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Posts by: Rachel Natale

Notable Chicago: 11/6–11/12

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Friday 11/6: 2015 Iowa Short Fiction Award Winners Edward Hamlin (Night in Erg Chebbi and Other Stories) and Charles Haverty (Excommunicados) read selections from their respective works. City Lit Books, 6:30 p.m. Women & Children First celebrates the launch of Thicker Than Blood by Jan English Leary, 7:30 p.m. Saturday 11/7: Join Rosie Forrest, Dave […]

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Notable Chicago: 10/30–11/5

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Friday 10/30: Purchase The Secret Chord to join author Geraldine Brooks for a reading at the Swedish History Museum. Hosted by Women & Children First at 7 p.m. BYOB to a zine release and eerie film screening, hosted by Vicky Lim and Jim Joyce at Uncharted Books. 7 p.m. Amy McCullough presents her memoir, The […]

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Notable Chicago: 10/23–10/29

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Friday 10/23: Beautiful and brutal—Bonnie Jo Campbell celebrates her new story collection, Mothers Tell Your Daughters, at Women & Children First, 7:30 p.m. Saturday 10/24: 4th Trimester Bodies Project unveils their new book. Join Ashlee Wells Jackson and Laura Weetzie Wilson for hugs at Uncharted Books, 3 p.m. Sunday 10/25: Jenny Lawson shares Furiously Happy: A […]

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Notable Chicago: 10/16–10/22

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Friday 10/16: The Poetry Foundation welcomes Joyce Carol Oates for her first visit. Poetry off the Shelf, 7 p.m. The Best American Comics 2015 editor Bill Kartalopoulos joins contributors Gina Wynbrandt and Anya Davidson to discuss the this year’s edition of the series. Quimby’s Bookstore, 7 p.m. Parapsychology enthusiast Ursula Bielski talks Chicago Haunts. The Book Cellar, 7 p.m.

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Notable Chicago: 10/9–10/15

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Friday 10/9: Jarrett Neal celebrates the release of his essay collection, What Color Is Your Hoodie? Women & Children First, 7:30 p.m. Saturday 10/10: Greg Gerke (My Brooklyn Writer Friend), James Tadd Adcox (Does Not Love), and Megan Kirby share their work at City Lit Books, 5 p.m. Tuesday 10/13: Cartoonist Glenn Head presents his […]

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Notable Chicago: 10/2–10/8

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Friday 10/2: Malena Mörling and Jonas Ellerström read in English and Swedish from The Star By My Head: Poets from Sweden. Presented with Milkweed Editions, the Swedish American Museum, and the Swedish Arts Council at the Poetry Foundation, 7 p.m. Karen Finley discusses the expanded anniversary edition of 1990’s Shock Treatment at Women & Children […]

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Notable Chicago: 9/25–10/1

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Friday 9/25: The Chicago Center for Literature and Photography releases their new anthology, The View From Here: Stories about Chicago Neighborhoods, with an introduction by Patricia Ann McNair. City Lit Books, 6:30 p.m. Tyler Paterson celebrates the publication of Dark Satellites. The Book Cellar, 7 p.m.   Join Sara Henning, Kristy Bowen, and Staci R. […]

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Notable Chicago: 8/18–8/24

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Friday 8/18: City Lit Books welcomes Rachel Slotnick, Jennifer Karmin, Giano Cromley, and Gerald Bennan for Poetry Night! 6:30 p.m. Lindsay Curry launches new book Sweet Madness at The Book Cellar. 7 p.m. Cartoonist Nicole Hollander discusses Women Who Still Love Cats Too Much and offers a preview of her forthcoming graphic novel, In the Old Neighborhood. Women & Children First, 7:30 p.m.

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Notable Chicago: 9/11–9/17

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Saturday 9/12: The Book Cellar welcomes fantasy authors Bradley Beaulieu (Twelve Kings In Sharakhai), Wesley Chu (Time Salvager), and Jeff Salyards (Chains of the Heretic: Bloodsucker’s Arc Book 3) to discuss their recent work. 7 p.m. Monday 9/14: Karen Abbott reveals Liar, Temptress, Soldier Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War.  Women & Children […]

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Notable Chicago: 9/4–9/10

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Tuesday 9/8: Anne-Marie Fyfe (The House of Small Absences), Cahal Dallat (The Year of Not Dancing), and Jacquelyn Pope (Watermark) read from their respective collections at City Lit Books, 6:30 p.m. CA Conrad talks about Exorcism: Reparative Rituals with the Poetic Blade for the Harriet Reading Series. Poetry Foundation, 7 p.m. Wednesday 9/9: Michele Weldon […]

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Notable Chicago: 8/28–9/3

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Friday 8/28: Theater Oobleck performs There Is a Happiness That Morning Is, a comedy conveyed via two lectures on the poetry of William Blake. Purchase tickets here for the one-night benefit engagement at the Neo-Futurarium. 7 p.m. Curbside Splendor editor-in-chief Naomi Huffman moderates a conversation between Jessica Hopper (The First Collection of Criticism by a […]

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Notable Chicago: 8/21–8/27

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Friday 8/21: The Book Cellar hosts Lavender Voices, an evening of storytelling for queer women. 7 p.m. Author, speaker, and self-proclaimed loudmouth Kate Harding discusses her new book, Asking for It: The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture—And What We Can Do about It. Women & Children First, 7:30 p.m.

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Notable Chicago: 8/14–8/20

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Friday 8/14: Uncharted Books hosts Loose Chicks for an evening of dramatic soliloquies and quirky monologues. 7 p.m. Tom Witosky and Marc Hansen: How Iowa Led Americans to Marriage Equality. Chat with them at Women & Children First, 7:30 p.m. First Floor Theater presents Kafkapalooza! The lit fest premieres eight plays inspired by all things […]

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Notable Chicago: 8/7–8/13

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Friday 8/7: Steve MacIsaac reads and signs his new work, Shirtlifter, at Unabridged Books. 7 p.m. Victoria Noe launches Friend Grief in the Workplace: More Than an Empty Cubicle, the fifth book in her series on loss. Grief recovery specialist Lynn McCollum Staley joins her at Women & Children First, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday 8/11: Poet […]

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Notable Chicago: 7/31–8/6

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Friday 7/31: Uncharted Books welcomes John Colasacco, Maggie Queeney, and James Niesen. 7 p.m. Tara Ison examines film and identity in Reeling Through Life: How I Learned to Live, Love, and Die at the Movies. The Book Cellar, 7 p.m. Sara Paretsky reads from Brush Back at Women & Children First, 7:30 p.m. Saturday 8/1: […]

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Notable Chicago: 7/24–7/30

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Friday 7/24: Browse or buy at the Newberry Library Book Fair from 12 p.m.–8 p.m., or from 10 a.m.–6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Leslie Parry and Christine Sneed have a conversation about their most recently published books, Church of Marvels and Paris, He Said. City Lit Books, 6:30 p.m. Saturday 7/25: Shop ‘til you drop—Women […]

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Notable Chicago: 7/17–7/23

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Friday 7/17: Leslie Parry and Christine Sneed converse about their most recently published books, Church of Marvels and Paris, He Said. City Lit Books, 6:30 p.m. Bob Suren reads from his memoir, Crate Digger: An Obsession With Punk Records. Quimby’s Bookstore, 7 p.m. Bert Ashe talks Twisted, his collection of dreadlock-growing chronicles, at Women & […]

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Notable Chicago: 7/10–7/16

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Friday 7/10: Celebrate the paperback release of Caitlin Moran’s How to Build a Girl at the Swedish History Museum! Women & Children First hosts a reading, signing, and Q&A with Moran for the occasion. To attend, you can purchase any of Moran’s books or a $10 ticket. Doors open at 7 p.m. Sophie Goldstein discusses […]

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Notable Chicago: 7/3–7/9

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Tuesday 7/7: Author Ben Tanzer (The New York Stories) and poet Jonathan Travelstead (How We Bury Our Dead) share their respective collections. Seth Berg and Rumpus Sunday Editor Zoe Zolbrod join them at Quimby’s Bookstore, 7 p.m. Grab a beer and get your Tuesday Funk on at Hopleaf, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday 7/8: I Live for Trans Education […]

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Notable Chicago: 6/26–7/2

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Friday 6/26: Horror writer Jonathan Ryan reads from Dark Bride, the newest installment in his 3 Gates of the Dead series. City Lit Books, 6:30 p.m. Express yourself constructively at this month’s Human Communion. Uncharted Books, 6:30 p.m. Saturday 6/27: Participate in Push & Pull from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Printers Ball 2015. […]

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Notable Chicago: 6/19–6/25

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Friday 6/19: Poets Nate Klug and Anthony Opal present their respective collections, Anyone and ACTION, at Seminary Co-op. 6 p.m. Local writer Ben Tanzer reads from The New York Stories: Three Volumes in One Collection. Rachel Slotnick, Matt Rowan, Joseph G. Peterson, and Cyn Vargas join him at City Lit Books, 6:30 p.m. The Rules […]

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Notable Chicago: 6/12–6/18

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Friday 6/12: Live lit, loud laughs—The Kates! The Book Cellar, 7 p.m. Those chicks are on the loose again, this time featuring performers Liz Baudler, Niki Gee, Maggie Jenkins, and Julia Klein. Uncharted Books, 7 p.m. Lori Horvitz reads from her novel, The Girls of Usually, at Women & Children First. 7:30 p.m. Catch Justin […]

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Notable Chicago: 6/5–6/11

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Friday 6/5: Mark Dostert discusses his memoir, Up in Here: Jailing Kids on Chicago’s Other Side, with Alex Kotlowitz (There Are No Children Here). City Lit Books, 6:30 p.m. CAKE (Chicago Alternative Comic Expo) presents Eleanor Davis, John Porcellino, and Keiler Roberts in conversation with Hillary Chute at Quimby’s Bookstore, 7 p.m. Saturday 6/6: Printers […]

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Notable Chicago: 5/29–6/4

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Friday 5/29: Nathan Poole chats with Patricia Grace King about his short story collection, Father Brother Keeper. City Lit Books, 6:30 p.m. Jessica Hopper discusses The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic at Quimby’s Bookstore. 7 p.m. Celebrate with Re’Lynn Hansen as she launches her memoir, To Some Women I Have […]

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Notable Chicago: 5/22–5/28

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Friday 5/22: Witness Literature for All of Us, youth poetry bash style. Poetry Foundation, 1 p.m. City Lit Books welcomes David Masciotra and Kev Wright for an evening of Words and Music. 6:30 p.m. The Book Cellar hosts House of Leaves, Only Revolutions, and The Fifty Year Sword author Mark Z. Danielewski, 7 p.m. Kimbeth […]

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Notable Chicago: 5/15–5/21

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Friday 5/15: Uncharted Books hosts “Technobabble,” a workshop for fiction writers and enthusiasts. To sign up, e-mail [email protected] 6:30 p.m. The Book Cellar welcomes Tall Grass Writers Guild for an evening of poetry, short stories, and essays about identity. 7 p.m. Palestinian artist Leila Abdelrazaq discusses her graphic novel, Baddawi, at Women & Children First. […]

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Notable Chicago: 5/8–5/14

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Friday 5/8: Zine writers, indie publishers, and comic artists gather for the sixth annual Chicago Zine Fest. Access Living, 5 p.m. Sandy Tolan talks Children of the Stone with Philip Bohlman at Seminary Co-op, 6 p.m. Learn How to Travel the World on $50 a Day with Matt Kepner. City Lit Books, 6:30 p.m. Have […]

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Notable Chicago: 5/1–5/7

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Friday 5/1: Nami Mun, Alec Nevala-Lee, Vu Tran, and Wailin Wong read at Open Books in a Celebration of Asian American Writers. Co-presented with the Chicago Writers Conference, 6 p.m. The Poetry Foundation hosts a First Friday gallery reception for The Chicago 77. The poem, created by Fatimah Asghar, Krista Franklin, Fo Wilson, and Jamila […]

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Notable Chicago: 4/24–4/30

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Friday 4/24: The Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2) opens at 11 a.m. and runs until Sunday at 5 p.m. You need to purchase tickets to attend the weekend-long event at McCormick Place. While you’re at it, rage on at King Bone Press’s Indie Comix Expo after party. Reggie’s Rockclub, 6-11 p.m. Kate Hannigan launches […]

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Notable Chicago: 4/17–4/23

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Friday 4/17: Head to Powell’s Bookstore for this month’s Bad Grammar Theater, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Farm Sanctuary co-founder and president Gene Baur provides the ultimate guide to mindful eating (and longer living) at Women & Children First, 7:30 p.m. Saturday 4/18: Quimby’s Bookstore welcomes graphic book artist and Second Avenue Caper author Joyce […]

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