Notable Chicago: 1/10-1/16


Friday 1/10: M. LeBlanc presents Re: Acker, a reading and screening centering the legacy of experimental writer and artist Kathy Acker. Featured readers include Claire Finch, Douglas Martin, Noa/h Fields & Michelle Murphy, Ryan Greenlee, Jennifer Karmin, Nat Pyper, and Ang Zheng. M. LeBlanc, 7 p.m., free.

Sunday 1/12: E. Patrick Johnson discusses Honeypot: Black Southern Women Who Love Women, in conversation by Alexis Pauline Gumbs. A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion. The Seminary Co-op, 3 p.m., free.

Tuesday 1/14: Women & Children First hosts a reading, conversation, Q&A, and book signing in celebration of Boys & Sex: Young Men on Hookups, Love, Porn, Consent, and Navigating the New Masculinity by Peggy Orenstein. Peggy will be interviewed by Heidi Stevens. 7 p.m., free.

Wednesday 1/15: It’s Local Author Night at The Book Cellar, featuring Jan Alexander (Ms. Ming’s Guide to Civilization), Andrew Farkas (The Big Red Herring), Vojislav Pejovic (American Sfumato), and Val Rendel (Sears in Chicago). 7 p.m., free.

Elizabeth Bradfield and Stephanie Soileau discuss their books Toward Antarctica and Last One Out Shut Off the Lights. A Q&A and signing will follow their discussion. 57th Street Books, 7 p.m., free.

Visit Women & Children First for a reading, conversation, Q&A, and book signing in celebration of The Magical Language of Others by E. J. Koh. E. J. will be in conversation with Nina Li Coomes. 7 p.m., free.

Thursday 1/16: Uncharted Books presents Glazed Surfaces: a reading with Kolin Jordan, Andrew Hertzberg, and Stuart Ross. 7 p.m., $5.

Women & Children First hosts the book launch celebration for When the Stars Lead to You by Ronni Davis. For this event, Ronni will be in conversation with Rena Barron. 7 p.m., free.

Visit The Poetry Foundation for a reading and discussion between poet Elizabeth Bradfield and artist Antonia Contro, moderated by Angel Ysaguirre. Bradfield and Contro discuss their collaborative work, Theorem. 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 →