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Gapers Block published from April 22, 2003 to Jan. 1, 2016. The site will remain up in archive form. Please visit Third Coast Review, a new site by several GB alumni.
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Sunday, May 19

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Steppenwolf Member @ Harold Washington Library

Yasen Peyankov, of Steppenwolf, reads from One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich in English and Russian. This One Book, One Chicago event starts at 6 PM, in the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium. Free. 400 S. State Street. For more information, call 312-747-1194 or visit the website.

Sarah Waters @ Women & Children First

Author of the award nominated Fingersmith and Tipping the Velvet, Sarah Waters comes to Women & Children First to discuss her latest endeavor, The Night Watch. 7:30pm at 5233 N. Clark St. Free and open to the public. Call 773-369-9299 for more information.

Barack Obama @ Loyola University

Senator Barack Obama will hold his 45th town hall meeting tonight at Loyola University in the Joseph Gentile Center. Doors open at 1:15pm for the 2pm meeting at 6525 N. Sheridan Rd. Free and open to the public. Call 312-915-7800 for more information.

Hope Edelman @ Borders

Author of Motherless Daughters, Hope Edelman comes to Borders Lakeview to discuss her latest book, Motherless Mothers: How Mother Loss Shapes the Parents We Become. Using her own experience of losing her mother at a young age, Edelman examines the parenting choices, the fears, the pregnancies and more of other mothers who have lost their own. 7:30pm at 2817 N. Clark St. Call 773-935-3909 for more information.

Gapers Block Book Club Meeting

This month's meeting of the Gapers Block Book Club takes place tonight at The Book Cellar at 4736 N. Lincoln Ave., where we will be discussing Memory Mambo by Achy Obejas. The meeting begins at 7:30pm. Hope to see you there! And, join the book club email list for news, updates and alerts about future meetings.

French-American Poetry: A Celebration of Contemporary Poetry

In honor of American National Poetry Month and the French Pritempts des Poetes, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in Chicago present encounters, cross-cultural readings, lectures and translation seminars. Participating French poets include Jean-Michel Espitallier, Sabine Macher, Yves di Manno, Nicolas Pesques, and American poets Jerome Rothenberg, Cole Swenson, Guy Bennett and Simone Forti. For a full schedule of events on April 10, please visit this link. For more information, contact

Canasta April residency at Schubas

Pop sextet Canasta holds this month's Practice Space residency at Schubas. Check out their lush, enthralling pop music and pick up a copy of their excellent full-length debut We Were Set Up. Playing tonight with Hopewell and Eric Ziegenhagen. 8pm, $6.

Yannick Murphy @ Quimby's

Yannick Murphy reads from her just-published Here They Come (McSweeney's), a novel about a crumbling family in '70s New York. (Hey, Frank McCourt liked it.) 7pm at Quimby's, 1854 W. North Ave, 773-342-0910. Free.



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