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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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Saturday, July 13

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Gary Shteyngart @ Book Cellar

Gary Shteyngart, author of The Russian Debutante's Handbook, appear at the Book Cellar tonight to discuss his latest novel, Absurdistan. 7pm at 4736-38 N. Lincoln Ave. Call 773-293-2665 for more information.

Elizabeth Berg @ Chicago Public Library

Bestselling and critically acclaimed author Elizabeth Berg is appearing tonight at the Sulzer Regional Library to read from her new novel, We Are All Welcome Here. This free event beings at 7pm, and the Sulzer Regional Library is located at 4455 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago. Visit the Chicago Public Library's online calendar of events for more information.

So, You Want To Freelance Workshop

StoryStudio Chicago is sponsoring this new workshop for just one night only. If you've ever been interested in perhaps the writer's dream career of freelance magazine writing (you know, writing...for money) then head on over to this workshop at the Story Studio space at 3717 N. Ravenswood, #115. This interactive session will include an overview of the world of freelancing, including: How to find ideas, how and where to market your ideas, how to structure a query letter and understanding the different types of feature articles. The instructor, Sara Fiedelholtz, graduated from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism with a Masters of Journalism. She was most recently a features reporter at the Chicago Sun Times and continues to serve as a publishing consultant and freelance editor/writer for regional, national and international publications. The workshop runs from 6:30pm to 9pm tonight, and costs $50 (pre-registration is requested).

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf @ DuSable Museum

Liberia's first female president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, will be in town this week. The city's Liberian Consolate is planning several events in honor of this special guest, including a special Q&A celebration-reception at the DuSable Museum from 9-10am. Arrive early to ensure you get a seat (we recommend 8:20am), security will be tight.

Daniel Raeburn on Chris Ware @ MCA

The author of Chris Ware discusses the artist's life and work. Free, 6 PM. 220 E Chicago Avenue. For more information and to reserve a seat, call 312-397-4010 or visit the website.

Are We There Yet? Jewish Playwrights and the American Dream

Steppenwolf's Artistic Director Martha Lavey and Director of New Play Development Ed Sobel discuss Jewish striving in American theater, from Death of a Salesman to Angels in America, in this Nextbook entry. 6:30pm. Alliance Fran├žaise, 54 W Chicago Ave. $8, $6 for students/under 25. Tickets available at or by calling 888-621-2230, weekdays 11am-3pm.



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