Notable Chicago: 11/29–12/5


Saturday 11/30: Small Business Saturday! If you’re buying books for the holiday season, please visit one of the terrific local bookstores we feature here. Many will be offering specials and giveaways.

Monday 12/2: Jeffrey Haas discusses The Assassination of Fred Hampton: How the FBI and the Chicago Police Murdered a Black Panther. 57th Street Books, 6 p.m., free.

Tuesday 12/3: Robert Pippin discusses Filmed Thought: Cinema as Reflective Form. He will be joined in conversation by David Wellbery. Seminary Co-op, 6 p.m., free.

Explore the connections between poetry and philosophy with poet and essayist Ann Lauterbach and art historian T.J. Clark. The Poetry Foundation, 7 p.m., free.

Wednesday 12/4: Visit Women & Children First for a poetry reading celebrating the publication of I Offer My Heart as a Target/Ofrezco mi corazón como una diana by Johanny Vázquez Paz. She will be joined in conversation by Yolanda Nieves. 7 p.m., free.

Join Dr. Michael Eric Dyson at the Gary Corner Youth Center for a reading from his latest book, JAY-Z: Made in America. Book signing immediately following the program. 7 p.m., $10–20, tickets available here.

Thursday 12/5: City Lit Books hosts a reading with Kevin Coval, author of Everything Must Go: The Life & Death of an American Neighborhood. Kevin will be in conversation with Ben Austen, author of High-Risers: Cabrini Green and the Fate of American Public Housing. 6:30 p.m., free.

Women & Children First hosts the book launch celebration for Honeypot: Black Southern Women Who Love Women by E. Patrick Johnson. For this event, E. Patrick Johnson will be in conversation with Imani Rupert-Gordon. 7 p.m., free.

Visit The Poetry Foundation as they welcome Joshua Mehigan for the next program in the John Barr Reading Series. 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 →