Young, and Consul General of Ireland Brian O’Brien, will read selected works from 100 Poems. 7:30 p.m., free.

Thursday 11/7: The Book Stall in Winnetka hosts Kimberly Gabriel for the official launch party for her debut YA novel, Every Stolen Breath. James Klise will join Kimberly to discuss the new book. 6:30 p.m., free.

The Book Cellar welcomes Laura Kamoie (My Dear Hamilton), Sophie Perinot (Médicis Daughter), and E. Knight (My Lady Viper) as they discuss their new book, Ribbons of Scarlet: A Novel of the French Revolution’s Women. 7 p.m., free.

Women & Children First welcomes Jennifer Block in conversation with Deborah Siegel in honor of Jennifer’s new book, Everything Below the Waist: Why Health Care Needs a Feminist Revolution. 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 →