Notable Chicago: 11/15–11/21


Saturday 11/16: Head to Women & Children First for a poetry reading celebrating Raquel Salas Rivera’s new poetry collection, while they sleep (under the bed is another country). They will be joined by poet Daniel Borzutzky.  6 p.m., free.

Monday 11/18: Essay Fiesta returns to The Book Cellar for an evening of Live Lit! 7 p.m., donations to 826 Chicago encouraged.

Tuesday 11/19: The Open Door Reading Series continues at The Poetry Foundation with Marcy Rae Henry and student Athena Guizar, and David Trinidad and student Leonard Morrison. 7 p.m., free.

City Lit Books hosts a reading with Mike Isaac, author of Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber, in conversation with Harper Reed. 6:30 p.m., free.

Volumes Bookcafe welcomes Paul Hirsch, the film editor behind Star Wars, Carrie, and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off to discuss his new book, A Long Time Ago in a Cutting Room Far, Far Away. 7 p.m., free.

Wednesday 11/20: The Poetry Foundation hosts a pop-up poetry reading with Matthias Regan at the Field Museum. 12 p.m., free with admission to the museum.

Women & Children First welcomes Jaquira Díaz for a reading, audience Q&A, and book signing for her new memoir, Ordinary Girls. 7 p.m., free.

Malcolm Tariq reads and discusses Heed the Hollow, in conversation with Bimbola Akinbola, followed by a Q&A and signing. 57th Street Books, 6 p.m., free.

Thursday 11/21: Visit City Lit Books for a reading from Mary Fleming, author of The Art of Regret. 6:30 p.m., free.

Volumes Bookcafe hosts the launch of Andrea Long Chu’s new book, Females. Andrea will be joined by Lauren Michele Jackson. 7 p.m., free.

The Poetry Foundation and Cave Canem co-host a reading and discussion on the theme “writing our family’s histories” with Chiyuma Elliott, Gregory Pardlo, and Marilyn Nelson. 7 p.m., free.

Visit Women & Children First for an author conversation with Leila Taylor and Angelica Jade Bastién. The pair will be discussing Taylor’s new book, Darkly: Black History and America’s Gothic Soul. 7 p.m., free.


If you have an event listing you’d like us to consider, please contact [email protected].


Logo art by Max Winter.

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 →