Notable Chicago: 2/7–2/13

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Friday 2/7: 57th Street Books welcomes Xandria Phillips and Raych Jackson, who will be reading from and discussing their debut poetry collections, Hull and Even the Saints Audition. 6 p.m., free.

Women & Children First hosts a book launch party and panel discussion for Asexual Erotics: Intimate Readings of Compulsory Sexuality by Ela Przybylo. 7 p.m., free.

Saturday 2/8: The Book Cellar celebrates the launch of Michael Zapata’s debut novel, The Lost Book of Adana Moreau. The Hideout (1354 W Wabansia), 3 p.m., free.

Tuesday 2/11: Joel Rast discusses The Origins of the Dual City: Housing, Race, & Redevelopment in Twentieth-Century Chicago. Seminary Co-op, 6 p.m., free.

Volumes Bookcafe hosts Should Have Swiped Left: A Storytelling Event about dating. 7 p.m., free.

Wednesday 2/12: Visit Women & Children First for a reading, audience Q&A, and book signing for Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker. Suzanne will be joined in conversation by Isabella Rotman. 7 p.m., free.

Pour One Out returns to Volumes Bookcafe with the theme, A Letter to an Ex. Lineup includes Vero Astala, Jaclyn Barker, Golam Bokhtier, Kai Love, Cynthia Martz, Ashabi Owagboriaye, Phyllis Porche, and Debra Taitel. 7 p.m., free.

Thursday 2/13: Women & Children First hosts a reading in celebration of Best Women’s Erotica of the Year: Volume 5. This event will feature readings by Rachel Kramer Bussel, Kathleen Delaney-Adams, Lauren Emily, Jayne Renault, Sierra Simone, and Suleikha Snyder. 7 p.m., free.

Jack Fredrickson and Michael Wiley will be at The Book Cellar to celebrate a double header release of their newest thrillers. Jack will be discussing his newest title, The Black Cage, and Michael will be discussing his new title, Trouble in Mind. 7 p.m., free.

Visit Volumes Bookcafe to celebrate the launch of Husband Material by Emily Belden. 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 →