Notable Chicago: 2/28–3/5


Friday 2/28: The Filling Station reading series, hosted by Willie James and Matthew Kelsey, continues at City Lit Books. February readers will be Gabriel Ojeda-Segué and David Welch. 6:30 p.m., free.

Visit The Book Cellar to celebrate the launch of Mark Rader’s first book, The Wanting Life. Jonathan Messinger will join him for a Q&A session and discussion. 7 p.m., free.

Celeste Watkins-Hayes (Remaking a Life: How Women Living with HIV/AIDS Confront Inequality) and Victoria Noe (Fag Hags, Divas, and Moms: The Legacy of Straight Women in the AIDS Community) will discuss their new books on women in the HIV/AIDS epidemic who fought to shape their destinies and capture the attention of policy makers, the HIV movement, and the public. The discussion will be facilitated by AIDS historian Jennifer Brier. Women & Children First, 7 p.m., free.

Sunday 3/1: Nate Hoks, Jorge Sanchez, and Jennifer Karmin host Chicago Poets for Bernie at Jarvis Square Pottery (143 W Jarvis). All are welcome, including non-Bernie supporters. 2 p.m., $5 recommended donation.

Wednesday 3/4: Visit Women & Children First for a reading and book signing with Nino Cipri in celebration of their novel, Finna. For this event Nino will be in conversation with Suzanne Walker. 7 p.m., free.

Volumes Bookcafe hosts its March open mic on the topic of “stamina.” Sign-up starts at 6:45 p.m. Free.

Thursday 3/5: Visit City Lit Books for a reading with Kathleen Barber, author of Follow Me. Kathleen will be in conversation with Layne Fargo, author of Temper. 6:30 p.m., free.

Women & Children First hosts a reading and book signing with Jacob Tobia in celebration of the paperback release of Sissy: A Coming of Gender Story. 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 →