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Posts by: Rachel Natale

Notable Chicago: 6/10–6/16

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Saturday 6/11: Expand your mind at this year’s Printers Row Lit Fest, which opens at 10 a.m. and runs until Sunday at 4 p.m. View the full schedule here. At 10:30 a.m., Rumpus Sunday Co-Editor Zoe Zolbrod, Nestor Gomez, Ben Tanzer, Britt Julious, and Clarence Browley share their work for Welcome to the Neighborhood on the […]

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Notable Chicago: 6/3–6/9

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Friday 6/3: Ryo Yamaguchi and Michael Autrey read at the launch party for the second issue of Prodigal. City Lit Books, 6:30 p.m. Write to Release launches their literary journal, Write to Release Review, at The Book Cellar, 7 p.m. Tuesday 6/7: Join Guild Complex to celebrate the fourth annual BrooksDay at the Chicago Cultural Center. […]

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Notable Chicago: 5/27–6/2

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Friday 5/27: Women & Children First welcomes poet Tasha Golden. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday 5/31: Join Debbie Graber in conversation with Cate Dicharry at City Lit Books, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday 6/1: Celebrate the launch of Dale Boyer’s The Dandelion Cloud. Women & Children First, 7:30 p.m.

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Notable Chicago: 5/20–5/26

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Friday 5/20: Viola Shipman discusses The Charm Bracelet. The Book Cellar, 7 p.m. Women & Children First welcomes Rumpus Sunday Co-Editor Zoe Zolbrod for the launch of her new book, The Telling. 7:30 p.m. Sunday 5/22: Stop by Friends of Logan Square Library’s first book sale. Comfort Station, 10 a.m.

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Notable Chicago: 5/13–5/19

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Friday 5/13: City Lit Books welcomes Jess X. Chen, Demian DinéYazhi, and Emily Yoon as part of the Solastalgia Poetry Tour. 6:30 p.m. Women & Children First celebrates the launch of Anne Elizabeth Moore’s Threadbare, illustrated by members of the Ladydrawers Comics Collective. 7:30 p.m. Monday 5/16: Party on, people! Essay Fiesta, The Book Cellar, […]

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Notable Chicago: 5/6–5/12

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Friday 5/6: Join Desiree Cooper, author of Know the Mother, in conversation with Jasmine Sanders. Women & Children First, 7:30 p.m. Saturday 5/7: Uncharted Books welcomes Sam Ofman for a reading. 7 p.m. Tuesday 5/10: Kim Dower introduces her new collection of poetry, Last Train to the Missing Planet. The Book Cellar, 4 p.m.

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Notable Chicago: 4/29–5/5

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Friday 4/29: Author and activist Ashton Applewhite talks about ageism in This Chair Rocks. City Lit Books, 6:30 p.m. Chicago Zine Fest begins with a panel discussion and exhibitor readings at Workshop Chicago, 6:30 p.m. Women & Children First hosts a dual book launch party for David Lazar’s Helen of Troy and Amy Newman’s On […]

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Notable Chicago: 4/22–4/28

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Friday 4/22: Uncharted Books welcomes Caroline Macon. 7 p.m. Annalise Raziq, Cameron Gearen, Kate Ingold, and Rita Pyrillis read for There’s a You I Miss at Women & Children First, 7:30 p.m. Saturday 4/23: Head to Everybody’s Coffee and The Book Cellar for the 2nd Annual Chicago Young Adult Book Fest! Events begin at 10 a.m. […]

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Notable Chicago: 4/15–4/21

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Friday 4/15: City Lit Books hosts the first Sheer Margins Poetry and Prose Open Mic Night. 6 p.m. Monday 4/18: Party on, people! Essay Fiesta begins at 7 p.m. at The Book Cellar. Tuesday 4/19: Katie Hartsock and student Megan Pan join Rosanna Warren and student Tim DeMay for April’s Open Door Reading. Poetry Foundation, […]

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Notable Chicago: 4/1–4/7

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Saturday 4/2: Eva Dowdell shares Single Mom Style at City Lit Books, 5 p.m. Alison Stewart is Digging Through America’s Love Affair with Stuff at The Book Cellar, 6 p.m. Sunday 4/3: Rey Andujar discusses the lasting legacy of Federico Garcia Lorca’s poems and plays at Water Tower Water Works. 4 p.m. Co-presented by Lookingglass […]

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Notable Chicago: 3/25–3/31

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Friday 3/25: The Poetry Center of Chicago’s Six Points Reading Series features Ben Clark and Kush Thompson. Comfort Station, 7 p.m. Catherine Wallace discusses Confronting Religious Denial of Gay Marriage at Women & Children First, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday 3/29: Wake Forest University Press welcomes Irish writers Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Conor O’Callaghan, and Caitríona O’Reilly to […]

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Notable Chicago: 3/18–3/24

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Friday 3/18: Join Rob Roberge and Suzanne Scanlon in conversation about Liar, Roberge’s new memoir. Women & Children First, 7:30 p.m. Sunday 3/20: Naomi Martinez, Juana Goergen, and Jennifer Patiño Cervantes share work in English and Spanish for Contratiempo: She Says, Therefore She Is. Chicago Cultural Center, 3 p.m. Michelle Duster and Trina Sotira read […]

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Notable Chicago: 3/11–3/17

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Friday 3/11: Celebrate the paperback release of Death Stalks Door County with author Patricia Skalka. Women & Children First, 7:30 p.m. Sunday 3/13: Susan Skog reads from Mending the Sisterhood and Ending Women’s Bullying. Women & Children First, 4 p.m. Tuesday 3/15: Nicholas Petrie discusses his debut novel, The Drifter. City Lit Books, 6:30 p.m.

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Notable Chicago: 3/4–3/10

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Friday 3/4: Join Elizabeth McKenzie (The Portable Veblen) in conversation with Peter Ferry (Old Heart) at City Lit Books. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday 3/8: Women & Children First welcomes Samantha Bailey and Kate Hawbaker-Krohn for this month’s Sappho’s Salon. All proceeds benefit the performers and the Women’s Voices Fund. $7-10, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday 3/9: Artist and […]

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Notable Chicago: 2/26–3/3

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Friday 2/26: City Lit Books welcomes Order of the Dimensions trilogy author Irene Helenowski. 6:30 p.m. Monday 2/29: Goodman Theatre takes work by Roberto Bolaño, Gabriel García Márquez, and Eduardo Galeano Off the Shelf as part of A Celebration of Latino/A Artists. Poetry Foundation, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday 3/2: Pop-Up Poetry! Eric Elshtain reads at the […]

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Notable Chicago: 2/19–2/25

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Friday 2/19: Latin School welcomes Kevin Young as the featured reader for their fifth annual LitFest. Wrigley Theatre, 7 p.m. Saturday 2/20: Every House Has a Door presents “The Three Matadors,” a stage adaptation of a passage from Jay Wright’s The Presentable Art of Reading Absence. Poetry Foundation, 2 p.m. Brian Chippendale (Puke Force) and […]

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Notable Chicago: 2/12–2/18

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Friday 2/12: Find The Loss of All Lost Things—and author Amina Gautier—at Women & Children First for a book launch party! 7:30 p.m. Sunday 2/14: Just Yell Chicago Team of Poets responds to The Weight of Rage at the Hyde Park Art Center in WITHHELD, an interactive poetry performance. 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday 2/16: Mark Turcotte and student Alison Ogunmokun join Daniel Borzutzky and student […]

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Notable Chicago: 2/5–2/11

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Friday 2/5: Women & Children First welcomes poets Loma, Fatimah Asghar, Richie Hofmann, and Erika L. Sánchez on their Tour to End Queer Youth Homelessness. 7:30 p.m. Saturday 2/6: Alessandro Bosetti’s immersive sound work Plane/Taléa “expands and exposes a single voice within a granular polyphony.” Co-sponsored by Lampo at the Poetry Foundation, 7 p.m.  Tuesday […]

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Notable Chicago: 1/29–2/4

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Friday 1/29: Self-proclaimed “queer super-shero of color” Anastacia Renee Tolbert shares excerpts of Chapbook 26 at Women & Children First. 7:30 p.m. Saturday 1/30: Michael Harvey (The Governer’s Wife), Elizabeth Heiter (Seized), and Andrew Grant (False Positive) host A Thrilling! Discussion at City Lit Books. 5:30 p.m. Zlumber Party 2016! Quimby’s Bookstore, 9:30 p.m. until […]

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Notable Chicago: 1/22–1/28

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Friday 1/22: Renée Rosen (White Collar Girl) and Jennifer Robson (Moonlight Over Paris) discuss the roles of women and feminism in 20th century historical fiction. Women & Children First, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday 1/26: The Poetry Foundation hosts a celebration in honor of Nicole Sealey, winner of the 2016 Drinking Gourd Prize. Tatsu Aoki performs. 7 […]

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Notable Chicago: 1/15–1/21

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Friday 1/15: Women & Children First welcomes Ozge Samanci, author of graphic memoir Dare to Disappoint: Growing Up in Turkey. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday 1/19: Northwestern University’s Rachel Jamison Webster and student Aozora Brockman join DePaul University’s Chris Green and student Dylan Weir for the first Open Door Reading of the year at the Poetry Foundation. […]

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Notable Chicago: 1/8–1/14

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Wednesday 1/13: Don Hall hosts storytelling festival Fillet of Solo’s Kick-Off Night at Mayne Stage. 7 p.m. Women & Children First welcomes Mira Ptacin, author of Poor Your Soul. 7:30 p.m. Thursday 1/14: Pulitzer Prize-winner Margo Jefferson discusses Negroland: A Memoir with Jamie Kalvin. Seminary Co-op, 6 p.m.

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Notable Chicago: 1/1–1/7

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Monday 1/4: The Poetory features innovative spoken word performers. Open slots are first come, first served. $5, 7 p.m. at The Promontory. Tuesday 1/5: Christopher Sweet, Robert O’Connor, Mare Swallow, Lori Rader-Day, and Chuck Sudo get Tuesday Funk-y. Hopleaf, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday 1/6: Pop-Up Poetry! Simone Muench reads at the Art Institute of Chicago to […]

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Notable Chicago: 12/18–12/24

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Friday 12/18: Fatimah Asghar, Franny Choi, Nate Marshall, Aaron Samuels, Danez Smith, and Jamila Woods of Dark Noise read. Poetry Foundation, 7 p.m. Sunday 12/20: Naomi Huffman and Leah Pickett host Dave Reidy, Britt Julious, Megan Kirby, and Ted Wesenberg in The Marrow, Curbside Splendor’s monthly nonfiction show. The Whistler, 6 p.m.

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Notable Chicago: 12/11–12/17

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Friday 12/11: Volatile! opens at the Poetry Foundation Gallery. Curator Debra Riley Parr discusses the exhibition with scent designers, artists, and poets at 6:30 p.m. Saturday 12/12: Unabridged Bookstore celebrates their 35th anniversary! Stop by from 6 p.m.–9 p.m. for treats, raffles, and a retrospective. Tuesday 12/15: December’s Open Door Reading features the School of […]

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Notable Chicago: 12/4–12/10

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Friday 12/4: The Book Cellar hosts Jen Lancaster, Stacey Ballis, Wendy McClure, Amy Guth, Claire Zulkey, and other funny favorites at the 9th Annual Witty Women Writers Event. 7 p.m. Pushcart Prize-nominated author Elynne Chaplik-Aleskow shares excerpts from her book of collected memoirs, My Gift of Now. Stephanie Douglass, Mary Bonnett, and Richard Aleskow join […]

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Notable Chicago: 11/27–12/3

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Sunday 11/29: June Huitt and Nicole Hollander share stories for Sideswiping Normal. $15 at Martyrs’, 3 p.m. Tuesday 12/1: First of the month? deadline. Back to Print hosts the release and open mic at Uncharted Books, 7 p.m. Tuesday Funk-y! This month’s featured readers: Clayton Smith, Gint Aras, James Gordon, Bill Savage, and Britt Julious. […]

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Notable Chicago: 11/20–11/26

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Friday 11/20: Micah Ling, Douglas Light, and Martínez Pompa share selections from their respective collections at Uncharted Books, 7 p.m. Benjamin Kelner and Anne Kasdorf chat about their Not For Tourists Illustrated Guide to Chicago. The Book Cellar, 7 p.m. Chrissy Kolaya reads from Charmed Particles at Women & Children First, 7:30 p.m.

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Notable Chicago: 11/13–11/19

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Friday 11/13: City Lit Books welcomes Francesca Abbate, Toby Altman, and Alix Anne Shaw for Poetry Night. 6:30 p.m. Author Maggie Kast launches her first novel, A Free, Unsullied Land. Women & Children First, 7:30 p.m. Saturday 11/14: Gerald Butters talks about race, film, and Chicago in From Sweetback to Superfly. City Lit Books, 5 […]

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