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Write Club @ Hideout

The Hideout hosts the monthly literary action brawl known as Write Club. Founder and host Ian Belknap presides over a series of literary bouts in which local authors & actors take up opposing opinions, clash with each other over their disagreements, and hope to be the victor. Show starts at 7:00pm; admission is $10, with proceeds going to the winners' charities. Hideout: 1354 W. Wabansia. (773) 227-4433.

You're Being Ridiculous @ Mary's Attic

You're Being Ridiculous, the sassy, funny and fun storytelling show created by Jeremy Owens, is back tonight in Andersonville. With three shows this month, there's sure to be a date that matches your calendar. Come out tonight to hear stories on the theme "Confession" from Jim Bennett, Margaret Dunn, Dennis Frymire, Jonathan Mayo, Jeremy Owens, JH Palmer, and Stephanie Sack. Stories start at 7:30pm at Mary's Attic, 5400 N. Clark St. Tickets are $15 online or at the door. There is no better way to avoid your family.

Write Club @ Hideout

The Hideout hosts the annual gathering known as Write Club. Host Ian Belknap oversees a series of 3 literary bouts, in which Chicago actors and authors take up opposing views to win bragging rights (and donations for their favorite charities). Admission is $10 at the door; show starts at 7:00pm. Hideout: 1354 W. Wabansia. (773) 227-4433.

You're Being Ridiculous @ Mary's Attic

You're Being Ridiculous, the sassy, funny and fun storytelling show created by Jeremy Owens, is back tonight in Andersonville. With three shows this month, there's sure to be a date that matches your calendar. Come out tonight to hear stories on the theme "Confession" from Lily Be, Sarah Hollenbeck, Brenna Kearney, Andrew Marikis, Dana Norris, Jeremy Owens, Megan Stielstra, and James Sweeny. Stories start at 8:00pm at Mary's Attic, 5400 N. Clark St. Tickets are $15 online or at the door.

That's All She Wrote fundraiser for NRS @ Great Lakes Tattoo

November is National Runaway Prevention Month, and That's All She Wrote is donating all proceeds from this month's show to the National Runaway Safeline and focusing this month's stories on the theme of "home." Readers include NRS representative Becca Bowlin, Erica Dreisbach, John Leo, and Angela Vela. Hosted as always by JH Palmer and Angela Benander at Great Lakes Tattoo, 1148 W. Grand Ave. Pleasant House Bakery will be on hand with savory pies for sale, BYOB. Doors open at 7:30, stories begin at 8pm; this is a free event, all donations collected will go to NRS.

Pop Up Book Fair @ Empty Bottle

The Empty Bottle and Curbside Splendor Publishing present an afternoon book fair, starting at 1:00pm in the friendly confines of the Empty Bottle. Over 30 independent publishers and booksellers will be here selling all kinds of books, from small to large! Admission is $8, or free is you RSVP through Ticketweb. See the Empty Bottle Website for full details. Empty Bottle: 1035 North Western Avenue. (773) 276-3600.

Tuesday Funk @ Hopleaf

Gapers Block presents Tuesday Funk, Chicago's eclectic monthly reading series, tonight at 7:30pm in the upstairs bar at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St. This month's edition featuresreadings by Tom Haley, Maggie Jenkins, Melinda McIntire, Keesha Beckford and former co-host William Shunn. Current co-hosts Andrew Huff and Eden Robins will, er, co-host. Doors open at 7pm sharp -- no earlier, unfortunately, but get there as close to 7 as possible to grab a table, as the room fills up quickly. Admission is free, but you must be 21 or older.

Top Hats & Tales @ Green Mill

Story Club hosts Top Hats & Tales, a benefit for its new Story Club Magazine, today from 1 to 5pm at the Green Mill, 4801 N. Broadway. The festivities include live music from The Morphtet, food, a raffle and "story jazz" featuring Kelsie Huff, Lily Be, Don Hall, and Megan Stielstra. Tickets are $20 in advance, $30 at the door. 21+

2nd Story @ Moxee Restaurant

The 2nd Story's annual Halloween show is tonight at Moxee Restaurant, 724 W. Maxwell St., featuring stories by Coya Paz, Cheri Pentimone and CP Chang. Doors open at 7:30pm, show's at 8pm. Tickets are $20 online or cash at the door.

Miss Spoken @ Gallery Cabaret

Miss Spoken returns to the Gallery Cabaret, 2020 N. Oakley Ave., tonight at 7pm with a Halloween themed show. Featured readers are Britt Julious, Kelsie Huff, Amy Sumpter, Claire Zulkey and Nathalie Lagerfeld; Rosamund Lannin and Carly Oishi host. No cover, 21+

The Moth StorySLAM @ Martyrs'

Martyrs' presents the monthly meeting of The Moth StorySLAM. Audience members are chosen at random to deliver a five-minute monologue, and the winner (as judged by a panel of audience members) moves on to the championships. Show starts at 8:00pm, admission is $8. Martyrs': 3855 North Lincoln Avenue. (773) 404-9494.

Guild Complex Prose Awards

The Guild Literary Complex presents its annual Prose Awards tonight at the Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division St., at 7:30pm. The nonfiction finalists are Suman Chhabra, Elora Roslin de Grey and Dana Norris, while the fiction finalists are Kate Duva, Scott Onak and Anne K. Yoder. Tickets are $8 ($6 for students) at the door.

Pulitzer Prize-Winner Clarence Page @ The Union League Club

Printers Row presents a luncheon at The Union League Club (65 W. Jackson Blvd.) in honor of Pulitzer Prize-winner and nationally renowned columnist Clarence Page, wherein he will discuss his new anthology of work, Culture Worrier, Selected Columns 1984 - 2014, Reflections on Race, Politics and Social Change. In the thirty years of experience since his first column in The Chicago Tribune, Page has carved out a revered place in the journalistic profession for political and social commentary alike. He will be joined in discussion by Bruce Dold, editorial page editor of the Chicago Tribune. The event kicks off with a reception at 11:30 am, with the discussion set to begin at 12 pm. Admission is $35, and copies of the book will be available for sale at the event.

Story Club South Side @ Co-Prosperity Sphere

Story Club's South Side franchise gets invaded by zombies tonight at the Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219 S. Morgan St. Featured readers are Kelsie Huff, Denise Santomauro and Kenneth Hite, plus a couple open mic slots if you've got a zombie story of your own to tell. Andrew Marikis hosts. Doors (and open mic signup) open at 7:30pm, show's at 8pm. $10 suggested donation. BYOB.

Write Club @ Hideout

The Hideout presents the monthly literary sporting event known as Write Club. Local author Ian Belknap presides over a series of literary bouts featuring the finest Chicago authors and playwrights, each one going to bat for an opposing view (PAPER vs. PLASTIC, WAR vs. PEACE, etc.). The audience chooses the winner of each bout, with the prize being a donation to the winning author's charity. Show starts at 7:00pm, and admission is $10 at the door. Full details at the Hideout Website. Hideout: 1354 W. Wabansia. (773) 227-4433.

Story Collector Presents: A Live Lit Showdown, Readers v. Tellers @ Haymarket

Ray Teresi, AKA The Story Collector, is bringing a dozen live lit performers, representing as many shows, for a one night "battle" between readers (performers who read from pages) vs. tellers (performers who tell stories without pages) at Haymarket (737 W. Randolph.) Heading up the Readers team is Write Club Overlord Ian Belknap; captaining the Tellers team is The Moth's Don Hall. The Readers team includes: Josh Zagoren, JH Palmer, Gwynn Fulcher, and Samantha Irby; Tellers include Stephanie Douglass, Andrew Marikis, GPA James Gordon, and Lil Be. Co-hosted by Janna Sobel of Here, Chicago and Chad the Bird of The Paper Machete. Timekeeper duties by the Awkward Intern of Shame That Tune. Doors open at 6pm, show starts at 8pm. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here

Louder than a Mom @ Martyrs'

Louder than a Mom, the reading series featuring stories about parenting, returns to Martyrs', 3855 N. Lincoln Ave., tonight at 8pm. Tickets are $8. 21+

Essay Fiesta @ Book Cellar

Essay Fiesta, a monthly literary reading series that benefits 826 CHI, happens this evening at 7:00pm at The Book Cellar (4736-38 North Lincoln Avenue) with readings from David Boyle, Scott Stealey, M. Molly Backes, and Diana Slickman. The event is free and open to the public. Full details at the Essay Fiesta Website.

Between Bites @ Frontier

Between Bites, the reading event that brings together food and writing, is at Frontier, 1072 N. Milwaukee Ave. tonight. Featured readers include Boka Restaurant Group owner Kevin Boehm, restaurateur emeritus Ina Pinkney, Thrillist senior editor Matt Lynch, cocktail and spirits writer Lauren Viera, Chicagoist editor Chuck Sudo, and Between Bites co-founder and Plate magazine managing editor Liz Grossman. Tickets are $30. Doors open at 6:30pn, show's at 7pm.

Lit & Luz Festival

Lit & Luz festival features visual art, performances, and readings with artists and authors from Chicago and Mexico City, with events taking place at various locations through Saturday. Most are free, although tickets to the closing party are $15.

Baudelaire in a Box @ Charnel House

Theater Oobleck presents the latest in their ongoing series Baudelaire in a Box, "Episode 7: King of Rain." Part of an ongoing attempt to translate the French poet's works, the show features performances and music accompanying the translations. The performance runs through October 18 at Charnel House, 3241 W. Fullerton Ave.; full details and advance tickets at the Theater Oobleck site.

Palabra Pura: Want @ La Bruquena

The Guild Literary Complex presents Palabra Pura: Want, curated by Cyn Vargas, tonight from 7:30 to 9:30pm upstairs at La Bruquena restaurant, 2726 W. Division St. Featured readers include Bobby Biedrzycki, Adriana Galvan and Kevin Kane. Free, but donations accepted.

Álvaro Enrigue @ Crowe Hall

As part of the inaugural Lit & Luz festival, award-winning author Álvaro Enrigue will be reading from his latest short story collection, Hypothermia. After the reading there will be a discussion with Director of the Center of Writing Arts at Northwestern, Reginald Gibbons. The event is free and goes from 12:00 pm to 2:30 at Crowe Hall (1860 Campus Drive).

Fan Fiction 101 @ Hungry Brain

Homeroom presents Fan Fiction 101 tonight at 9pm at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W. Belmont Ave. Keidra Chaney, Ray Van Fox and Chris Bower teach you all you need to know about what fanfic is and how to write it. No cover, but donations accepted. 21+

This Much Is True @ Mrs. Murphy & Sons

True story show This Much Is True returns to Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro, 3905 N. Lincoln Ave., tonight, with special guests Jen Bosworth, David Doyle, Mike Manship, Megan Wells and Paul Whitehouse, as well as regulars Scott Whitehair and Stephanie Douglass. Doors open at 6:45, show starts at 7:30pm. Free.

Alan Cumming @ Music Box

Unabridged Bookstore presents An Evening with Alan Cumming at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., at 7pm. Cumming will discuss his new memoir, Not My Father's Son, with former Chicago Magazine editor-in-chief Richard Babcock, and sign copies afterward. Tickets are $30 or two for $45, and include a copy of the book (one copy for the pair).

John Lahr on His Tennessee Williams Bio @ Steppenwolf

John Lahr, author of Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh, will take part in a conversation with Martha Lavey, artistic director of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, tonight in the Downstairs Theatre at Steppenwolf, 1650 N. Halsted. Lahr was senior drama critic for the New Yorker for 21 years. The Williams biography, his 20th book, is described as shedding a light on Williams' "tempestuous public existence" as well as his backstage life. Arthur Miller said Williams' work ushered in a revolution in the American theater. The conversation will include a Q&A followed by a book signing in the lobby. Tickets are $10 and are available online or by calling 312-335-1650.

That's All She Wrote 2 Year Anniversary @ Great Lakes Tattoo

That's All She Wrote celebrates two years at Great Lakes Tattoo, 1148 W. Grand Ave. Pleasant House Bakery will be on hand with a food truck full of savory meat pies, BYOB. This month's spectacular anniversary lineup includes: host of You're Being Ridiculous Jeremy Owens; storyteller extraordinaire Erin Diamond; one-woman show Jen Bosworth; and live lit legend Tom Wolferman. Hosted as always by JH Palmer and Angela Benander. Doors open at 7:30, stories begin at 8pm; this is a free event.

Steven Pinker @ Loyola Crown Hall

Steven Pinker, New York Times best-selling author, two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist and the Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology at Harvard University, will read from and discuss his new book, The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century, at Loyola University's Crown Center for the Humanities, 1001 W. Loyola Ave., from 7pm to 9:30pm. The book applies insights from the sciences of language and mind to the challenge of crafting clear, coherent and stylish prose.

Michael Chabon @ Harold Washington Library

At 6pm tonight, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Chabon helps launch the One Book, One Chicago program with a conversation about his novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, this year's selection. Angel Ysaguirre, executive director of the Illinois Humanities Council, sits down with him in the Pritzker Auditorium at the Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State St. Admission is free and large crowd is expected, so get there early.

Ta-Nehisi Coates @ Roosevelt University

Ta-Nehisi Coates, a senior editor and writer for The Atlantic and journalist-in-residence at City University of New York, earlier this year wrote the controversial story "The Case for Reparations," which examined the cultural and economic issues surrounding violence in Chicago's majority-black neighborhoods. He'll discuss the article and the issue as a whole at 5pm tonight in Roosevelt University's 10th floor library, 430 S. Michigan Ave. Admission is free.

James Finn Garner @ Book Cellar

James Finn Garner celebrates the release of the latest books in his Rex Koko circus noir series, Double Indignity and The Wet Nose of Danger, at the Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln Ave., tonight at 7pm. The event begins with circus performers and music in Giddings Plaza across from the store, then moves inside for readings and more. Free.

John Darnielle & Unabridged Books @ Lincoln Hall

John Darnielle, writer, composer, guitarist, and vocalist for the band the Mountain Goats, has finally translated his tremendous lyrics to prose with the release of new novel, Wolf In White Van, "the story of the Trace Italian, a game of strategy and survival! You may now make your first move." Join Unabridged Bookstore for an unforgettable evening as John Darnielle sits in conversation with Mairead Case, columnist for Bookslut who has spent a decade working in Chicago schools, small presses, and libraries, at Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln Ave. Darnielle's debut novel, hailed as moving, menacing, and brillliantly constructed, is not to be missed. $30 for entry plus a copy of the book; doors open at 7pm.

Tuesday Funk @ Hopleaf

Tuesday Funk, Chicago's eclectic monthly reading series sponsored by Gapers Block, returns tonight to the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St. This month the readers are poet Mark Turcotte, author Lori Rader-Day, poet Noel Jones, author Dmitry Samarov and writer-musicians Paul McComas and Maya Kuper -- plus your regular cohosts, Andrew Huff and Eden Robins. Doors open at 7pm sharp -- no earlier, unfortunately, -- and the reading begins at 7:30pn. RSVP on Facebook. Free, 21+

Story Club @ Holiday Club

Story Club North Side returns to the Holiday Club, 4000 N. Sheridan Rd., tonight at 7:30pm with the theme "cold comfort." Featured readers include Jeremy Owens, Parker Stockman and Elizabeth Gomez, and there will be a couple open mic slots available if you have a story to share. Dana Norris hosts. $10 suggested donation. 21+

Reading Under the Influence @ Sheffield's

Reading Under the Influence is back in the back room of Sheffield's, 3258 N. Sheffield Ave., tonight at 7pm. The theme this month is "Dude Ranch," and readers include Brian Costello, Matt Rowan, Joseph G. Peterson and Gint Aras. They each read twice, once with original work and again with published work related to the night's theme. Quick preview in Book Club. $3 cover. 21+

Elaine Soloway Book Launch @ Women & Children First

Author Elaine Soloway celebrates the launch of her new book, Green Nails and Other Acts of Rebellion: Life After Loss on Wednesday, October 1, at Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark St.

The Moth StorySLAM @ Martyrs'

Martyrs' hosts the monthly Most StorySLAM this evening at 8:00pm. Audience members are invited to bring a five-minute story on the evening's theme (see The Moth Website for details). A group of audience members will judge the stories, and the winner of tonight's event goes on to the semifinals. Admission is $8, but a limited amount of advance tickets will be available through The Moth Website. Martyrs': 3855 North Lincoln Avenue. (773) 404-9494.

Tale-Gate Festival @ Hideout

826CHI hosts Tale-Gate, a literary street festival, at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., today from 1 to 5:30pm. Activities include a live performance by Clash cover band London Calling, an exhibition bout of Write Club, food trucks, and some "team-oriented competition." Admission is $10 at the door.

Exploring Creative Nonfiction @ Unabridged

Megan Stielstra, Dmitry Samarov and Wendy Ortiz read from their memoirs at Exploring Creative Nonfiction at Unabridged Bookstore, 3259 N. Broadway, tonight at 7pm. A brief Q&A follows each reading, and the authors will sign copies of their books. Refreshments served.

Miss Spoken @ Gallery Cabaret

Miss Spoken, the all female-identifying reading series, returns tonight at the Gallery Cabaret, 2020 N. Oakley Ave. The theme this time is "College Years," and readers include Dana Norris, Erin Watson, Genny Ramos, JH Palmer and Brandy Agerbeck. The show starts at 7pm. No cover, 21+

Chicago Zine Fest Movie Night @ Hideout

Chicago Zine Fest hosts a Movie Night fundraiser at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., tonight, featuring the '80s classic Heathers. Read our preview in Book Club. Doors are at 5:30pm, screening starts at 6pm. $7 suggested donation. 21+

A Decade of Country Hits: Art on the Rural Frontier @ Experimental Station

The Experimental Station (6100 S. Blackstone Ave.) hosts the M12 Collective to discuss their new book A Decade of Country Hits: art on the rural frontier, along with performances and readings. Event starts at 6:30pm. Free.

Louder than a Mom @ Martyrs'

Louder than a Mom, the reading series featuring stories about parenting, returns to Martyrs', 3855 N. Lincoln Ave., tonight at 8pm. Tickets are $8. 21+

Last Days of Danger Release Party @ Challengers

Sean Dove celebrates the release of his Kickstarter-funded James Bond tribute book, Last Days of Danger, tonight from 7 to 10pm at Challengers Comics, 1845 N. Western Ave. Pick up a signed copy of the book, meet Sean and talk 007. Free. Details on Facebook.

Funny Ha-Ha @ Hideout

The Hideout presents the 10-year anniversary show for the literary series Funny Ha-Ha, hosted by Claire Zulkey and John Green. Tonight's show will feature performances and readings from the very first Funny Ha-Ha show. The show starts at 6:30pm, and tickets are $10. Full details and advance tickets at the Hideout's Website. Hideout: 1354 W. Wabansia. (773) 227-4433.

The Hoods Chicago: Pilsen

The Hoods Chicago, a new reading series centered around neighborhoods, debuts tonight at 8pm at Modern Cooperative, 1215 W. 18th St. Featured readers include Liz Baudler, Charlotte Hamilton, Tony Castellon and Jaime de Leon; Melinda McIntire hosts. Free; donations will be collected for ElevArte Community Studio.

Green City Market Cookbook Release @ Jayson Home

Chefs Rick Bayless, Carrie Nahabedian and Bruce Sherman will be at Jayson Home, 1885 N. Clybourn Ave., tonight from 5 to 8pm to sign copies of The Green City Market Cookbook and serve dishes from the book. Complimentary wine will also be served. As a bonus, Jayson Home is donating 10 percent of the night's sales to the Green City Market.

Story Club South Side @ Co-Prosperity Sphere

Story Club South Side returns to the Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219 S. Morgan St., tonight at 7:30pm. The theme is "Tripping: Tales of Journeys Real or Imagined," and the featured speakers are Jeff Clement, Stephanie Chavara and Joy Ellison -- with a couple of spots available for open mic. $10 donation requested.

Pundamonium Pun Slam @ Door No. 3

Pundamonium, Chicago's pun slam contest, is at Door No. 3 at Bottom Lounge, 1572 N. Milwaukee Ave., tonight. Ten contestants battle with puns on prompts they received beforehand, then those who advance must riff on whatever's thrown at them. $8 cover. Doors are at 7pm, show's at 8pm. 21+ You have no idea how hard it was not to make puns throughout this listing.

Write Club @ Hideout

The Hideout welcomes back Write Club, the literary sporting event that pits local authors and playwrights against each other in battles for charity. Overlord Ian Belknap presides over three matches this evening, each one being decided by a panel of seasoned judges who are only slightly influenced by audience opinion. The show starts at 7:00pm, and admission is $10, with all proceeds going to the charities of the winning parties. Hideout: 1354 W. Wabansia. (773) 227-4433.

That's All She Wrote @ Great Lakes Tattoo

That's All She Wrote returns to Great Lakes Tattoo, 1148 W. Grand Ave. Pleasant House Bakery will be on hand with a food truck full of savory meat pies, and Revolution Brewing has donated beer. This month's lineup includes: Essay Fiesta co-host Karen Shimmin; 1,001 Chicago Afternoons blogger Paul Dailing; author Mary Wagner; and storyteller Karen Genelly. Hosted as always by JH Palmer and Angela Benander. Doors open at 7:30, stories begin at 8pm; this is a free event.

Serving the Sentence @ Towbar

Serving the Sentence returns to Towbar, 1500 W. Jarvis Ave., tonight at 7pm. This month each story begins with the sentence "Hunger is a funny thing." See what Jeremy Owens, Jake Cowan, Erin Lane, Adrienne Gunn and host Maggie Jenkins do with it. No cover; donations will be collected for Girls on the Run.

Story Sessions @ City Winery

Story Sessions returns to City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph St., tonight with stories from David Barish, Julia Borcherts, Pam Bell, James Sweeney, Dana Norris and Norman Doucet. Denise Santomauro and Dennis Frymire host, and bluegrass band Side of Bacon performs before the reading. Tickets are $12. Doors open at 5:30pm, music's at 6pm, readings are at 7pm.

Crazy Horse's Girlfriend Release Party

Author Erika Wurth celebrates the release of her latest book, Crazy Horse's Girlfriend with a reading tonight at City Lit Books, 2523 N. Kedzie, at 5pm. Also reading are fellow authors Lindsay Hunter, Samantha Irby, and Jac Jemc. Read our preview in Book Club.

Tribute to Larry Santoro @ The Coffee Shop

Friends memorialize writer Larry Santoro, who passed away last month, with a reading tonight at the Coffee Shop, 1135 W. Sheridan Ave., from 6 to 10pm. Chris Bell, Mike Penkas, John Everson, Rich Chwedyk, Sally Duros, Tycelia Santoro, Gary Houston, Richard Engling, Martin Mundt and Deb Miller will read selections of Santoro's work. No cover, BYOB. Details on Facebook.

Is This a Thing? @ O'Shaughnessy's

Is This a Thing? live lit show returns to O'Shaughnessy's, 4557 N. Ravenswood Ave., tonight at 7pm. The theme is After School Special, and feature readers include Ali Kelley, Kathy O'Neill, Catharine Savage, Joanne Singleton, Jim Sweeney and Tori Szekeres. No cover.

Chicago Nerds Book Club @ Filter

The Chicago Nerd Social Club presents their monthly book club, happening as always at Filter Cafe (1373-75 North Milwaukee Avenue). Tonight's book is Andy Weir's The Martian. The event runs from 6:30pm to 7:30pm, and is free and open to the public.

Beast Women Opening Night @ The Den Theatre

The Chicago all-female performance variety revue, Beast Women, kicks off its new season at The Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave, at 10:30pm. Performers include sword dancers Jeanette Daft & Viktoria, singer Elle Cassaza and storytelling stalwart, Lily Be. Tickets are $20.

Dmitry Samarov Book Release @ Whistler

Dmitry Samarov celebrates the release of Where To?, the followup to his taxi-driving memoir Hack, tonight at 9pm at the Whistler, 2421 N. Milwaukee Ave. Samarov will read from Where To? with live accompaniment by Bill MacKay on guitar and Matt Lux on bass. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. No cover, 21+

Story Club @ Holiday Club

Story Club North Side returns to the Holiday Club, 4000 N. Sheridan Rd., tonight for "Back to School Night." The lineup features Wyl Villacres, Naomi Huffman and Willy Nast, plus some open mic slots if you've got a story to tell. Dana Norris hosts. Doors open at 7:30, show's at 8pm. $10 donation requested. 21+

Two Cookie Minimum @ Hungry Brain

Two Cookie Minimum returns to the Hungry Brain, 2319 W. Belmont Ave., tonight at 9pm. The theme this month is "Hidden Treasures" and the lineup includes writer Scott Miles, poet Anthony Madrid, comics artist Zelda Galeswsky, writer at Forgotten Chicago Dan "Pogo" Pogorzelski and Gapers Block literary editor Miden Wood. John "Johnny Misfit" Wawrzaszek hosts. Free, 21+

Tuesday Funk @ Hopleaf

Join Tuesday Funk the day after Labor Day for an evening of readings in the upstairs bar at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St. This month's guests include Scott Smith, Ryan DiGiorgi, Anne Holub, Jasmine Davila and Holly McDowell; Eden Robins and Andrew Huff co-host as usual. Doors open at 7pm (and no earlier -- really), and it's probably a good idea to get there early if you want to sit. The reading starts promptly at 7:30pm. RSVP on Facebook. Free, 21+

Recombinant Stare Opening @ Spudnik Press

Recombinant Stare, a retrospective of the influential Stare Magazine, opens in the Annex at Spudnik Press, 1821 W. Hubbard St., tonight from 6 to 9pm. Read John Wawrzaszek's preview in Book Club.

Miss Spoken @ Gallery Cabaret

Miss Spoken returns to the Gallery Cabaret, 2020 N. Oakley Ave., tonight at 7pm. The theme this month is "summer love," and guests include Cinnamon Cooper, Elizabeth Gomez, Corrine Mucha, Lily Be and Karen Shimmin. Carly Oishi and Rosamund Lannin host. No cover, 21+

The Moth StorySLAM @ Martyrs'

Martyrs' hosts the monthly Most StorySLAM this evening at 8:00pm. Audience members are invited to bring a five-minute story on the evening's theme (see The Moth Website for details). A group of audience members will judge the stories, and the winner of tonight's event goes on to the semifinals. Admission is $8, but a limited amount of advance tickets will be available through The Moth Website. Martyrs': 3855 North Lincoln Avenue. (773) 404-9494.

Startup Mixology Book Release

Tech Cocktail founder Frank Gruber celebrates the release of Startup Mixology: Tech Cocktail’s Guide to Building, Growing, and Celebrating Startup Success tonight at 7:30pm at Space coworking, 444 N. Wabash Ave. The first 100 attendees will get a copy of the book for free, and signed copies will be available for $30 at the event. RSVP here.

Guts & Glory @ Schubas

Guts and Glory is back at Schubas, 3159 N. Southport Ave., tonight at 7pm. Hosts Keith Ecker and Samantha Irby welcome playwright Chris Bower, performer Jen Bosworth, playwright Randall Colburn, storyteller Andrew Reilly, writer Katie Prout and poet James Gordon this month. No cover, 21+

Story Club South Side @ Co-Prosperity Sphere

The South Side chapter of Story Club is back at the Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219 S. Morgan St., tonight at 7:30pm. The theme is "Truth or Fiction," and featured performers include Stephanie Douglass, Letitia Moffitt and Jeremy Owens, plus a couple open mic slots. Andrew Marikis hosts. $10 suggested donation, BYO.

The Marrow @ Punch House

Curbside Splendor's reading series The Marrow is at Punch House, 1227 W. 18th St., tonight at 7:30pm, featuring readings by Darryl Holliday, Tim Kinsella, Dana Norris and Karen Shimmin, plus co-hosts Naomi Huffman and Leah Pickett. Free, 21+

You're Being Ridiculous @ Mary's Attic

You're Being Ridiculous, the sassy, funny and fun storytelling show created by Jeremy Owens, is back tonight in Andersonville. With three shows this month, there's sure to be a date that matches your calendar. Come out tonight to hear stories on the theme "Fear" from David Allen, Randall Colburn, Kelly Duff, Kestutis Nakas, Jeremy Owens, Allison Shoemaker, and Steven Strafford. Stories start at 7:30pm at Mary's Attic, 5400 N. Clark St. Tickets are $15 online or at the door.

Cafe Cabaret @ Cafe Ballou

James "GPA" Gordon and and Roberta Miles host Cafe Cabaret at Cafe Ballou, 939 N. Western Ave., tonight at 7pm. The eclectic show this month features Alexandra Tsarpalas, Holly Beaudry, Andrew Francis, Elizabeth Gomez and Dhaea. Free, but donations accepted.

Daryl Brown @ City Lit Books

Daryl Brown, the son of James Brown, comes to Chicago to promote his new book, My Father, the Godfather, tonight at 6:30pm at City Lit Books, 2523 N. Kedzie. Preview in Book Club.

Rick Perlstein @ Seminary Co-op

The Seminary Co-op, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave., hosts a book launch and '70s dance party for author Rick Perlstein's latest, The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan, tonight at 6pm. Free.

Chicago Nerds Book Club @ Filter

The Chicago Nerd Social Club presents their monthly science fiction & fantasy book club this evening from 6:30pm to 7:30pm at Filter (1373-75 North Milwaukee). This month's book for discussion is Blindsight by Peter Watts. Full details on the event at the Chicago Nerds Website.

That's All She Wrote @ Great Lakes Tattoo

The seemingly forever wandering live lit series That's All She Wrote has pulled up stakes from the now defunct Savoy and moved addresses (for now) to Great Lakes Tattoo, 1148 W. Grand Ave. Pleasant House Bakery will be on hand with a food truck full of savory meat pies, and there are rumors of free beer and donuts on a first come, first served basis. This month's lineup includes: Essay Fiesta co-host Willy Nast; contributor at Gapers Block and 8Asians Jasmine Davila; In Our Words founder Patrick Gill; and co-producer of Miss-Spoken Rosamund Lannin. Hosted as always by JH Palmer and Angela Benander. Doors open at 7:30, stories begin at 8pm; this is a free event.

Serving the Sentence @ Towbar

Serving the Sentence is back at Towbar, 1500 W. Jarvis Ave., tonight at 7pm. The starting question this month is "'What is it,' she asked." Find out where Karen Shimmin, Carrie McDonald, Lisa Scott, James Gordon and Kendra Stevens take it from there. No cover; donations will be collected for Girls on the Run Chicago.

You're Being Ridiculous @ Mary's Attic

You're Being Ridiculous, the sassy, funny and fun storytelling show created by Jeremy Owens, is back tonight in Andersonville. With three shows this month, there's sure to be a date that matches your calendar. Come out tonight to hear stories on the theme "Fear" from Eileen Dougharty, Jill Howe, Mary Lorenz, Kelly Loris, Elise Mayfield, Jeremy Owens, and Parker Stockman. Stories start at 7:30pm at Mary's Attic, 5400 N. Clark St. Tickets are $15 online or at the door.

Fooling Ourselves (Into Writing) with Jac Jemc @ CHIPRC

Local author Jac Jemc (My Only Wife) leads a workshop called Fooling Ourselves (Into Writing) this afternoon at the Chicago Publishers Resource Center (858 N. Ashland) at 1 p.m. Over the course of three hours, she'll delve into tactics such as creating "language banks" and accessing "gluts of memory" to help writers get unstuck. $25.

Story Club @ Holiday Club

Story Club North Side is back at Holiday Club, 4000 N. Sheridan Rd., tonight at 7:30pm with the theme "hot hot heat." This month's featured readers are writer Debbie Capone; actor, writer and improviser Julie Marchiano; and playwright Erin Lane. Dana Norris hosts, and as always, there are a couple open mic slots if you've got a story to tell. $10 suggested donation. 21+

Lil Bub's Big Show Live! @ Metro

Lil Bub's Big Show Live! comes to the Metro, 3730 N. Clark St., tonight at 7pm, with special guest David Yow, singer for Jesus Lizard and author of the new book Copycat: And A Litter of Other Cats. Tickets are $12 seated, $6 standing. Or spring for the $75 meet'n'greet upgrade, which includes photo ops with Lil Bub and Yow and copies of both of their books, and benefits the ASPCA. Doors open at 7:30pm, show's at 8pm. All ages.

God, Sex & Death Variety Hour @ Schubas

The God, Sex & Death Variety Hour moves from the Hideout to the upstairs bar at Schubas, 3159 N. Southport Ave., tonight at 8pm. Host Danny Black welcomes writer Micki LeSueur, escort Lola Luscious, storyteller Xavier Jordan and comedian Cameron Gillette. The Miracle Workers provide musical accompaniment. Doors open at 7:30pm. Free, 21+

Two Cookie Minimum @ Hungry Brain

Two Cookie Minimum kicks off its fourth year tonight at 9pm at Hungry Brain, 2319 W. Belmont Ave. This month's lineup features writer Franki Jo Beckwith, sketch comedy performer Tom Simmons, indie comic artist Ian McDuffie, writer John Wilmes, and zinester Josh Piotrowski (aka GAS MASK HORSE). John Wawrzaszek hosts. No cover, and there will of course be cookies. 21+

Tuesday Funk @ Hopleaf

Tuesday Funk, the eclectic monthly reading series sponsored by Gapers Block, returns to the upstairs bar at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St. tonight with guests Hannah Gamble, David Daskal, Christine Simokaitis, Britt Julious and Leah Thomas. Eden Robins and Gapers Block editor Andrew Huff co-host. Doors open at 7pm (no earlier; we're serious), and the reading begins at 7:30pm. Free, but you must be 21.

Fictlicious @ Hideout

Fictlicious is back at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., tonight at 7pm. Music and readings on the theme of "stuck" will be delivered by Scott Onak, Chelsea Voulgares, John Gallagher, Anna Scott, Micki LeSueur, Typhanie Monique with Rick Gehrenbeck, Liam Davis, and Jennifer Solheim. $10 at the door, which opens at 6pm. 21+

You're Being Ridiculous @ Mary's Attic

You're Being Ridiculous, the sassy, funny and fun storytelling show created by Jeremy Owens, is back tonight in Andersonville. With three shows this month, there's sure to be a date that matches your calendar. Come out tonight to hear stories on the theme "Fear" from Julie Cowden, Ryan Duke, Keith Ecker, Brenna Kearney, Karie Miller, Dana Norris, and Jeremy Owens. Stories start at 7:30pm at Mary's Attic, 5400 N. Clark St. Tickets are $15 online or at the door.


Miss Spoken @ Gallery Cabaret

Miss Spoken, the all-female reading series, returns to the Gallery Cabaret, 2020 N. Oakley Ave., tonight at 7pm. This month the theme is periods, and the readers include Wendy McClure, Allison Kelly, Katie Prout and Charlotte Hamilton. There's also an open mic slot if you've got a period story to share. No cover, 21+

The Moth StorySLAM @ Martyrs'

Martyrs' hosts the monthly Most StorySLAM this evening at 8:00pm. Audience members are invited to bring a five-minute story on the subject "Altered". A group of audience members will judge the stories, and the winner of tonight's event goes on to the semifinals. Admission is $8, but a limited amount of advance tickets will be available through The Moth Website. Martyrs': 3855 North Lincoln Avenue. (773) 404-9494.

Louder than a Mom @ Martyrs'

Louder than a Mom, a new monthly show featuring stories told or inspired by mothers, is tonight at Martyrs', 3855 N. Lincoln Ave., at 8pm. The theme this month is "summer camp," and there are open mic slots for you to share your own hilarious or sad story. Tickets are $8. 21+

Word Weekend @ MCA

The Museum of Contemporary Art, 200 E. Chicago Ave., hosts Word Weekend Saturday and today, featuring a variety of performances, installations and readings -- see the schedule for details. Activities run from noon to 5pm today; admission is free.

30th Annual Book Fair @ Newberry Library

The Newberry Library, 60 W Walton St, celebrates the 30th year of its Book Fair on July 24 through July 27. Everything for sale at the Book Fair has been generously donated, and this year's items include books autographed by President Obama, Desmond Tutu, and Albert Schweitzer (all Nobel Peace Prize winners); a large offering of 17th and 18th century French literature (in French); many books of Japanese and Chinese poetry (translated); and much more.

Hours are Thursday-Friday, noon to 8pm, and Saturday-Sunday, 10am to 6pm. Admission is free and open to the public. All proceeds help further the mission of the Newberry.

Word Weekend @ MCA

The Museum of Contemporary Art, 200 E. Chicago Ave., hosts Word Weekend today and Sunday, featuring a variety of performances, installations and readings -- see the schedule for details. Activities run from noon to 10:30pm today; admission is free after 5pm.

30th Annual Book Fair @ Newberry Library

The Newberry Library, 60 W Walton St, celebrates the 30th year of its Book Fair on July 24 through July 27. Everything for sale at the Book Fair has been generously donated, and this year's items include books autographed by President Obama, Desmond Tutu, and Albert Schweitzer (all Nobel Peace Prize winners); a large offering of 17th and 18th century French literature (in French); many books of Japanese and Chinese poetry (translated); and much more.

Hours are Thursday-Friday, noon to 8pm, and Saturday-Sunday, 10am to 6pm. Admission is free and open to the public. All proceeds help further the mission of the Newberry.

30th Annual Book Fair @ Newberry Library

The Newberry Library, 60 W Walton St, celebrates the 30th year of its Book Fair on July 24 through July 27. Everything for sale at the Book Fair has been generously donated, and this year's items include books autographed by President Obama, Desmond Tutu, and Albert Schweitzer (all Nobel Peace Prize winners); a large offering of 17th and 18th century French literature (in French); many books of Japanese and Chinese poetry (translated); and much more.

Hours are Thursday-Friday, noon to 8pm, and Saturday-Sunday, 10am to 6pm. Admission is free and open to the public. All proceeds help further the mission of the Newberry.

Featherproof Send-off Hand-off Kick-off Party @ Hideout

Featherproof Books holds a "Send-off Hand-off Kick-off Party" for cofounder Zach Dodson and Mairead Case tonight at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave. (Tim Kinsella is taking over the press.) Come hear toasts, roasts and goodbyes from Dodson, Case, Kinsella, cofounder Jonathan Messinger, Brian Costello, Lindsay Hunter, Christian TeBordo and more. Doors open at 7pm, proceedings get underway at 8pm. $5 online or at the door. 21+

30th Annual Book Fair @ Newberry Library

The Newberry Library, 60 W Walton St, celebrates the 30th year of its Book Fair on July 24 through July 27. Everything for sale at the Book Fair has been generously donated, and this year's items include books autographed by President Obama, Desmond Tutu, and Albert Schweitzer (all Nobel Peace Prize winners); a large offering of 17th and 18th century French literature (in French); many books of Japanese and Chinese poetry (translated); and much more.

Hours are Thursday-Friday, noon to 8pm, and Saturday-Sunday, 10am to 6pm. Admission is free and open to the public. All proceeds help further the mission of the Newberry.

10 X 9 @ Uncommon Ground

The series 10 x 9 comes to Uncommon Ground (3800 N. Clark) as 9 readers take on the theme of "love." Readers include: Mary Novak, Marya Spont- Lemus, James Gordon, Erica Dreisbach, Linda Montgomery, Melissa Tatro, Michael A. Van Kerckhove, JH Palmer, and Michael MacRay. This is a free event, for more info visit the Facebook event page. Starts at 7pm.

Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Awards

The Guild Literary Complex's 21st annual Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Reading & Award is tonight from 7 to 9:30pm at the Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division St. Twenty poets will read their work, and the audience will vote on who takes home the $500 prize. Special guests Nora Brooks Blakely, the Aurora Performance Group and Marian Hayes will also read. Admission is $8, $6 for students.

CCLaP Showcase: Eric Charles May @ City Lit

Chicago Center for Literature and Photography presents author and professor Eric Charles May reading from his Chicago-set social realist novel Bedrock Faith, as well as six open-mic reading slots, at City Lit Books, 2523 N. Kedzie Ave., from 6:30 to 8pm. Free. More info on Facebook.

Essay Fiesta @ Book Cellar

Essay Fiesta returns to the Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln Ave., tonight at 7pm. The lineup features 2nd Story podcaster Ozzie Totten, writer and Young Chicago Authors board president Debbi Welch, writer Sarah Michael Hollenbeck, Inland Mag founder and journalist Britt Julious, and "Our Man In Chicago" Scott Smith. Karen Shimmin and Willy Nast cohost. Free, but donations for 826CHI will be collected.

That's All She Wrote @ The Savoy

For the first time ever, the live lit series That's All She Wrote has four male guests for their "All Dude Revue" at The Savoy, 1408 N. Milwaukee Ave. The testosterone charged lineup includes: Stoop Style Stories co-host Clarence Browley; Chicagoist editor Chuck Sudo; Story Club intern Jared Crum; and the Savoy's very own Paco Zamora. Hosted as always by JH Palmer and Angela Benander. Doors open at 7:30, stories begin at 8pm; make a dinner reservation to guarantee a seat. This is a free event.

Writing In The Margins @ Zhou B Art Center

Sixty Inches from Center presents Writing In The Margins: Who Do You Write For?, a panel discussion on the relationship between writers, artists, and their various audiences, tonight from 6 to 8pm at the Zhou B Arts Center, 1029 W. 35th St. The panel will include visual journalist and media arts educator Sophia Nahli, Honey Pot Performance cofounder Felicia Holman, artist Jenny Lam, poet and author Olivia Cole, and writer Diana Pando. Moderated by Jennifer Patiño Cervantes, writer and Director of Development for Sixty Inches From Center. Admission is $5.

Guts & Glory @ Schubas

Come to Schubas (upstairs), 3159 N. Southport, tonight at 7pm for Chicago's boldest and most bad-ass storytelling event. This brave and bold live-lit show is hosted by Samantha Irby and Keith Ecker. Tonight's featured performers include JW Basilo, Shannon Cason, David Fink, Brenna Kearney, and Jeremy Owens. Doors open at 6pm, show starts at 7pm. Free, 21+

Story Club South Side @ Co-Prosperity Sphere

The South Side faction of Story Club is back at the Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219 S. Morgan St., tonight, with the theme "Beautiful Poison." Featured readers this round include Scott Whitehair, Steven Strafford and Lauren Sivak, along with three open mic slots for you to tell your story. Hosted by Andrew Marikis. Doors open at 7:30pm, show's at 8. $10 suggested donation, BYOB.

Is This a Thing? @ O'Shaughnessy's

Reading series Is This a Thing? tackles the topic "I Was Wrong" at its latest edition tonight at 7pm at O'Shaughnessy's, 4557 N. Ravenswood Ave. Readers include Mare Swallow, Elena Colas, Ines Bellina, Karen Genelly, Kirk Kicklighter, Kendra Stevens and Jill Howe. Suzy Kahn Weinberg hosts. Free

Serving the Sentence @ Towbar

Serving the Sentence returns to the Towbar, 1500 W. Jarvis Ave., tonight at 7pm. Readers David Barish, Denise Santomauro, David Lipowski, Maggie Jenkins and Monte LaMonte all start their stories with the same sentence; show up to find out where they take it from there. Kendra Stevens hosts. No cover, but donations will be collected for Girls on the Run Chicago. 21+

Independent Bookstore Day

Today is Chicago Independent Bookstore Day! Visit the nine participating bookstores for special events, giveaways and raffles -- and visit all of them to collect pieces of a limited edition puzzle designed by Lillie Carré. Free.

Story Club @ Holiday Club

The North Side edition of Story Club is back at the Holiday Club, 4000 N. Sheridan Rd., tonight, with the theme of "Ask." Readers include story collector Ray Teresi, Spanglish Memoirs writer/performer Rob Ruiz and author Tori Telfer -- plus three open mic slots for you to share your story. Doors open at 7:30pm, show's at 8pm. $10 donation requested. 21+

CHIRP Radio's The First Time @ Martyrs

CHIRP Radio's quarterly Live Lit and Music series, The First Time, is back at Martyrs', 3855 N. Lincoln Ave., with the theme First Impression. The First Time performances feature seven story tellers who pair a song with a personal story around a notable "First" (e.g. First Car, First Kiss, First Lesson). Reading tonight: Erica White, JH Palmer of That's All She Wrote, Musician Pamela Maurer, aka Baby Money, Laura Caldwell of Life After Innocence Project, Storytellers Archy Jamjun and Ben Kessell, and CHIRP DJ Kyle Whelliston. Starts at 8pm, $10. 21+

Napkin Poetry @ Comfort Station

Napkin Poetry, a new reading series featuring young(ish) poets, is tonight at 7pm at Comfort Station, 2579 N. Milwaukee Ave. Readers this month include Gene Tanta, Daniel Borzutzki and Lina Ramona Vitkauskas. Preview in Book Club.

This Much Is True @ Mrs. Murphy & Sons

This Much Is True is tonight at Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro, 3905 N. Lincoln Ave., and features Khanisha Foster, Art Johnson, Achy Obejas, Scott Whitehair and Stephanie Douglass, plus musical guest Mike Maimone. Doors open at 6:45, show's at 730pm. Free.

Here, Chicago @ Stage 773

Here, Chicago (formerly known as Here's the Story) is back at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave., tonight for an evening of true-storytelling and a potluck dinner. This month's show features improvisor Nnamdi Ngwe, former NASA scientist Christie Grace, folk duo River Rising, and a tall-ship sailor and humanitarian clown -- plus five slots for open-mic storytellers. Hosted by Janna Sobel with guest co-host Erin Kahoa. The potluck dinner starts at 7:30pm, show starts at 8pm. Tickets are $8, or free with a dish for the potluck.

BoyGirlBoyGirl and Naomi Ashley Band Save America!

The Hideout presents the spoken word ensemble BoyGirlBoyGirl and singer/songwriter Naomi Ashley in an evening of music and spoken word that may (or may not) save America. Doors open at 8:00, show begins at 9:00, and tickets are $12. Full details and advance tickets at the Hideout's Website. Hideout: 1354 W. Wabansia. (773) 227-4433.

Two Cookie Minimum @ Hungry Brain

Two Cookie Minimum celebrates its fourth anniversary tonight at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W. Belmont Ave., starting at 9pm. Performance-oriented poet Kevin Kern holds down the more traditionally writerly end of things, and from there the event takes a more visual turn. Leslie Perrine and Keiler Roberts present comics, zine publisher Eric Bartholomew invites the audience to join an interactive game, and sister duo Jill Summers and Susie Kirkwood put on one of the spooky, literary-minded shadow-puppet shows that have become their trademark. The (vegan) cookies are free, as is admission. 21+

Tuesday Funk @ Hopleaf

Gapers Block presents the 71st edition of Tuesday Funk, Chicago's eclectic monthly reading series, tonight in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St. The evening will feature readings by Norman Doucet, Lisa Kirchner, Evan Okun, Sheri Reda and Lisa White. Andrew Huff and Eden Robins cohost. Doors open at 7pm sharp -- but not earlier, as much as we'd like to l et you in -- and the reading begins at 7:30pm. Arrive early for a table and grab a beer from Mark at the bar. Arrive even earlier or stay afterwards for a full meal downstairs. RSVP on Facebook. Free, 21+

Equanimity: Writing & Exile

The Guild Literary Complex hosts Equanimity: Writing & Exile, a conversation with writers exploring first-hand narratives of exile and political activism, today from 1:30 to 3pm at Victory Gardens Biograph Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. The discussion is moderated by John Rich, executive directory of the guild. Free.

Tenth Annual Printer's Ball @ Hubbard Street Lofts

Spudnik Press Cooperative is thrilled to announce the 10th annual Printers Ball: Chatter. The 10th annual celebration of literary culture and printmaking will be held at the Hubbard Street Lofts, 1821 W. Hubbard St., offering a robust schedule of performances, live printmaking demos, exhibitions, and food and drink tastings. This year's festivities will run from 4 to 9pm, and includes outdoor entertainment with a DJ set with Odd Obsession and a beer garden hosted by Maria's Packaged Goods. Admission is free.

Moth StorySLAM @ Martyrs'

Martyrs' hosts the monthly Moth StorySLAM tonight at 8:00pm. Ten audience members are selected to tell a five-minute story on the evening's topic, and the winner (as judged by a panel of audience members) goes on the the Moth Grandslam Championships. Admission is $8 at the door; plan on arriving early to make sure you can get in. Martyrs': 3855 North Lincoln Avenue. (773) 404-9494.

Let's Eat: Hot Doug's, Hoosier Mama & Chicago Diner

Peter Segal of "Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me!" hosts Let's Eat: Hot Doug's, Hoosier Mama and Chicago Diner tonight at the Standard Club, 320 S. Plymouth Ct., from 5:30 to 7:30pm. Doug Sohn of Hot Doug's, Paula Haney of Hoosier Mama Pie Company and Mickey Hornick of the Chicago Diner will talk with Segal about their restaurants, food culture and their respective books -- all of which will be available for purchase and autographs after the talk. Dishes from the books will be served. Tickets are $40 and include food.

Miss Spoken @ Gallery Cabaret

Miss Spoken, the new female-focused reading series hosted by Rose Lannin and Carly Oishi, returns to Gallery Cabaret, 2020 N. Oakley Ave., tonight from 7 to 9pm. The topic this time is "Debt," and the lineup features Rachel Collins, Gwynn Fulcher, Anne Holub and Natasha Mulholland. Free. 21+

Guts & Glory @ Schubas

Guts & Glory, hosted by Keith Ecker and Samantha Irby, is back upstairs at Schubas, 3159 N. Southport Ave., for another evening of storytelling tonight at 7pm. Featured this month are Janna Sobel, Dina Marie Walters, Kate Duva, Renee Albrecht-Mallinger and John Burger. No cover, 21+

Write Club @ Hideout

The Hideout presents the monthly meeting of Write Club, the literary competition featuring local authors and performers taking up opposing viewpoints for the pleasure of the audience. Write Club starts at 7:00pm tonight; admission is $10, and proceeds will go to the charities chosen by the participants. Hideout: 1354 W. Wabansia. (773) 227-4433.

Story Club @ Co-Prosperity Sphere

The South Side chapter of Story Club tonight at Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219 S. Morgan St., features Jill Howe, James "G.P.A." Gordon, Xavier Jordan and Jennifer Peepas, plus a couple open mic slots. Will Hindmarch hosts. Open mic signup starts at 7:30pm, and readings start at 8pm. Free, but donations appreciated. All ages.

The Marrow @ Punch House

Curbside Splendor launches The Marrow, a new monthly non-fiction reading series, tonight at 7:30pm at Punch House, 1227 W. 18th St. Hosted by Leah Pickett, the first edition features readings by Samantha Irby, Nico Lang, Jeff Miller and Jen Richards. No cover, 21+.

Story Sessions @ City Winery

Story Sessions returns to City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph St., tonight with the theme "Day of the Dad." The lineup includes stories told by Kevin Gladish, Shannon Cason, Kelsie Huff, Linda Gorham, Alan Neff and Natasha Tsoutsouris; Deanna Moffitt hosts and there's live bluegrass before the show. Doors open at 5:30, music begins at 6pm, readings start at 7pm. Tickets are $12.

Applied Words: Black Vernacular

The Guild Literary Complex presents Applied Words: Black Vernacular tonight from 7:30 to 9pm at the University of Chicago's Arts Incubator, 301 E. Garfield Blvd. Randall Horton, Nate Marshall, Kristiana Rae Colón and Toni Asantelightfoot perform and read work, and Holly Bass and others show short video pieces. Curated by Toni Asante Lightfoot. Free.

That's All She Wrote @ The Savoy

The live lit series That's All She Wrote is back at The Savoy, 1408 N. Milwaukee Ave. This month's lineup features Deanna Moffitt, Britt Juloius, Nannette George, Ben Harpe and Stephanie Sack. Hosted as always by JH Palmer and Angela Benander. Doors open at 7:30, stories begin at 8pm; make a dinner reservation to guarantee a seat. This is a free event.

Printer's Row Lit Fest

Printer's Row Lit Fest celebrates 30 years this weekend. Browse booksellers' stalls, attend author readings and discussions, and more. All outdoor events are free, but indoor talks and sessions are individually ticketed. See the festival schedule for details, and buy a $30 Fest Pass and get two tickets to up to five events, and download the TribBooks app for festival info and exclusives. Gates open at 10am.

The Paper Machete

The Paper Machete is back at the Green Mill, 4802 N. Broadway, today at 3pm. This week's guests are JC Aevaliotis, Ali Barthwell, Chris Hauser, Ike Holter and Mary Williamson, and Jacob Williams, along with Chad the Bird and funny musical guest Laura McKenzie. Christopher Piatt hosts. Free, 21+

Printer's Row Lit Fest

Printer's Row Lit Fest celebrates 30 years this weekend. Browse booksellers' stalls, attend author readings and discussions, and more. All outdoor events are free, but indoor talks and sessions are individually ticketed. See the festival schedule for details, and buy a $30 Fest Pass and get two tickets to up to five events, and download the TribBooks app for festival info and exclusives. Gates open at 10am.

Story Club @ Holiday Club

The Story Club reading series celebrates its fifth anniversary tonight at the Holiday Club, 4000 N. Sheridan Rd., at 7:30pm. North Side host Dana Norris and South Side host Andrew Marikis pick teams -- featuring Megan Stielstra, Don Hall, Shannon Cason, Peter Gill and several open mic readers -- for a "crosstown classic" story throwdown. The audience votes for the winners with dollars. Read our preview in Book Club. $10 donation suggested. 21+

826CHI Prologue @ Public

826CHI hosts Prologue, a cocktail pre-party for Printers Row Lit Fest, tonight at Public, 1301 N. State St., from 6 to 9pm. Enjoy apps and drinks, and a lit-themed raffle. Admission is $150 for one, $250 for two or $350 for four. 21+

Reading Under the Influence @ Sheffield's

Reading Under the Influence is back tonight in the back bar of Sheffield's, 3258 N. Sheffield Ave., at 7pm tonight. The theme is "Well Done," and the readers include Chris Bowen, Scott Miles, A.C. Frieden and Megan Stielstra. Frieden is apparently buying the appetizers, so you should buy the beers. $3 cover, 21+

Theater Oobleck @ Hideout

Every Tuesday in June, Theater Oobleck presents an evening of performance and music at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave. Tonight's program is "One Up," a collection of short solo works by Oobleck regulars and associates. The program begins tonight at 9pm, and admission is a suggested $5 at the door. Full details and a complete program at

Tuesday Funk @ Hopleaf

The June edition of Tuesday Funk tonight in the upstairs bar at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., features readings by Claire Zulkey, Patricia Skalka, Sara Ross Witt, Theodore Goeglein and Ted McLelland. Eden Robins and Andrew Huff co-host.Doors open at 7pm sharp, no earlier -- arrive early for a table and grab a beer from the bar. Show starts at 7:30pm. Free, 21+

You're Being Ridiculous @ Mary's Attic

You're Being Ridiculous is a group of real people telling real funny stories about their lives with a theme as their guide. With three shows this month, there's sure to be a date that matches your calendar. Come out tonight to hear stories on the theme "Change" from Brooke Allen, Elizabeth Gomez, David Lipowski, Ruth McCormack, Anita Mechler, Karie Miller, Dana Norris and Jeremy Owens. Stories start at 7:30pm at Mary's Attic, 5400 N. Clark St. Tickets are $15 online or at the door.

Live Comics Reading @ Galerie F

Galerie F, 2381 N. Milwaukee Ave., hosts a live comics reading as part of the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo, tonight from 7 to 9:30pm. The event features readings by Sam Alden of It Never Happened Again, Andy Burkholder of Absolute Loneliness, Anna Bongiovanni of Out of Hollow Water, Mark Connery of Rudy, Edie Fake of Memory Palaces, Sarah Ferrick of Rare Creatures, John Holden of Detrimental Information, Scott Longo of Sonatina and Annie Mok of Screen Tests. Free.

The Last Encyclopedia Show @ Stage 773

The Encyclopedia Show stages its last show ever tonight at 7:30pm at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. The theme is the prairie, and guests include Naomi Ashley, Laura Balinski, Mark Butchko, Joseph Chilliams, Emma Rose Coleman, Adam Gottlieb, Nick Klemp and Michelle Hill, Nate Marshall, Avery R. Young and an interview with Joel Greenberg. Robbie Q. Telfer hosts. Tickets are $9 for adults, $6 for students.

Miss Spoken @ Gallery Cabaret

New female-focused live lit series Miss Spoken debuts at the Gallery Cabaret, 2020 N. Oakley Ave., tonight at 7pm. The theme is "Boobs," and readers include Samantha Irby, Natasha Samreny, Melane LaForce, Jasmine Davila and Alicia Swiz. Rosamund Lannin
and Carly Oishi host. Free, 21+

The Moth StorySLAM @ Martyrs'

The Moth holds their monthly StorySLAM at Martyrs' tonight at 8:00pm. Volunteers from the audience tell a five-minute story on stage, and the stories are judged by a panel of audience members. Admission is a mere $8 at the door. Martyrs': 3855 North Lincoln. (773) 404-9494.

Johanna Stein @ Women & Children First

Comedy writer Johanna Stein, whose book: How Not To Calm A Child On A Plane, was released last month, talks with local writer and curator of The Funny Ha-Ha Show Claire Zulkey tonight at 7:30pm at Women & Children First (5233 N. Clark Street.) This is a free event.

The Moth GrandSLAM @ Park West

The Moth, WBEZ and Vocalo host Chicago's seventh GrandSLAM Championship
at Park West, 322 W. Armitage Ave. The theme for this GrandSLAM is "The Showdown," and battling for the title are Renee Albrecht-Mallinger, Erica Clark, Erin Diamond, Susan Haarman, Arch Jamjun, Andi Nelson, Jim Padar, Jeffrey Qaiyum and MacKinzie Weaver. Doors open at 6pm, show starts at 8pm. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by calling 1-800-514-ETIX, online, or at the Park West box office.

Story Sessions @ City Winery

Story Sessions is back at City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph St., with the theme of "Devour." Featured performers are James Sweeney, Martha Bayne, Art Jackson and Chelsea Kalberloh Jackson, Mindy Segal, Dani Bryant, and Diana Slickman, with live bluegrass before the readings. Greg Poljacik and Denise Santomauro host. Doors open at 6:30pm, show starts at 7pm. Tickets are $12.

Guts & Glory @ Schubas

Come to Schubas (upstairs), 3159 N. Southport, tonight at 7pm for Chicago's boldest and most bad-ass storytelling event. This brave and bold live-lit show is hosted by Samantha Irby and Keith Ecker. Tonight's featured performers include Dana Norris, Johanna Stein, Jason Economus, Deanna Moffitt and Lisa Mrock. Doors open at 6pm, show starts at 7pm. Free, 21+

Story Club South Side @ Co-Prosperity Sphere

Its the one year anniversary of Story Club South Side, and they're hosting the first in a two-part South Side vs. North Side crosstown classic. Andrew Marikis will represent for the South Side, Dana Norris will represent for the North Side, and they'll both pick a team of featured performers and open mic'ers live during the show. Among the featured readers will be Lily Be, Erin Kahoa, Keith Ecker, Jen Bosworth and Johanna Stein. Open mic signup at 7:30pm, stories start at 8pm at Co-Prosperity Sphere (3219 S. Morgan Street.) This is a free event, with a suggested $10 donation.

Write Club @ Hideout

The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., presents the monthly meeting of Write Club, the literary competition that pits local authors and actors against each other for the amusement of the audience. Show starts at 7pm, admission is $10, and all proceeds go to the charities selected by the participants.

Dave Eggers Book Signing @ 826CHI

Tonight from 6:30-7:30pm, award-winning author Dave Eggers will be signing books at 826CHI's Boring Store, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave in Wicker Park. 826CHI is one of eight educational nonprofits co-founded by Eggers and educator Ninive Calegari. Eggers' works will be available for purchase inside the Boring Store during this time. This event is free and open to the public.

You're Being Ridiculous @ Mary's Attic

You're Being Ridiculous is a group of real people telling real funny stories about their lives with a theme as their guide. With three shows this month, there's sure to be a date that matches your calendar. Come out tonight to hear stories on the theme "Change" from Brooke Allen, Elizabeth Gomez, David Lipowski, Ruth McCormack, Anita Mechler, Karie Miller, Dana Norris and Jeremy Owens. Stories start at 7:30pm at Mary's Attic, 5400 N. Clark St. Tickets are $15 online or at the door.

Funny Ha-Ha @ Hideout

Funny Ha-Ha returns to the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., tonight at 6:30pm, featuring stories by Monte LaMonte, Steve Gadlin, Kelsie Huff, Jessica Coen, Erica Reid and Mimi Smartypants. Claire Zulkey hosts. $5 suggested donation benefits Sit Stay Read. 21+

Guild Literary Complex: Reveal 25

The Guild Literary Complex celebrates its 25th anniversary tonight with Reveal 25, a party at Victory Gardens Biograph Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave., from 6:30 to 11pm. Enjoy an open bar, plus stories and performances by Michael Warr, Julie Parson Nesbitt, Ellen Placey Wadey, Kimberly Dixon-Mays and John Rich. The Guild will also officially present its 25 Writers to Watch list. Tickets are $75 in advance, $85 at the door; $20 student tickets are available online only.

That's All She Wrote @ The Savoy

The live lit series That's All She Wrote is back at The Savoy, 1408 N. Milwaukee Ave. This month's lineup features: GPA, Carey Friedman, Suzy Krueckeberg, and Luke Babb. Hosted as always by JH Palmer and Angela Benander. Stories begin at 8pm, make a dinner reservation to guarantee a seat. This is a free event.

Serving the Sentence @ Towbar

Serving the Sentence returns to Towbar, 1500 W. Jarvis Ave., tonight at 7pm. This month, Dana Norris, Julie Marchiano, Kim Morris, Carma Nibarger and Maggie Jenkins read stories that all start with the sentence: "Yeah, I'm sure ... I think." Kendra Stevens hosts. No cover; donations will be collected for DetermiNation Illinois - American Cancer Society.

Let's Get Working: Chicago Celebrates Studs Terkel

The University of Chicago presents Let's Get Working: Chicago Celebrates Studs Terkel, a festival of the city's legendary storyteller, May 9-11 at the Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St., and other locations. Attend workshops, panel discussions and a variety of other events each day; see the schedule for details. Attendance is free.

The Paper Machete @ Green Mill

This week's Paper Machete features stories from Adam Burke, Peter-John Byrnes, Colleen Doyle and Alison Gates, Lindsay Harrington and Katie Watson, and Ben Johnson. Plus music by Jessie Fisher and Max Clarke and the Cut Worms. Christopher Piatt hosts, as always. It's free at 3pm today at the Green Mill, 4802 N. Broadway. 21+

Let's Get Working: Chicago Celebrates Studs Terkel

The University of Chicago presents Let's Get Working: Chicago Celebrates Studs Terkel, a festival of the city's legendary storyteller, May 9-11 at the Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St., and other locations. Attend workshops, panel discussions and a variety of other events each day; see the schedule for details. Attendance is free.

Let's Get Working: Chicago Celebrates Studs Terkel

The University of Chicago presents Let's Get Working: Chicago Celebrates Studs Terkel, a festival of the city's legendary storyteller, May 9-11 at the Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St., and other locations. Attend workshops, panel discussions and a variety of other events each day; see the schedule for details. Attendance is free.

Megan Milks & Cris Mazza @ Women & Children First

Megan Milks and Cris Mazza read from their latest books (Kill Marguerite and Other Stories for the former, Various Men Who Knew Us as Girls and Something Wrong with Her for Mazza) tonight at Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark St., at 7:30pm. Free.

Reading Under the Influence @ Sheffield's

Reading Under the Influence celebrates its ninth anniversary tonight at 7pm in the back room of Sheffield's, 3258 N. Sheffield Ave. Tonight's show features Julia Borcherts, Jesse Jordan, Amanda Snyder, Naomi Huffman, Bronwyn Mead, Frankie Migacz, Jon Natzke and Benham Riahi. Join in through the trivia contest to win books and other prizes. Read our preview in A/C. $3 cover. 21+

Tuesday Funk @ Hopleaf

Tuesday Funk, Chicago's eclectic monthly reading series, returns to the upstairs bar at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., tonight at 7:30pm. This month readers include James Finn Garner, Melissa Wiley, Gint Aras, Jeremy Owens and Dustin Monk, with co-host Andrew Huff and Eden Robins. Doors open precisely at 7pm -- get there on the early side as seats fill up fast. Free, 21+ RSVP on Facebook.

25th Annual Chicago's Biggest Liar Contest

The 25th Annual Chicago's Biggest Liar Contest takes place at The Ravenswood United Church of Christ, 2050 W. Pensacola Ave. Eleven of the city's most skilled storytellers will unleash their tallest tales and biggest whoppers in a Battle Royale of Bullshit for the legendary Hogwashe Cup. The city's only tall tale competition promises ridiculous surprises, top secret special guests, and lies of all sizes throughout the evening. Don Hall returns to defend his title against these bald-faced liars:Archy Jamjun, Marta Lee, GPA, Jason Lindner, Craig Fitzgerald, Adam Ziemkiewicz, Joe Janes, Angela Vela, Oba King, and Karen Genelly. Tickets are $19.43 in advance, $20 at the door.

Free Comic Book Day

It's Free Comic Book Day! Comics shops across Chicagoland and the world are giving away free comic books and hosting events; find a store near you and go! We've got not one but two previews of local events in Book Club.

Once I Was Cool Release Party @ Women & Children First

Join Curbside Splendor for the release of Megan Stielstra's collection of personal essays, Once I Was Cool. Stielstra, a Chicago author, teacher, mom, and the Literary Director of 2nd Story, will read from her book at Women & Children First at 7:30pm, and stick around for a signing and Q&A.

The Interview Show @ Hideout

The Interview Show returns to the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., tonight at 6:30pm. Host Mark Bazer talks with authors Veronica Roth and Aleksandar Hemon, screenwriter Steven Conrad, and musician/author Tim Kinsella. $8 at the door. 21+

Story Club @ Holiday Club

The North Side chapter of Story Club returns to the Holiday Club, 4000 N. Sheridan Rd., tonight at 7:30pm. The theme this month is "Sprung," with guests Keith Ecker, Scott Whitehair and Katie Prout, plus three open mic slots; Dana Norris hosts. Suggested donation is $10. 21+

Goreyesque @ Loyola University Museum of Art

Join online literary journal, Goreyesque, for a night of wicked fun at the Edward Gorey exhibition at the Loyola University Museum of Art, 820 N. Michigan Ave. Hosted by Goreyesque founders and editors, including Todd Summar and Ken Gerleve, with readings by Joe Meno, Adam McOmber, and other artists and authors. Attendees are encouraged to walk through Elegant Enigmas: The Art of Edward Gorey and G is for Gorey--C is for Chicago: The Collection of Thomas Michalak exhibits after the readings.

Sister Helen Prejean @ Harold Washington Library

Sister Helen Prejean, author of "Dead Man Walking," will be at the Harold Washington Library to discuss social justice and the death penalty. It will also feature a performance from Looped Together, a DePaul University student performance group focusing on social justice. The event is free and will be held in the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium at 6 p.m..

Story Sessions @ Mahoney's

Story Sessions returns to Mahoney's Pub & Grille, 551 N. Ogden Ave., tonight at 6pm. The theme is "Around the World," and the storytellers include Paulette McDaniels, Bill Hillmann, Mark Schab, Jeff Miller, JH Palmer, Karen Shimmin and Robyn Okrant. Deanna Moffitt hosts, and Dog 1 is the musical guest. Tickets are $10, doors open at 5:30pm. 21+

Applied Words: Voices of Protest

The Guild Literary Complex presents Applied Words: Voices of Protest tonight at 8pm at Facets Multimedia, 1517 W. Fullerton Ave. Two short documentaries from Al Jazeera's "Poets of Protest" series will be screened, followed by readings by exiled poets Manal Al-Sheikh (Iraq) and Mazen Maarouf (Palestine). Tickets are $5.

The Paper Machete

The Paper Machete this week features Rob Anderson, Sam Bailey, Lisa Buscani, Jon Forsythe, Natalie Jose, Alex Moffat and Steve Waltein, plus music by Bill Larkin and Mister Suit. Christopher Piatt hosts at the Green Mill, 4802 N. Broadway, today at 3pm. Free, 21+

Battle of the Bard @ Francis W. Parker School

Chicago Youth Shakespeare holds its annual Battle of the Bard Team Shakespeare Competition. Teams from public and private high schools throughout the Chicago area, including Francis W. Parker's own Shakespeare team, will compete in a "slam-style Shakespeare competition with the goal of promoting student achievement and building community across demographic boundaries through Shakespeare performance, friendly competition and team spirit." The event will be judged by a panel of professional Shakespeare actors, directors and teachers. Free.

Tim Kinsella @ Nightingale Cinema

Musician and author Tim Kinsella marks the release of his new book, Let Go and Go On and On, with a film collage at Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N. Milwaukee Ave., tonight at 8pm. There will also be readings by Kinsella, Brittany LaFlamme, Heather Gabel, Naomi Huffman, Melina Ausikaitis and Joe Proulx. Free.

Applied Words: Voices of Protest

The Guild Literary Complex presents Applied Words: Voices of Protest tonight at 7pm at Facets Multimedia, 1517 W. Fullerton Ave. Two short documentaries from Al Jazeera's "Poets of Protest" series will be screened, followed by readings by exiled poets Manal Al-Sheikh (Iraq) and Mazen Maarouf (Palestine). Tickets are $5.

Wolf Doctors Release Party @ Innertown Pub

Artifice Books celebrates the release of Wolf Doctors by Russ Woods this Thursday at 8pm at Innertown Pub, 1935 W. Thomas St. Readings and performances by Woods, Jeannette Gomes, Matt Rowan, Holly Amos, and Everything's Alright. The event is free, and work by all contributors will be available for sale. 21+.

World Book Night @ W&CF

Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark St., hosts a World Book Night pickup event -- stop by to get a copy of one of several free books being offered by local authors. Learn more here.

20x2 Chicago @ Schubas

Gapers Block is proud to present 20x2 Chicago, a live event where 20 people are asked the same question and given two minutes each to answer in whichever way they choose, tonight at Schubas, 3159 N. Southport Ave. This edition's question is "Where are we?" and the speakers are Sharon Bautista, Sarah Best-Wilson, Keidra Chaney, Eamon Daly, Mike Ewing, Jocelyn Geboy, Tim Gray, Dan Henrick, Saya Hillman, Ben Husmann, Britt Julious, Felix Jung, Justin Kaufmann, Molly Marshall, Rebeca Mojica, JH Palmer and J. Gordon Wright. Andrew Huff hosts. Doors open at 6:30pm, show's at 7pm. Tickets are $10 in advance or at the door. 21+

Bulgarian Writers and Their Translators Talk @ Seminary Co-op Bookstore

This evening at 6pm, Seminary Co-op Bookstore (5751 S. Woodlawn Ave.) and the University of Chicago's Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies bring together two prominent Bulgarian authors with their translators. In addition to reading from their novels, Virginia Zaharieva and Albena Stambolova will discuss what it was like to collaborate on their translations with Angela Rodel and Olga Nikolova, respectively. Preview in Book Club. Free.

The First Time @ Martyrs'

CHIRP Radio presents the latest edition of its literary series The First Time tonight at 8pm at Martyrs', 3855 N. Lincoln Ave. The theme this time is "first move," and includes Doug Sohn of Hot Doug's, Imerman Angels founder Johnny Imerman, writer Cher Vincent, writer Barrie Cole, filmmaker and comedian Michael Sanchez, and Story Club founder Dana Norris -- and as always, the First Time Three performs a song related to each story. Admission is $10, and all proceeds go to CHIRPRadio.org.

Open Books and Laugh @ Laugh Factory

Open Books and the Laugh Factory Chicago present Open Books and Laugh: Stand Up for Literacy tonight at the Laugh Factory, 3175 N. Broadway, at 8pm (doors open at 7:30pm). Tickets are $20, or $30 for VIP seating; proceeds benefit Open Books.

Open Door Reading Series @ Poetry Foundation

The Poetry Foundation, 61 W. Superior St., hosts its monthly Open Door reading series tonight at 7pm, featuring CM Burroughs, Andre Price, Ruben Quesada and Tanya Young. Free.

Write Club @ Hideout

The Hideout presents the monthly meeting of Write Club. Founder Ian Belknap presides over a series of literary bouts, as various Chicago actors and authors take up opposing viewpoints and give a rousing speech. The winner, judged by a panel of knowledgeable experts, receives a donation for his or her preferred charity. Write Club starts at 7:00pm, and admission is $10 at the door. Hideout: 1354 W. Wabansia. (773) 227-4433.

Sister Spit @ University of Chicago

This year's Sister Spit tour lands at The University of Chicago's Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 5801 S. Ellis, this evening at 7pm. Admission is free.

That's All She Wrote @ The Savoy

The live lit series That's All She Wrote is back at The Savoy, 1408 N. Milwaukee Ave. This month's lineup features Emmy Bean, Megan Stielstra, Ira Murfin, Tess Lennon-Dorn and Dwight Wilson. Hosted as always by JH Palmer and Angela Benander. Stories begin at 8pm, make a dinner reservation to guarantee a seat. This is a free event.

Serving the Sentence @ Towbar

Serving the Sentence, a reading series in which the first sentence of each story is the same, this month features the sentence, "I wasn't sure if it was an itch or a rash." Hear what Amanda Rountree, Kendra Stevens, Will Petty, Rachel Cromidas, Tori Szekeres and Debbi Welch do with it at Towbar, 1500 W. Jarvis Ave., at 7pm. Free, 21+.

Favorite Poem Project @ Poetry Foundation

The Favorite Poem Project comes to Chicago for an event at the Poetry Foundation, 61 W. Superior St., tonight from 7 to 9pm. Find out the favorite poems of Mayor Emanuel and five other Chicagoans as part of the video initiative. The evening is hosted by former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky and the Poetry Foundation President Robert Polito. RSVP to Ashley Sheehan at 312-799-8026 or in person at the Poetry Foundation. Read our preview in Book Club.

Word+Music @ The Empty Bottle

Curbside Splendor celebrates the release of three new books with Words+Music at The Empty Bottle. The "words" on the night's agenda will be provided by authors Bill Hillman (The Old Neighborhood), Megan Stielstra (Once I Was Cool), and Tim Kinsella (Let Go and Go On and On) and special guests Irvine Welsh and Tony Fitzpatrick. Walking Bicycles and More Gorgeous provide the music. RSVP to get in for free, or pay $8 at the door. 21+.

LitMash @ Haymarket Pub

Chicago Slam Works' LitMash, a combination of slam poetry, comedy, storytelling and more, returns to Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph St., tonight at 7:30pm. Admission is $8. 21+

Night in the Stacks with Chicago Public Library Foundation

We've all wondered what happens in the library after hours. Do the books come to life and suck you in for wild adventures? Do the ghosts of self-help books past roam the corridors? Or maybe, you can dance and laugh and be merry with the CPLF Junior Board! Night in the Stacks is a fundraiser that promises just such merriment, from 7 to 11pm. We promise you won't even get shushed! UPDATE: Sold out.

Bring Me the Head of James Franco... @ Steppenwolf

Steppenwolf's Late Night at Garage Rep series welcomes Write Club founder Ian Belknap tonight at 11:00pm. Ian will be performing his latest solo show Bring Me the Head of James Franco, That I May Prepare A Savory Goulash In The Narrow And Misshapen Pot Of His Skull. Tickets to the show are $5; see the Steppenwolf site for full details and advance tickets. The show happens in Steppenwolf's Garage space located at 1624 N. Halsted.

Story Club @ Holiday Club

The North Side chapter of Story Club returns to the Holiday Club, 4000 N. Sheridan Rd., tonight with the theme of "fooled." Featured readers include Karen Shimmin, Randall Colburn
and David Lipowski, as well as open-mic readers. If you want to read, sign up at 7:30pm; the show starts at 8pm. $10 donation requested. 21+

Dayo Olopade @ Harold Washington Library Center

This evening at 6pm, Dayo Olopade will visit the Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State, to discuss her book The Bright Continent: Breaking Rules and Making Change in Modern Africa. Admission's free, and books will be available for signing afterward.

Tuesday Funk @ Hopleaf

Tuesday Funk is back in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., tonight, with readings by Letitia Moffitt, Brooke Wonders, Cesar Torres, Amy Sumpter and Jill Howe. Eden Robins and Andrew Huff cohost. Doors open at 7pm, show starts promptly at 7:30pm. As always, admission is free, but you must be 21 or older.

2nd Story @ City Winery

The 2nd Story returns to City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph St., with the theme "No Fool: Stories of Risk and Strategy," featuring stories by Alyssa Sorresso, Earliana McLaurin and Kareem Khubchandani. Tickets are $18. Doors open at 6pm, show starts at 8pm. 21+

The Jesus Lizard book party @ Empty Bottle

The Empty Bottle celebrates the release of The Jesus Lizard Book from Akashic Books. In attendance will be David Yow, David Sims and Mac McNeilly from the band, who will be participating in a panel discussion about the band & the book. The event starts at 7:00pm; full details at the Empty Bottle Website. Empty Bottle: 1035 N. Western. (773) 276-3600.

StoryStudio Open House

StoryStudio holds an open house and free class tonight from 6 to 8pm at its space at 4043 N. Ravenswood, Suite #222. Free, but RSVP to attend. Preview in Book Club.

Pres. Jimmy Carter @ Swedish-American Museum

Women & Children First hosts a booksigning event with President Jimmy Carter tonight at 6pm at the Swedish American Museum, 5211 N. Clark St., for his new book, A Call to Action: Women,
Religion, Violence, and Power
. Pres. Carter will not be speaking -- this is just a signing. By a copy of the book from W&CF in advance or at the event for admission.

Applied Words: Unseen Worlds @ Schubas

The Guild Literary Complex presents Applied Words: Unseen Worlds, an evening of writing about science, tonight at 7:30pm at Schubas, 3159 N. Southport Ave. Curated by Stephanie Levi of Science is Sexy, the show features Joe Austin II, Paul Gorski, Vojislav Pejović and Anne K. Yoder. Admission is free.

The Moth StorySLAM @ Martyrs'

Martyrs hosts the monthly Moth StorySLAM tonight at 8:00pm. Five audience members compete with a five-minute story on a given topic, and the person judged to be the winner of the slam goes on to the Grandslam Championships. Tickets are $8, and no advance tickets are available, so arrive early to make sure you get in. Martyrs: 3855 N. Lincoln. (773) 404-9494.

Visting Artist: Jennifer Doyle @ SAIC

The Art Institute of Chicago has invited Jennifer Doyle, Professor of English and Co-Chair of the LGBIT Studies Minor at University of California to speak about her newest book, "Hold It Against Me: Difficulty and Emotion in Contemporary Art". The event is this evening at 6pm located at 280 S. Columbus Drive at the SAIC Columbus Auditorium. For more information call 312-899-5185 or email events@saic.edu

2nd Story Fundraiser @ Revolution Brewing

2nd Story holds their annual fundraiser at Revolution Brewing on Sunday, March 23 from 6pm-8pm. Game On: Stories of Turning It Up will feature seasoned storytellers Bobby Biedrzycki and Margaret Marion sharing tales of triumph and destruction. Tickets are $40, and include 2 hours of unlimited tasting of Revolution's signature food and brews. This event is 21+. Buy tickets here.

Story Week

Columbia College's Story Week Festival of Writers runs March 16-21. Today's events includes an open mic reading at 11am at Columbia's Haus at the Quincy Wong, 623 S. Wabash Ave., and "Chicago Classics," a evening of Chicago creatives reading works by their favorite Chicago authors, hosted by Rick Kogan, at 6pm at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St.. All events are free; see the schedule for complete details and locations.

Literary Rock'n'Roll @ Metro

The Metro, 3730 N. Clark St., hosts Literary Rock'n'Roll, as part of Columbia College's Story Week Festival of Writers. The event features readings by Preston L. Allen, Christine Sneed and Eric May, plus a tribute to David Hernandez featuring Achy Obejas and music by Street Sounds. Doors open at 5:30pm, show's at 6pm. Free, all ages.

Story Week

Columbia College's Story Week Festival of Writers runs March 16-21. Today's events include publishing bootcamp sessions beginning at 9am, a conversation with Eric Charles May and Preston L. Allen at 11am, a panel on new plays by women at 2pm, and Literary Rock'n'Roll at 6pm (see below). All events are free; see the schedule for complete details and locations.

Breakfast with John Kass

Want to meet Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass? Now you can at Butterfield's Pancake House, 1504 N. Naper Blvd in Naperville. Tickets: $18. Visit here for more info.

The Encyclopedia Show @ Stage 773

The Encyclopedia Show is back at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave., tonight at 7:30pm for an episode covering the Nightshade family, both deadly and non. Featured readers include Gwynn Fulcher on Corey Hart,
Jill Summers and Susie Kirkwood on Col. Robert Gibbons Johnson, Ben Clark on Jimson Weed, Laura Brown-Lavoie on Titty Fruit, Eric Gaston on Coca, and Brett Neiman on Atropa/Atropos. Tickets are $9 ($6 for students).

Story Week

Columbia College's Story Week Festival of Writers runs March 16-21. Today's events include publishing bootcamp sessions beginning at 9am, a panel on the publishing ecosystem at 2pm, a discussion of translation at 5pm, and Palabra Pura: Noche de Novelas at 7pm. All events are free; see the schedule for complete details and locations.

Bottle Stories @ City Winery Chicago

Bottle Stories is tonight at 8pm (doors open at 6pm) at City Winery Chicago, 1200 West Randolph. Dan Morgridge hosts the storytelling and wine-drinking event wherein authors--including Mason Johnson, Kim Bellware, and Carly Oishi--share stories inspired by the wine of their choice. A paired flight of each author's chosen wine is available with the reading (hooray for audience participation!). Tickets are $25. 21+.

Write Club @ Hideout

Literary death match Write Club returns to the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., tonight at 7pm. Host Ian Belknap oversees writers going head to head on opposing topics for the audience's approval. This time it'll be Emily Rose (Give) vs. J.W. Basilo (Receive), Chris Schoen (Santa) vs. Whit Nelson (Jesus), and Sean Cooley (Naughty) vs. Ian Belknap (Nice). $10 at the door. 21+

Story Week

Columbia College's Story Week Festival of Writers runs March 16-21. Today's events include an emerging voices reading at 11am, a Q&A with screenwriter Barry Gifford at 2pm, and a reading and conversation with author Cristina Garcia at 6pm. All events are free; see the schedule for complete details and locations.

Story Week

Columbia College's Story Week Festival of Writers runs March 16-21. Today's events include a faculty reading at 11am, a panel discussion featuring short story authors at 2pm, Stuart Dybek reading and discussing his new collection of short stories at 6pm, and Readings in the Raw open mic at 9:30pm. All events are free; see the schedule for complete details and locations.

Story Week: 2nd Story @ Martyrs

As part of Columbia College's Story Week the event 2nd Story happens tonight at Martyrs, featuring live readings and live music. Show starts at 7:00pm, there's no cover charge, and it's an 18+ show. Martyrs: 3855 N. Lincoln. (773) 404-9494.

Story Sessions @ City Winery

The latest edition of Story Sessions at City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph St., features Jen Bosworth, Cristie Chamberland, Andy Kerns, Arlene Malinowski, Greg Poljacik, Lindsey Porter and Dave Stinton. Bluegrass band Dog 1 opens the show. Hosted by Deanna Moffitt. Doors open at 5:30pm, show's at 6pm. Tickets are $12. 21+

Cook! Scribble! Slam! @ Quartino

Artists: bring your food-inspired writing to compete for a Kitchen-Aid mixer and publication in the LongHouse journal tonight at Quartino, 626 N. State, 5:15-6:30pm. A panel of writers will select the winning entry.

Chicago Zine Fest

The Chicago Zine Fest continues today with a zine exhibition, workshops, printing demos, and much more. The fest happens at Columbia College, 1104 S. Wabash Ave., beginning at 11am. See the festival's website for a complete schedule.

Chicago Zine Fest

The Chicago Zine Fest starts today at 1pm with a series of discussions at the Conaway Center at Columbia College, 1104 S. Wabash Ave. The festival continues through tomorrow; see the festival's website for a complete schedule.

Busy Beaver Zine Release @ I Am Logan Square Gallery

Join Busy Beaver Button Company at the I Am Logan Square Gallery, 2644-1/2 N. Milwaukee Ave., tonight from 6 to 9pm for the release of "A Very Brief History of Buttons," a zine written by Busy Beaver owner Christen Carter and production manager Joel Carter. This will also be the closing party for Busy Beavers, the button-inspired art show in the space. Bring quarters for Button-O-Matic button machines, too.

Printer's Row: Poet Kevin Young

Printer's Row presents Chicago Tribune columnist and WGN radio host Rick Kogan as he sits down with poet Kevin Young to discuss his latest collection of poems, Book of Hours. The collection, written over the decade following the sudden death of Young's father, delves into the significance of fatherhood and the experiential evolution of grief. The talk-back will be held at Tribune Tower (435 N. Michigan Ave.) at 7 pm, $15.

Stormy, Husky, and Brawling for 100 Years @ Newberry

The Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton St., celebrates the centennial of Carl Sandberg's poem Chicago with an event today from 5 to 7pm. Enjoy cake from the Swedish Bakery and free beer from Haymarket Pub & Brewery, as well as readings, musical performances, and talks and discussions by poets Erica Bernheim, Robert Polito and Marc Smith; reporters Alison Cuddy and Kari Lydersen; musician and librarian Marten Stromberg; and professor and writer Bill Savage. Free.

That's All She Wrote @ The Savoy

The live lit series That's All She Wrote is back at The Savoy (1408 N. Milwaukee). This month's lineup features Diana Slickman, James Finn Garner, Edward Thomas-Herrera, and David Kodeski. Hosted as always by JH Palmer and Angela Benander. Stories begin at 8pm, make a dinner reservation to guarantee a seat. This is a free event.

Beachbum Berry @ Three Dots and a Dash

Three Dots and a Dash, 435 N. Clark St. (enter in the alley), hosts a book release party for Jeff "Beachbum" Berry's Potions of the Caribbean tonight from 6 to 9pm. Berry will be on hand signing books, and tiki master Paul McGee will be mixing drinks from the book. 21+

The Paper Machete

The Paper Machete this week features stories by Ian Abramson, Ian Belknap, Brent Morin, Dana Norris, the Puterbaugh Sisters and Tanner Tanenbaum, plus Chad the Bird and musical guests Brother George. Christopher Piatt hosts. It's at 3pm at Green Mill 4802 N. Broadway. Free, 21+

Story Club @ Holiday Club

Story Club is back at the Holiday Club, 4000 N. Sheridan tonight at 8pm tonight. The theme this month is, "What I Should Have Said" and will feature stories from Tamale Sepp and Lawrence Binkey Tolefree. This show also hosts an excellent open mic and the sign up for that begins at 7:30pm. $10 suggested donation. 21+

Tuesday Funk @ Hopleaf

Gapers Block presents a special Mardi Gras edition of Tuesday Funk tonight in the upstairs bar at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., Chicago. While we won't have any floats, we will have readings by Wendy McClure, Joe O'Sullivan, Naomi Buck Palagi, Laura Adamczyk and Eden Robins. Eden also co-hosts with with your hosts Andrew Huff. Doors open at 7pm sharp, no earlier -- arrive early for a table and grab a beer from Mark at the bar. Show starts at 7:30pm. As always, admission is free, but you must be 21 or older.

Old School, New School @ Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro

Old School, New School is a live lit event featuring Beth Horner - a 30-year veteran storyteller who has featured at the National Storytelling Festival, and Erin Diamond - an exciting new voice in the current wave of personal storytelling who has appeared on The Moth Mainstage. Together, they will weave the stories of their life experiences into a seamless, cohesive performance piece right on front of your eyes. Takes place at Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro (3905 N. Lincoln). Tickets are $12 and can be purchased online at Brown Paper Tickets. Starts at 8pm.

Ta-Nehisi Coates & Alex Kotlowitz @ Northwestern

Northwestern's Center for the Writing Arts presents a conversation between The Atlantic senior editor and writer Ta-Nehisi Coates and author Alex Kotlowitz tonight at 6pm in the Peggy Dow Helmerich Auditorium in Annie May Swift Hall, 1920 Campus Dr. on Northwestern's Evanston campus. A book-signing will follow. Free and open to the public.

The Moth StorySLAM @ Martyrs'

Martyrs hosts the monthly edition of The Moth StorySLAM, wherein five audience members go head-to-head with their best 5-minute story. The winner of tonight's event goes on to the Grandslam Championships at a later date. Show starts at 8:00pm, admission is $8. No advance tickets, so make sure you arrive early. Martyrs: 3855 N. Lincoln Avenue. (773) 404-9494.

François Millo & Viktorija Todorovska @ Alliance Francaise

Authors François Millo & Viktorija Todorovska talk about their latest book Provence Food and Wine: The Art of Living and sign copies tonight at 6:30pm at Alliance Francaise, 54 W. Chicago. Free.

Mario Bellatin Book Release

The Guild Literary Complex partners with publisher 7Vientos to support the work of one the greatest contemporary Latin American authors, Mario Bellatin, tonight at 7pm at the Chicago Urban Art Society, 600 W. Cermak Rd. 7Vientos is releasing two works of Bellatin's: Flowers/Flores and Mishima's Illustrated Biography/Biografía ilustrada de Mishima. Bellatin will read at the event, and there will also be a performance by Laboratory Dancers and an installation by visual artist Christian Saucedo. It is free and open to the public.

Day Job @ LivingRoom

The painter Dmitry Samarov, who chronicled his experience driving cabs for a living in Hack: Stories from a Chicago Cab, has an exhibit titled "Living in Chicago" on display at LivingRoom, 1530 W. Superior St. In conjunction with the exhibit, he is curating an event called: Day Job, a night of stories about the places we go whether we want to or not. Featuring Melina Ausikaitis, Martha Bayne, Mairead Case, Robin Cline, Sarah Frier, Kevin McDonnough, Chris Schoen and Levi Stahl. This event is free, and starts at 8:30pm. For more information visit the Facebook event page.

Luis Gutierrez talk @ Harold Washington Library

The congressman will discuss his latest memoir--Still Dreaming: My Journey from the Barrioto Capitol Hill. 6pm at Cindy Pritzker Auditorium. Free.

Story Lab @ Black Rock

Story Lab stands apart from other live lit series in the city in its accessibility and unmitigated audience support for the performers at the Black Rock Pub, 3614 N. Damen Ave. This month's readers include: Jenn Barthold, Sarah Bunger, Michael Cullinane, Buddy King
Maureen Muldoon, and Ellen Weisel. Hosted by Scott Whitehair of the reading series This Much is True. Show starts at 7:30pm, and is free. Get there early for a seat and to take advantage of the $5 burger and $3.50 Chicago microbrew specials. For more information, visit Story Lab Chicago.

Guts & Glory @ Schubas

Guts & Glory returns to Schubas, 3159 N. Southport Ave., tonight in the upstairs bar. Hosts Samantha Irby and Keith Ecker welcome Ozzie Totten, Cara Brigandi, Monte LaMonte and Katy Maher. Doors open at 6pm, show starts at 7pm. Free, 21+

Write Club @ Hideout

The Hideout presents the monthly meeting of Write Club, the literary bout featuring local authors taking up differing positions, and metaphorically duking it out on stage for your entertainment (and for charities of the participants' choice). Write Club starts at 7:00pm, and admission is $5. Full details at the Hideout Website. Hideout: 1354 W. Wabansia. (773) 227-4433.

Excited Utterance @ Uncommon Ground

Excited Utterance, a new quarterly reading series, makes its debut tonight at 7pm at Uncommon Ground, 3800 N. Clark St. Featured readers include Kyle Churne, Larry O. Dean and Sara Tracey. Free, but reservations recommended.

Story Sessions @ City Winery

Story Sessions at City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph St., this month features readings by Barrie Cole, Eileen Dougharty, Kate James, Andrew Marikis & Sarah Hollenbeck, Jeremy Owens (Gapers Block's own!), and Scott Smith. Dog1 and Side of Bacon open. Doors are at 5:30pm, music's at 6pm, readings are at 7pm. Tickets are $12.

Final Solo in the 2nd City @ Beauty Bar

Solo in the 2nd City holds its final show tonight at Beauty Bar, 1444 W. Chicago Ave. Join hosts Melinda McIntire and Carly Oishi for a party at 7pm, followed by a reading at 8pm featuring Dana Norris, Isaac Paul, Barrie Cole, JW Reese, Jasmine Davila, Blake Dinwiddie and Charlotte Hamilton. Free, 21+

Writers' Workshop with Jonathan Eig @ Lincoln Belmont Library

This evening at 6:30pm, popular-history author Jonathan Eig visits the Lincoln Belmont branch library's monthly writer's group (1659 W. Melrose St.) to present a workshop complete with handouts and writing exercises, all focused on building characters that are both compelling and realistic. After the presentation, attendees can stick around for a free-writing session. The event is free and open to all.

Danny's Reading Series

The Danny's Reading Series features readings by Barry Schwabsky, Virginia Konchan and Mark Yakich. It's at, of course, Danny's Tavern, 1951 W. Dickens St., beginning at 7:30pm sharp. Free, 21+.

Chris Abani Reading @ Northwestern

Northwestern's Center for the Writing Arts welcomes novelist and NU Professor of English Chris Abani for a reading and booksigning of his latest novel, The Secret History of Las Vegas, tonight at 5:30pm in Harris Hall, Room 108, 1881 Sheridan Rd. in Evanston. Light refreshments will be served, followed by a reading and Q&A. Free.

This Much Is True @ Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro

This Much Is True is back this month at Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro (3905 N. Lincoln) with an outstanding lineup of returning favorites and new faces. Listen to stories from Elynne Chaplik-Aleskow, Stephanie Douglass, Molly Each, Joe Janes, Larry Kerns, Syd Lieberman and Scott Whitehair. Show starts at 7:30pm, and is free. For more info visit This Much is True or Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro.

Indie Publishers' Panel @ The Cliff Dwellers Club

The Society of Midland Authors brings representatives of four indie publishers to the Cliff Dwellers Club, 200 S. Michigan, for a discussion of their work. A reception with snacks and a cash bar starts at 6pm, with the discussion itself at 7pm; admission's free.

Global Voices Author Night @ U Chicago International House

The International House at University of Chicago, 1414 E. 59th St., hosts Global Voices Author Night tonight at 6pm. The panel will include Bernadine Dohrn, professor emerita of law at Northwestern, Danny Postel, associate director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Denver and co-editor of The Syria Dilemma, and Afra Jalabi, a Syrian activist and contributor to The Syria Dilemma. Orit Bashkin, professor of Middle Eastern History at UofC, moderates.

The Syria Dilemma @ The Chicago Club

Syria scholars read from and discuss the new book The Syria Dilemma tonight at 6pm at the Chicago Club, 81 E. Van Buren St. Nabeel Khoury, senior fellow at the Chicago Council of Global Affairs, leads a discussion with Nader Hashemi, director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Denver, Danny Postel, associate director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Denver, the co-editors of The Syria Dilemma. Tickets are $10 for Chicago Council members, $12 for nonmembers.

That's All She Wrote @ The Savoy

The live lit series That's All She Wrote celebrates their re-launch in a new venue, The Savoy (1408 N. Milwaukee). The debut show, dubbed "That's All She Wrote Part Deux: Oysters and Absinthe," features the host of You're Being Ridiculous, Jeremy Owens; author and Chicago Sun-Times journalist Robert K Elder; award-winning poet, writer, and teacher Sage Morgan-Hubbard; and host of Story Club South Side Andrew Marikis. Hosted as always by JH Palmer and Angela Benander. Make dinner reservations at The Savoy to make a night of it, or just show up at 8m for the stories. This is a free event.

Serving Up the Sentence @ Towbar

Erin Lane, Melinda McIntire, Eric Warner, Roberta Miles, Heather Corallo and Kendra Stevens start their stories with the sentence, "Jump -- what's the worst that could happen?" and go from there. Hear what they came up with at Serving Up the Sentence tonight at Towbar, 1500 W. Jarvis St., at 7pm. Free, but donations will be collected for Sit Stay Read. 21+

Gina Frangello @ Women & Children First

Author Gina Frangello celebrates the release of A Life in Men, a book that explores love, sex and illness through the lens of best friends Mary and Nix, tonight at 7:30pm at Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark St. Refreshments will be served. Preview in Book Club. Free.

The Syria Dilemma @ Book Cellar

Syria scholars and activists read from and discuss the new book The Syria Dilemma tonight at 7pm at the Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln Ave. The panel will include Zaher Sahloul, president of the Syrian American Medical Society, Nader Hashemi, director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Denver, Danny Postel, associate director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Denver. Hashemi and Postel are co-editors of The Syria Dilemma. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

Story Club @ Holiday Club

Story Club returns to the Holiday Club, 4000 N. Sheridan Ave., tonight at 8pm. The theme this month is "What I Now Know Is..." and features readings by Solo in the Second City producer Carly Oishi, Story Club South Side host/co-producer Andrew Marikis and writer Sarah Hollenbeck. There's also an open mic, signup for which begins at 7:30pm. $10 suggested donation. 21+

Tuesday Funk @ Hopleaf

Tuesday Funk, the eclectic monthly reading series sponsored by Gapers Block, fills the upstairs bar at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., tonight for readings by Mare Swallow, Cameron McGill, Tom Underberg, Amelia Beamer and Chuck Sudo. Andrew Huff and Eden Robins cohost. Doors open at 7pm sharp, and the show begins at 7:30pm. Free, 21+

90-Second Newberry Film Festival

James Kennedy's 90-Second Newberry Film Festival is back, showcasing short films made by kids about Newberry Award-winning books, today at the Vittum Theater, 1012 N. Noble St., from 3 to 5pm. Admission is free, but reservations are recommended.

Applied Words: Notes from the Mainframe

Gapers Block and FreeGeek Chicago co-sponsor Notes from the Mainframe, the latest in the Guild Literary Compex's Applied Words series, tonight from 7:30 to 9pm at FreeGeek, 3411 W. Diversey Ave. The evening will include poetry about technology by Catherine Halley, director of digital programs at the Poetry Foundation; Daniel X. O’Neil, executive director of Smart Chicago Collaborative; Stephanie Plenner, founder of Chicago Literary Map; and Andrew Huff, editor of Gapers Block, and there will also be an open mic. Admission is free.

The Moth StorySLAM @ Martyrs'

Martyrs' hosts the monthly Moth StorySLAM, where audience members are invited to tell a five-minute story on the evening's theme. The winner, as judged by a team of judges also selected from the audience, advance to the Grandslam Championships. The evening starts at 8:00pm, but these shows are usually SRO, so arrive well in advance if you want to get in. Martyrs': 3855 North Lincoln Avenue. (773) 404-9494.

The God, Sex, Death Variety Hour @ Hideout

The God, Sex, Death Variety Hour with Danny Black is back at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., tonight at 6:30pm. This time around it's Dan Walsh on God, Damani Bowden on Sex, and CJ Sullivan on Death, with special guest Angela Vela. $5 cover at the door. 21+

Lawrence J. Vale on Public Housing @ Harold Washington Library

Author Lawrence J. Vale appears at the Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State St., at 6pm this evening to discuss his recent book Purging the Poorest: Public Housing and the Design Politics of Twice-Cleared Communities and talk more generally about "transforming public housing." Free.

The Encyclopedia Show @ Stage 773

The Encyclopedia Show returns to Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave., tonight at 7:30pm. Writer Natalie Edwards, HBO Def Poet Dan Sullivan, Emcee WreckShop founder Adam Moshe Levin, poet Alison A. Ogunmokun, blogger Berto Saldana, and Louder Than A Bomb's Jasmine Alexandria Barber and Susie Swanton read stories on the theme of "shame"; Ian Belknap hosts. The show is all ages, $9 for adults, $6 for students. Read our preview in Book Club.

Gary Shteyngart @ Unity Church

Author Aleksandar Hemon talks with author Gary Shteyngart about his latest book, Little Failure tonight at 6pm at First United Methodist Church at The Chicago Temple, 77 W. Washington St., as part of the Chicago Humanities Festival. Tickets are $15. Read our preview in Book Club.

Story Club @ Co-Prosperity Sphere

Story Club South Side is back at the Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219 S. Morgan St., tonight at 7:30pm with a "timing is everything" theme -- each storyteller will share a story in anything but chronological order. The evening will feature stories by Melinda McIntire, Lily Be and Lauren Sivak. Free.

Write Club @ Hideout

The Hideout presents the monthly literary bout known as Write Club. Overlord Ian Belknap pits author vs. author, battling it out for bragging writes (and donations to their favored charities). Write Club starts at 7:00pm; admission is a mere $10. Full details at the Hideout's Website. Hideout: 1354 W. Wabansia. (773) 227-4433.

Ishmael Beah @ Harold Washington Library Center

In the intro to new novel Radiance of Tomorrow, Beah mentions being inspired by his homeland's oral tradition--making the public reading a natural form for him. He'll talk about the book this evening at 6pm at the Harold Washington Library Center's Cindy Pritzker Auditorium, 400 S. State. Admission is free, and Beah will stick around to sign books afterward.

Ransom Riggs @ Anderson's Bookshop

Young adult author Ransom Riggs reads from and signs his latest, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, at Anderson's Bookshop, 123 W. Jefferson Ave., today at 2pm. Free.

CWA Book of the Year Awards

The Chicago Writers Association presents its third annual Book of the Year Awards tonight at 7pm at The Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln Ave. The winning books of 2013 are Susan Nussbaum's Good Kings Bad Kings, Jay C. Rehak's 30 Days to Empathy, Bree Housley's We Hope You Like This Song and David W. Berner's Any Road Will Take You There. All winning authors will read selections from their books. The event will be emceed by Tori Collins, President of Chicago Writers Association. Free.

Office Pizza Party/Reading @ Chicago Publisher's Resource Center

The Chicago Publisher's Resource Center, 858 N. Ashland Ave., hosts a pizza party and reading tonight at 8pm, featuring Mason Johnson, Thrillary T. Cat, Cean Gamalinda and Susan Lanier, among others. Free.

"Wrong Kind of Muslim" @ Niagra Forum

Qasim Rashid, lawyer and author of Wrong Kind of Muslim, speaks at the Niagra Forum, 205 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 2540, at noon today about his book and living as a Muslim in America. Tickets are $10 for members, $15 for non-members.

The First Time @ Martyrs'

Martyrs' hosts the CHIRP Radio literary program The First Time tonight at 8:00pm. The series pairs an essay about a first-time event with a song covered by The First Time Three band. Advance tickets available at the Martyrs' Website. Martyrs': 3855 North Lincoln Avenue. (773) 404-9494.

Guts & Glory @ Schubas

The Guts & Glory reading series hosted by Samantha Irby and Keith Ecker has moved to Schubas, 3159 N. Southport Ave. Tonight's show features Ellen Lekostaj, Erin Diamond, Julia Borcherts, Erin Kahoa and Erin Shea Smith. It's free, and starts at 7pm in the upstairs lounge. 21+

Fictlicious @ Hideout

Fictlicious returns to the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., tonight at 7pm (doors at 6). The theme this time is "second chances," and features readings of short fiction by Natalia Nebel, Doug Reed, Brian Harder, Paul Nicholas Jones and Micki LeSueur, and live music by Liam Davis, Stephanie Rogers and Matthew Shelton. $10 at the door. 21+

Chicago Writers Conference Presents Query Letter 101 @ Lillstreet Loft

The Chicago Writers Conferences presents the next installment of its Writers Night Out series tonight from 6:30-9pm. Query Letter 101 will be held at Lillstreet Loft, 4437 N. Ravenswood Ave. Literary Agent Joanna MacKenzie of Browne & Miller Literary Associates will host a discussion and Q&A moderated by CWC Founder and Executive Director Mare Swallow. Registration is required.

That's All She Wrote @ Swim Cafe

That's All She Wrote says goodbye to Swim Cafe, 1357 W. Chicago Ave., with one more show tonight at 7:30pm. The lineup features Don Hall, Faraz Hussain, Tania Richard and Judi Goshen, in addition to hosts JH Palmer and Angela Benander. Free, BYO.

Punk Rock Karaoke @ Beauty Bar

Chicago Zine Fest's first fundraiser of the year will be a night of Punk Rock Karaoke, held at Beauty Bar (1444 W. Chicago) tonight at 8pm. There's a $5 cover, which goes directly to the Fest.

Two Cookie Minimum @ Hungry Brain

Monthly live lit series Two Cookie Minimum returns to the Hungry Brain, 2319 W. Belmont Ave., tonight at 9pm. This month's lineup features Mason Johnson, Jason Fisk, Cassandra Greenwald, Kevin Budnik and Jessica Scott -- as well as free cookies, of course. Read our preview in Book Club. Free, 21+

Tuesday Funk @ Hopleaf

Tuesday Funk returns to the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf Bar, 5148 N. Clark St., tonight with readings by Ryan Bartelmay, Kelly Swails, Christa Desir, Jasmine Davila and Christopher Sweet. Eden Robins makes her debut as co-host with Andrew Huff. Doors open at 7pm (no earlier) and the show begins at 7:30pm. Free, 21+

Write Club Chicago--Chapter 55: Gender Studies

If you feel like live lit events just aren't competitive enough, then this is the bare knuckled literature event for you. Write Club Chicago is six readers who each have 7 minutes to share their opposing ideas, and the audience votes for a winner. The winner gets to chose the nonprofit organization where a portion of the evenings proceeds will be donated. Normally it is only two readers, but tonight you'll get to see three men face off against three women. Arrive at SPACE (1245 Chicago Avenue in Evanston, near the Dempster stop on the Purple line) at 7:00pm (doors open at 6:30pm). Tickets are $10 each for general admission seating.

Here's the Story @ Stage 773

Here's the Story returns to Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Mural artist Rahmaan Statik Barnes, performance artist and poet Angela Oliver, WBEZ events producer and Moth Chicago host Don Hall, writer Katie Liesener and author/blogger Samantha Irby share true stories -- and the show includes five open slots for audience members to join in. Admission is $8, or free if you bring a dish for the potluck dinner that happens before the show. The potluck starts at 7:30pm, show's at 8pm.

The Paper Machete

The Paper Machete live magazine kicks off the new year with Saurin Choksi, Mel Evans, Adam Guerino, Ben Johnson, Andrew Marchetti and Coya Paz, as well as musical guests the Weeping Willows. Christopher Piatt hosts at the Green Mill, 4802 N. Broadway, today at 3pm. Free, 21+

Story Club @ Holiday Club

Story Club returns to the Holiday Club, 4000 N. Sheridan Rd., tonight for the first show of 2014. The theme is "Not This Again," and featured readers this month include Alan Neff, Stephanie Douglass and Jenna Morgan, along with several open mic spots. Open mic signup begins at 7:30pm, show starts at 8pm. $10 suggested donation. 21+

Story Lab @ Black Rock Pub

Story Lab stands apart from other live lit series in the city in its accessibility and unmitigated audience support for the performers at the Black Rock Pub, 3614 N. Damen Ave. This month's readers include: Craig Fitzgerald, Eleanor Hyde, Kelley Johnson, Jillian Lohndorf, Andi Nelson, and Kelly Swails. Hosted by Scott Whitehair of the reading series This Much is True. Show starts at 7:30pm, and is free. Get there early for a seat and to take advantage of the $5 burger and $3.50 Chicago microbrew specials. For more information, visit Story Lab Chicago.

South Side Story Club @ Co-Prosperity Sphere

Story Club returns to Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219 S. Morgan St., tonight for a show themed "cold." Featured readers include Jen Peepas, Jen Howe and Don Hall; Will Hindmarch hosts. Doors open at 7:30pm, show's at 8. $5 suggested donation.

The Encyclopedia Show @ Stage 773

The Encyclopedia Show returns to Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave., at 7:30pm tonight. This month the theme is "Marching Bands," and it's the show's fifth anniversary. Featured performers include Mucca Pazza, Nina Coomes on Dr. W. Otto Miessner, David Kodeski and Rachel Claff on North Korean Marching Bands, Fatimah Asghar and Jamila Woods on The 1738 Virginia Military Statute, Diana Lawrence on the FAMU, and a special visit from John Philip Sousa. Tickets are $9, $6 for students. 21+

The Moth StorySLAM @ Martyrs'

Martyrs' hosts the monthly Moth StorySLAM starting tonight at 8:00pm. Ten random people are chosen to deliver a five-minute story on a given topic, and the best story (judged by a panel of audience members) earns its author a spot at the StorySLAM semifinals. Admission is only $8, but the show is very popular, so arrive early. Martyrs': 3855 North Lincoln Avenue. (773) 404-9494.

A Month Of Storytelling Open Mic

A Month Of is a monthly open-mic storytelling series where the audience selects the event's theme online before the show starts. Open mic slots are 5-7 minutes long, all story types and forms are welcome. The show is every second Wednesday at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave., and runs from 7:30 to 10pm. Tickets are $10 for audience members, free for storytellers (or with a food donation). Help select a topic by visiting heresthestory.org.

Soup & Bread & That's All She Wrote @ Hideout

Live lit and warm soup come together for one night only, when That's All She Wrote and Soup & Bread team up tonight from 5:30 to 8pm at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia. to lend their support to Karen Gerod, owner of Swim Cafe and a key supporter of both S&B and TASW. Karen has been battling cancer for the last year. To give back a bit of the care she has given us, there will be soups from an array of local cooks, including Milk & Honey, Hoosier Mama's Allison Scott, and artist and "Mortified! Chicago" host Shay DeGrandis, followed by readings on the theme of health care and caretaking from Benander, Palmer, Martha Bayne, Tom Wolferman, Sheri Reda and Dmitry Samarov. Music provided by DJ Lawrence Peters. Suggested donation $10; all proceeds will be donated to Karen. For more info visit the Facebook event page.

Solo in the 2nd City @ Beauty Bar

Come to Beauty Bar, 1444 W. Chicago Avenue, tonight for Solo in the 2nd City at 8pm to witness a hand full of Chicago's talented writers, comedians and authors tell stories of being single, dating and sex in the Windy City. The show is hosted by Carly Oishi and Melinda McIntire. Tonight's featured performers include Brooke Allen, Patrick Allen Carberry, Neil O'Callaghan, Jeremy Owens and Katie Prout. The event is FREE but donations will be collected to benefit Chicago Women's Health Center. (21 +)

This Much Is True @ Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro

This Much Is True is back this month at Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro (3905 N. Lincoln) with an outstanding lineup of returning favorites and new faces. Listen to stories from Mama Edie Armstrong, Stephanie Douglass, LeVan D. Hawkins, Tekki Lomnicki, Amy Rood
Ozzie Totten, and Scott Whitehair. Show starts at 7:30pm, and is free. For more info visit This Much is True or Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro.

Write Club @ SPACE

Write Club returns to SPACE, 1245 N. Chicago Ave. in Evanston, tonight at 7pm. Ian Belknap presides over the proceedings, as writers go head to head to win the approval of the audience while espousing opposing viewpoints. The theme this time is "super powers," and Susan Karp feels the need for Speed while Belknap fights with Strength, Natalie Edwards takes Flight while Thomas Simmons goes with Invisibility, and Chloe Johnston brings Magic while Mary Lorenz advocates for Science. It's $10 cash at the door.

That's All She Wrote @ Swim Cafe

The live lit series That's All She Wrote, co-hosted by JH Palmer and Angela Benander, is back at Swim Cafe, 1357 W. Chicago Ave. In addition to stories from co-producers J.H. and Angela, the lineup includes: Whit Nelson, Wendy McClure, Jen Bosworth, and Rebecca Keller. Doors open at 7:30pm, show starts at 8pm. This is a free event, and is BYOB.

Mortified! @ Schubas

Mortified! hosts more true stories of disaster and embarrassment tonight at Schubas, 3159 N. Southport Ave. Shay DeGrandis hosts, with special guests the Blue Ribbon Glee Club. Doors open at 7pm. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. 21+

Rookie Yearbook 2 Release Party @ Saki

Rookie and Drawn & Quarterly celebrates the release of the Rookie Yearbook 2 tonight at saki, 3716 W. Fullerton Ave., from 6 to 9pm. Tavi Gevinson and other local Rookie contributors will read, a special guest band will perform, and there will be the requisite dance party. More details and RSVP on Facebook. Free.

The Chicago Literary Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony @ Roosevelt University

Tonight at 7pm in Roosevelt University's Ganz Hall (430 S. Michigan), The Chicago Literary Hall of Fame will honor six historical writers inducted this year. The program will also explore the ways that the honorees' visions of the city reverberate with its current writers and other assorted arts-adjacent figures--presenters range from Joe Meno and Thomas Dyja to Sex and the City actor David Eigenberg.

Enhancing the sense of eras colliding, the awards themselves will be accepted by relatives, descendants, and friends of the inductees, including Baum's grandson and Wilder's nephew. Guests can reserve a seat at the strange and wondrous festivities for free online.

Birkensnake 6 Participatory Release Party @ Uncharted Books

Chicagoans get their sole chance to snag a copy of one of the six concurrent versions of Birkensnake 6 tonight at Uncharted Books, 2630 N. Milwaukee, at 7pm. Under the guidance of guest editor Megan Milks (who helped put together a volume of "Neverending Tales"), audience members choose the version they'd like to take home and then are assigned to read a piece from it. They--and you?--will also be joined by contributors James Tadd Adcox (The Map of the System of Human Knowledge) and Wyatt Sparks. Free.

The Interview Show @ Hideout

The Interview Show returns to the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., tonight from 6:30 to 8pm. Host Mark Bazer's guests include Rookie editor Tavi Gevinson, author Charles Blackstone and Lagunitas Brewing founder Tony Magee. $8 at the door. 21+

Story Club @ Holiday Club

Story Club is back at the Holiday Club, 4000 N. Sheridan Rd, tonight at 8pm. The theme is "holidays," and featured performers include writer Jen Bosworth, comedian Kelsie Huff and series regular, puppet Chad the Bird. There is an open mic to begin the show, with sign-up beginning at 7:30pm. $10 suggested cover. 21+

Gumbo Fiction Salon @ Galway Arms

Tonight at the Galway Arms, 2442 N. Clark St., the Gumbo Fiction Salonwelcomes featured guest Deb R. Lewis. There is also an open mic; if you're interested in reading, sign up at the door before the 7pm start. This is a 17+ show, with a $2 admission for students and $4 for non-students.

Jeffrey Siger @ Hellenic Museum

Crime novelist Jeffrey Siger reads and signs his latest book, Mykonos After Midnight, tonight at from 6:30 to 8pm at the National Hellenic Museum, 333 S. Halsted St. Read our preview in Book Club. The event is free with museum admission ($10 for adults, $8 for seniors; faculty, students and museum members are free), and light refreshments will be served. Make a reservation here.

Band Law for Bands @ Double Door

Lawyers for the Creative Arts celebrates the release of its new book, Band Law for Bands, tonight at the Double Door, 1572 N. Milwaukee Ave., at 7pm. Bands Law for Bands is reference guide for writers and musicians who need to know the basics of copyright law,
publishing contracts, defamation and more. Free.

Tuesday Funk @ Hopleaf

Tuesday Funk returns to the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., tonight, with readings by G.P.A. (Greatest Poet Alive), Jocelyn Geboy, Davis Schneiderman, J. Michael Grey, and -- in his final appearance as a Tuesday Funk co-host -- William Shunn! Gapers Block's Andrew Huff also cohosts. Doors open at 7pm, show begins at 7:30pm sharp. Free, 21+

CTRL-ALT-DEL @ Holiday Club

CTRL-ALT-DEL is a whole show devoted to the three-key combination that can reboot your life. Hosted by Ian Belknap, the show features readings by Sheila Arora, Ines Bellina, Rachel Cromidas, Scott Deininger, Catherine Gibbons, Jamie Yael Katz, Kendra Stevens, Suzy Kahn Weinberg and Debbi Welch. It's tonight from 7 to 9pm at Holiday Club, 4000 N. Sheridan Rd. Free, 21+.

Funny Ha-Ha @ Hideout

The Hideout hosts the latest installment of Claire Zulkey's reading series Funny Ha-Ha, tonight at 6:30pm. This time around, the show features Moth GrandSlam champion and Homemade Stories podcast host Shannon Cason, The Encyclopedia Show's Robbie Telfer, The Kates host Amy Sumpter, "SNL" writer Claire Mulaney, Meaty author Samantha Irby and filmmaker Steve Delahoyde. Admission is $5 at the door. Hideout: 1354 W. Wabansia.

2nd Story @ City Winery

The 2nd Story presents FEAST: Stories of Together tonight at City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph St. Hear stories by Andrew Reilly, Deb Lewis and Jasmin Cardenas, accompanied by the Harold Washington Trio. Tickets are $18 in advance or at the door, which opens at 6pm; show begins at 8pm.

The Encyclopedia Show @ Stage 773

Variety reading series The Encyclopedia Show is back at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave., tonight at 7:30pm. The month's theme is "floods," and readers include Cameron McGill, Kush Thompson, Robi Mahan, Kristiana Colón, Chris Bower and Rik Vasquez. This all ages show is $9, $6 for students.

Chicago Book Expo

The Chicago Book Expo, a pop-up bookstore and literary fair, is today from 11am to 5pm at St. Augustine College, 1345 W. Argyle St. Browse books from local publishers and attend talks and workshops. see the schedule for details. An afterparty at Fat Cat, 4840 N. Broadway, follows at 5pm. Free.

You're Being Ridiculous @ Mary's Attic

You're Being Ridiculous is a group of real people telling real funny stories about their lives with a theme as their guide. With three shows this month, there's sure to be a date that matches your calendar. Come out tonight to hear stories on the theme "heroes." Stories start at 7:30pm at Mary's Attic (5400 N. Clark), tickets are $15 at Brown Paper Tickets.

Chicago Zine Fest Bingo Night @ 826CHI

Chicago Zine Fest holds its annual Bingo Night fundraiser tonight at 826CHI, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave., from 7 to 9pm. $10 gets you in the game to win prizes from a wide variety of local independent businesses. Preview in Book Club.

Charles Blackstone @ National Hellenic Museum

Author Charles Blackstone will read from and discuss his new novel, Vintage Attraction, at the National Hellenic Museum, 333 S. Halsted St., tonight at 6:30pm. Bookslut founder Jessa Crispin will lead the Q&A. Free. Read our preview in Book Club.

Literary Death Match

The Literary Death Match comes to the Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave., tonight. Watch as writers Lindsay Hunter, Christian Tebordo, Cory O'Brien and Danielle Susi duke it out with words in front of judges Simone Muench, Damon Locks and Greg Mills. Hosted by Adrian Todd Zuniga. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Doors open at 6:30pm, the match begins at 7:15pm. 21+

Story Lab @ Black Rock Pub

Story Lab stands apart from other live lit series in the city in its accessibility and unmitigated audience support for the performers at the Black Rock Pub, 3614 N. Damen Ave. This month's readers include: Kelly Butler, Jake Cowan, Amy Dittmeier, Misty Emmons, and Amy Krzyzek. Hosted by Scott Whitehair of the reading series This Much is True. Show starts at 7:30pm, and is free. Get there early for a seat and to take advantage of the $5 burger and $3.50 Chicago microbrew specials. For more information, visit Story Lab Chicago.

Buyographics Book Release @ O'Callaghan's

Journalist Matt Carmichael celebrates the release of his book Buyographics tonight at O'Callaghan's, 29 W. Hubbard St., from 6 to 9pm. Free, 21+

Write Club @ Hideout

The Hideout hosts the monthly literary bout WRITE CLUB, starting at 7:00pm. Emcee/Overlord Ian Belknap presides over three bouts of two authors, each battling it out for their chosen charities. Admission is $10 at the door. Hideout: 1354 W. Wabansia. (773) 227-4433.

Essay Fiesta @ Book Cellar

Essay Fiesta celebrates its fourth birthday tonight at 7pm at the Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln Ave. -- read our preview in Book Club. The lineup includes Moth Grandslam Champion Shannon Cason, 826CHI Director of Education Zach Duffy, solo show performer Natasha Tsoutsouris, This Much Is True co-host Stephanie Douglass, and Essay Fiesta founder Keith Ecker. Karen Shimmin and Willy Nast host. The reading is free, but donations (which benefit 826Chi) are accepted.

Old School New School @ Mrs. Murphy's & Sons

The monthly live lit series This Much Is True and Story Lab are producing a one-night only event featuring veteran storyteller Jim May, who's been telling stories for 26 years, and Natasha Tsoutsouris, an emerging storyteller, at Mrs. Murphy's & Sons Irish Bistro (3905 N. Lincoln). Tickets are $12 and can be purchased online at Brown Paper Tickets. Starts at 8pm.

You're Being Ridiculous @ Mary's Attic

You're Being Ridiculous is a group of real people telling real funny stories about their lives with a theme as their guide. With three shows this month, there's sure to be a date that matches your calendar. Come out tonight to hear stories on the theme "heroes." Stories start at 7:30pm at Mary's Attic (5400 N. Clark), tickets are $15 at Brown Paper Tickets.

The God, Sex, Death Variety Hour @ Hideout

The God, Sex, Death Variety Hour returns to the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., tonight at 6:30pm. Hosted by Danny Black, the show features musings on the titular topics from Chris Bower, Drew Michael, Daniel Shapiro, Mason Johnson, Ray Holleb and Chris Condren. $5 at the door. 21+

A Month Of Storytelling Open Mic

A Month Of is a monthly open-mic storytelling series where the audience selects the event's theme online before the show starts. Open mic slots are 5-7 minutes long, all story types and forms are welcome. The show is every second Wednesday at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave., and runs from 7:30 to 10pm. Tickets are $10 for audience members, free for storytellers (or with a food donation). Help select a topic by visiting heresthestory.org.

Diane Ravitch @ Women and Children First

Women and Children First welcomes influential education policy analyst Diane Ravitch for a reading from her latest book, Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to American's Public Schools. Reading begins at 7:30pm at First Free Church (5255 N. Ashland Ave.). Free event. No ticket required.

This Much Is True @ Mrs. Murphy's & Sons

This Much Is True is back this month at Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro (3905 N. Lincoln) with an outstanding lineup of returning favorites and new faces. Listen to stories from Stephanie Douglass, Larry Kerns,Scott Whitehair, Ian Belknap, Rachel Bertsche, Judith Heineman, and Avery R. Young. Show starts at 7:30pm, and is free. For more info visit This Much is True or Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro.

Anya Davidson @ Quimby's

Anya Davidson reads from and signs her new graphic novel, School Spirits, tonight at 7pm at Quimby's, 1854 W. North Ave.

Write Club @ SPACE

Write Club heads north to SPACE, 1245 N. Chicago Ave. in Evanston, for a "media" edition tonight at 7pm. Ian Belknap lords over emcees the proceedings, as writers go head to head to win the approval of the audience while espousing opposing viewpoints. This time, Diana Slickman does Prose while J.W. Basilo does Poetry, David Isaacson champions while Ian Belknap praises Video, and Mary K. Fons goes Digital vs. Andrew Reilly keeps it Analog. It's $10 cash at the door.

That's All She Wrote @ Swim Cafe

The live lit series That's All She Wrote, co-hosted by JH Palmer and Angela Benander, is back at Swim Cafe, 1357 W. Chicago Ave. In addition to stories from co-producers J.H. and Angela, the lineup includes: live lit legacy Xavier Retana; funny lady and GB contributor Jasmine Davila; storytelling force of nature Angelina Marie; and social worker/ballroom dancer Marta Johnson. Doors open at 7:30pm, show starts at 8pm. This is a free event, and is BYOB.

The Point Magazine Release

The Point celebrates the release of its seventh issue with a party tonight at the Bridgeport Art Center, 1200 W. 35th St., from 8:30pm to 2am. Enjoy live music and DJs, drinks and appetizers, and meet readers and staff. Free for subscribers, $10 at the door with a copy of the new issue.

The Feminine Mystique at 50

The Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton St., presents The Feminine Mystique at 50: Reflecting on the Book that Inspired, Angered, and Forever Changed America, a day-long seminar today from 9am to 4pm. The program is free.

Story Club @ Holiday Club

Come see Story Club tonight at the Holiday Club, 4000 N Sheridan Ave. The theme this month is "Thanks" and features readings from writer Sarah Hollenbeck, Chicago Writers Conference creator Mare Swallow, filmmaker and advice columnist Jennifer Peepas. Open mic slots are also available for storytelling hopefuls. Open mic signup starts at 7:30, show beings at 8pm.

Tuesday Funk @ Hopleaf

Tuesday Funk, the monthly eclectic reading series, is back in the upstairs bar at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St. Tonight's lineup features Paul McComas & Greg Starrett, Gapers Block alumna Rosamund Lannin, GB contributor J.H. Palmer, Vojislav Pejović and John Rich. William Shunn and GB editor Andrew Huff co-host. Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 7:30pm sharp. No cover. 21+

Guild Literary Complex TONIC @ Vincent

The Guild Literary Complex takes over Vincent, 1475 W. Balmoral Ave., tonight at 7pm for TONIC, a party in celebration of the year's achievements. Enjoy gin punch, wine, soft drinks and light appetizers while you mingle with the literati. DJ Risa T. spins. Tickets are $25 for artists and arts administrators, $50 general admission.

Here's the Story

Here's the Story returns to Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave., tonight with its unique mix of potluck dinner and storytelling show. Featured speakers this month include Father Michael Shanahan, Onion writer Jen Spyra, Puppet Bike puppeteer Michael King, Man, That's All She Wrote cohost Angela Benander, and sketch comedian Josh Berling -- plus a couple signups from the audience. Tickets are $8 or free if you bring a potluck dish to share. Potluck and storytelling sign-up begins at 7:30pm, show starts at 8pm.

Chicago River Bridges Talk @ Irving Park-Austin Library

Author Patrick T. McBriarty will give a slide show and talk about his new book, Chicago River Bridges, today at 2pm at the Irving Park-Austin branch of the Chicago Public Library, 6100 W. Irving Park Rd. The book and accompanying DVD will be available for purchase; the talk is free.

Laydeez Do Comics @ Quimby's

Laydeez Do Comics, a reading and discussion series that celebrates graphic work from local female artists and writers, returns to Quimby's Bookstore, 1854 W. North Ave., tonight at 7pm. This installment features cartoonist Beth Hetland and Jacyln Miller, cartoonist and Chicago Zine Fest organizer. Read our preview in Book Club. Free.

Printers Row Presents Elizabeth Gilbert @ Palmer House

Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love and Committed, will discuss her new novel, The Signature of All Things, as part of the Trib Nation Events' Printers Row series. The event takes place on Wednesday, October 30, at 7pm at the Grand/State ballroom of the Palmer House Hilton (17 E. Monroe St.). Tickets alone are $25, and a ticket plus a copy of The Signature of All Things is $53.

Reza Aslan @ Harold Washington Library

Reza Aslan, author of Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, reads from and talks about his book, which garnered attention when a Fox News host attacked him for writing about Jesus as a Muslim, tonight at the Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State St., in the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium at 6pm. Read our preview in Book Club. Free.

StoryCorps Tenth Anniversary and Book Release

StoryCorps founder Dave Isay will stop in Chicago to celebrate StoryCorps' tenth anniversary and promote the new book Ties That Bind: Stories of Love & Gratitude from the First Ten Years of StoryCorps on Friday, October 25 at 7pm. The event will take place at the Chicago Cultural Center's Preston Bradley Hall (78 E. Washington St).

Chicago Conversations: Old Town School of Folk Music

In the latest edition of Chicago Conversations, tonight from 5 to 7pm at the Hubbard Inn, 110 W. Hubbard St., Monroe Anderson and Ed Tracy interview folk legend Bonnie Koloc; Bob Riesman, author of I Feel So Good: The Life and Times of Big Bill Bronzy and co-author of Chicago Folk: Images of the Sixties Music Scene; and Darrell Jones, manager of all private lessons and diverse group classes at the Old Town School of Folk Music. Blues legend Sugar Blue provide a guest performance. $12 admission includes drink specials, hors d'oeuvres and dinner discounts. Reserve seats by calling 312-924-1333. 21+

The Paper Machete

The Paper Machete this week features special guest Janeane Garofalo, as well as Bill Cochran, Ike Holter, Samantha Irby, Julia Weiss, and Katie Rich and Steve Waltien, plus Chad the Bird, Bill Larkin and musical guests Bailiff. Christopher Piatt hosts. The show is at 3pm at the Green Mill, 4802 N. Broadway, and is free. For obvious reasons, you'll want to arrive early for this one. 21+

The God, Sex, Death Variety Hour @ Hideout

The God, Sex, Death Variety Hour returns to the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., tonight at 6:30pm. Hosted by Danny Black, the show features musings on the titular topics from Chris Bower, Drew Michael, Daniel Shapiro, Mason Johnson, Ray Holleb and Chris Condren. $5 at the door. 21+

Guts & Glory @ Powell's Bookstore

Come to Powell's Bookstore, 2850 N. Lincoln Ave., tonight at 7pm for Chicago's boldest and most bad-ass storytelling event. This brave and bold live-lit show is hosted by Samantha Irby and Keith Ecker. Tonight's featured performers include Megan Stielstra, Suzy Krueckeberg, Josh Zagoren, John Loos and Angela Benander.

Story Lab @ Black Rock Pub

Story Lab stands apart from other live lit series in the city in its accessibility and unmitigated audience support for the performers at the Black Rock Pub, 3614 N. Damen Ave. This month's readers include: Bethany Hubbard, Mark Child, Stephanie Chavara, Clarence Browley, and Nicole Matos. Hosted by Scott Whitehair of the reading series This Much is True. Show starts at 7:30pm, and is free. Get there early for a seat and to take advantage of the $5 burger and $3.50 Chicago microbrew specials. For more information, visit Story Lab Chicago.

Whiskey Women Book Release @ Hungry Brain

Quimby's hosts a book release party for Whiskey Women: The Untold Story of How Women Saved Bourbon, Scotch, and Irish Whiskey by Fred Minnick tonight from 6 to 8pm at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W. Belmont Ave. The event will feature a panel discussion about women in the whiskey business with Monique Huston, whisky specialist at Stoller Wine & Spirits; Karen Sisulak Binder of Southern Sisters Spirits, Meg Bell, brand ambassador for Death's Door Spirits; and distiller Sonat Hart of Koval Distillery. No cover. 21+

Story Club South Side @ Co-Prosperity Sphere

Come see Story Club tonight at the Co-Prosperity Sphere (3219 S Morgan St) The theme this month is "Are We Uncomfortable Yet?" and features readings from actor and solo performer Jane deLaubenfels, Writer and Host of The Encyclopedia Show Patrick Allen Carberry and Storyteller Extraordinaire Lara Levitan. Open mic slots are also available for storytelling hopefuls. Open mic signup starts at 7:30, show beings at 8pm. Entrance is free and a suggested $5 donation is greatly appreciated


Write Club @ Hideout

The Hideout presents the monthly meeting of Write Club, the literary boxing match that pits Chicago authors and actors against each other in matches for charity. Write club starts at 7:00pm. Admission is $10 at the door. All proceeds go to the charities chosen by the participants. Hideout: 1354 W. Wabansia. (773) 227-4433.

The Button Down: Monsters @ Gorilla Tango Theater

The Button Down storytelling series presents stories about monsters tonight from 7 to 9pm at Gorilla Tango Theater, 1919 N. Milwaukee Ave., featuring readings by Claire Meyer, Caitlin Wilson, Ryan Peters, Amy A. Dittmeier, Ross Middleton, Meredith Stockton, Kelsie Milligan, Peter Papachronopoulos and Sean Cooley. Hosted by Dee Fabbricatore and Meredith Stockton. Admission is free.

That's All She Wrote Anniversary Show @ Swim Cafe

The live lit series That's All She Wrote, co-hosted by GB contributor JH Palmer and Angela Benander, celebrates its one-year anniversary at Swim Cafe, 1357 W. Chicago Ave. In addition to a tandem story that will be told by J.H. and Angela, the lineup includes: WRITE CLUB! Timekeeper Lindsay Muscato; Soup & Bread founder Martha Bayne; writer extraordinaire Sarah Hollenbeck; and master storyteller Byron Roussin. Doors open at 7:30pm, show starts at 8pm. This is a free event, and is BYOB.

12 Weeks of Quimbas: A Christmas Story

Author Caseen Gaines discusses and signs his new book, A Christmas Story: Behind the Scenes of a Holiday Classic tonight at Quimby's, 1854 W. North Ave., at 7pm, with special guest Ian Petrella, who played Ralphie's little brother Randy in the film. Free.

PoemJazz @ Harold Washington Library

in conjunction with The Poetry Foundation, the Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State St., celebrates the 59th annual Poetry Day, at 6pm tonight with a performance of Robert Pinksy's "PoemJazz," a fusion of poetry and music, with an emphasis on jazz. A book and CD signing follows. Free. For more information, call 312-747-4300.

The First Time @ Martyrs'

CHIRP Radio presents The First Time reading series tonight at 8pm at Martyrs', 3855 N. Lincoln Ave. Seven presenters read true stories of a significant "first time" -- this time the theme is "First Scare" -- and the First Time Band then performs a cover of a song related to that story. Readers include comedian Adam Burke, DJ Scary Lady Sarah, writer Shannon Cason, storyteller Ellen Lekostaj, musician Steve Frisbie, CHIRP DJ Helean Lea, and more. Tickets are $10 online or at the door. 21+

Solo in the 2nd City Reading Series @ Beauty Bar

Solo in the 2nd City brings together writers, comedians, and performers to explore what it is to be single, dating, and sexy in Chicago. This month's edition will be Wednesday, October 9th at 8pm. The stories are told within the glitter walls of Beauty Bar, at 1444 W. Chicago Avenue. Event is free and 21+. This month features veteran storytellers Don Hall, Janna Sobel, Judi Goshen, JH Palmer, and Note Sangern. Hosts are Carly Oishi and Melinda McIntire. Donations will be collected to benefit Chicago Women's Health Center.

A Month Of Storytelling Open Mic

A Month Of is a monthly open-mic storytelling series where the audience selects the event's theme online before the show starts. Open mic slots are 5-7 minutes long, all story types and forms are welcome. The show is every second Wednesday at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave., and runs from 7:30 to 10pm. Tickets are $10 for audience members, free for storytellers (or with a food donation). Help select a topic by visiting heresthestory.org.

This Much Is True @ Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro

This Much Is True is back this month at Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro (3905 N. Lincoln) with an outstanding lineup of returning favorites and new faces. Listen to stories from Musical Guest Duck and Goose, and readers Stephanie Douglass, Beth Horner, Larry Kerns, Tania Richard, Megan Stielstra, and Scott Whitehair. Show starts at 7:30pm, and is free. For more info visit This Much is True or Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro.

Word is Out @ Hideout

The Hideout, OutLoud Chicago, and In Our Words present Word Is Out, the reading series for the LGBTQ community. Doors open at 6:30pm, show is at 7:00pm, and admission is $5. Full details at the Hideout Website. Hideout: 1354 W. Wabansia. (773) 227-4433.

The Paper Machete

The Paper Machete this week features readings by Brian Costello, The History Girls, Scott Smith, Jill Summers, Ernest Wilkins and Maria Wojciechowski, plus Chad the Bird and music by the Claudettes and Warm Ones. Christopher Piatt hosts. The show starts at 3pm at the Green Mill, 4802 N. Broadway. Free, 21+

Drinking & Writing Festival

The ninth annual Drinking & Writing Festival is today from noon to 6pm in the Drinking & Writing Theater at Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph St. This year's festival is devoted to the honored drunk poet Jim Morrison, who once wrote "Oh show me the way to the next whiskey bar." Festivities include a presentation on Morrison and his writing by Northwestern professor Bill Savage, a talk by Steve Krakow from Secret History of Chicago Music and Paul Durica form Pocket Guide to Hell, and the "2 Drink Minimum Writing Contest," in which participants are given a theme related to Jim Morrison/The Doors and have five minutes to write about it. There will also be beers from several area breweries on tap. Tickets are $30. 21+

Nick Offerman @ Music Box Theatre

The Music Box Theatre welcomes actor Nick Offerman, as he promotes his new book Paddle Your Own Canoe. He will be at the Music Box this evening from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. Full details and advance tickets available at the Music Box Website.

Danny Bland @ Quimby's Bookstore

Currently based in Seattle, Danny Bland once played in groups such as the Dwarves and was road manager for bands including the Knitters, among a wealth of other musical entanglements. Decades of hard, loud living have informed his debut novel, In Case We Die, which Bland reads from tonight at 7pm at Quimby's Bookstore. Free.

Reading Under the Influence @ Sheffield's

Monthly reading series RUI: Reading Under the Influence features authors from Curbside Splendor tonight in the back room at Sheffield's, 3258 N. Sheffield Ave., from 7 to 9pm. Readers include Samantha Irby, Chris L. Terry, Bill Hilman and Daniela Olszeska, following the theme of "firsts." $3 cover. 21+

Rookie Yearbook 2 Release @ Unity Temple

Tavi Gevinson celebrates the release of the Rookie Yearbook Two tonight at Unity Temple, 875 Lake St. in Oak Park, at 7pm. Tickets are $10, which counts as a discount on a copy of the book.

Tuesday Funk @ Hopleaf

Tuesday Funk, the eclectic monthly reading series in the upstairs bar at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., this month celebrates the release of Glitter & Mayhem: The Speculative Nightclub Anthology, with readings by authors and editors from the book including Maurice Broaddus, Kyle S. Johnson, William Shunn, Laura Chavoen and John Klima. Also appearing are Noël Jones, Holly McDowell, and Order of Odd-Fish author James Kennedy. Andrew Huff and William Shunn host. Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 7:30pm. Free, 21+

Bill Berkson & Jennifer Karmin @ Glass Curtain Gallery

Bill Berkson joins Jennifer Karmin for a poetry reading tonight at 6pm at Glass Curtain Gallery (1104 S. Wabash). A founder of the experimentally minded Red Rover Reading Series, Karmin often writes for multiple voices and tonight will bring up collaborators Stephanie Anderson, Bryan Mornar, Laura Goldstein, and Kenyatta Rogers to share the stage with her. Free. UPDATE: Bill Berkson has had to cancel due to health issues. The organizers hope to schedule another performance soon.

Do Not Submit @ Powell's North

No frills. No judgment. No pressure. This is the city's rawest open mic dedicated solely to the art of storytelling. Do Not Submit meets at Powell's Book Store, 2850 N. Lincoln Ave., the last Monday of every month from 8pm to 11pm (signup begins at 7:30pm). Bring that piece you are absolutely sure doesn't work, that rough draft that has no ending yet, or that anecdote you are hoping to flesh out. If you have been wanting to dip a toe into storytelling without facing a sold-out Moth Slam audience, this is the place to experiment. If you are an experienced writer/performer looking to hone your live lit skills, this is the place to put the work in. Not interested in telling? Come experience the process, and see how the polished stories on stage tomorrow are being shaped, tested and reworked today. Please -- no poetry or prose fiction. Hosted by Shannon Cason and Scott Whitehair.

Empty Bottle Book Club

The Empty Bottle hosts an afternoon book club meeting starting at 1:00pm. The book up for discussion is Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward. Admission to the event is free. Full details at the Empty Bottle Website. Empty Bottle: 1035 North Western Avenue. (773) 276-3600.

The Moth @ Martyrs

It's the last Tuesday of the month, time for the Moth at Martyrs (3855 N. Lincoln), for another open mic storytelling contest, this time on the theme of "Magic." Come with your best 5 minute story (memorized, no pages allowed onstage) and put your name in for the chance to tell a story. Who knows, you could be the next Moth StorySLAM winner. Hosted by Brian Babylon. Tickets are $8 at the door, $16 online. Doors open at 6pm, stories start at 8pm.

Jamie Moyer & Jonathan Eig @ Revolution Brewing

Former Cubs pitcher Jamie Moyer discusses his book, Just Tell Me I Can't, with author & ChicagoSide publisher Jonathan Eig at Revolution Brewing, 2323 N. Milwaukee Ave., tonight at 7pm. Admission is $5 in advance or at the door; copies of the book will be available at the event at a $5 discount.

Between Bites

Between Bites, a new live lit series showcasing "the delicious overlap between eating and storytelling," debuts at Two, 1132 W. Grand Ave., tonight from 6:30 to 9:30pm Six food writers -- Anthony Todd, food editor at Chicagoist; Ari Bendersky, director of content for Abe's Market and former Eater Chicago editor; Chandra Ram, editor of Plate magazine; Heather Sperling, Chicago editor of Tasting Table; Joe Campagna, blogger at Chicagofoodsnob.com; and Kiki Luthringshausen, blogger at beautyandherfeast.com -- read stories about "food firsts" while the audience enjoys wine and appetizers. Tickets are $20; proceeds benefit Un86'd, a charity that helps hospitality professionals in need. 21+

Naked Girls Reading

Naked Girls Reading holds its fifth annual "So You Wanna Be a Naked Girl" event, aka amateur night, tonight at the Everleigh Social Club, 939 W. Randolph St. Watch as nude women read books aloud (banned books this time around) on comfy chairs and sofas -- and in the case of the wannabes, compete for prizes. Doors open at 6:30, show starts promptly at 7pm. Tickets are $20 or two for $35. 21+

Community Book Club Night @ The Buzz Cafe

Oak Park's Buzz Café (905 S. Lombard) welcomes local author E.C. Diskin to chat about her Chicago-based legal thriller The Green Line with readers in the cafe's first-ever Community Book Club Night. As guests nibble on a spread of appetizers and desserts, they'll delve into a discussion of naive lawyer protagonist Abby's quest to unravel a mystery she stumbles into late one night when she accidentally gets off the train in the Austin neighborhood. $10 gets you admission and snacks.

"Gender and Style, Fashion and Feminism" @ Women & Children First

At a talk titled "Gender and Style, Fashion and Feminism" at Women and Children First (5233 N. Clark St.) tonight at 7:30pm, Marjorie Jolles will join fellow panelists and writers Deborah Siegel and Veronica Arreola for a wide-ranging "conversation about the politics of what we wear, from birth on."

"Reviving the Rust Belt" @ Harold Washington Library Center

A trio of writers affiliated with The Society of Midland Authors--including Edward McClelland, Larry Bennett, and Edward E. Gordon--convene to discuss "the future of the industrial Midwest and Chicago" this evening at 6 p.m. at the Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State. Free.

Story Lab @ Black Rock Pub

Story Lab stands apart from other live lit series in the city in its accessibility and unmitigated audience support for the performers at the Black Rock Pub, 3614 N. Damen Ave. This month's readers include: Dacey Arishiba, Josh Berling, Alex Blanchette, Susan Gidel, Anita Mechler, and Kathy O'Neill. Hosted by Scott Whitehair of the reading series This Much is True. Show starts at 7:30pm, and is free. Get there early for a seat and to take advantage of the $5 burger and $3.50 Chicago microbrew specials. For more information, visit Story Lab Chicago.

Story Club Southside @ Co-Prosperity Sphere

Come to the Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219 S. Morgan., tonight for Story Club. The theme this month is "duets," and there will be featured readings in addition to open mic slots for storytelling hopefuls. Open mic signup begins at 7:30pm, show begins at 8:00pm. Free, 21+

Write Club

Literary cage match Write Club is back for another round at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave. tonight at 7pm. Listen to Dave Stinton battle Mark Chrisler in Sow vs. Reap, Mason Johnson face Daniel Shapiro in Birth vs. Death, and Carly Oishi go against Erin Kahoa in Fertile vs. Fallow. Each reader gets seven minutes, then you get to decide who won. $10 cash at the door. 21+

Lecture on Architect Barry Byrne at Unity Temple

Vincent Michael, author of The Architecture of Barry Byrne: Taking the Prairie School to Europe, will speak at 6pm tonight at Unity Temple's Unity House, 875 Lake St. in Oak Park, on the influential Prairie School architect. Michael is executive director of the Global Heritage Fund in Palo Alto and director of the Historic Preservation program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Tonight's event, sponsored by the Society of Architectural Historians, includes a reception and exhibit of photos taken for the book by Felicity Rich, Byrne's granddaughter (and Michael's wife). Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing. Tickets are $10 for SAH members and $15 for non-members. You can pay at the door but reservations are required: email sahchicago@gmail.com.

Think Galactic Book Group @ Myopic Books

Think Galactic is a book group dedicated to discussing political Speculative Fiction from a radical left perspective. The group meets the second Thursday of each month at 7:30pm at Myopic Books (1564 North Milwaukee Avenue) in the second floor room overlooking Milwaukee Avenue. This month's book for discussion is After the Apocalypse by Maureen F. McHugh. All are welcome.

Solo in the 2nd City: Featuring Curbside Splendor Publishing @ Beauty Bar

The Solo in the 2nd City Reading Series starts on its new night, the 2nd Wednesday of the month, tonight at 8pm at Beauty Bar, 1444 W. Chicago Ave. A handful of writers, comedians, and authors tell their stories on being single, dating, and sex in Chicago. This month will feature authors from Curbside Splendor Publishing. Authors and readers include Samantha Irby, Meaty, Chris Terry, Zero Fade, Megan Stielstra, Once I Was Cool , Jacob Knabb, Senior Editor at Curbside, and James Tadd Adcox, Editor and Writer, Artifice. Some titles will be available for purchase. Hosts are Carly Oishi and Melinda McIntire. Event is free and 21+.

This Much Is True @ Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro

This Much Is True is back this month at Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro (3905 N. Lincoln) with an outstanding lineup of returning favorites and new faces. Listen to stories from Bron Batten, Stephanie Douglass, Ken Krimstein, Jeff Miller, Natasha Tsoutsouris, and Megan Wells. Show starts at 7:30pm, and is free. For more info visit This Much is True or Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro.

The Moth @ Haymarket

It's the second Monday of the month, time for the Moth at Haymarket (737 W. Randolph St.), for another open mic storytelling contest, this time on the theme of "Rules." Come with your best five minute story (memorized, no pages allowed onstage) and put your name in for the chance to tell a story. Who knows, you could be the next Moth StorySLAM winner. Hosted by Don Hall. Tickets are $8 at the door, $16 online in advance, which guarantee you entry. Doors open at 5pm, stories start at 8pm. 21+

That's All She Wrote @ Swim Cafe

The live lit series That's All She Wrote, co-hosted by GB contributor JH Palmer and Angela Benander, returns to Swim Cafe, 1357 W. Chicago Ave., tonight. In addition to stories from the co-hosts, guest readers include Jennifer Ann Coffeen, Roger Bonair-Agard, Stephanie Douglass and Erin Diamond. Doors open at 7:30pm, show starts at 8pm. This is a free event, and is BYOB.

Kevin Smokler @ Book Cellar

Author Kevin Smokler discusses his book Practical Classics: 50 Reasons to Reread 50 Books You Haven't Touched Since High School at the Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln Ave., today at 4:30pm. Free.

Curbside Splendor: Words+Music @ Empty Bottle

Curbside Splendor celebrates its fall releases with Words+Music, an evening of readings and music tonight at the Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave., at 9pm. Readers include Samantha Irby, Joseph Bates, Daniela Olszewska and Chris Terry; music is by Al Scorch, Tomorrow Kings and DJ Nagasaki. Read our preview in Book Club. $8 or free with RSVP. 21+

Story Club @ Holiday Club

Come to the Holiday Club, 4000 N. Sheridan Ave., tonight for Story Club. The theme this month is "addiction," and features readings by the author of "Wasted" and "Waiting", Marya Hornbacher, a man who's constantly learning, Dennis Frymire, and author Fabrice Lubin. In addition there are open mic slots for storytelling hopefuls. Open mic signup begins at 7:30pm, show begins at 8pm. Free, 21+

Tuesday Funk @ Hopleaf

MacArthur Genius Aleksandar Hemon, acclaimed author of The Book of My Lives, headlines September's edition of Tuesday Funk tonight in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St.. Also featuring Virginia Konchan, Lania Knight, Norman Doucet and series co-host William Shunn. Hosted by Shunn and Gapers Block's own Andrew Huff. Doors open at 7pm, show starts promptly at 7:30pm. Free, 21+

Applied Words: Broken Windows @ Polish Triangle

The Guild Complex presents Applied Words: Broken Windows, the first reading in a series of three, tonight from 6pm to 8pm in the Polish Triangle at the intersection of Division, Ashland and Milwaukee. Paul Durica, Maribel Mares and Sarah Ross read, followed by an open mic. A free workshop on placemaking precedes the discussion from 3 to 5pm, led by architect Katherine Darnstadt. Both events are free.

Uncalled-for Reading Series @ Uncharted Books

Uncalled-for Readings Chicago will return for a one-off version of the "mostly queer, mostly prose" former series tonight at Uncharted Books (2630 N. Milwaukee) at 7pm. Megan Milks hosts a lineup including Vicky Lim, Tim Jones-Yelvington, Jillian Soto, and Jackie Wang. Free.

Stoop Style Stories @ Rosa's Lounge

Stoop Style Stories, the brainchild of live lit goddess Lily Be and her partner in crime Clarence Browley, takes place monthly at Rosa's Lounge, 3420 W. Armitage. It's laid back, and newcomers are welcome. In addition to open mic slots there will be featured storytellers including Dana Norris, JH Palmer, Lawrence Binkey Tolefree, Carly Oishi, Keenan Camp and Vito Vitxauskas. Doors open at 7pm, no cover.

This Podcast Will Change Your Life w/ Chris L. Terry

Be part of a podcast as Ben Tanzer of This Podcast Will Change Your Life, chats with author Chris L. Terry about his new book Zero Fade (out on Curbside Splendor Publishing) at Chicago Publishers Resource Center 858 N. Ashland, 7p. Come and be the a literary live studio audience. $3 donation.

The Pre-Posthumanists Present:

The Pre-Posthumanists Present:, a new monthly staged reading series, makes its debut tonight at 8pm at Strawdog Theatre, 3829 N. Broadway. The theme this month is "Paranoia." Doors open at 7pm. Tickets are $10 at the door. Read our preview in Book Club.

The Moth @ Martyrs

It's the last Tuesday of the month, time for the Moth at Martyrs (3855 N. Lincoln), for another open mic storytelling contest, this time on the theme of "Ego." Come with your best 5 minute story (memorized, no pages allowed onstage) and put your name in for the chance to tell a story. Who knows, you could be the next Moth StorySLAM winner. Hosted by Brian Babylon. Tickets are $8 at the door, $16 online. Doors open at 6pm, stories start at 8pm.

Quickies @ The Hideout

Mary Hamilton, Lindsay Hunter, and company revive the Quickies ultra-short-story series for one night only at The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, tonight at 8pm. $5.

Do Not Submit @ Powell's North

No frills. No judgment. No pressure. This is the city's rawest open mic dedicated solely to the art of storytelling. Do Not Submit meets at Powell's Book Store, 2850 N. Lincoln Ave., the last Monday of every month from 8pm to 11pm (signup begins at 7:30pm). Bring that piece you are absolutely sure doesn't work, that rough draft that has no ending yet, or that anecdote you are hoping to flesh out. If you have been wanting to dip a toe into storytelling without facing a sold-out Moth Slam audience, this is the place to experiment. If you are an experienced writer/performer looking to hone your live lit skills, this is the place to put the work in. Not interested in telling? Come experience the process, and see how the polished stories on stage tomorrow are being shaped, tested and reworked today. Please -- no poetry or prose fiction. Hosted by Shannon Cason and Scott Whitehair.

Story Lab @ Black Rock Pub

Story Lab stands apart from other live lit series in the city in its accessibility and unmitigated audience support for the performers at the Black Rock Pub, 3614 N. Damen Ave. This month's readers include: Marta Johnson, Ruth Kaufman, AJ Platt,Wolfgang Stein, Dan Terkall, and Melissa Wood. Hosted by Scott Whitehair of the reading series This Much is True. Show starts at 7:30pm, and is free. Get there early for a seat and to take advantage of the $5 burger and $3.50 Chicago microbrew specials. For more information, visit Story Lab Chicago.

Guts & Glory @ Powell's North

Samantha Irby of Bitches Gotta Eat and Keith Ecker, the producer of Essay Fiesta, return with Guts & Glory: Live Lit for the Lionhearted. This month's lineup includes: Robyn Okrant, Melinda McIntire, Bill Bullock, M Shelly Conner, and Kim Morris. Starts at 7pm at Powell's Bookstore, 2850 N. Lincoln Ave. Show is free and BYOB, with donations collected and split evenly between One Tail at a Time and 826CHI.

The Pungent Parlour #7

This is the seventh installment of monthly live-lit reading series hosted by Jeff Phillips and Jeremy Solomon, The Pungent Parlour, the event itself is a hodgepodge of poignant prose, frank essays, and jest filled fiction. This month's diverse lineup features Accidently Sexy's Ana Fernatt, Wood Sugars' Donny Rodriguez, Andrew O'Connor, Rachel Blau,and Scott Barrons. The reading is held in the back room of the Black Rock Pub & Kitchen (3614 N. Damen Ave), doors open at 8, storytelling begins at 8:30 and there's no price of admission.

Solo in the 2nd City: Sweatin' in Chicago @ Beauty Bar

This month's Solo in the 2nd City Reading Series features author Joe Meno, Tequila Tales host Isaac Paul, comedian Bobby Hill, and storyteller Dena Saper. The performers share stories of single, sex, and dating in our fair city. Hosts are bloggers and storytellers Carly Oishi & Melinda McIntire. Event starts at 8:00 PM at Beauty Bar, 1444 W. Chicago Avenue. The event is 21 and over and free. Donations are collected for Chicago Women's Health Center.

Essay Fiesta @ Book Cellar

Essay Fiesta returns to the Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln Ave., tonight at 7pm. Karen Shimmin and Willy Nast host a reading featuring Scott Whitehair, Rosamund Lannin, Scott Stealey, Carrie McDonald and Jeffrey Miller. Free.

On The Wall: Zine Art Meets Gallery Art

Quimby's Bookstore and salon/art space Strange Beauty Show co-curated an exhibition of artwork from zines, which makes its debut with a reception at Strange Beauty Show, 1118 N. Ashland Ave., tonight from 7 to 10pm. There will also be zines for sale and karaoke. More details here.

Chi Lit: Tales of the Neighborhoods

1,001 Chicago Afternoons and Anthology of Chicago present a reading of stories about the city's neighborhoods tonight at Cole's Bar, 2338 N. Milwaukee Ave., at 8pm. Featured readers include Bill Savage, Dmitry Samarov, Shannon Cason, Kimberly Dixon-Mays, Paul Durica, Robert Loerzel, Sarah Gonzalez and more. Hosted by Rachel Hyman of Anthology of Chicago and Paul Dailing of 1,001 Chicago Afternoons. Admission is free; a portion of the bar and proceeds from a raffle will go to Open Books. 21+

This Much is True @ Mrs. Murphy's & Sons Irish Bistro

This Much Is True is back this month at Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro (3905 N. Lincoln) with an outstanding lineup of returning favorites and new faces. Listen to stories from regulars Scott Whitehair, Larry Kerns, and Stephanie Douglass, with special guests Lily Be, Don Hall, Gwen Hilary, and Kim Weitkamp. Show starts at 7:30pm, and is free. For more info visit This Much is True or Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro.

The Moth @ Haymarket

It's the second Monday of the month, time for the Moth at Haymarket (737 W. Randolph St.), for another open mic storytelling contest, this time on the theme of "Respect." Come with your best five minute story (memorized, no pages allowed onstage) and put your name in for the chance to tell a story. Who knows, you could be the next Moth StorySLAM winner. Hosted by Don Hall. Tickets are $8 at the door, $16 online in advance, which guarantee you entry. Doors open at 5pm, stories start at 8pm. 21+

That's All She Wrote @ Swim Cafe

The live lit series That's All She Wrote, co-hosted by GB contributor JH Palmer and Angela Benander, returns to Swim Cafe, 1357 W. Chicago Ave. In addition to stories from the co-hosts, guest readers include: Jennifer Peepas, Andrew Reilly, Linda Montgomery, and Alicia Swiz. Doors open at 7:30pm, show starts at 8pm. This is a free event, and is BYOB.

Chicago Comic Con

Chicago Comic Con runs Aug. 8-11 at the Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, 5555 N. River Rd. Hit the panel talks and workshops, walk the trade floor, attend film screenings and meet celebrities such as Stan Lee, Zachary Quinto, Wil Wheaton, Morena Baccarin, John Barrowman, Tara Strong, DMC, Ralph Maccio and more. The cost of single day passes vary by day; today's are $50. A four-day weekend pass costs $90, or spring for the $250 VIP package, which gets you in an hour early each day as well as other goodies. Many celebrity meet-and-greets are ticketed separately. The convention runs from 10am to 5pm today.

Queer Literary Showcase @ Quimby's

Quimby's hosts the Queer Literary Showcase with readers Michael Garabedian, elle navidson, Sam Lowry, and H Melt. The event starts at 7:00pm at Quimby's (1854 W. North Avenue). Full details at the Quimby's Website.

Chicago Comic Con

Chicago Comic Con runs Aug. 8-11 at the Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, 5555 N. River Rd. Hit the panel talks and workshops, walk the trade floor, attend film screenings and meet celebrities such as Stan Lee, Zachary Quinto, Wil Wheaton, Morena Baccarin, John Barrowman, Tara Strong, DMC, Ralph Maccio and more. The cost of single day passes vary by day; today's are $60. A four-day weekend pass costs $90, or spring for the $250 VIP package, which gets you in an hour early each day as well as other goodies. Many celebrity meet-and-greets are ticketed separately. The convention runs from 10am to 7pm today.

Live Lit on the Lake @ Theater on the Lake

Live Lit on the Lake is curated and hosted by Ian Belknap, founder and host of WRITE CLUB, which features a rotating lineup of Chicago's most audacious writers/performers at Theater on the Lake (2401 N. Lake Shore Drive.) Each week performers from storefront theater literary series read from their favorite pieces, and discuss the craft and practice of live lit with the host. August 8 & 9 featured readers include: SHANNON CASON, Moth Story Slam grand champion, featured on NPR's Snap Judgment, DANA NORRIS, founder of Story Club, and SAMANTHA IRBY, founder of Guts & Glory, blogger at Bitches Gotta Eat, and author of forthcoming collection of essays, Meaty. Begins at 9:25pm and is free.

Chicago Comic Con

Chicago Comic Con runs Aug. 8-11 at the Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, 5555 N. River Rd. Hit the panel talks and workshops, walk the trade floor, attend film screenings and meet celebrities such as Stan Lee, Zachary Quinto, Wil Wheaton, Morena Baccarin, John Barrowman, Tara Strong, DMC, Ralph Maccio and more. The cost of single day passes vary by day; today's are $50. A four-day weekend pass costs $90, or spring for the $250 VIP package, which gets you in an hour early each day as well as other goodies. Many celebrity meet-and-greets are ticketed separately. The convention runs from noon to 7pm today.

Live Lit on the Lake @ Theater on the Lake

Live Lit on the Lake is curated and hosted by Ian Belknap, founder and host of WRITE CLUB, which features a rotating lineup of Chicago's most audacious writers/performers at Theater on the Lake (2401 N. Lake Shore Drive.) Each week performers from storefront theater literary series read from their favorite pieces, and discuss the craft and practice of live lit with the host. August 8 & 9 featured readers include Shannon Cason, Moth Story Slam grand champion, featured on NPR's Snap Judgment; Dana Norris, founder of Story Club; and Samantha Irby, founder of Guts & Glory, blogger at Bitches Gotta Eat and author of forthcoming collection of essays, Meaty. Begins at 9:25pm and is free.

Chicago Comic Con

Chicago Comic Con runs Aug. 8-11 at the Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, 5555 N. River Rd. Hit the panel talks and workshops, walk the trade floor, attend film screenings and meet celebrities such as Stan Lee, Zachary Quinto, Wil Wheaton, Morena Baccarin, John Barrowman, Tara Strong, DMC, Ralph Maccio and more. The cost of single day passes vary by day; today's are $40. A four-day weekend pass costs $90, or spring for the $250 VIP package, which gets you in an hour early each day as well as other goodies. Many celebrity meet-and-greets are ticketed separately. The convention runs from 3pm to 8pm today.

Tuesday Funk @ Hopleaf

Gapers Block presents the eclectic reading series Tuesday Funk tonight in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf Bar, 5148 N. Clark St., featuring readings by Bradley P. Beaulieu, Jac Jemc, Steven H Silver, Maggie Jenkins, and Dmitry Samarov. William Shunn and Andrew Huff host. Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 7:30pm. Get there on the early side to grab a seat! Free, 21+.

Here's the Story @ Stage 773

A potluck/featured readers/open mic storytelling event, Here's The Story takes place the first Sunday of the month at Stage 773 (1225 W. Belmont). Tickets are $10 or free with a potluck dish. Doors open at 7:30pm, stories start at 8pm.

Live Lit on the Lake @ Theater on the Lake

Live Lit on the Lake is curated and hosted by Ian Belknap, founder and host of WRITE CLUB, which features a rotating lineup of Chicago's most audacious writers/performers at Theater on the Lake (2401 N. Lake Shore Dr.) Each week performers from storefront theater literary series read from their favorite pieces, and discuss the craft and practice of live lit with the host. August 1 & 2 featured readers include: Lily Be, founder of Stoop Style Stories, Caitlin Bergh, founder of Funny Story Show and Keith Ecker, founder of Essay Fiesta and Guts & Glory. Show starts at 9:25pm and is free.

Live Lit on the Lake @ Theater on the Lake

Live Lit on the Lake is curated and hosted by Ian Belknap, founder and host of WRITE CLUB, which features a rotating lineup of Chicago's most audacious writers/performers at Theater on the Lake (2401 N. Lake Shore Drive.) Each week performers from storefront theater literary series read from their favorite pieces, and discuss the craft and practice of live lit with the host. August 1 & 2 featured readers include: LILY BE, founder of Stoop Style Stories, CAITLIN BERGH, founder of Funny Story Show and KEITH ECKER, founder of Essay Fiesta AND Guts & Glory. Show starts at 9:25pm and is free.

Story Club @ Holiday Club

Come to the Holiday Club, 4000 N. Sheridan Ave., tonight for Story Club. The theme this month is "waiting," and features readings by professor, mongol scholar, and father of our host Robert Norris, author of "Meaty" Samantha Irby, and raconteur Shannon Cason. In addition there are open mic slots for storytelling hopefuls. Open mic signup begins at 7:30pm, show begins at 7:45pm. Free, 21+

The Moth @ Marytrs

It's the last Tuesday of the month, time for the Moth at Martyrs (3855 N. Lincoln), for another open mic storytelling contest, this time on the theme of "Lost." Come with your best 5 minute story (memorized, no pages allowed onstage) and put your name in for the chance to tell a story. Who knows, you could be the next Moth StorySLAM winner. Hosted by Brian Babylon. Tickets ate $8 at the door, $16 online. Doors open at 5pm, stories start at 8pm.

Do Not Submit @ Powell's Bookstore

No frills. No judgment. No pressure. This is the city's rawest open mic dedicated solely to the art of storytelling. Do Not Submit meets at Powell's Book Store, 2850 N. Lincoln Ave., the last Monday of every month from 8pm to 11pm (signup begins at 7:30pm). Bring that piece you are absolutely sure doesn't work, that rough draft that has no ending yet, or that anecdote you are hoping to flesh out. If you have been wanting to dip a toe into storytelling without facing a sold-out Moth Slam audience, this is the place to experiment. If you are an experienced writer/performer looking to hone your live lit skills, this is the place to put the work in. Not interested in telling? Come experience the process, and see how the polished stories on stage tomorrow are being shaped, tested and reworked today. Please -- no poetry or prose fiction. Hosted by Shannon Cason and Scott Whitehair.

Newberry Book Fair

The 29th annual Newberry Book Fair runs July 25-28 at the Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton St. Browse through more than 120,000 used books for sale, most under $2. The fair is open from 10am to 6pm today. Admission is free.

You're Being Ridiculous @ Mary's Attic

You're Being Ridiculous is a group of real people telling real funny stories about their lives with a theme as their guide. With three shows this month, there's sure to be a date that matches your calendar. Come out tonight to hear stories on the theme "relationships." Stories start at 7:30pm at Mary's Attic (5400 N. Clark), tickets are $15 at Brown Paper Tickets.

The Paper Machete

This week the Paper Machete at the Green Mill, 4802 N. Broadway, features Caitlin Bergh, Steve Delahoyde, Jet Eveleth, TJ Jagadowski and Beth Melewski, Marin Morrow, Claire Mulaney and Lindsay Muscato, plus cabaret music by Bethany and the Two Johns and special musical guests Beware My Lovely. Hosted by Christopher Piatt. The show is at 3pm. Free, 21+

Printer's Ball: Trip & Return @ Hubbard Street Lofts

Printer's Ball, Chicago's largest annual celebration of literary and print making culture, runs today from noon to 6pm at the Hubbard Street Lofts, 821 W. Hubbard St. This year's theme is "Trip & Return." See Tony Fitzpatrick in conversation with Fred Sasaki, printshop demos with Brad Vetter & Alex Valentine, free jazz performances curated by Elastic Arts Foundation and much, much more! Free.

Newberry Book Fair

The 29th annual Newberry Book Fair runs July 25-28 at the Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton St. Browse through more than 120,000 used books for sale, most under $2. The fair is open from 10am to 6pm today. Admission is free.

Newberry Book Fair

The 29th annual Newberry Book Fair runs July 25-28 at the Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton St. Browse through more than 120,000 used books for sale, most under $2. The fair is open from noon to 8pm today. Admission is free.

"Love Young People" Book Distribution Tour

On Thursday, July 25, 2013, Acts of Love will kick off its 2nd "Love Young People" Tour distributing books and bookbags to young people in need. Beginning at 6:30pm at Hamilton Park located 513 W. 72nd St. (72nd & Stewart Ave.), Acts of Love, along with local officials, volunteers from across the city, and Englewood residents will walk the streets giving out book donations. Volunteers will give away 1,000(+) books, distribute book bags filled with new books, encourage local residents to build a reading room in their homes, and ask adults in Englewood to take the Acts of Love Pledge to love young people in their homes and on their block. Volunteers should report to Hamilton Play Park at 6:30pm and bring a bookbag or tote. For more information, visit the Acts of Love site.

Newberry Book Fair

The 29th annual Newberry Book Fair runs July 25-28 at the Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton St. Browse through more than 120,000 used books for sale, most under $2. The fair is open from noon to 8pm today. Admission is free.

Celebrating Zelda Fitzgerald @ Women & Children First

It's Zelda Fitzgerald's 113th birthday today! Join Women & Children First and author R. Clifton Spargo in celebration. In his novel Beautiful Fools, Spargo imagines F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald's tumultuous, passionate relationship set against the backdrop of their vacation to Cuba in 1939. Event begins at 7:30pm at 5233 N Clark St. Free.

Book Discussion With Philip Caputo @ Printers Row

In 2011, Philip Caputo set out on a road trip from Florida to Alaska to uncover the common things that unite a nation and those that divide it. He documented his journey in his new memoir, "The Longest Road." Tribune literary editor, Elizabeth Taylor interviews him tonight at Printers Row. Get tickets here. $15. 7 p.m. Tribune Tower, 435 N. Michigan Ave.

Kicking Kevin Kane's Cancer Bills @ Schubas

Schubas hosts a benefit to help Columbia College grad student Kevin Kane pay his bills for leukemia treatment. Music provided by Cloudbirds and DJ Doug Hall, readings by Joe Meno and Lindsay Hunter, and the comedy stylings of Liza Treyger, Kenny Witzgall, and Maggie Ritchie. General admission is $20, or pay $30 for the VIP admission, which gets your complimentary dink and raffle tickets. Event starts at 8:00pm, and it's a 21+ show. Schubas: 3159 North Southport. (773) 525-2508.

You're Being Ridiculous @ Mary's Attic

You're Being Ridiculous is a group of real people telling real funny stories about their lives with a theme as their guide. With three shows this month, there's sure to be a date that matches your calendar. Come out tonight to hear stories on the theme "relationships." Stories start at 7:30pm at Mary's Attic (5400 N. Clark), tickets are $15 at Brown Paper Tickets.

Reading & Signing with Vickie Matthews

Local author Vickie Matthews will read and sign copies of her new novel 'The Goddess Letters.' Matthews' novel is a thriller that taps on issues of past loves and feminism. Vickie Matthews is a naturopathic physician and has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show. The reading will start at 7:30 pm at Women & Children First. 5233 N. Clark Street.

Fan Interference Release @ Quimby's

'Tis the season to celebrate America's Pastime, so join Zisk Zine in the release of their anthology Fan Interference: A Collection of Baseball Rants and Reflection tonight at 7pm at Quimby's Bookstore, 1854 North Ave. Preview in Book Club. Free.

Reading & Signing with Sam and Peter Stamatis

Local father and son duo Sam and Peter Stamatis will read and sign copies of their book 'Dandelions for Dinner: Greece at War and a Family's Dream of America.' Their book is a hopeful family saga spanning from the late 1800s to the Greek Civil War during the 1940s.
The reading will start at 7 p.m. at the Book Cellar. 4736-38 N. Lincoln Ave.

Funny Ha-Ha @ Hideout

Funny Ha-Ha returns to the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., tonight at 6:30pm. This round features Erin Shea Smith, Homer Marrs, Kate James, Keith Ecker and Carly Oishi, as well as short films by Steve Delahoyde. Claire Zulkey is your host. $5 suggested donation at the door; proceeds benefit the Neighborhood Writing Alliance.

Grown Folks Stories @ Silver Room

Come to the Silver Room (1442 N. Milwaukee) for this month's Grown Folks Stories, the open-mic storytelling bonanza hosted by Cara Brigandi. Put your name in the jar for the chance to tell a 5 minute off book (no notes) story. BYOB and free, this event runs more like a talk show/comedy showcase/community storytelling night than anything else. Stories start at 8pm.

Great Lakes Review Launch Issue 2 @ Columbia College

Chicago contributors will be reading their fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from Great Lakes Review issue 2 tonight at Columbia College. The event takes place at 618 S Michigan Ave, 4th floor from 7pm - 8:30pm. Light refreshments will be served.

Blonde Art Books @ Hyde Park Art Center

New York-based Blonde Art Books is sponsoring a summer tour with a stop at the Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave., tonight at 5:30pm. Chicago artists, writers and presses that will be presenting at the event include SHIFTER, Cassandra Troyan, Soberscove, Ezra Claytan Daniels, Lumpen magazine, Green Lantern Press, Temporary Services and Half Letter Press. Read our preview in Book Club. Admission is free.

Story Lab @ Black Rock Pub

Story Lab stands apart from other live lit series in the city in its accessibility and unmitigated audience support for the performers at the Black Rock Pub, 3614 N. Damen Ave. This month's readers include: Kevin Dudey, Kaitlyn Grissom, Barry Joe Lorberman, James Rickel, Laura Scruggs, and Melissa Wood. Hosted by Scott Whitehair of the reading series This Much is True. Show starts at 7:30pm, and is free. Get there early for a seat and to take advantage of the $5 burger and $3.50 Chicago microbrew specials. For more information, visit Story Lab Chicago.

Kate Christensen @ Women & Children First

Author Kate Christensen reads from and signs her new book, Blue Plate Special: An Autobiography of My Appetites, tonight at 7:30 at Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark St.

Guts & Glory @ Powell's North

Samantha Irby of Bitches Gotta Eat and Keith Ecker, the producer of Essay Fiesta, return with Guts & Glory: Live Lit for the Lionhearted. This month's lineup includes: Patrick Gill, Shantell Jamison, JH Palmer, Nico Lang, and Stephen Markley. Starts at 7pm at Powell's Bookstore, 2850 N. Lincoln Ave. Show is free and BYOB, with donations collected and split evenly between One Tail at a Time and 826CHI.

The Pungent Parlour -- #6

This is the sixth installment of monthly live-lit reading series, The Pungent Parlour, the event itself is a hodgepodge of poignant prose, frank essays, and jest filled fiction. The reading is held in the back room of the Black Rock Pub & Kitchen (3614 N. Damen Ave), doors open at 8, storytelling begins at 8:30 and there's no price of admission, the show is free.

Solo in the 2nd City @ Beauty Bar

Come to Beauty Bar (1444 W. Chicago) for Solo in the 2nd City: Hot Child in the 2nd City. where storytellers will share moments of being single, sex, and the city. Tonight's lineup includes: Erin Kahoe, Barrie Cole, Lily Be, Danny Black, and DJ Continental. Hosted by Melinda McIntire and Carly Oishi. Doors open at 7:30pm, stories at 8pm, free. 21+

Essay Fiesta @ The Book Cellar

This month's Essay Fiesta lineup includes: Erin Diamond, Ozzie Totten, Rachel Kossy, Sheri Reda and Dana Norris. The show includes a raffle with all proceeds going to the youth literacy organization 826 Chicago. Starts at 7pm at the Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln Ave., and is free, but get there early -- this show goes from plenty of seating to standing room only in a jiffy. For more information visit Essay Fiesta.

That's All She Wrote @ Swim Cafe

The live lit series That's All She Wrote, co-hosted by GB contributor JH Palmer and Angela Benander, returns to Swim Cafe, 1357 W. Chicago Ave. In addition to stories from the co-hosts, guest readers include: Jesse Harper, Janna Sobel, Ray Teresi, and Lily Be. Doors open at 7:30pm, show starts at 8pm. This is a free event, and is BYOB.

You're Being Ridiculous @ Mary's Attic

You're Being Ridiculous is a group of real people telling real funny stories about their lives with a theme as their guide. With three shows this month, there's sure to be a date that matches your calendar. Come out tonight to hear stories on the theme "relationships." Stories start at 7:30pm at Mary's Attic (5400 N. Clark), tickets are $15 at Brown Paper Tickets.

Sarah Bruni @ Women & Children First

Author Sarah Bruni reads from and signs her new book, The Night Gwen Stacy Died, tonight at 7:30 at Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark St. Read our review in Book Club. Free.

Eleanor C. Whitney and DIY Locals @ Quimby's

Tonight at 7pm, Quimby's (1854 W. North Ave.) welcomes Eleanor C. Whitney, reading from Grow: How to Take Your Do It Yourself Project and Passion to the Next Level and Quit Your Job. Whitney will be joined by local creative professionals Selena Fragassi (Boxx Magazine), Rebecca Ann Rakstad (Rarrar Press), and Bradley Adita (PopPunk.com). Free.

Story Club @ Holiday Club

Come to the Holiday Club, 4000 N. Sheridan Ave., tonight for Story Club. The theme this month is "independence," and features readings by super crafty Beth Cummings and author and story goddess Megan Stielstra. In addition there are open mic slots for storytelling hopefuls. Open mic signup begins at 7:30pm, show begins at 7:45pm. Free, 21+

Reading Under the Influence @ Sheffield's

Reading Under the Influence meets the SECOND Wednesday this month due to the 4th of July holiday. Listen to drink-inducing stories by the likes of Brian Hieggelke, editor of NEWCITY; Ian Belknap, founder and overlord of WRITE CLUB!; Tina Jens, author of The Blues Ain't Nothin'; and Columbia College adjuct faculty, Germania Solorzano. This month's theme is Under Construction, and there will be trivia contests with prizes. Located in the back-back room off the courtyard patio at Sheffield's, 3258 N. Sheffield Ave. Doors open at 7 p.m.; readings start at 7:30 p.m. $3 cover.

Seven Deadly Sins @ Cafe Mustache

A sin themed live lit show, Seven Deadly Sins meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month at Cafe Mustache (2313 N. Milwaukee). This months readers/sinners are:
Bill Cruz...LUST
Dan Squander...GREED
Alicia Swiz...ENVY
James Tadd Adcox...WRATH
Barry Graham...SLOTH
Micki LeSuer...GLUTTONY
Lara Levitan...PRIDE
Show starts at 8pm and is free.

This Much Is True @ Mrs. Murphy & Son's Irish Bistro

This Much Is True is back this month at Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro (3905 N. Lincoln) with an outstanding lineup of returning favorites and new faces. Listen to stories from regulars Scott Whitehair, Larry Kerns, and Stephanie Douglass, with special guests Kevin Coval, Kucha Brownlee & Baba Tony Brown, Jane Stenson, and Natasha Tsoutsouris. Show starts at 7:30pm, and is free. For more info visit This Much is True or Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro.

The Moth @ Haymarket

It's the second Monday of the month, time for the Moth at Haymarket (737 W. Randolph), for another open mic storytelling contest, this time on the theme of "Only in Chicago." Come with your best 5 minute story (memorized, no pages allowed onstage) and put your name in for the chance to tell a story. Who knows, you could be the next Moth StorySLAM winner. Hosted by Don Hall. Tickets ate $8 at the door, $16 online. Doors open at 5pm, stories start at 8pm.

Here's The Story @ Stage 773

A potluck/featured readers/open mic storytelling event, Here's The Story takes place the first Sunday of the month at Stage 773 (1225 W. Belmont). Tickets are $10 or free with a potluck dish. Doors open at 7:30pm, stories start at 8pm.

Pop-up Book Fair @ Empty Bottle

Curbside Splendor is back with its Pop-up Book Fair today at the Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave., from 12:30 to 5pm. More than 40 local independent publishers, presses and organizations sell their wares, while DJs spin throughout the day. See our preview in Book Club. $5 cover. 21+ unless accompanied by a parent.

Tuesday Funk @ Hopleaf

Tuesday Funk returns tonight to the upstairs bar at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., with readings by Daniel Kraus, Bill Breedlove, Kendra Stevens, Eden M. Robins, and our own Andrew Huff. Bill Shunn and Andrew Huff host; presented by Gapers Block. Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 7:30pm. Free; 21+.

Button Down Stories @ Uncharted Books

HEAVEmedia.com and The Button Down bring their monthly reading series back to Uncharted Books, 2630 N. Milwaukee Ave., tonight at 7pm. Readers include Alysse Dalessandro, Carley Moseley, Rosie Moan, Julie Marchiano, Meredith Stockton, Brittany Julious, Kevin Nye, Ross Middleton and Josh Berling. Amy Dittmeier, Dee Fabbricatore and Meredith Stockton host. Free.

Keith Boykin @ Chicago Public Library

United Black Pride, in conjunction with the Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Branch, 9525 S. Halsted St., will host author and MSNBC commentator Keith Boykin, tonight from 6:30pm-8:30pm. Boykin, author of For Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Still Not Enough, will be joined by the book's contributors, L. Michael Gipson and Chicago-based author Tim'm West, for a discussion of African-Americans and Pride Month. This event is free and open to the public; for more information, call 312-747-6900.

Hot Doug's Book Release @ Open Books

Doug Sohn, proprietor of sausage superstore Hot Doug's, celebrates the release of his book, Hot Doug's: The Book, with a reading and signing today at 10am at Open Books, 213 W Institute Pl. Admission is free (the book is not), and refreshments will be served.

Michael Penkas @ Tamale Hut Cafe

Tonight at 7pm, the Tamale Hut Cafe (8300 W. Cermak Rd. in North Riverside) Reading Series presents Michael Penkas. A mainstay at local readings such as Bad Grammar Theater and the Gumbo Fiction Salon, Penkas is the web editor for online fantasy magazine Black Gate. His story collection Dead Boys came out this past May. BYOB, open mic.

Stacks! Soul Librarian Dance Party @ Late Bar

The Read/Write Library hosts the Stacks! Soul Librarian Dance Party tonight at Late Bar, 3534 W. Belmont Ave., from 10pm to 1am. DJs MLE, Jennifer Juniper, Edith, John Ciba of the Rabbit Factory, Aret and JJ of Windy City Soul Club, and Southside Eric of Fear City Sound System will spin, Glitter Guts will run the photobooth, and there'll be prizes for the best '60s, soul or librarian-style outfits. $10 donation, all proceeds benefit Read/Write Library. 21+

Anton DiSclafani @ Tribune Tower

Tonight at 7pm, Anton DiSclafani will be at Tribune Tower, 435 N. Michigan Ave., to read from The Yonahlossee Riding Camp For Girls in discussion with the Tribune's Heidi Stevens. Set in 1930, the novel tells the tale of 15-year-old Thea Atwell. Atwell, a recent arrival at an all-girls equestrienne boarding school in the South full of complex social strata, leaves behind a family scandal in Florida that is slowly unspooled throughout the narrative. Tickets are $15.

The Moth GrandSLAM @ Park West

The Moth storytelling series holds its Chicago GrandSLAM tonight at the Park West, 322 W. Armitage Ave. Watch the winners of the last 10 storySLAM events face off with their best stories. Doors open at 6pm, show starts at 8pm. Tickets are $17 online or at the Park West box office. 18+

2nd Story PRIDE Party @ Strawdog Theatre

The 2nd Story reading series celebrates Pride Month with a special Pride show tonight at the Strawdog Theatre, 3829 N. Broadway. Storytellers include Deb Lewis, Dion Walton and Ozzie Totten, and a dance party follows the show. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 7:30pm.

The Moth StorySLAM @ Martyrs

Martyrs hosts the monthly StorySLAM from The Moth. Ten audience volunteers are randomly selected to tell a five-minute story on the evening's theme, and a panel of judges decides the winner, who will go on to the Grandslam Championships. The show begins at 8:00pm tonight, but you'll definitely want to get in line early, because these events usually sell out. Martyrs: 3855 N. Lincoln. (773) 404-9494.

Guts & Glory @ Powells North

Samantha Irby of Bitches Gotta Eat and Keith Ecker, the producer of Essay Fiesta, return with Guts & Glory: Live Lit for the Lionhearted. This month's lineup includes: Stephanie Lane Sutton, Claire Zulkey, Ray Teresi, Sarah Hollenbeck, and Nikki Pierce. Starts at 7pm at Powell's Bookstore, 2850 N. Lincoln Ave. Show is free and BYOB, with donations collected and split evenly between One Tail at a Time and 826CHI.

Story Lab @ Black Rock Pub

Story Lab stands apart from other live lit series in the city in its accessibility and unmitigated audience support for the performers at the Black Rock Pub, 3614 N. Damen Ave. This month's readers include: Brittany Bookbinder, Ken Brez, Felissia Cappelletti, Karen Genally, Ben Kass, and Egon Schiele. Hosted by Scott Whitehair of the reading series This Much is True. Show starts at 7:30pm, and is free. Get there early for a seat and to take advantage of the $5 burger and $3.50 Chicago microbrew specials. For more information, visit Story Lab Chicago.

Solo in the 2nd City @ Beauty Bar

Solo in the 2nd City Reading Series is back for the monthly reading at Beauty Bar, 1444 W. Chicago Avenue at 7:30 PM. Solo in the 2nd City is a collective of stories of single, sex, and dating centered in our fair city. Music starts at 7:30pm by DJ Continental and readings begin at 8pm. The event is free and collects donations for Chicago Women's Health Center. This month's edition features Jen Bosworth, Angela Benander, Whit Nelson, Linda Montgomery and AJ Aronstein. The event is hosted by bloggers Melinda McIntire and Carly Oishi.

Write Club @ Hideout

The Hideout presents the monthly literary pugilistic bout known as Write Club. Host Ian Belknap presides over bouts of authors taking up opposing concepts, and presenting their arguments for their sides. A panel of judges decides the winners, who get a donation to the chairty of their choice. Doors open tonight at 7:00pm, and admission is $10. Full details at the Hideout Website. Hideout: 1354 W. Wabansia. (773) 227-4433.

Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo

The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo, or CAKE, runs Saturday and today at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St., from 11am to 6pm. Check out the exhibit floor, attend panels and indie animated film screenings, and much more. Admission is free.

SKALD @ Strawdog Theatre

The 14th annual SKALD, a storytelling contest produced by WNEP Theater, returns to the Strawdog Theatre (3829 N. Broadway). This years list of competitors includes: Lily Be, Erin Diamond, Stephanie Douglass, Kevin Gladish, Marsha Harman, Greg Ledger, JH Palmer, Angelina Pizzi, Sheri Reda, and Scott Whitehair. Winner is determined by a panel comprised of Director and Storyteller Matt Miller, Lifeline Theatre Artistic Director Dorothy Milne, and Bitches Gotta Eat blogger/wordsmith, Samantha Irby. Winner gets a $100 cash prize. Hosted by Ian Belknap. Doors open at 7pm, event begins at 8pm. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online or at the door.

Susan Schorn @ Thousand Waves Spa

This afternoon at 4pm, the Book Cellar hosts an off site event at Thousand Waves Spa (1220 W. Belmont Ave.) for Susan Schorn, reading from her martial arts related memoir Smile at Strangers: And Other Lessons in the Art of Living Fearlessly. Does the venue change mean there will be karate lessons? Show up and find out. Free.

Kevin Coval @ Chicago Public Library, West Town

Today at noon, the West Town branch of the Chicago Public Library, 1625 W. Chicago Ave., welcomes Kevin Coval, co-founder of Young Chicago Authors and the Louder Than A Bomb teen poetry slam held annually throughout the Chicago area. He'll be reading from his latest poetry collection, Schtick.

Chicago Alternative Comics Expo

The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo, or CAKE, runs today and Sunday at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St., from 11am to 6pm. Check out the exhibit floor, attend panels and indie animated film screenings, and much more. Anything that Loves, a bisexual comics event, starts at 7:30pm. Admission is free.

MAELSTROM @ Strawdog Theatre

The 14th annual MAELSTROM, an improvised storytelling contest produced by WNEP Theater, returns to the Strawdog Theatre (3829 N. Broadway). This years list of competitors includes: Lily Be, Regan Davis, Erin Diamond, Dave Goss, Merrie Greenfield, and Marsha Harman. Winner is determined by the audience and gets a $50 cash prize. Hosted by Don Hall. Doors open at 7pm, event begins at 8pm. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased online or at the door.

Mini-comic Release Party @ Parson's

Busy Beaver Button Company and the Chicago Alternative Comic Expo teamed up to create a limited edition mini-comic, and they're releasing it tonight at Parson's Chicken & Fish, 2952 W. Armitage Ave. Stop by between 6pm and 9pm for free fried chicken and Brooklyn Brewing beer (while supplies last), and grab a copy of the comic.

This Much Is True @ Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro

This Much Is True is back this month at Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro (3905 N. Lincoln) with an outstanding lineup of returning favorites and new faces. Listen to stories from regulars Scott Whitehair, Larry Kerns, Stephanie Douglass, and Deanna Moffit, with special guests David Berner, Susan O'Halloran, and Paul Whitehouse. Show starts at 7:30pm, and is free. For more info visit This Much is True or Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro.

That's All She Wrote @ Swim Cafe

The live lit series That's All She Wrote, co-hosted by GB contributor JH Palmer and Angela Benander, returns to Swim Cafe, 1357 W. Chicago Ave., with an all-lady lineup for the second installment of Ladies Night. In addition to stories from the co-hosts, guest readers include: Carly Oishi, Fallon Masterson, Samantha Irby, and Katie Prout. Doors open at 7:30pm, show starts at 8pm. This is a free event, and is BYOB.

Ray Bradbury Festival @ Straw Dog Theatre

Tonight, Strawdog Theater (3829 N. Broadway St.) celebrates the work of that late, great Waukegan native at the Ray Bradbury Festival. Events include panel discussions, live performances of Fahrenheit 451, live performances of The Ray Bradbury Radio Hour, and an artists gallery of Bradbury inspired work. Produced by OtherWorld Theatre Company, all events are free with suggested $5 donation. Click here for schedule of events.

Printers Row Lit Fest

Today is the Printers Row Lit Fest, the Midwest's largest outdoor literary festival, at Dearborn from Chicago to Polk (click here for map). This year's highlights include the World's Best Short Story workshop with 826CHI, a cooking demonstration with Oprah's former chef Art Smith, Nathan Rabin reading from You Don't Know Me But You Don't Like Me, and YA fiction superstar Judy Blume. The festival opens at 10am; see the schedule for complete list of events.

Ray Bradbury Festival @ Strawdog Theater

Tonight, Strawdog Theater (3829 N. Broadway St.) celebrates the work of that late, great Waukegan native at the Ray Bradbury Festival. Events include panel discussions, live performances of Fahrenheit 451, live performances of The Ray Bradbury Radio Hour, and an artists gallery of Bradbury inspired work. Produced by OtherWorld Theatre Company, all events are free with suggested $5 donation. Click here for schedule of events.

Printers Row Lit Fest

Today is the Printers Row Lit Fest, the Midwest's largest outdoor literary festival, at Dearborn from Chicago to Polk (click here for map). This year's highlights include the World's Best Short Story workshop with 826CHI, a cooking demonstration with Oprah's former chef Art Smith, Nathan Rabin reading from You Don't Know Me But You Don't Like Me, and YA fiction superstar Judy Blume. The festival opens at 10am see the schedule for complete list of events.

Ray Bradbury Festival @ Strawdog Theater

Tonight, Strawdog Theater (3829 N. Broadway St.) celebrates the work of that late, great Waukegan native at the Ray Bradbury Festival. Events include panel discussions, live performances of Fahrenheit 451, live performances of The Ray Bradbury Radio Hour, and an artists gallery of Bradbury inspired work. Produced by OtherWorld Theatre Company, all events are free with suggested $5 donation. Click here for schedule of events.

Story Club Four Year Anniversary @ Holiday Club

Come to the Holiday Club, 4000 N. Sheridan Ave., tonight for the four year anniversary of Story Club. The theme this month is "vice," and features readings by comedian Mary Lorenz, and writer/performer Lauren Sivak. In addition there are open mic slots for storytelling hopefuls. Open mic signup begins at 7:30pm, show begins at 7:45pm. Free, 21+

Tuesday Funk @ Hopleaf

Tuesday Funk returns to the upstairs bar at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., tonight, with readings by Darwyn Jones, Heather Corallo, Lawrence Santoro, Mare Swallow, and G.P.A. (Greatest Poet Alive). Gapers Block's Andrew Huff hosts. Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 7:30pm. Free, 21+

Jordan Matter @ City Lit Books

This afternoon at 3pm, Jordan Matter presents his new book, Dancers Among Us, at City Lit Books, 2523 N. Kedzie Blvd. A series of photos of dancers in everyday settings that celebrate the joy and possibility in everyday life, actor Alan Cumming says, "This book is something you should pick up every time you have forgotten that there is wit and beauty in the world -- literally all around us."

Chicago by Day and Night @ Newberry Library

Editors Paul Durica and Bill Savage discuss their book Chicago by Day and Night: The Pleasure Seeker’s Guide to the Paris of America at the Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton St., today at 1pm. Free.

Art is the Word @ Peanut Gallery

The Peanut Gallery, 1000 N. California Ave, hosts Art is the Word, a blending of writing and visual art. Artists and writers often switch hats, influence one another, and belong to the same cultural dialogues. Three workshops -- May 14, May 21 and tonight -- on the topic of text incorporation in the visual arts will take place followed by an exhibition displaying collaborative works that evolve out of the workshops, will run from 7 to 10pm. Participants will have a choice to collaborate with others in any way they please. The creation of collaborative work based on the workshops is encouraged, and works produced from the workshops will be included in an upcoming exhibition.

Annie Mok and Sam Sharpe @ Quimby's

Tonight at 7pm, Annie Mok and Sam Sharpe stop by Quimby's, 1854 W. North Ave. Mok (formerly known as Ed Choy) and Sharpe collaborated on the comic "Roosterlegs" that appeared in the anthology Little Heart: A Comics Anthology for Marriage Equality (click here for a sneak peek ). Free.

Chicago Bulls Coach Phil Jackson @ Printers Row

Legendary Chicago Bulls coach Phil Jackson, famous for guiding the Bulls to six NBA championships and the Los Angeles Lakers to five, will be appearing at the Palmer House Hilton, 17 E. Monroe St., tonight at 7pm as part of the Chicago Tribune's Printers Row. He will be discussing his new book, "Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success" with Chicago Tribune sports reporter K.C. Johnson. Get tickets and more information here.

Drew Magary @ Book Cellar

Author Drew Magary reads from his new book, Someone Could Get Hurt: A Memoir of Twenty-First-Century Parenthood, tonight at the Book Cellar, 4736-38 N. Lincoln Ave., at 7pm. Read our preview in Book Club. Free.

The Pungent Parlour Reading Series- #4

The monthly live lit series returns for it's fourth theme unspecific event. The show has a welcoming atmosphere with no pretension, where readers verbalize diverse tales that range from funny-because-it's-true fictional pieces, heartbreaking tragic proses, and poingant zines sprinkled throughout the hour-long storytelling night. The Pungent Parlour takes place every third Tuesday of the month in the back room of the Black Rock Pub (3614 N. Damen), 8:30 pm, and admission is free.

Solo in the 2nd City: Spring Fever @ Beauty Bar

Solo in the 2nd City features stories of single, dating, sex, and the like in our fine city. Event begins at 7:30 PM with music by DJ Continental and readings begin at 8:00 PM. Featured readers include Nico Lang, Shantell Jamison, Joel Kim Booster, Rachel L.C., and Jill Neumann. Jasmine Davila appears as a guest host. The event is produced by Solo in the 2nd City bloggers, Melinda McIntire and Carly Oishi. Event is free and charitable donations will be collected for the Chicago Women's Health Center. Event is 21+ at Beauty Bar Chicago, 1444 W. Chicago Avenue.

Art is the Word @ Peanut Gallery

The Peanut Gallery, 1000 N. California Ave, hosts Art is the Word, a blending of writing and visual art. Artists and writers often switch hats, influence one another, and belong to the same cultural dialogues. Three workshops -- May 14, tonight and May 28 -- on the topic of text incorporation in the visual arts will take place followed by an exhibition displaying collaborative works that evolve out of the workshops, will run from 7 to 10pm. Participants will have a choice to collaborate with others in any way they please. The creation of collaborative work based on the workshops is encouraged, and works produced from the workshops will be included in an upcoming exhibition.

1,001 Afternoons in Chicago @ Architectural Artifacts

Chicago journalist Ben Hecht, who wrote for the Chicago Daily News, kept a daily column that was considered by his editor to be: "journalism extraordinary; journalism that invaded the realm of literature." Access Contemporary Music and Strawdog Theater have taken 64 of these columns and created a theatrical piece for voices and music. Featuring music soaked in the Jazz and Tin Pan Alley traditions by Seth Boustead and Amos Gillespie performed live by ACM's resident ensemble Palomar, 1,001 Afternoons in Chicago is a celebration of Hecht's monumental achievement. Takes place tonight at 7pm at Architectural Artifacts (4325 N. Ravenswood.) Tickets are $20, $12 online, $8 students and seniors. For more info visit ACMusic.org

Edward McClelland @ Barnes & Noble

Author and past GB contributor Edward McClelland reads from and signs his latest book, Nothin' But Blue Skies: The Heyday, Hard Times, and Hopes of America's Industrial Heartland tonight at the Barnes & Noble DePaul University, 1 E. Jackson Blvd., tonight at 6pm.

Behind the Burly Q Release Party @ Sheffield's

Author Leslie Zemeckis celebrates the release of her book Behind The Burly Q: The Story of Burlesque in America, tonight at 7pm at Sheffield's, 3258 N. Sheffield Ave. The event will feature a book signing and Q&A with Zemeckis as well as live burlesque performances by two dancers from the Belmont Burlesque Revue, Kiss Kiss Cabaret and Original Tease. Vander Mill Cider will also release its new Loving Cup cider. No cover, 21+

Chicago Nerd Social Club Writer's Panel @ Open Books

This afternoon is the science fiction writer's panel and networking event from 3 to 6pm at Open Books Chicago (213 W. Institute Place). Hosted by the Chicago Nerd Social Club, the event features Q&A with authors Wesley Chu, Wesley and Brad Sun and Mark McClelland. Panel moderated by Jeff Smith with time for audience questions and chat about current projects.

Librarian Pub Crawl @ Atlantic Bar and Grill

Tonight is the Librarian Pub Crawl meets at at the Atlantic Bar and Grill (5062 N. Lincoln Ave.) at 6:15pm; click here for complete list of stops on the tour. Costumes encouraged; think literary character or sexy librarian. Prizes awarded for best costume (or winning raffle ticket if costumes aren't your thing). Wristbands are only $10 ahead of time, $15 day of (drinks not included but raffle tickets and other goodies are). Online registration encouraged.

Story Lab @ The Black Rock

Story Lab stands apart from other live lit series in the city in its accessibility and unmitigated audience support for the performers at the Black Rock Pub, 3614 N. Damen Ave. This month's readers include: Alan Brouilette, David Fink, Virginia Fox, Katie Jones, Annette Radziszewski, and Ozzie Totten. Hosted by Scott Whitehair of the reading series This Much is True. Show starts at 7:30pm, and is free. Get there early for a seat and to take advantage of the $5 burger and $3.50 Chicago microbrew specials. For more information, visit Story Lab Chicago.

Guts & Glory @ Powell's Bookstore

Samantha Irby of Bitches Gotta Eat and Keith Ecker, the producer of Essay Fiesta, return with Guts & Glory: Live Lit for the Lionhearted. This month's lineup includes producer and host of the Paper Machete, Christopher Piatt; Stand-up comic and host of The Kates, Amy Sumpter; Host of Dan Shapiro's Rigged Open Mic, Daniel Shapiro; writer Alicia Swiz; and educator Allen Makere. Starts at 7pm at Powell's Bookstore, 2850 N. Lincoln Ave. Show is free and BYOB, with donations collected and split evenly between One Tail at a Time and 826CHI.

This Much Is True @ Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro

This Much Is True is back this month at Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro (3905 N. Lincoln) with an outstanding lineup of returning favorites and new faces. Listen to stories from regulars Scott Whitehair, Larry Kerns, and Deanna Moffit, with special guests Mary Pat Bohan; Jim May; Deborah Pratt; and Robbie Q. Telfer. Show starts at 7:30pm, and is free. For more info visit This Much is True or Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro.

Art is the Word @ Peanut Gallery

The Peanut Gallery, 1000 N. California Ave, hosts Art is the Word, a blending of writing and visual art. Artists and writers often switch hats, influence one another, and belong to the same cultural dialogues. Three workshops -- tonight, May 21 and May 28 -- on the topic of text incorporation in the visual arts will take place followed by an exhibition displaying collaborative works that evolve out of the workshops, will run from 7 to 10pm. Participants will have a choice to collaborate with others in any way they please. The creation of collaborative work based on the workshops is encouraged, and works produced from the workshops will be included in an upcoming exhibition.

Sci Fi & Fantasy Book Club @ Filter Cafe

The chicago Nerds Social Club presents their monthly sci fi & fantasy book club meeting, tonight from 6:30pm to 7:30pm at Filter (1373-75 N. Milwaukee). The book for discussion tonight is Little Green Men by Christopher Buckley. The event is free and open to the public. Full details available at the Chicago Nerds Website.

That's All She Wrote @ Swim Cafe

The live lit series That's All She Wrote, co-hosted by GB contributor JH Palmer and Angela Benander, returns to Swim Cafe, 1357 W. Chicago Ave., with a stunning lineup of guest readers:Sarah Michaelson, Rachael Smith, Paul Whitehouse and Chris Bower. Doors open at 7:30pm, show starts at 8pm. This is a free event, and is BYOB.

Eve Ensler @ Swedish American Museum

Women & Children First presents a reading by author and playwright Eve Ensler tonight at the Swedish American Museum, 5211 N. Clark St., at 7pm. Ensler will read from her latest book, In the Body of the World. You must buy a copy of the book ($25) from Women & Children First either online or by calling 773-769-9299 to attend.

Tuesday Funk @ Hopleaf

Gapers Block presents Tuesday Funk in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf Bar, 5148 N. Clark St., tonight, hosted by William Shunn and Andrew Huff. Readers include Suzanne Clores, Mary Beth Hoerner, Robert McDonald, Dion Walton, and former co-host Sara Ross Witt. Doors open at 7pm, show's at 7:30pm. Free, 21+

Ian Svenonius @ Quimby's

Quimby's hosts Ian Svenonius, former singer for Nation of Ulysses and The Make-Up, tonight at 7:00pm. Ian will be reading from his book Supernatural Strategies For Making A Rock'n'Roll Group. Full details at the Quimby's site. Quimby's: 1854 W. North Avenue. (773) 342-0910.

The Great Migration: A Conversation @ Harold Washington Library

The Chicago Public Library presents "The Great Migration: A Conversation with Timuel D. Black, Jr., Linda Johnson Rice and Adam Green," a One Book, One Chicago discussion of The Warmth Of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson, tonight at 6pm in the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium at the Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State St. Free.

Listen to Your Mother @ Atheneum Theatre

Listen to Your Mother, a national reading series about moms, holds a special Mother's Day edition at the Atheneum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave., today at 2pm. Tickets are $22, with 25% of proceeds going to the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

The Paper Machete

The Paper Machete this week features stories by JC Aevaliotis, James Finn Garner, Tawny Newsome and Katie Rich, Emily Rose, Stephanie Shaw and Sam Weiner, plus Chad the Bird, cabaret artist Phillip-Michael Scales and musical guests California Wives. It all happens at 3pm at the Green Mill, 4802 N. Broadway. Free, 21+

Story Club

Story Club returns to the Holiday Club, 4000 N. Sheridan Rd., tonight, featuring GB contributor Lara Levitan and journalist/blogger Melanie Coffee; there are open mic slots available as well. Sign-up opens at 7:30pm, show starts at 8. Free, 21+

Richard Hell @ Book Cellar

The Book Cellar hosts writer and musician Richard Hell, reading from and signing copies of his book I Dreamed I Was A Very Clean Tramp, tonight at 7:00pm. Full details at the Book Cellar Website. Book Cellar: 4736-38 N. Lincoln. (773) 293-2665.

Keith Koeneman @ Unabridged

Tonight at 7pm, Unabridged Books, 3251 N. Broadway, hosts a talk with Keith Koeneman, author of the forthcoming biography of Chicago Mayor Daley First Son: The Biography of Richard M. Daley out on the University of Chicago Press. Koeneman is the foremost expert on all things Daley. The book showcases all sides of Daley's life, from growing up in Bridgeport to City Hall. There will be a short reading followed by an insightful discussion. Free; seating is first come, first served.

Katherine Preston @ Lovely Bake Shop

This Sunday, April 28, Katherine Preston reads from Out With It: How Stuttering Helped Me Find My Voice at Lovely Bake Shop (1130 N. Milwaukee Ave.). Event sponsored by The Book Table. 6pm.

Read/Write Library Benefit Book Sale @ Empty Bottle

The Read/Write Library presents "Rock Paper Scissors," a benefit book sale and craft party at Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave., from 1pm to 5pm. Browse through tons of books, zines and other stuff that's been donated but didn't fit in the library's Chicago-centric collection, or pick up a prefilled "mystery bag" for $5. The Letter Writers Alliance will be leading book and paper craft fun, and the bar will of course be open. $5 at the door benefits the library. 21+

Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo

The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, aka C2E2, runs April 26-28 in McCormick Place West, 2301 S. Lake Shore Dr. Attend panels, browse the trade show floor, catch film screenings and meet such celebrities as Felicia Day, Ron Perlman, Natalie Dormer, Julie Newmar and Bruce Boxleitner. See today's full schedule for details. Tickets are $25 pre-show, $35 at the door; three-day passes are $55 pre-show, $65 at the door. Doors open today at 10am.

Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo

The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, aka C2E2, runs April 26-28 in McCormick Place West, 2301 S. Lake Shore Dr. Attend panels, browse the trade show floor, catch film screenings and meet such celebrities as Felicia Day, Ron Perlman, Kevin Smith, Patton Oswalt and Bruce Boxleitner. See today's full schedule for details. Tickets are $30 pre-show, $40 at the door; three-day passes are $55 pre-show, $65 at the door. Doors open today at 10am.

Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo

The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, aka C2E2, runs April 26-28 in McCormick Place West, 2301 S. Lake Shore Dr. Attend panels, browse the trade show floor, catch film screenings and meet such celebrities as Felicia Day, Ron Perlman, Natalie Dormer and Bruce Boxleitner. See today's full schedule for details. Tickets are $25 pre-show, $35 at the door; three-day passes are $55 pre-show, $65 at the door. Doors open today at 11am.

Robert Perišic @ Seminary Co-op Bookstore

Tonight, Robert Perišic reads from Our Man In Iraq at the Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5757 S. University Ave. Perišic is a best-selling author in Croatia; Our Man In Iraq is the first of his books to be translated into English. The event is cosponsored by the Consulate General of the Republic of Croatia in Chicago and Asymptote Journal. 6pm.

Aleksandar Hemon @ Women & Children First

Author Aleksandar Hamon reads and signs his new memoir The Book of My Lives tonight at Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark St., tonight at 7:30pm. Free.

Fictlicous @ Hideout

Fictlicious is tonight at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., featuring stories and songs by Jenna Morgan, Summer Girlfriends, Megan Stielstra, Liam Davis, Scott Onak, Danny Black, Lara Levitan and Micki LeSueur. Doors open at 6pm, show's at 7pm. $10 at the door. 21+

One Book, One Chicago Discussion @ WBEZ North Side Bureau

WBEZ's North Side bureau, 2913 W. Devon Ave., hosts a One Book, Once Chicago discussion about Isabel Wilkerson's The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of American's Great Migration, tonight at 6pm. Free, but reservations requested.

Gilbert Hernandez @ Quimby's

Gilbert Hernandez, one-third of the Los Bros Hernandez trio of Love and Rockets fame, will be at Quimby's tonight. He'll be presenting his brand new graphic novel Marble Season, a semiautobiographical tale of growing up in suburban California in the '60s and the redemptive power of childhood storytelling. Quimby's, 1854 W. North Ave., 7pm.

Story Lab @ The Black Rock

Story Lab stands apart from other live lit series in the city in its accessibility and unmitigated audience support for the performers at the Black Rock Pub, 3614 N. Damen Ave. This month's readers include: Hilary Barry, Nancy Hannibal, Patrick Monahan, Kasey O'Brien, Peter Papachronopoulos, and Belinda Woolfson. Hosted by Scott Whitehair of the reading series This Much is True. Show starts at 7:30pm, and is free. Get there early for a seat and to take advantage of the $5 burger and $3.50 Chicago microbrew specials. For more information, visit Story Lab Chicago.

Guts & Glory @ Powell's Bookstore

Samantha Irby of Bitches Gotta Eat and Keith Ecker, the producer of Essay Fiesta, return with Guts & Glory: Live Lit for the Lionhearted. This month's lineup includes playwright Chris Bower, Essay Fiesta producer Willy Nast, writer Jill Summers, Stoop-Style Stories producer Lily Be and performer Amanda Glasbrenner. Starts at 7pm at Powell's Bookstore, 2850 N. Lincoln Ave. Show is free and BYOB, with donations collected and split evenly between One Tail at a Time and 826CHI.

One Book, One Chicago Discussion @ WBEZ South Side Bureau

WBEZ's South Side bureau, 6957 S. Halsted St., hosts a One Book, Once Chicago discussion about Isabel Wilkerson's The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of American's Great Migration, tonight at 6pm. Free, but reservations requested.

Write Club @ Hideout

The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., hosts Write Club, the monthly literary boxing match where writers & performers take up opposing concepts. The bouts are judged by a panel of literary experts, and the winners get donations for their chosen charities. This month, it's Scott Whitehair (allow) vs. Jen Bosworth (deny), Bobby Biedrzycki (trash) vs. Jessica Palmer (treasure), and James Finn Garner (liquid) vs. Ian Belknap (solid). The show starts at 7pm, and admission is $10 at the door. Full details at the Hideout Website. 21+

Edible Books Festival @ Columbia College

Columbia College's Center for Book and Paper Arts holds its 14th annual Edible Books Festival and Tea tonight from 6 to 8pm in the Columbia College Library, 624 S. Michigan Ave., 3rd Floor. View book-like sculptures made from edible materials reflecting the book or the selected theme (this year it's In the Time of the Butterflies, by Julia Alvarez). After awarding prizes for "Best of Show," "Most Likely to be Devoured," "Best Use of Pun," the entries will be consumed by the guests. Tea will of course also be served. Free.

That's All She Wrote @ Swim Cafe

The live lit series That's All She Wrote, co-hosted by GB contributor JH Palmer and Angela Benander, returns to Swim Cafe with a stunning lineup of guest readers: Ian Belknap, Arlene Malinowski, Beth Cummings, and Monte LaMonte. Come out to Swim Cafe, 1357 W. Chicago Ave. Doors open at 7:30pm, show starts at 8pm. This is a free event, and BYOB.

The Chicago Children's TV Show @ Gallery Cabaret

This afternoon, Gallery Cabaret (2020 N. Oakley Ave.) hosts Chicago historical reenactment group Pocket Guide to Hell as they put up their second installment of The Chicago Television Project: The Chicago Children’s TV Show. In the style of a variety hour revue, Pocket Guide performers incorporate a Magician, a Clown, the Young Stracke All-Stars, cartoons by local artists, and much more in this celebration of children’s entertainment past and present. There will be two performances: one at 3 pm for kids and family, and one at 5 pm for everybody else. Free! RSVP to pocketguidetohell@gmail.com.

Writer's House Pop Up Book Store @ Empty Bottle

This afternoon from 1:30 to 7pm, Empty Bottle (1035 N. Western Ave.) transforms into the Writer's House pop up book fair. Hosted by Curbside Splendor, the event features 40 independent publishers, presses, and booksellers, including Another Chicago Magazine, Chicago Zine Fest, Quimby's, Rose Metal Prees and others. Live music by Mr. Mayor and the Highballers, Warm Bones, and If Trees Could Write. $5 admission or free with RSVP; 21 and over unless minors accompanied by adult.

'The Way We Sleep' Reading @ The Book Cellar

Tonight, The Book Cellar (4736 N. Lincoln Ave.) presents a reading of recently published anthology The Way We Sleep: a collection of short stories, comics, and interviews all based around the ways in which our sleeping and waking lives collide. The reading will feature contributors Billy Lombardo, Ben Tanzer, Dakota Sexton, and Natalie Edwards, as well as a shadow puppet show presented by Jill Summers and Susie Kirkwood. RSVP here. 7 pm, Free!

The Book That Was to Come @ Cultural Center

The Poetry Center of Chicago presents "The Book That Was to Come," a poetry reading, in the Claudia Cassidy Theater at the Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., today at 1pm. Readers will include Doro Boehme, Amaranth Borsuk, Kate Durbin, Lindsey French, Ian Hatcher, and Krissy Wilson. The event was curated by Judd Morrissey. Admission is free.

Andy Cohen @ Barbara's Bookstore at Macy's

Barbara's Bookstore, Macy's Lower Level, 111 N. State St., hosts Bravo TV's Andy Cohen today from 12pm-2pm. Cohen is currently on tour for a Q&A and signing of his latest book, Most Talkative: Stories from the Front Lines of Pop Culture, where he discusses his obsession with pop culture and how it led to his position at Bravo, his work with the network's popular "Real Housewives" franchise, and his own show, "Watch What Happens Live." Click here for more information.

This Much is True @ Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro *New Venue*

The beloved live lit series This Much Is True debuts in their new home, Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro (3905 N. Lincoln) with an outstanding lineup of returning favorites and new faces. Come celebrate the beginning of this exciting new chapter with stories from regulars Scott Whitehair, Larry Kerns, and Deanna Moffit, with special guests Rives Collins, Dana Norris, Oba William King, Jim Padar and Cheryl Trykv. Show starts at 7:30pm, and is free. For more info visit This Much is True or Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro.

One Book, One Chicago Discussion @ WBEZ West Side Bureau

WBEZ's West Side bureau, 2531 W. Division St., hosts a One Book, Once Chicago discussion about Isabel Wilkerson's The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of American's Great Migration, tonight at 6pm. Free, but reservations requested.

Sci Fi & Fantasy Book Club @ Filter Cafe

The Chicago Nerd Social Club has their monthly sci fi & fantasy book club meeting tonight at Filter Cafe (1373-75 N. Milwaukee) from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. The book for discussion tonight is Accelerando by Charles Stross. The event is free and open to the public. Full details at the Chicago Nerds Website.

The Button Down @ Uncharted Books

HEAVEmedia.com and The Button Down present the latest installment of their monthly storytelling series at Uncharted Books, 2630 N. Milwaukee Ave., tonight at 7pm. The theme this time is "planes," and readers include Eunji Kim, Joe Grazulis, Amy Dittmeier, Dee Fabbricatore, Mike Haverty, Emily Boerner, Brandon Jerger, Maggie Servais and Kyle Kramer. Hosted by Heave's Amy Dittmeier and Button Down's Dee Fabbricatore and Meredith Stockton. Free, BYOB.

Mary Driver-Thiel @ Women and Children First

This afternoon, Mary Driver-Thiel reads from The World Undone at Women and Children First (5233 N. Clark St.). It's the story of Sylvia, a woman who goes in search of her sister Callie, given up for adoption, and how their lives and their mother's are changed when Sylvia goes in search of Callie. 4:30pm.

Willow Books Lit Fest @ Chicago State University

Today is the Willow Books Lit Fest at the Gwendolyn Brooks Center at Chicago State University, 9501 S. King Dr. Most events are free and open to the public but require registration [PDF]. Events include workshops, manuscript sessions, panel discussions, an open mic and a Willow Brooks Literature Awards finalists reading and ceremony. Event runs 8am-5pm; see full schedule of events here [PDF]

The Interview Show @ Hideout

Mark Bazer's Internet Show returns to the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., tonight from 6:30 to 8pm. This month the guests are author Irvine Welch, improv team TJ Jagodowski and David Pasquesi, Tasting Table editor Heather Sperling, and musical guest Derek Fawcett. Admission is $8; doors open at 6pm. 21+

Story Club @ Holiday Club

Come to the Holiday Club, 4000 N. Sheridan Ave., tonight for the latest installment of Story Club. The theme this month is "fools," and features readings by Mary Pat Bohan, Amy Supmter, Maggie Jenkins, and Kendra Stevens. In addition there are open mic slots for storytelling hopefuls. Open mic signup begins at 7:30pm, show begins at 7:45pm. Free, 21+

Persepolis Party @ Bridgeport Art Center

Cafe Society hosts a "Persepolis party" tonight at 6pm in the HumanThread Center on the fifth floor of the Bridgeport Art Center, 1200 W. 35th St. Come talk about the book and Chicago Public Schools' attempt to remove it from schools. Free.

2nd Story Book Release @ Revolution Brewing

the 2nd Story members read from their first anthology, Briefly Knocked Unconscious by a Low-Flying Duck at Revolution Brewing, 2323 N. Milwaukee Ave., tonight at 7pm, sponsored by City Lit Books. Anthology contributors Bobby Biedrzycki (who is also the director of 2nd Story), Lott Hill, and Earliana McLaurin will read at 7pm but the drinks go until closing. The reading is free, but you can pick up a copy of the book if you like what you hear. 21+

Tuesday Funk @ Hopleaf

Tuesday Funk returns to the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf Bar, 5148 N. Clark St., tonight. For its 56th episode, the eclectic monthly reading series showcases new novels by Mary Robinette Kowal (Without a Summer), Wesley Chu (The Lives of Tao), and co-founder Reinhardt Suarez (The Green Ray of the Sun), along with featured readers Jeremy Jasper and Regan Keeter. New co-host Andrew Huff of Gapers Block makes his debut, joining William Shunn at the podium. Doors open at 7pm, readings start at 7:30pm. Free, 21+.

Sheryl Sandberg @ Palmer House Hilton

Tonight, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg will discuss Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead at at the the Palmer House Hilton (17 E. Monroe St.). Sandberg will be joined by Joycelyn Winnecke, vice president and associate editor of the Chicago Tribune. Presented by the Book Stall. $40, begins at 6pm.

Poetry As Comedy @ Poetry Foundation

Tonight at 7pm, the Poetry Foundation (61 W. Superior St.) presents Poetry As Comedy. This being the Poetry Foundation, don't expect to hear drunkards sharing limericks scribbled on the el that day, but the classics. Under the direction of Second City founder Bernard Sahlins, a trio of actors will bring to life bring the works of W. H. Auden, John Updike and Dorothy Parker, among others. Free.

Poetry As Comedy @ Poetry Foundation

This afternoon at 3pm, the Poetry Foundation (61 W. Superior St.) presents Poetry As Comedy. This being the Poetry Foundation, don't expect to hear drunkards sharing limericks scribbled on the el that day, but the classics. Under the direction of Second City founder Bernard Sahlins, a trio of actors will bring to life bring the works of W. H. Auden, John Updike and Dorothy Parker, among others. Free.

Brain Frame Comics Reading

The 11th installment of Brain Frame, a "peformative" comics reading, happens tonight at Heavy Gel, 2335 W. Lake St., starting at 8pm. The lineup includes the talent of Bill Cleveland, Krystal DiFronzo, Ian Endsley, Marieke McClendon, Otto Splotch and Jim Trainor. Live musical accompaniment will be provided by by Tyson Torstenson. Cover is $7.

Sara Ross Witt @ Tamale Hut Cafe

Tonight, Tamale Hut Cafe Reading Series (8300 W. Cermak Road, North Riverside) welcomes Sara Ross Witt. Former co-producer and co-host of the Tuesday Funk reading series, Sara is a blogger, technical writer, New School MFA and short story author. BYOB; open mic to follow. 7pm.

Story Week

Columbia College's Story Week runs March 17-22, concluding tonight with "Chicago Classics," an evening of stories by some of Chicago's literary luminaries, hosted by Rick Kogan. The event runs from 6pm to 8pm at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St. See the full schedule and/or Facebook for details.

Story Week

Columbia College's Story Week runs March 17-22, with multiple events each day. Today's activities begin at 11am, and include Literary Rock 'n' Roll: Girl Trouble, an event featuring readings by Gillian Flynn, Jane Hamilton and Joe Meno, with music by The Right Now, at the Metro, 3730 N. Clark St., at 6pm. See the full schedule and/or Facebook for details.

Story Lab @ Black Rock

Story Lab stands apart from other live lit series in the city in its accessibility and unmitigated audience support for the performers at the Black Rock Pub, 3614 N. Damen Ave. This month's readers include: Sean Cooley, Gregory Ledger, Bailey Pickens, Byron Roussin, Klaudia Siczek, and Tamale. Hosted by Scott Whitehair of the reading series This Much is True. Show starts at 7:30pm, and is free. Get there early for a seat and to take advantage of the $5 burger and $3.50 Chicago microbrew specials. For more information, visit Story Lab Chicago.

Guts & Glory @ Powell's Bookstore

Samantha Irby of Bitches Gotta Eat and Keith Ecker, the producer of Essay Fiesta, have teamed up to create Guts & Glory: Live Lit for the Lionhearted. This month's lineup includes playwright Chris Bower, Essay Fiesta producer Willy Nast, writer Jill Summers, Stoop-Style Stories producer Lily Be and performer Amanda Glasbrenner. Starts at 7pm at Powell's Bookstore, 2850 N. Lincoln Ave. Show is free and BYOB, with donations collected and split evenly between One Tail at a Time and 826CHI. Future shows will take place on the third Wednesday of every month.

Story Week

Columbia College's Story Week runs March 17-22, with multiple events each day. Today's activities begin at 11am; see the full schedule and/or Facebook for details.

Write Club @ Hideout

The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., hosts the latest edition of Write Club, the literary equivalent of a boxing match. Two authors spar on opposing concepts, a winner is determined by the audience, and prize money is awarded to the winners' charities. Tonight's bouts:Carly Oishi (WATER) vs. Patrick Gill (WINE), Joe Janes (DRUNK) vs. Janna Sobel (SOBER), Ian Belknap (SHAKEN) vs. Jennifer Coffeen (STIRRED). Show starts at 7pm, and admission is $10. 21+

Story Week

Columbia College's Story Week runs March 17-22, with multiple events each day. Today's activities begin at 11am; see the full schedule and/or Facebook for details.

Story Week

Columbia College's Story Week runs March 17-22, with multiple events each day. Today's activities begin at 11am; see the full schedule and/or Facebook for details.

Story Week

Columbia College's Story Week runs March 17-22, and kicks off today with Story Workshop mini-classes from 2:30 to 5pm at 624 S. Michigan Ave., 12th floor, followed by a kickoff party at Buddy Guy's Legends, 700 S. Wabash Ave., from 6:30pm till late. The party will feature 2nd Story storytellers Chris DeGuire, Ames Hawkins, Ann Hemenway and Cyn Vargas, and music by DJ White Russian and Seeking Wonderland. 2nd Story's Megan Stielstra hosts. The party is 18+ until 9pm, 21+ after. See the full schedule and Facebook for details.

Superhero Expo @ Chicago Cultural Center

Stop by the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.) at 2pm today for Superhero Expo. WBEZ's Allison Cuddy hosts a panel discussion with comic artists Jill Thompson, Lyra Hill and Jenny Frison. In addition, there will be a screening of Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines.

Hair Lit, Vol. 1 @ Quimby's

Tonight, Quimby's (1854 W. North Ave.) hosts readings from Hair Lit, Vol. 1. Edited by Nick Ostdick and released by local indie publisher Orange Alert Press, it's a tribute to the rockers and power balladeers of '80s and '90s metal bands. Contributors Matt Rowan, Lindsay Hunter, and Mike Joyce read their contributions, tales of sex and drugs and how Tommy used to work on the docks. Reading starts at at 7pm.

Shoplifting at American Apparel @ Logan Theater

The Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee Ave., hosts a screening of Shoplifting at American Apparel, a documentary based on the book by Tao Lin, tonight at 7:30pm. A Q&A with director Pirooz Kalayeh and the film's screen writer, Brad Warner, will follow the screening, along with a reading in the theater's renovated lobby and bar. Readers include Cean Gamalinda, Dylan York, Scott McClanahan and Heiko Julien. Tickets are $11.

Dough Masters Featuring Jim Lahey @ Bar Toma

No-knead pizza and bread pioneer Jim Lahey of Sullivan Street Bakery in New York City will be cooking up a few pizzas at Bar Toma, 110 East Pearson, at 6:30 tonight. There will be a brief welcome reception before a family-style meal of antipasti and three of Lahey's pizzas. Tickets are $45 before fees. Lahey's book My Pizza will also be on sale.

This Much Is True @ Hopleaf

Come to This Much Is True at the Hopleaf (5148 N. Clark). Tonight's readers include TMIT regulars Scott Whitehair, Deanna Moffitt and Larry Kerns and special guests Margaret Burk, Samantha Irby, and Stephen Markley, with the music of Naomi Ashley. Show starts at 7:30pm, and is free. A word to the wise: get there early for a seat. For more info visit This Much is True or Hopleaf.

Activist Authors Read @ No Nation Gallery

Art and activism converge in a reading by authors Dan P. Moore and Becky Dernbach at 2pm on March 10, at No Nation Gallery (formerly known as Happy Dog Gallery). With his Graphic Novel, Mark Twain Was Right, Moore tells of his experience as a high schooler living through the Cincinnati Riots, and Dernbach lends accessibility to the story of America's housing crisis with her picture book, Fannie and Freddie. Come check out the free show at 1542 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Wicker Park!

Zine, Lose or Draw @ Quimby's

Tonight, kick off Chicago Zine Fest weekend with "Zine, Lose or Draw" at Quimby's, 854 W. North Ave. Neil Brideau, co-organizer of Chicago Alternative Comics Expo and creator of Oh Boy! Comics, hosts a Pictionary-style game with a self-publishing theme. Come mingle with the comics community and check out their spontaneous creations. Starts at 9:30pm. Quimby's is a co-sponsor of the Chicago Zine Fest; complete schedule of the weekend's events here.

Francesca Royster @ Women & Children First

DePaul professor and author Francesca T. Royster will read from her new book, Sounding Like a No-No: Queer Sounds and Eccentric Acts in the Post-Soul Era, at , 5233 N. Clark St., tonight at 7:30pm. Free.

Chicago Zine Fest

The 2013 Chicago Zine Fest kicks off today with a panel discussion at Columbia College, readings at 826 CHI, and a zine-related game show happening tonight at Quimby's. Full details of the two-day event available at the Chicago Zine Fest Website.

Tuesday Funk @ Hopleaf

Tuesday Funk returns to the upstairs bar at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., tonight, with Mairead Case, Lania Knight Dana Norris, Zoe Zolbrod and CP Chang reading. William Shunn and Sara Ross Witt co-host for the last time; Sara is moving on, and Gapers Block's own Andrew Huff takes over as co-host in April. Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 7:30pm. Free, 21+

Bitchin' Purge @ Jerry's

Jerry's Sandwiches, 1938 W. Division St., hosts Bitchin' Purge, an "experimental story slam" featuring service industry workers talking about customers, tonight at 8pm. Steve Shields hosts, and standup comedian Danny Kallas performs. $5 donation at the door benefits the Maebell Ward Foundation.

Here's the Story @ Stage 773

Here's the Story, a storytelling series combined with a potluck is back at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont, tonight. Doors open at 7:30pm, show starts at 8pm. This month's featured performers include Ian Belknap of Write Club, author Paulette McDaniels, musical duo River Rising, and actress Audrey Flegel. There is also an opportunity to sign up for open mic slots, to be drawn. Tickets are $8 or free if you bring a dish to share for the potluck. Buy tickets here.

Dr. Seuss Day @ Open Books Chicago

Bring your favorite small fry to Open Books Chicago (213 W. Institute Place) today for Dr. Seuss Day from 10am to 1pm. There will be readings, face paintings, cake, crafts with Wishcraft Workshop, Seuss inspired acting games with Emerald City Theater and music with Marsha's Music. Oh, the things you can find if you don't stay behind! Suggested ages 3 and up. The day is in honor of Theodor Geisel's 109th birthday and Read Across America Day.

G. D. Brennan III @ Uncharted Books

Tonight, Uncharted Books, 2630 N. Milwaukee Ave., welcomes G. D. Brennan III reading from Ninety-Seven to Three. The title comes from an anecdote in Keith Richards' biography about the cut ratio for a particularly potent heroin strain. A series of "battle rap responses to classic rock songs," the author calls it "a short, punchy collection of ten poems...a concept album of poems." Reading hosted by Tortoise Books and Back to Print and starts at 7pm.

An Evening of Speculative Fiction @ Open Books

The Chicago Writers Conference hosts "an Evening of Speculative Fiction" tonight at Open Books, 213 W. Institute Pl., tonight from 6:30 to 9pm. Readers include Mary Anne Mohanraj, Holly McDowell, Richard Chwedyk, William Shunn, Wesley Chu, Jody Lynn Nye and Matthew Darst. Admission is free.

Dr. Bob Wright @ Open Books

Author and educator Dr. Bob Wright discusses and signs his new book, Transform!, at Open Books, 213 W. Institute Pl., tonight from 6 to 8pm. Free.

The Moth StorySLAM @ Martyrs

Martyrs', 3855 N. Lincoln Ave., presents the monthly Moth StorySLAM. Storytelling audience members are judged by a panel of their peers, and the winner of tonight's event goes to the storytelling finals. Show starts at 8pm, and admission is $8. 21+

Do Not Submit @ Powell's Bookstore

No frills. No judgment. No pressure. This is the city's rawest open mic dedicated solely to the art of storytelling. Do Not Submit meets at Powell's Book Store, 2850 N. Lincoln Ave., the last Monday of every month from 8pm to 11pm (signup begins at 7:30pm). Bring that piece you are absolutely sure doesn't work, that rough draft that has no ending yet, or that anecdote you are hoping to flesh out. If you have been wanting to dip a toe into storytelling without facing a sold-out Moth Slam audience, this is the place to experiment. If you are an experienced writer/performer looking to hone your live lit skills, this is the place to put the work in. Not interested in telling? Come experience the process, and see how the polished stories on stage tomorrow are being shaped, tested and reworked today. Please -- no poetry or prose fiction. Hosted by Shannon Cason and Scott Whitehair.

Michael Hainey @ Harold Washington Library

GQ deputy editor Michael Hainey talks with Northwestern professor Bill Savage about his new memoir, After Visiting Friends, tonight at 6pm in the Pritzker Auditorium at the Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State St. Free.

Hashbrown Chili Cookoff @ Spudnik Press

Tonight is the Spudnik Press Hashbrown Chili Cookoff fundraiser held at their office (1821 W. Hubbard St., Suite 302). Twelve of Chicago's finest organizations devoted to printmaking and self-publishing will duke it out for the title of best chili. This year's participants include Chicago Printmakers Collaborative, The Prinstitute, Center for Book and Paper Arts, Read/Write Library and Chicago Alternative Comics Expo, among others. $10 gets you five tickets and $25 gets you a VIP package (five large chili portions, a golden spoon and a complimentary signature cocktail). Event runs 6pm-10pm.

Funny Ha Ha @ Hideout

The Hideout hosts the triumphant return of Funny Ha Ha, Claire Zulkey's reading series. Tonight's event features: Robbie Telfer from The Encyclopedia Show; Write Club's Ian Belknap; author Wendy McClure; sketch comedy from Schadenfreude; and many more exciting people you will enjoy. Admission is a paltry $5 at the door; the show starts at 6:30pm. Full details at the Hideout's Website. Hideout: 1354 W. Wabansia. (773) 227-4433.

Printers Row: Jamaica Kincaid

After a 10-year hiatus, Caribbean author Jamaica Kincaid, most known for "At the Bottom of the River," is returning to the literary scene with her most current release "See Now Then" and making a stop at Printers Row (435 N Michigan Ave) tonight to speak with Pulitzer Prize-winning Tribune columnist Mary Schmich. This will be the author's only Chicago appearance. More information and tickets and can be found here.

Peculiar Poetics @ Design Cloud

Design Cloud, 118 N. Peoria #2N, hosts Peculiar Poetics, an evening of poetry by Matthew Corey, Susan Hogan, Paul Luikart, Ira S. Murfin, Jason Noah and Mylo Reyes. The show runs from 6:30 to 8:30pm. $5 suggested donation.

Story Lab @ Black Rock

Story Lab stands apart from other live lit series in the city in its accessibility and unmitigated audience support for the performers at the Black Rock Pub, 3614 N. Damen Ave. This month's readers include: Lily Be, Lisa Holmes, Jim Markus, Seth Montague, Erin Robinson, and Rich Wamsley. Hosted by Scott Whitehair of the reading series This Much is True. Show starts at 7:30pm, and is free. Get there early for a seat and to take advantage of the $5 burger and $3.50 Chicago microbrew specials. For more information, visit Story Lab Chicago.

Guts & Glory @ Powell's Bookstore

Samantha Irby of Bitches Gotta Eat and Keith Ecker, the producer of Essay Fiesta have teamed up to create Guts & Glory: Live Lit for the Lionhearted. This month's lineup includes comedian, actress and producer Kelsie Huff; Performance poet Emily Rose; Stand-up comic Adam Guerino, Funny Story Show producer Caitlin Bergh; and Encyclopedia Show regular Patrick Allen Carberry Starts at 7pm at Powell's Bookstore, 2850 N. Lincoln Ave. The show is free and BYOB, with donations collected and split evenly between One Tail at a Time and 826CHI. Future shows will take place on the third Wednesday of every month.

Write Club @ Hideout

The Hideout welcomes Write Club, the monthly literary slugfest featuring Chicago's finest authors duking it out verbally for cash prizes (for charities of their choosing). Sparring tonight: Scott Whitehair (ALLOW) vs. Jen Bosworth (DENY); Bobby Biedrzycki (TRASH) vs. Jessica Palmer (TREASURE); and James Finn Garner (LIQUID) vs. Ian Belknap (SOLID). The fight begins at 7:00pm; admission is $10 at the door. Details at the Hideout Website. Hideout: 1354 W. Wabansia. (773) 227-4433.

Essay Fiesta @ The Book Cellar

This month's Essay Fiesta lineup includes: Paul Luikart, Liz Granger, Ken Krimstein, Denis Underwood, and Samantha Irby.The show includes a raffle with all proceeds going to the youth literacy organization 826 Chicago. Starts at 7pm at the Book Cellar (4736 N. Lincoln), and is free, but get there early - this show goes from plenty of seating to standing room only in a jiffy. For more information visit Essay Fiesta.

S. Bear Bergman @ Women and Children First

Tonight, Women and Children First, 5233 N. Clark St., welcomes transgender author and activist S. Bear Bergman. The author of Butch Is A Noun and co-editor of Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation promises "not just a reading; a Speakeasy is a whole show. Expect jokes, stories, smut, and rough drafts, plus Improv Storytime, where the audience provides the story topic and Bear tells a fresh, unrehearsed story." Doors open at 6pm. Cover is pay what you can (suggested donation $15).

Ben Hellwarth @ Book Cellar

Author Ben Hellwarth reads from and discusses his new book, Sealab: America's Forgotten Quest to Live and Work on the Ocean Floor, tonight at 7pm at The Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln Ave. Free.

Drinking With Men @ The Book Cellar

Tonight, the Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln Ave., welcomes Rosie Schaap, reading from Drinking With Men. Schaap is a contributor to the "This American Life" radio show and npr.org and writes the monthly "Drink" column for the New York Times. Reading starts at 7pm.

Solo in the 2nd City @ Beauty Bar

Solo in the 2nd City celebrates its first anniversary at Beauty Bar Chicago, 1444 W. Chicago Ave., tonight at 7pm. Hosts Melinda McIntire and Carly Oishi welcome back guests who appeared throughout the year, including Samantha Irby, Charlotte Hamilton, Jasmine Davila, Chris Bower and Blake Dinwiddie. DJ Continental spins. Free champagne from 7 to 8pm with RSVP. 21+

This Much Is True @ Hopleaf

Come to This Much Is True at the Hopleaf (5148 N. Clark). Tonight's readers include TMIT regulars Scott Whitehair, Deanna Moffitt and Larry Kerns and special guests Julia Borcherts, David Boyle, Linda Gorham, Monte LaMonte, Willy Nast, and Shanna Shrum.. Show starts at 7:30pm, and is free. A word to the wise: get there early for a seat, and bring cash - credit cards are not accepted in the upstairs bar. For more info visit This Much is True or Hopleaf.

Sci Fi & Fantasy Book Club @ Filter Cafe

The Chicago Nerd Social Club presents their monthly sci fi & fantasy book club this evening at Filter (1373-75 N Milwaukee) tonight from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. The book for discussion this evening is William Goldman's The Princess Bride. Full details of the event available at the Chicago Nerds Website.

That's All She Wrote February Show

Come out to Swim Cafe, 1357 W. Chicago Ave., for the February edition of That's All She Wrote, the live lit series co-produced by GB staffer J.H. Palmer and Angela Benander. TASW is a non-competitive live lit venue for storytellers of all stripes, this month's lineup includes: Kate Harding, Kevin Gladish, Melinda McIntire and Scott Whitehair. Doors open at 7:30pm, show starts at 8pm. This is a free event, and BYOB.

Valentine's with Chicago Romance Authors @ Sheffield's

Chicago romance authors get together to talk sex, love and romance in the city tonight at 7pm in the back room at Sheffield's, 3258 N. Sheffield Ave. Authors Beth Kery, Julie James, Julie Ann Walker, Jennifer Stevenson, Adrienne Giordano, Kate Meader and Shannyn Schroeder will read from her book and participate in a Q&A. Free, but registration is requested. 21+

Loose Chicks @ The Lincoln Loft

Roberta Miles, Jillian Erickson, and Erin Lane, collectively known as Loose Chicks, perform their spoken word show based on real life experiences at The Lincoln Loft (3036 N. Lincoln Ave., 2nd Fl.) tonight at 8pm. Special guest: GB staffer J.H. Palmer. Suggested donation $10, BYOB. Performance is about an hour long.

Story Club @ Holiday Club

Come to the Holiday Club, 4000 N. Sheridan Ave., tonight for the latest installment of Story Club. The theme this month is "bad plan," and features readings by Scott Whitehair and Claire Tibble. In addition there are four open mic slots for storytelling hopefuls. Open mic signup begins at 7:30pm, show begins at 7:45pm. Free, 21+

Myiti Sengstacke Rice @ Radcliffe Hunter House

Tonight, Myiti Sengstacke Rice will be at Radcliffe Hunter House (3800 S. Michigan Ave.) signing copies of her book Chicago Defender, a history of the historic paper. Reading begins at 6pm.

Chicago Literati Networking

Join Jonathan Eig, Jonathan Blackstone and Joanna Mackenzie at the Hidden Shamrock, 2123 N. Halsted St., from 6 to 9pm tonight for the Chicago Literati Networking event, hosted by Kaye Publicity. Mingle with authors, agents and publishing industry folks over drinks and apps. Registration is $15 online, $20 at the door. 21+

WRITE CLUB! @ SPACE

WRITE CLUB Chapter 38, Conquest of Space takes place at SPACE (1245 Chicago Ave. in Evanston, two blocks from the Purple Line) tonight at 7pm. Described by the Chicago Reader as "The punchiest thing to hit literature since Hemingway," WRITE CLUB is: three bouts of two opposing writers working with two opposing ideas (assigned in advance). They each get 7 minutes to present their side, then the audience picks a winner. A cut of proceeds to charities of the winners' choosing. This month the battles are between Lindsay Muscato ("the quick") and JW Basilo ("the dead"), Erin Kahoa ("accept") and Joe Dempsey ("reject"), and host Ian Belknap ("whisper") and Susan Karp ("scream") Admission is $10, with a cut of the proceeds going to the charities of the winners' choice.

Love Is Murder Mystery Writers' Conference

This weekend is the Love Is Murder XIV: Murder Mystery Writers' Conference at the InterContinental Chicago O'Hare hotel (5300 N. River Rd., Rosemont). This is the Midwest's premier mystery/romantic suspense/thriller conference, offering dozens of panel discussions, book signings, and networking and pitching opportunities with Chicago and NYC based publishers, agents and editors. Panels begin today at 9:30am (breakfast is at 8:30.) Registration is $175-299.

Dave Eggers @ Unabridged

Dave Eggers, author and notable force behind the literary conglomerate McSweeney's and 826 writing and tutoring centers, will be at Unabridged Bookstore, 3251 N. Broadway, this Saturday, Feb. 2 at 2pm. His appearance is for an in-store signing rather than a reading or discussion. The event is free, but get there early as the bookstore will likely fill up.

Dave Eggers @ Book Cellar

Dave Eggers, author and notable force behind the literary conglomerate McSweeney's and 826 writing and tutoring centers, will be at The Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln Ave., today from 10am to noon for a meet'n'greet and book signing. Free.

Love Is Murder Mystery Writers' Conference

This weekend is the Love Is Murder XIV: Murder Mystery Writers' Conference at the InterContinental Chicago O'Hare hotel (5300 N. River Rd., Rosemont). This is the Midwest's premier mystery/romantic suspense/thriller conference, offering dozens of panel discussions, book signings, and networking and pitching opportunities with Chicago and NYC based publishers, agents and editors. Panels begin today at 9am. Registration is $175-299.

Love Is Murder Mystery Writers' Conference

This weekend is the Love Is Murder XIV: Murder Mystery Writers' Conference at the InterContinental Chicago O'Hare hotel (5300 N. River Rd., Rosemont). This is the Midwest's premier mystery/romantic suspense/thriller conference, offering dozens of panel discussions, book signings, and networking and pitching opportunities with Chicago and NYC based publishers, agents and editors. Registration is $175-299. Registration opens at 10am, panels start at 11am.

Drinking Gourd Poetry Prize Series @ Poetry Foundation

Tonight at 7pm, the Poetry Foundation (61 W. Superior St.) presents the Drinking Gourd Poetry Prize Chapbook Series. The prize is a first book award for emerging poets of color, a combined effort of Northwestern's Poetry and Poetics Colloquium and Northwestern University Press. Inaugural prize winner Kristiana Rae Colón will be joined by renowned poet Ed Roberson, with vocal performances by Timothy McNair and contemporary dance choreographed by Devin Buchanan and performed by Giordano Dance Chicago.

Laydeez Do Comics Chicago @ Quimby's

Laydeez Do Comics is a "monthly comics salon" founded by London-based comic ladies Nicola Streeten (Billy, Me, and You) and Sarah Lightman (The Book of Sarah, Graphic Details). Adding on to their other branches in Leeds and San Francisco, Laydeez Do Comics is now establishing a monthly comics forum right here in Chicago! Inaugural speakers include Kris Dresen (Max & Lilly, Manya, She Said), Corinne Mucha (Freshman, My Alaskan Summer, Chicago Magazine), and Rinko Endo (Aggression Management Manga, The Cage). The event is free, and takes place at 7pm at Quimby's, 1854 W. North Ave. Subsequent Laydeez Do Comics events will be held on the last Thursday of each month.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor @ Harold Washington Library

The Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State St., hosts U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, today at 6pm. Sotomayor will discuss her new memoir, My Beloved World, which details her childhood in New York, career in law, and ascension into her appointment to the nation's highest court. Free. For more information, call 312-747-4300.

Free book swap @ Murphy's Bleachers

Take a book or leave a book today at Murphy's Bleachers, 3655 N. Sheffield Ave., 5pm to 9pm.

Pride and Prejudice: A Live Reading

The Jane Austen Society of North America - Greater Chicago Region presents Pride and Prejudice: A Live Reading today in the Block 37 pedway at 108 N. State St. from 7am to 7pm. Groups of volunteers will take turns reading Austen's classic novel. Preview in Book Club. Free.

Voice of Champions reading @ Dan's Soul Food

Today, author Kelly Porter Turner (Perfectly Planned) hosts Voice of Champions/Silence No More Movement: Inspiring and Empowering the Wounded Souls at Dan's Soul Food (2523 W. 79th St.). Five men and five women will share stories of childhood abuse to promote healing and remove shame. Entertainment by Blaq Ice and P.O.E.T.. 4pm to 9pm; tickets are $10 and include dinner.

The Point Magazine Release Party

The Point magazine celebrates the release of its latest issue tonight at 8pm at High Concept Laboratories, 1401 W. Wabansia Ave. DJs spin, and copies of Issue 6 will be available. Admission is free for subscribers and anyone who buys a magazine at the door; $5 suggested donation otherwise.

2nd Story @ 57th Street Books

The 2nd Story hosts a reading from their recent anthology, Briefly Knocked Unconscious By a Low-flying Duck, at 6pm tonight at 57th Street Books in their new location, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave. Enjoy lively performances from 2nd Story's Literary Director Megan Stielstra, Chair of the Columbia College Chicago Fiction Writing program Randy Albers and Columbia College faculty member Lott Hill. Readers are all featured contributors in the anthology. Pick up a copy and hang around after to chat with the readers. Free.

MAKE Magazine Release Party @ Hideout

MAKE Magazine celebrates the release of its latest issue, #12 "Architectual," tonight at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave. The event features a Q&A with the City of Chicago's official cultural historian, Tim Samuelson, performances by Like Pioneers and Soft Speaker, and readings by magazine contributors. Tickets are $8 in advance or at the door. Doors open at 7pm, show's at 8pm. 21+

Chicago Cable Cars @ Pritzker Auditorium

Author Greg Borzo discusses his new book, Chicago Cable Cars, tonight in the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium at the Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State St., at 6pm. Borzo will show an illustrated presentation with Jacob Kaplan, editor of ForgottenChicago. Free.

The Color of Christ @ Newberry Library

Edward J. Blum and Paul Harvey, authors of The Color of Christ: The Son of God and the Saga of Race in America, read from and discuss their book at the Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton St., tonight at 6pm. Free.

Zlumber Party @ Quimby's

Crafting the next great American zine? Or any zine, really? Quimby's, at 1854 W. North Ave., is hosting an in-house "Zlumber Party" and inviting zine-makers of all kinds to come hunker down, spend the night, and get some zine work done in solidarity. The store closes at 10pm on Saturday and stays open all night for attendees. Sleeping bags and other sleepover gear encouraged! Entrance is free; arrive around 9pm. Call 773-342-0910 or email info(at)quimbys(dot)com to RSVP.

CWA 2012 Book Awards @ The Book Cellar

Tonight, the Book Cellar (4736 N. Lincoln Ave.) welcomes the Chicago Writers Association 2012 Book Awards. The awards were divided into four categories (traditionally and non-traditionally published fiction and nonfiction) by a Chicago area author or CWA member. 7pm; free.

The Paper Machete

The Paper Machete "live magazine" this week features Nancy Friedrich, Mike Lehrer, Abby McEnany, Gus Menary, Katie Rich and Steve Waltein, and Amelia Scott, plus Chad the Bird and musical guests The Congregation and Justin Hayford. Christopher Piatt hosts at the Green Mill, 4802 N. Broadway, at 3pm. Free. 21+

Walter Mosley @ Harold Washington Library

The Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State St., in conjunction with Congo Square Theatre, presents bestselling author Walter Mosley, today at 6pm. Mosley, noted for his crime novels including Devil In A Blue Dress and The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey, will be interviewed by Chicago journalist Sylvia Ewing about his latest book, The Tempest Tales; Q&A and book signing follow. Free; seating is first come, first served. For more information, call 773-296-1108.

Poetry Workshop @ Spudnik Press

Tonight, your brain a workout at Automatic Writing: A Surreal Spin on Poetry at Spudnik Press (1821 W. Hubbard St.). Eric Unger will provide students with writing exercises inspired by poet Jack Spicer, the idea of "poet as a spirit medium" and channeling the outside world into their own poetry. Class is 6:30-9:30pm, $10 suggested donation.

Story Lab @ Black Rock

Celebrate the 2 year anniversary of Story Lab, the live lit series that stands apart from other series in the city in its accessibility and unmitigated audience support for the performers at the Black Rock Pub, 3614 N. Damen Ave. This month's readers include: David Boyle, Charlotte Hamilton, Glenn Jeffers, Ellen Lakostaj, Holly McDowell, Jim Padar, and Laura Stark. Hosted by Scott Whitehair of the reading series This Much is True. Show starts at 7:30pm, and is free. Get there early for a seat and to take advantage of the $5 burger and $3.50 Chicago microbrew specials. For more information, visit Story Lab Chicago.

Guts & Glory @ Powell's Bookstore

Samantha Irby of Bitches Gotta Eat and Keith Ecker, the producer of Essay Fiesta have teamed up to create Guts & Glory: Live Lit for the Lionhearted. This month's lineup includes: Neo-Futurist Dina Marie Walters; Solo in the 2nd City producer Carly Oishi; Comedian and actor Whit Nelson; Performer Jeff Miller; and Writer Jill Neumann. Starts at 7p.m. at Powell's Bookstore (2850 N. Lincoln Ave.) Show is free and BYOB, with donations collected and split evenly between One Tail at a Time and 826CHI. Future shows will take place on the third Wednesday of every month.

City Lit Books @ Revolution Brewing

City Lit Books hosts a Chicago author night in the upstairs Brewers Lounge at Revolution Brewing, 2323 N. Milwaukee Ave., tonight at 7:30pm. Authors Kathryn Born, Joseph G. Raymond and Raymond Richard will read from their books, The Blue Kind, Inside the Whale: A Novel in Verse and Book of Raymond: A Journey from Prison to Praise and Poetry. The event is free; details here. 21+

Sci Fi & Fantasy Book Club @ Filter Cafe

The Chicago Nerds Social Club presents their monthly sci fi and fantasy book club meeting tonight at Filter Cafe (1373-75 North Milwaukee) from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. Tonight's book for discussion is the Hugo Award winning Spin by Robert Charles Wilson. The event is free and open to the public. Full details at the Chicago Nerds Website.

That's All She Wrote @ Swim Cafe

Come out to Swim Cafe (1357 W. Chicago Avenue) for the January edition of That's All She Wrote, the live lit series co-produced by GB staffer J.H. Palmer and Angela Benander. TASW is a non-competitive live lit venue for storytellers of all stripes, this month's lineup includes: Mary Lorenz; Sheri Reda; Dmitry Samarov; Paul Dailing; and Barrie Cole. Doors open at 7:30pm, show starts at 8pm. This is a free event, and BYOB.

Open House @ Chicago Dramatists

Today Chicago Dramatists at 1105 W. Chicago Ave. is hosting an open house. Learn about their classes, meet instructors, take a backstage tour, check out panel discussions with resident playwrights. There will even be baked goods and raffle prizes. Event is free and runs from noon to 5pm.

Amazon Marketing Seminar @ Sulzer Regional Library

Today at 10am, author Michelle Sussman presents "Tricks to Marketing Through Amazon" at the Sulzer Regional Library, 4455 N. Lincoln Ave. Event runs 'til noon; RSVP janeh@jpusa.org to reserve your seat. Free.

Amanda Thomsen Book Reading

Gardening blogger Amanda Thomsen reads from and signs her new book, Kiss My Aster: A Graphic Guide to Creating a Fantastic Yard Totally Tailored to You, tonight at the Barnes & Noble DePaul Center, 1 E. Jackson Blvd., at 6pm. Free.

Two Cookie Minimum

Reading series Two Cookie Minimum is back in 2013, proclaiming it to be the year of the cookie. Featured readers include Grant Reynolds (comix artist, member of Self Publishers of Chicago), Collin Brennan (poet),
Thomas Simmons (stand-up comedian). Hosted by Johnny Misfit at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W. Belmont Ave., at 9pm. No cover, 21+.

This Much Is True @ Hopleaf

If your new year's resolutions include going to see more live lit, come to This Much Is True at the Hopleaf (5148 N. Clark). Tonight's readers include TMIT regulars Scott Whitehair, Deanna Moffitt and Larry Kerns with special guests J.W. Basilo, Jason Kelleher, Arlene Malinowski, and the murder ballads of the duo known as Eileen (Becky Poole and Christine Stulik). Show starts at 7:30pm, and is free. A word to the wise: get there early for a seat, and bring cash - credit cards are not accepted in the upstairs bar. For more info visit This Much is True or Hopleaf.

George Saunders @ Lincoln Hall

George Saunders, author of In Persuasion Nation and The Braindead Megaphone, will be reading from his forthcoming short story collection Tenth of December tonight at 7pm at Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln Ave. The reading will be followed by a discussion with Chicago-based writer Adam Levin and a book signing. Tickets are $5, copies of Tenth of December $5 with ticket purchase. 21+.

Story Club

Story Club holds a holiday-themed storytelling night in the back room at Holiday Club, 4000 N. Sheridan Rd., tonight. Featured readers include The Snackpot's Keith Ecker, writer Jill Summers and The Paper Machete's bird-about-town, Chad the Bird. Open mic sign-up begins at 7:30pm, show starts at 7:45pm. $5 suggested donation. 21+

Tuesday Funk @ Hopleaf

This month's edition of Tuesday Funk features author Julie Ganey, Gapers Block editor Andrew Huff, writer and poet Sondra Morin, and writer Christopher Sweetin. Hosts Sara Ross Witt and William Shunn lead the show, which is at 7:30pm in the upstairs bar at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St. Free, 21+

Chicago Slam Works Presents "Dead or Alive" @ The Raven Theatre

Chicago Slam Works presents the final "Dead or Alive" performance at The Raven Theatre (6157 N. Clark), featuring actors portraying deceased poets such as Gwendolyn Brooks (Paulette McDaniels), Langston Hughes (Shannon Matesky), Etheridge Knight (Jared Grant), Jonathan Swift (Robbie Q. Telfer), and Anne Sexton (Rebecca Levine). The actors will perform the poems in a mock slam against Chicago poets Sage Morgan Hubbard, Raych Jackson, Kevin Kern, Sharrieff Muhammad, Emily Rose and Fatimah Asghar. Show starts at 8pm, tickets are $14 and can be purchased online or by calling 847-556-8679

Story Lab @ Black Rock

Story Lab stands apart from other series in the city in its accessibility and unmitigated audience support for the performers. Join storytellers and story lovers at the Black Rock Pub, 3614 N. Damen Ave., where each month, an entirely different lineup of up-and-coming storytellers share their freshest pieces. This month's readers include: Sarah Goldenberg; Karen O'Donnell; Note Sangern; Paul Teodo; Ray Teresi; and Shawn Wilson Hosted by Scott Whitehair of the reading series This Much is True. Show starts at 7:30pm, and is free. Get there early for a seat and to take advantage of the $5 burger and $3.50 Chicago microbrew specials. For more information, visit Story Lab Chicago.

Lincoln Schatz @ The Book Cellar

Tonight at 7pm, the Book Cellar (4736 N. Lincoln Ave.) welcomes author Lincoln Schatz, presenting The Network, a collection of portraits of today's influential figures from the world of entrepreneurs, industrialists, scientists, politicians and more.

Carpenters Book Signing & Films @ Uncharted Books

Karen Carpenter biographer Randy Schmidt will be at Uncharted Books, 2630 N. Milwaukee Ave., tonight at 7pm for a reading and discussion of his books Yesterday Once More: The Carpenters Reader and Little Girl Blue: The Life of Karen Carpenter along with a screening of highlights from two Carpenters Christmas TV specials. Free.

Naked Girls Reading A Christmas Carol

If you've always thought that Charles Dickens needed more nudity, you're in luck: tonight at 7pm, Naked Girls Reading reads A Christmas Carol, as well as other holiday favorites, at the Everleigh Social Club, 939 W. Randolph St. Spiked hot chocolate will be served. Tickets are $20, or $35 for two.

Chicago Slam Works Presents "Dead or Alive" @ The Raven Theatre

Chicago Slam Works presents the second of three "Dead or Alive" performances at The Raven Theatre (6157 N. Clark), preceded by "Slammin' in the Footlights," a benefit to celebrate CSW's new home at the Raven Theatre and to raise awareness of CSW programs. "Dead or Alive" features actors portraying deceased poets such as Gwendolyn Brooks (Paulette McDaniels), Langston Hughes (Shannon Matesky), Etheridge Knight (Jared Grant), Jonathan Swift (Robbie Q. Telfer), and Anne Sexton (Rebecca Levine). The actors will perform the poems in a mock slam against Chicago poets Sage Morgan Hubbard, Raych Jackson, Kevin Kern, Sharrieff Muhammad, Emily Rose and Fatimah Asghar. Show starts at 8pm, benefit tickets are $50 and can be purchased online or by calling 847-556-8679

South Side Story Club

Story Club takes its show to the Co-Prosperity Sphere 3219 S. Morgan St., tonight. The evening's featured storytellers include stand-up comic Kelsie Huff and role-playing game designer Kenneth Hite. Open mic sign-up starts at 8pm, show starts at 8:15pm. $5 suggested donation.

Solo in the 2nd City Reading Series: Home (Alone) for the Holidays

Solo in the 2nd City Reading Series: Home (Alone) for the Holidays is tonight at 8pm at Beauty Bar Chicago, 1444 W. Chicago Ave. Solo in the 2nd City is a blog and reading series with stories of what it is to be single, dating, falling in and out of love, sex, and the like in Chicago. Being single is not required to attend nor read, as all have been single at least once. The reading is hosted by Carly Oishi and Melinda McIntire. Featured readers include: Annie Taylor, Bill Bullock, Eileen Dougharty, Reyna Jacqueline Pena, Ian Belknap. Free, 21+

This Much Is True @ Hopleaf

It's the second Tuesday of the month, time for another installment of This Much Is True at the Hopleaf (5148 N. Clark). Tonight's readers include: Arif Choudhury; Jen Ellison; Sean Flannery; Larry Kerns; Paulette McDaniels; Joshua Safford; Rose Laws - AKA the notorious Gold Coast Madam; and Scott Whitehair. Show starts at 7:30pm, and is free. A word to the wise: get there early for a seat, and bring cash - credit cards are not accepted in the upstairs bar. For more info visit This Much is True or Hopleaf.

Pedaling Poetry Night @ Cole's

Chicago Critical Mass co-founder Jim Redd, visiting from his home in Ecuador,
presents an evening of bicycle-inspired verse tonight from 7 to 9pm at Cole's Bar, 2338 N. Milwaukee Ave. Globetrotting cyclist George Christensen shares stories from his travels, bike writer John Greenfield plays "U-lock rock," and cyclists are welcome to join in with bike-related poetry and stories of their own. Free, 21+

Sci Fi & Fantasy Book Club @ Filter Cafe

The Chicago Nerds Social Club hosts their monthly sci fi and fantasy book club this evening at Filter Cafe (1373 North Milwaukee) from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. Tonight's book for discussion is Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang. Full details on the event at the Chicago Nerds Website, or at the event's Facebook page.

That's All She Wrote @ Swim Cafe

Come out to Swim Cafe (1357 W. Chicago Avenue) for the December edition of That's All She Wrote, the new live lit series co-produced by GB staffer J.H. Palmer (hey, that's me!) and Angela Benander. TASW is a non-competitive live lit venue for storytellers of all stripes, this month's lineup includes: Jill Howe; Eileen Dougharty; Robyn Okrant; and M.T. Cozzola. Doors open at 7:30pm, show starts at 8pm. This is a free event, and BYOB.

Pop-Up Book Fair @ Empty Bottle

Quimby's presents a one-day-only book fair today at the Empty Bottle (1035 North Western Avenue) from 2pm to 7pm. Plenty of local publishers and distributors will be here all afternoon selling their books. It's a 21+ event, and it's free if you RSVP at the Empty Bottle Website; otherwise the admission is $5. More details at the Facebook event page.

Chicago Writers @ Uncharted Books

Uncharted Books, 2630 N. Milwaukee Ave., hosts a reading on the subject of obsession at 7pm tonight, featuring Robyn Okrant, Scott Onak, Michael McCauley, Chai Wolfman and Micki LeSueur. Hosted by Sarah Terez Rosenblum, who will read from her novel Herself When She's Missing. Free.

Story Club

Story Club holds a holiday-themed storytelling night in the back room at Holiday Club, 4000 N. Sheridan Rd., tonight. Featured readers include Monte LaMonte, Stoop Style Stories co-host Lily Be and Kendra Stevens. Open mic sign-up begins at 7:30pm, show starts at 7:45pm. $5 suggested donation. 21+

Chicago Annual of Style @ Metro

Young Chicago Authors presents the Chicago Annual of Style, a performance and benefit event, at the Metro, 3730 N. Clark St., tonight from 7 to 10pm. Kevin Coval emcees an evening of spoken word, dance -- featuring styles ranging from stepping to breaking to footworking -- and music, featuring DJ Itch and the O'My's. Tickets are $50/$30 for students and teachers; Experience tickets are $125 for two and include reserved balcony seating and a copy of the Louder Than a Bomb DVD. Doors open at 6pm

Chicago Slam Works Presents "Dead or Alive" @ The Raven Theatre

Chicago Slam Works presents the first of three "Dead or Alive" performances at The Raven Theatre (6157 N. Clark), featuring actors portraying deceased poets such as Gwendolyn Brooks (Paulette McDaniels), Langston Hughes (Shannon Matesky), Etheridge Knight (Jared Grant), Jonathan Swift (Robbie Q. Telfer), and Anne Sexton (Rebecca Levine). The actors will perform the poems in a mock slam against Chicago poets Sage Morgan Hubbard, Raych Jackson, Kevin Kern, Sharrieff Muhammad, Emily Rose and Fatimah Asghar. Show starts at 8pm, tickets are $14 and can be purchased online or by calling 847-556-8679

Body Wisdom

Neighborhood Writing Alliance is hosting an evening of performance art and creative expression featuring adult students from their writing workshops. The theme is "Body Wisdom" and will focus on movement, creating community and sharing personal stories. The event is free and open to the public from 6-8pm tonight at the Pritzker Auditorium at Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State.

Last Two Cookie Minimum Reading of 2012

Reading series Two Cookie Minimum closes out 2012 tonight at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W. Belmont Ave. The lineup features Neil Brideau, a comic artist and organizer of CAKE; Lisa Mrock; Piper Pennigan; Jason Fisk, author of Hank and Jules; Elizabeth Tieri, editor-in-chief of Back to Print Publishing; and Rosamund Lannin, former editor of Gaper's Block Book Club. The event is hosted by Johnny Misfit. Be sure to show up by the 9pm start to grab some cookies!

Tuesday Funk @ Hopleaf

Tonight at 7:30pm in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., Tuesday Funk features readings by Julia Borcherts, Jodi Eichelberger, Maggie Kast, Stephen Markley, and Andrew Reilly. William Shunn and Sara Ross Witt host. Free, 21+

Wit Rabbit Reading Series @ Quenchers

The Wit Rabbit Reading Series presents Annah Browning, CM Burroughs, Anne Elizabeth Moore and Marcus Wicker at Quenchers, 2401 N. Western Ave., tonight at 7pm. Free, 21+.

Chicago Literary Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Tonight is the third annual Chicago Literary Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at 7pm at the Chicago Cultural Center's Claudia Cassidy Theater, 78 E. Washington St. This year's inductees include Jane Addams, Sherwood Anderson, James T. Farrell, Ernest Hemingway, Langston Hughes and Carolyn Rodgers. Rick Kogan emcees. This year's event is free and open to the public, though reservations are recommended.

Dan Smyth & Steve McDonagh Book Release

Dan Smith and Steve McDonagh, are doing a reading and tasting tonight at the Book Cellar, 4736-38 N. Lincoln Ave., at 7pm to promote their new cookbook, The New Old Bar: Classic Cocktails and Salty Snacks from the Hearty Boys. Free.

I Sh!t You Not! @ Township

Tonight is the debut of I Sh!t You Not! at Township, 2200 N. California Ave., an evening of grody gross-out stories "not for the faint of fart." $5 cover, reading startst at 8pm.

Free to Be... You and Me @ Women & Children First

Cultural historian Lori Rotskoff and gender expert Deborah Siegel discuss Free to Be... You and Me in honor of the seminal children's book's 40th anniversary tonight at 7:30pm at Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark St. Free; details here.

This Fragile Life Reading @ DuSable Museum

Author Charlotte Pierce-Baker discusses her book This Fragile Life: A Mother's Story of a Bipolar Son tonight at 6pm at the DuSable Museum, 740 E 56th St. Free.

The Moth StorySLAM @ Martyrs

Martyrs and The Moth present the monthly StorySLAM tonight at 8pm. Ten storytellers are chosen from the attendees to tell their story. The winners go to the Grandslam Championships! Tickets are $8 at the door, and you definitely want to be there way before showtime. Martyrs: 3855 North Lincoln Avenue. (773) 404-9494.

This Fragile Life Reading @ Northwestern

Author Charlotte Pierce-Baker discusses her book This Fragile Life: A Mother's Story of a Bipolar Son tonight at 5pm at Northwestern's University Hall, 1897 Sheridan Rd. Free.

The Hipsters @ Club Foot

Tonight is the book release party for The Hipsters at Club Foot, 1824 W. Augusta Blvd. The author, former Chicagoan Tim McAtee, tells the Chicago Reader he'll buy a PBR for anyone buying a copy of the book. Reading starts at 8pm.

Essay Fiesta @ Book Cellar

For Essay Fiesta's third anniversary show at the Book Cellar, 4736-38 N. Lincoln Ave., tonight at 7pm, cohosts Keith Ecker and Alyson Lyon say goodbye and hand the reins over to Willy Nast and Karen Shimmin. Readers include David Finch, Dana Norris, Janna Sobel, Adam Guerino and Rachael Kossy. Free, but donations (benefiting 826CHI) are accepted.

Smitten Kitchen Book Signing @ Book Cellar

If you love the cooking website Smitten Kitchen as much as I do, this event is for you. SK's own Deb Perelman appears today at 3pm at the Book Cellar (4736-38 North Lincoln Ave) to sign copies of her new book.

Henry Rollins @ Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents Henry Rollins in a three-night "The Long March" tour series of spoken word shows. The shows take place each night at 8pm in the school's main performance hall at 4544 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets are $26, $24 for members and $22 for seniors and children, available in advance from the school's website, or call 773-728-6000.

Briefly Knocked Unconscious by a Low-Flying Duck Release Party

The Book Cellar, 4736-38 N Lincoln Ave., holds a release party for Briefly Knocked Unconscious by a Low-Flying Duck: Stories from 2nd Story is tonight at 7pm. Contributors Matt Miller, Julie Ganey and Kim Morris read. Free.

All The Writers I Know @ Quimby's

Tonight at 7pm, Quimby's, 1854 W. North Ave., presents All The Writers I Know, a queer reading co-produced by Mar Curran and Patrick Gill. The theme for the night is "Things Already Said" and features H. Melt, Ali Scott and Jayson Brooks (three other performers TBA).

The Paper Machete

The Paper Machete "live magazine" holds its last edition at the Horseshoe, 4115 N. Lincoln Ave., before moving permanently to the Green Mill today at 3pm. Guests include Chad Briggs, Adam Burke, Stephanie Douglass and Joe Janes, Nancy Friedrich, Kyle Kinane, Arnie Niekamp and Whit Nelson. Bethany Thomas and the Two Johns are the musical guest, and Christopher Piatt hosts. Free.

Bookamania @ Harold Washington Library

Today is Bookamania at the Harold Washington Library. The annual children's literature festival that kicks off the holiday season will feature characters including Olivia the pig and the Very Hungry Caterpillar, authors and illustrators including Tad Hills and live storytelling. Local institution The Puppet Bike will be stationed at the State Street entrance. Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State Street, 11am-3pm.

Henry Rollins @ Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents Henry Rollins in a three-night "The Long March" tour series of spoken word shows. The shows take place each night at 8pm in the school's main performance hall at 4544 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets are $26, $24 for members and $22 for seniors and children, available in advance from the school's website, or call 773-728-6000.

WRITE CLUB Benefit @ Hamburger Mary's

A special benefit edition of WRITE CLUB, the world's greatest competitive readings series, takes place tonight at Hamburger Mary's (5400 N. Clark) Tonight's verbal contenders are: Miles Harvey (representing "trial") vs Ian Belknap ("error"); Ellen Pinkham ("public") vs Jim DeWan ("private"); and Noelle Krimm ("art") vs Jenny Magnus ("science"). $35 per ticket or $60 for two -- includes a cocktail and appetizers. All proceeds to benefit Friends of Stone Academy, a 501(c)3 non-profit that raises funds for Stone Scholastic Academy, a Chicago Public School. Starts at 7pm. For more info visit WRITE CLUB.

South Side Story Club

Story Club takes its show to the Co-Prosperity Sphere 3219 S. Morgan St., tonight. The evening's featured storytellers include Moth GrandSLAM champion Stephanie Douglass, Stoop Style Stories co-host Lily Be and actor/ctoryteller Erin Kahoa. Open mic sign-up starts at 8pm, show starts at 8:15pm. $5 suggested donation.

Kathryn Born Book Release @ Women and Children First

Journalist and author Kathryn Born celebrates the release of her novel, The Blue Kind, with a reading and book-signing tonight at 7:30pm at Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark St. Free.

Damien Echols @ Logan Square Auditorium

One of the West Memphis Three talks about his recent memoir Life After Death with Chicago Mag's Selena Fragrassi tonight at the Logan Square Auditorium, 2539 N. Kedzie, at 7pm. Tickets $5. Sponsored by City Lit Books.

Neil Steinberg @ Gleacher Center

The Chicago by the Book reading series brings together the authors of great reads about the city with an adoring audience (this means you, my friend). Discussion is moderated by author and NU prof Bill Savage; book signing to follow. Tonight's author is Neil Steinberg (the forthcoming You Were Never in Chicago). Event runs 6:30-8pm at the UC Gleacher Center, 450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive; admission $10.


This Much Is True @ Hopleaf

It's the second Tuesday of the month, time for another installment of This Much Is True at the Hopleaf (5148 N. Clark). Tonight's readers include: Keith Ecker; Mike Manship; Deanna Moffitt; Lisa Scott; Debbi Welch; and Scott Whitehair. Show starts at 7:30pm, and is free. A word to the wise: get there early for a seat, and bring cash - credit cards are not accepted in the upstairs bar. For more info visit This Much is True or Hopleaf.

Chicago Nerds Sci Fi & Fantasy Book Club

The Chicago Nerd Social Club presents their monthly sci fi & fantasy book club, meeting tonight at 6:30pm at Filter (1373-75 North Milwaukee Avenue). Tonight's book is Ben H. Winters' The Last Policeman. The event is free and open to the public. Full details available at the Chicago Nerds Website.

That's All She Wrote @ Swim Cafe

GB Staffer and storyteller J.H. Palmer (hey, that's me!) and Angela Benander have teamed up to bring That's All She Wrote to Swim Cafe (1357 W. Chicago Avenue) on the 2nd Sunday of every month. Billed as a non-competitive live lit venue for storytellers of all stripes, this month's lineup includes: Moth GrandSLAM Champion Shannon Cason; Founder and Producer of Story Club Dana Norris; Storyteller Erin Kahoa; and CHIRP's Jenn Sodini. Doors open at 7:30pm, show starts at 8pm. This is a free event, and BYOB.

Blab World #2 Release @ Save More Lounge

Tonight is the release party for Blab World #2 at the Save More Lounge. Pick up a copy, mingle with contributors and sway to the sounds of Crazee Heart. Save More Lounge, 4060 N. Lincoln Ave., 8pm.

Snoozapalooza @ Women and Children First

Women and Children First present Snoozapalooza, an early morning celebration of Dr. Seuss's book the Sleep Book for children ages 3 and up. Bring your kids to a Saturday morning pajama party with games, snacks, and readings of Dr. Seuss books. Snoozapalooza starts at 9:30am; see the Women and Children First Website for details. Women and Children First: 5233 North Clark Street. (773) 769-9299.

Deb Perelman @ The Book Cellar

Renowned food blogger Deb Perelman will be at The Book Cellar (4736 North Lincoln Avenue) today from 3-4:30pm for an informal meet and greet. She will also be signing copies of her debut, The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook, which of course, features recipes from her food blog of the same name.

Reading Under the Influence Teams Up with 2nd Story

Reading Under the Influence partners with reading series 2nd Story for a mix of performances, readings, and trivia. Promoting 2nd Story's new print anthology Briefly Knocked Unconscious by a Low-Flying Duck will be contributors Julie Ganey and Matt Miller. Rounding out the lineup will be Adam McOmber author of The White Forest and Chris Terry.

Drop into Sheffield's 3258 N. Sheffield
at 7pm, $3.

Vote Two Cookie Minimum Reading Series

Two Cookie Minimum's scheduled reading lands on Election Day Tuesday November 6th. The event begins with featured readers Stuart Ross, Patrick Andrews and Hillary Stone. Simultaneously there will be a live writing exercise with readers Mason Johnson (co-host of Karaoke Idol) and Matt Rowen (editor of Untoward magazine). After a brief intermission these two we will share what they wrote. The audience will vote on which piece should be chosen to win a prize of immense proportion.

Cast your vote for Two Cookie Minimum, hosted by Johnny Misfit at the Hungry Brain
2319 West Belmont, 9pm.

Tuesday Funk @ Hopleaf

The Tuesday Funk reading series returns to the upstairs bar at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., tonight at 7:30pm. Readers include Jac Jemc, Mary Lorenz, B. E. Pinkham, Kelly Swails and Mary Zemaitis. Co-hosted by Sara Ross Witt and William Shunn. Doors open at 7pm. Free, 21+

You, Me, Them, Everybody

You, Me, Them, Everybody does their monthly live talk show tonight at The Whistler, 2421 N. Milwaukee Ave. Brandon Wetherbee and Esmeralda Leon host, with guests Vocalo radio host Molly Adams and political satirist Joe McAdam, and
music from Tiny Firefliesand house band Rock Falls. Details on Facebook. Doors open at 8pm, show's at 9pm. No cover. 21+

Here's the Story

Here's the Story presents unscripted, old-fashioned storytelling -- as well as a potluck -- the first Sunday of every month at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Tonight's show features Tara DeFrancisco, Caitlin Bergh, Robert Brown, Tom Wolferman and Cory O'Brien, plus five readers who sign up at the show. The potluck starts at 7:30pm, and the show starts at 8pm. Admission is $5 or free if you bring food.

Found Magazine @ Old Town School

Found Magazine is on a nationwide tour to celebrate its 10th anniversary and the release of found Davy Rothbart's book, My Heart is an Idiot, and tonight it stops at the Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln Ave., at 8pm. Tickets are $10.

Anne Elizabeth Moore @ Book Cellar

Anne Elizabeth Moore reads and signs her book Hip Hop Apsara tonight at The Book Cellar, 4736-38 N. Lincoln Ave., at 7pm. Free; more details on Facebook

RedEye Roast @ Laugh Factory

The RedEye is turning 10, and it's celebrating with a roast tonight at the Laugh Factory, 3175 N. Broadway. Watch local improv actors, comedians and maybe a few celebrities say to RedEye staffers' faces what you've been saying for years. Tickets are $10, plus two-drink minimum. Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 7:30pm. 21+

Larry Bennett @ Gleacher Center

The Chicago by the Book reading series brings together the authors of great reads about the city with an adoring audience (this means you, my friend). Discussion is moderated by author and NU prof Bill Savage; book signing to follow. Tonight's author is Larry Bennett (The Third City). Event runs 6:30-8pm at the UC Gleacher Center, 450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive; admission $10.

Chicago Way Reading Series Book Release for Jamie Freveletti's Dead Asleep

Tuesday October 30, The Chicago Way reading series as they host local author Jamie Freveletti's book release of Dead Asleep. Freveletti is a trial attorney by day and author of thriller novels by night. This release will not simply have Freveletti will read from and sign her novel, but she w be interviewed onstage by The Chicago Tribune's Social Media Manager Amy Guth. Stop by the Hidden Shamrock, 2723 N. Halsted at 6p to celebrate this event.

Kindling Tales at the Evanston Art Center

Kindling Tales returns like a ghost of summer past, re-kindling the fire again on Oct 29th at 7:30PM behind the Evanston Art Center, 2603 N. Sheridan Road. There is a new group of storytellers to share and of course s'mores. Join in for an evening of campire, tales, and scary stories for Halloween. Dress warmly. Event is hosted by Jill Howe and Monte LaMonte.

Contact kindlingtales@gmail.com for more information.

The Creeping Shudder @ Bucket o' Blood

Tonight, Bucket o' Blood Books and Records hosts "The Creeping Shudder" horror reading featuring Cynthia Pelayo, Jordan Scrivner, Miranda Steffens, Marc Ruvolo and Regan Keeter. Bucket o' Blood, 2307 N. Milwaukee Ave., at 6pm.

Janet Groth @ Women & Children First

Tonight, Janet Groth reads from The Receptionist: An Education at the New Yorker at Women and Children First, 5233 N. Clark St., at 6pm.

EAT THIS! Stories for the Love of Food

Neck-Breaker Productions and The Lincoln Lodge will present the first show in the brand new storytelling series, EAT THIS! Stories for the Love of Food, tonight at 8pm at the Lincoln Lodge, 4008 N. Lincoln Ave. Host of the show is Monte LaMonte, and features stories told by folks from the food industry, including "Hot" Doug Sohn, Cleetus Friedman, Madeleine Yastrow, Chuck Sudo, Justin White, Lena Dahl and Victoria Wiedel. Tasty sample snacks will be provided by Hot Dougs, City Provisions and Small Bar Division. Check out montelovesfood.tumblr.com for more information. Event is Tickets are $10 in advance or at the door.

Drinking and Writing Festival @ Haymarket Pub and Brewery

Today is the 8th annual Drinking and Writing Festival (this year's theme: The Beats), hosted by Neo-Futurists Steve Mosqueda and Sean Benjamin, hosts of the Drinking and Writing Brewery Radio Show (Sundays at 6pm on WLUW). Haymarket Pub and Brewery, 737 W. Randolph, noon to 6pm. Tickets are $30 and include admission to all events and an opportunity to sample all the beers.

Richard Courage @ 57th Street Books

Tonight, Richard Courage reads from The Muse in Bronzeville: African American Creative Expression in Chicago, 1932-1950. 57th Street Books, 5757 S. University Ave., Friday, October 19 at 6pm.

Ivan Brunetti @ Energy BBDO

Energy BBDO, 410 N. Michigan Ave., hosts a Creative Salon event with cartoonist and comics scholar Ivan Brunetti today from 4 to 6pm. Brunetti will talk about his influences and evolution as an artist, and preview his upcoming book, Aesthetics: A Memoir. The event is part of the Big Draw Chicago festival, and is free.

Story Lab @ Black Rock

Story Lab stands apart from other series in the city in its accessibility and unmitigated audience support for the performers. Join storytellers and story lovers at the Black Rock Pub, 3614 N. Damen Ave., where each month, an entirely different lineup of up-and-coming storytellers share their freshest pieces. This month's readers include: Johnnie Grozenski, Kelin Hall, Rebecca Marquardt, Jenny Melnick, and Valentine Soposky. Hosted by Scott Whitehair of the reading series This Much is True. Show starts at 7:30pm, and is free. Get there early for a seat and to take advantage of the $5 burger and $3.50 Chicago microbrew specials. For more information, visit Story Lab Chicago.

Guts & Glory @ Powell's Bookstore

Samantha Irby of Bitches Gotta Eat and Keith Ecker, the producer of Essay Fiesta have teamed up to create Guts & Glory: Live Lit for the Lionhearted. The duo's second show will take place on Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. at Powell's Bookstore (2850 N. Lincoln Ave.) Featured readers include: The Encyclopedia Show's Robbie Q. Telfer; Here's the Story producer Janna Sobel; Author and Quickies! producer Linsday Hunter; Vocalo host and producer Luis Antonio Perez; and Writer and teacher Rachel Collins. Show is free, with donations collected and split evenly between One Tail at a Time and 826CHI. Future shows will take place on the third Wednesday of every month.

Dominic Pacyga @ Gleacher Center

The Chicago by the Book reading series brings together the authors of great reads about the city with an adoring audience (this means you, my friend). Discussion is moderated by author and NU prof Bill Savage; book signing to follow. Tonight's author is Dominic Pacyga (Chicago: a Biography). Event runs 6:30-8pm at the UC Gleacher Center, 450 N. Cityfront Plaza Dr.; admission $10.

One Book, One Chicago: Paul Rusesabagina Q&A

Paul Rusesabagina, activist and subject of the film Hotel Rwanda, does a Q&A with WBEZ's Jerome McDonnell about the Rwandan genocide and The Book Thief, this fall's One Book, One Chicago reading selection, tonight in the Pitzker Auditorium at the Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State St., at 6pm. Free.

Essay Fiesta @ The Book Cellar

This month's Essay Fiesta lineup includes: Nationally acclaimed slam poet Roger Bonair-Agard; Moth GrandSlam champion Shannon Cason; Playwright Barrie Cole; Neo-Futurist Malic White; and Comedian Mary Pat Bohan. As always, co-hosts Alyson Lyon and Keith Ecker will bring the fiesta. The show includes a raffle with all proceeds going to the youth literacy organization 826 Chicago. Starts at 7pm at the Book Cellar (4736 N. Lincoln), and is free, but get there early - this show goes from plenty of seating to standing room only in a jiffy. For more information visit Essay Fiesta.

Chris Ware @ Quimby's

Graphic novelist Chris Ware will sign his latest book, Building Stories, at Quimby's Bookstore, 1854 W. North Ave., today at 5pm. Free.

D. T. Max @ The Book Cellar

Tonight, the Book Cellar welcomes D. T. Max, reading from Every Love Story Is A Ghost Story, a biography of the late David Foster Wallace. The Book Cellar, 4736-38 N Lincoln Ave., at 7pm.

Corey Doctorow @ Evanston Public Library

Author and BoingBoing blogger Corey Doctorow reads from and signs his new young adult novel, Pirate Cinema, at 7:30pm tonight at the Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave. in Evanston. Free, but registration required.

My First Time: Breakups

CHIRP Radio presents My First Breakup, the latest edition of its "My First Time" series, tonight at 8pm at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont Ave. Readers include Andy Weber, Kevin Robinson, Holly McDowell, Kelsey Kinney, Dan Phillips and Jenn Kloc, with host Jocelyn Geboy and the First Time Band. $10 at the door. 21+

Peter Edelman @ Northwestern University School of Law

Northwestern University School of Law and the National Public Housing Museum presents Georgetown University professor and author Peter Edelman, today from 6:30pm-8pm. Edelman will be on hand to discuss his new book, So Rich, So Poor: Why It's So Hard to End Poverty In America, which offers critical analyses on unemployment and the working poor in the United States. Tickets are free; reservations are required. Event will be held in the school's Thorne Auditorium, 375 E. Chicago Ave. For more information, call 312- 503-3100.

This Much Is True @ Hopleaf

It's the second Tuesday of the month, time for another installment of This Much Is True at the Hopleaf (5148 N. Clark). Tonight's readers include: Susie Allen, Cody Cranch, Larry Kerns, Deanna Moffitt, Jeremy Schaefer, Megan Wells, and Scott Whitehair. Show starts at 7:30pm, and is free. A word to the wise: get there early for a seat, and bring cash - credit cards are not accepted in the upstairs bar. For more info visit This Much is True or Hopleaf.

Open House Chicago

As part of the Architecture Foundation's Open House Chicago, the Poetry Foundation will open it's doors and offer a sneak-peak at the space as well as a behind-the-scenes view of the making of Poetry magazine, celebrating 100 years in 2012. Today and tomorrow from 9am-5pm at the Poetry Foundation, 61 W. Superior. Free.

Lizz Free or Die Book Reading and Signing

Lizz Winstead, co-creator of "The Daily Show" and author of Lizz Free or Die: Essays, brings her political humor to town for a book reading and signing tonight from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The event is free, as are the cocktails and light appetizers. The signing will be in the FoodEase Party Room at 835 N. Michigan Ave. Send an RSVP to NARAL Pro-Choice America to get in on the wit and wise-cracking for the night.

Here's The Story @ Stage 773

Here's the Story presents unscripted, old-fashioned storytelling -- as well as a potluck -- the first Sunday of every month at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Tonight's show features Vernon Mina, Robbie Q. Telfer, Carol Jungman, Chris Bower and Cody Cranch, plus five readers who sign up at the show. The potluck starts at 7:30pm, and the show starts at 8pm. Admission is $5 or free if you bring food.

Urban Arts Expo @ Charles Hayes Center

The Chicago Black Authors Network presents its second annual Urban Arts Expo today from 11am-6pm. Held at the Charles Hayes Center, 4859 S. Wabash Ave., and hosted by WYCA's Darryll King, this event will feature book publishing workshops, performances by local Chicago dancers, singers and spoken word artists, and a special journalism workshop led by Radio Hall of Famer, WVAZ's Herb Kent. Admission to the event is free; the book publishing workshop is $10. For more information, call 312-786-6986.

Poetry Centennial Celebration

The Poetry Foundation celebrates the 100th anniversary of Poetry Magazine and the release of its new anthology, The Open Door: 100 Poems 100 Years of Poetry Magazine, with a party tonight at 61 W. Superior St. Doors open at 6:30, program begins at 7pm. Free, but RSVP is required; call 312-787-7070 or email rsvp@poetryfoundation.org.

Tuesday Funk @ Hopleaf

Tuesday Funk returns to the upstairs bar at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., tonight at 7:30pm. The theme this month is "United States of Horror," and featured readers include John Everson, Cynthia (cina) Pelayo, and a special dramatic reading by The Colin & Ishmael Players. Sara Ross Witt and William Shunn host. Free as always; 21+/

Liam Ford @ Gleacher Center

The Chicago by the Book reading series brings together the authors of great reads about the city with an adoring audience (this means you, my friend). Discussion is moderated by author and NU prof Bill Savage; book signing to follow. Tonight's author is Liam Ford (Soldier Field: A Stadium and Its City). Event runs 6:30-8pm at the UC Gleacher Center, 450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive; admission $10.

Sherlock Holmes Symposium @ Newberry Library

The Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton St., hosts a symposium on Arthur Conan Dole and Sherlock Holmes today beginning at 9am. Topics will include Conan Doyle's Arctic diaries, Essenay Studio's Sherlock Holmes films and Holmes as museum experience. Free.

The Casual Vacancy Release Party @ Open Books

Tonight, Open Books celebrates J. K. Rowling's new for-adults book The Casual Vacancy with a Harry Potter costume contest (grand prize is two tickets to Potted Potter), live music by Tonks and the Aurors, readings by Rachel Bertsche, Michael Beckett and Sheila Johnson, a visit by the Samich Box and 20% discounts on used books and pre-orders of The Casual Vacancy. Open Books, 213 W. Institute Pl., at 8pm.

Women Writing About Horrible Things @ Uncharted Books

Tonight is the latest installement of Light of the Male, Dark of the Female: Women Writing About Horrible Things at Uncharted Books. Host Meghan Lamb welcomes readers Halle Butler, Heather Cox, Samantha Irby, Robyn Pennachia, and Heather Marie Vernon. Drinks provided. Uncharted Books, 2630 N. Milwaukee Ave., at 7pm.

May We Shed These Human Bodies Book Release

Chicago press Curbside Splendor is releasing a new book May We Shed These Human Bodies by Washington DC-based author Amber Sparks with a party and reading at Cole's Bar in Logan Square, 2338 N. Milwaukee, at 7pm. Readers joining Sparks will include Chris Bower, Franki Elliot (Piano Rats) , Lindsay Hunter (Daddy's), James Tadd Adcox, Jac Jemc (My Only Wife), Tim Jones-Yelvington, Ben Tanzer (Lucky Man), Heather Marie Vernon and Daniella Olszewska. Free, 21+.

CCLaP's "Podcast Dreadful"@ Quimby's

Quimby's, 1854 W. North Ave., hosts a live-audience installment of the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography's "Podcast Dreadful" serial literary anthology tonight at 7pm. The performance will feature not only readings from local authors Davis Schneiderman, Jacob Knabb, Jason Fisk and CCLaP founder Jason Pettus, augmented by live radio-style sound effects. Complementary refreshments will be served. Free.

DePaul Visiting Writers Reading

DePaul University's English Department is sponsoring a Visiting Writer's Series this fall. The first installment is tonight in the Richardson Library, 2350 N. Kenmore Ave., Room 115, at 6pm, and will focus on area writers and is aptly titled "Local Authors: Chicago's Own." There will be readings by Nami Mun, Aaron Baker and Eugene Cross. It is free and open to the public.

Story Lab @ Black Rock

Story Lab stands apart from other series in the city in its accessibility and unmitigated audience support for the performers. Join storytellers and story lovers at the Black Rock Pub, 3614 N. Damen Ave., where each month, an entirely different lineup of up-and-coming storytellers share their freshest pieces. This month's readers include: Robin Gelfenbien, Carolyn Guido, Jill Howe, Greg Poljacik, Julie Sadowski, Philip Siegel, and Rachael Smith. Hosted by Scott Whitehair of the reading series This Much is True. Show starts at 7:30pm, and is free. Get there early for a seat and to take advantage of the $5 burger and $3.50 Chicago microbrew specials. For more information, visit Story Lab Chicago.

Write Club @ Hideout

The Hideout presents the latest in the "Write Club" series, where local performers and authors take up differing sides of a literary conflict and battle it out for charity. Tonight's bouts: FIGHT (Christian Stolte) vs. FLIGHT (David Pasquesi); THEORY (Mare Swallow) vs. PRACTICE (Michael Patrick Thornton); and LOST (Dave Snyder) vs. FOUND (Ian Belknap). The bouts start at 7pm. Admission is $10 at the door. Full details at the Hideout's website. Hideout: 1354 West Wabansia. (773) 227-4433.

Dmitry Samarov @ Gleacher Center

The Chicago by the Book reading series brings together the authors of great reads about the city with an adoring audience (this means you, my friend). Discussion is moderated by author and NU prof Bill Savage; book signing to follow. Tonight's author is Dmitry Samarov (Hack: Stories From a Chicago Cab). Event runs 6:30-8pm at the UC Gleacher Center, 450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive; admission $10.

The Moth GrandSLAM at the Park West

The Moth GrandSLAM is tonight at the Park West, 322 W. Armitage Ave. Watch 10 Chicago StorySLAM champions battle it out with the theme "Fall from Grace" for title of The Moth GrandSLAM Champion. Brian Babylon hosts. Tickets are $17 online, or in-person at the door. Doors open at 6pm, show's at 8pm

David Byrne @ The Music Box

Grab a seat tonight at The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., for Chicago Tribune's feature Press Pass event: Greg Kot with David Byrne and Bettina Richards: "Stay Free! How to Survive in the Indie World." The three will be discussing Byrne's new book, How Music Works. Doors open at 6pm, show begins at 7pm. Tickets are $20.

Essay Fiesta @ The Book Cellar

This month's Essay Fiesta lineup includes: WBEZ personality and The Moth host Don Hall; author of Young Mr. Obama Edward McClelland; star of Five Lesbians Eating a Quiche Thea Lux; host of Off the Eatin' Path Monte LaMonte; and Gapers Block contributor Nellie Huggins. As always, co-hosts Alyson Lyon and Keith Ecker will bring the fiesta. The show includes a raffle with all proceeds going to the youth literacy organization 826 Chicago. Starts at 7pm at the Book Cellar (4736 N. Lincoln), and is free, but get there early - this show goes from plenty of seating to standing room only in a jiffy. For more information visit Essay Fiesta.

Keith Boykin @ DuSable Museum

The DuSable Museum, 740 E. 56th Pl., hosts New York Times bestselling author Keith Boykin for a discussion and signing of his latest book For Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Still Not Enough: Coming of Age, Coming Out, and Coming Home, tonight from 6pm-8pm. Admission is $5; for more information and to RSVP, call 773-947-0600 x290.

Carmen Bugan @ The Book Cellar

This Friday the Book Cellar presents Carmen Bugan reading from her memoir Burying The Typewriter, winner of the Bakeless Prize. The Book Cellar, 4736-38 N. Lincoln Ave., at 7pm.

Joanne Kyger @ Poetry Foundation

Tonight the Poetry Foundation hosts poet Joanne Kyger (you can read a smattering of her poetry here and here). The Poetry Foundation, 61 W. Superior St., at 6:30pm.

Danny's Reading Series

The Danny's Reading Series features authors Kathy Park Hong, Richard Meier and Jared Stanley. Tonight at 7:30pm at Danny's Taver, 1951 W. Dickens Ave. 21+

Dwyane Wade @ Union League Club

Today at 11:30am, the Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson, hosts NBA star and Chicago native Dwyane Wade as he signs A Father First:How My Life Became Bigger Than Basketball, his new book about fatherhood and raising two sons. Free. For more information, call 312-427-7800.

This Much Is True @ Hopleaf

It's time for another installment of This Much Is True at the Hopleaf (5148 N. Clark). Tonight's readers include: Jamie Buell, James Davisson, Michael Reno Harrell, Arlene Malinowski, Deanna Moffitt, Amanda Rountree, and Scott Whitehair . Show starts at 7:30pm, and is free. A word to the wise: get there early for a seat, and bring cash - credit cards are not accepted in the upstairs bar. For more info visit This Much is True or Hopleaf.

Zane @ Woodson Regional Library

The Woodson Regional Library, 9525 S. Halsted, hosts best-selling erotic fiction novelist Zane tonight at 6:30pm. The acclaimed author, also behind the hit HBO series, "Zane's Sex Chronicles," will be on hand to talk about her latest releases, Z-Rated: Chocolate Flava 3 and Addicted: A Novel. Seating begins at 5:30pm and is strictly limited to the first 180 guests. For more information, call 312-747-6900.

Chicago I Love You @ Lilly's

The Chicago, I Love You festival continues at Lilly's, 2515 N. Lincoln Ave., with a special edition of the Windy City Story Slam hosted by Alex Bonner. Show starts at 9pm. Free, 21+.

Ray's Tap Reading Series @ Prop Theater

The once underground Ray's Tap Reading Series crawls above ground for a show called "Lies, Liars and the Myth of Truth" tonight at the Prop Thtr, 3502 N. Elston Ave., at 9pm. The show is hosted and curated by playwright Chris Bower and will feature the work of Vickie Walden, Samantha Irby, Margaret Chapman, Dave Snyder, Matt Test, Barrie Cole, Mason Johnson, Daniel Shapiro and feature the music of Tijuana Hercules. The show is $15 or pay-what-you-can.

Richard Wright CLHOF Induction @ Cliff Dwellers Club

The Chicago Literary Hall of Fame celebrates the induction of Native Son author Richard Wright tonight at Cliff Dwellers Club, 200 S. Michigan Ave. On hand will be musical performances by Artemas and Louis Wright (the author's cousins), readings by Melvin Smith, playwright and actress Nambi E. Kelley, Paul Durica, sculptor Margot McMahon (creator of the award sculptures), Zarinah Ali from Realize Theatre Group and University of Chicago scholar Kenneth Warren. Doors open at 5:30pm, performances begin at 7pm. $40 includes appetizers and performances; donations to the event are tax deductible. Click here for tickets.

Story Club @ Uncommon Ground on Clark

Come to Uncommon Ground (3800 N. Clark St.) for the September installment of Story Club. The theme this month is "falling", and features readings by JT Berg, Nico Lang, Caitlin Bergh, and Alexandra Tsarpalas. In addition there are 4 open mic slots for storytelling hopefuls. Open mic signup begins at 8pm, show begins at 8:15 at Uncommon Ground, 3800 N. Clark St. The event is free, and reservations are strongly recommended to guarantee seating; call 773-929-3680.

Tuesday Funk

Tuesday Funk returns to the upstairs bar at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., tonight at 7:30pm. This month's show is a special World Science Fiction Convention edition, featuring readings by Rae Carson, Daryl Gregory, Rajan Khanna, Adam Rakunas and Gregory A. Wilson. Bill Shunn and Sara Ross Witt host. Free. 21+

Wit Rabbit Reading Series

As part of the Poetry Foundation's ongoing series of events, the first Tuesday of every month means a group of talented writers reading their stuff for our enjoyment. Tonight from 7-9pm at Quenchers, 2041 N. Western Ave, Free and open to the public.

The Paper Machete

The Paper Machete, the weekly "live newspaper," is at the Horseshoe, 4115 N. Lincoln Ave., today at 3pm. Readers include Colleen Doyle and Jason Schotts, Benno Nelson, Dana Quercioli, Chris Redd, Megan Stielstra and Chuck Sudo. Bad Bad Meow perform and Christopher Piatt hosts. Free.

Dark of the Male, Light of the Female: Women Writing About Horrible Things

A new female centric reading series Dark of the Male, Light of the Female: Women Writing About Horrible Things hits the lit scene with their first event featuring readers Jac Jemc (My Own Wife), Hillary Stone, Amanda Marbais, and Cassandra Troyan. Drop into Logan Square's Uncharted Books 2630 N. Milwaukee Ave. at 7pm. The series will continue on the last Thursday of each month.

Criminal Class Press Benefit

Criminal Class Press is hosting Punks Promoting Prison Literacy: A Yardtime Prison Literacy Benefit Show tonight at 7pm at Beauty Bar, 1444 W. Chicago Ave.to raise money for the literacy program at San Quintin. The show will feature readings by Dmitry Samarov ( Hack), Luke Crumley (The Last Time I Died) and Kathryn Morrill, (Godisnowhere). There will also be live music by Rufis Roberts & The Smoking Rabbits, The Hamburglars and Island of Misfit Toys. $5 cover. 21+

Bottled Up, Rising Up

ChicagoQuest Charter School 6th and 7th graders read from an anthology that is the culmination of several weeks of Open Books' program "ReadthenWrite." The voices of youth aren't showcased in these exciting, innovative ways often enough so be a part of it and spread the energy. Tonight 6-7:30pm in the Open Books Bookstore at 213 W. Institute Place; Free and open to the public.

Buddy Guy @ Harold Washington Library

Buddy Guy discusses his autobiography When I Left Home: My Story, co-authored by David Ritz, at the Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State St., tonight at 6pm. Free. More details here.

Evanston Writer's Workshop Conference @ Orrington Hotel

This weekend is the third annual Evanston Writer's Workshop Conference. Billed as the Midwest's only multi-genre writer's conference, it features workshops on topics such a memoir writing, publishing tips, writing a synopsis and finding the time to write. Featured speakers cover a range of genres including nonfiction, romance, thriller, science fiction/fantasy, horror and graphic novels. Orrington Hilton, 1710 Orrington Avenue, Evanston, August 24 through 26. Click here for registration information and pricing.

Evanston Writer's Workshop Conference @ Orrington Hotel

This weekend is the third annual Evanston Writer's Workshop Conference. Billed as the Midwest's only multi-genre writer's conference, it features workshops on topics such a memoir writing, publishing tips, writing a synopsis and finding the time to write. Featured speakers cover a range of genres including nonfiction, romance, thriller, science fiction/fantasy, horror and graphic novels. Orrington Hilton, 1710 Orrington Avenue, Evanston, August 24 through 26. Click here for registration information and pricing.

The Paper Machete at the Horseshoe

This week, The Paper Machete brings you a "legitimate" language lesson for Rep. Todd Akin courtesy of Sam Irby, Chad The Bird serves up the Avian Op-Ed Report, The Embraceables spin some sweet tunes and more! Saturday at the Horseshoe, 4115 N. Lincoln, 3 p.m., free!

Evanston Writer's Workshop Conference @ Orrington Hotel

This weekend is the third annual Evanston Writer's Workshop Conference. Billed as the Midwest's only multi-genre writer's conference, it features workshops on topics such a memoir writing, publishing tips, writing a synopsis and finding the time to write. Featured speakers cover a range of genres including nonfiction, romance, thriller, science fiction/fantasy, horror and graphic novels. Orrington Hilton, 1710 Orrington Avenue, Evanston, August 24 through 26. Click here for registration information and pricing.

Evil Knievel Days Book Release Party at the Whistler

On Wednesday, August 22 at 7pm, the Whistler in Logan Square will host a book release party for author Paul Toutonghi's second novel, Evil Knievel Days. Toutonghi joins a sleu of Chicago writers including Jac Jemc, Mairead Case, and Beau Golwitzer. There will be music DJ Baby Sloth. The Whistler is located at 2421 N. Milwaukee.

Do Not Submit: A Storytelling Open Mic @ Trace

No frills. No judgment. No pressure. This is the city's rawest open mic dedicated solely to the art of storytelling. Do Not Submit meets at Trace, 3714 N. Clark St., the last Monday of every month from 8pm to 11pm (signup begins at 7:30pm). Bring that piece you are absolutely sure doesn't work, that rough draft that has no ending yet, or that anecdote you are hoping to flesh out. If you have been wanting to dip a toe into storytelling without facing a sold-out Moth Slam audience, this is the place to experiment. If you are an experienced writer/performer looking to hone your live lit skills, this is the place to put the work in. Not interested in telling? Come experience the process, and see how the polished stories on stage tomorrow are being shaped, tested and reworked today. Please -- no poetry or prose fiction. Hosted by Shannon Cason and Scott Whitehair.

Essay Fiesta @ The Book Cellar

This month's Essay Fiesta lineup includes Stand-up comic Kristin Clifford, Neofuturist and BoyGirlBoyGirl member Diana Slickman, Hubris Production's resident director Dennis Frymire, Bust Magazine blogger Samantha Vincenty, and Writer and storyteller Tom Wolferman. As always, co-hosts Alyson Lyon and Keith Ecker will bring the fiesta. The show includes a raffle with all proceeds going to the youth literacy organization 826 Chicago. Starts at 7pm at the Book Cellar (4736 N. Lincoln), and is free, but get there early - this show goes from plenty of seating to standing room only in a jiffy. For more information visit Essay Fiesta.

Neutron Bomb Reading Series Finale

The punk rock reading series Neutron Bomb is calling it quits. For their finale the lineup features readings by teacher by day zinester by night Jim Joyce (of "Or Let It Sink" zine), Columbia graduate student Dan Terrill writer for Guns.com, comedy by James Cardis and music by Krayola (featuring a reprise of Jim Joyce this time on guitar and vox).

The last bomb drops Saturday August 18 at Cal's Bar 400 S. Wells. at 7pm.

Martha Rosenberg @ Evanston Public Library

Tonight, Martha Rosenberg reads from Born with a Junk Food Deficiency: How Flaks, Quacks and Hacks Pimp the Public Health at the Evanston Public Library. Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave., Evanston, at 7pm.

Story Lab @ Black Rock

Story Lab stands apart from other series in the city in its accessibility and unmitigated audience support for the performers. Join storytellers and story lovers at the Black Rock Pub, 3614 N. Damen Ave., where each month, an entirely different lineup of up-and-coming storytellers share their freshest pieces. This month's readers include: Margaret Burk, Paul Dailing, Lindsay Lavine, Debbi Welch, and Ben X. Hosted by Scott Whitehair of the reading series This Much is True. Show starts at 7:30pm, and is free. Get there early for a seat and to take advantage of the $5 burger and $3.50 Chicago microbrew specials. For more information visit Story Lab Chicago.

This Much Is True @ Hopleaf

Bring your ears and something to wipe the sweat off your brow for this month's installment of This Much Is True at the Hopleaf (5148 N. Clark). Tonight's readers include special guests Jen Bosworth, Elynne Chaplik-Aleskow Mary Fons, Erin Kahoa, and Paul Teodo and regulars Larry Kerns, Deanna Moffitt, and Scott Whitehair. Show starts at 7:30pm, and is free. A word to the wise: get there early for a seat, and bring cash - credit cards are not accepted in the upstairs bar. For more info visit This Much is True or Hopleaf.

Solo in the 2nd City Reading Series at Cole's

Solo in the 2nd City is a blog and reading series with stories of what it is to be single, dating, falling in and out of love, sex, and the like in Chicago. It is not required to be single to attend nor read. August's featured readers include local Chicago authors Stacey Ballis (Off the Menu)
and Ben Tanzer (You Can Make Him Like You), and Dana Norris, producer and host, Story Club Chicago. The event is free, doors open at 8pm at Cole's in Logan Square, 2338 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Chicago Nerds Book Club @ Filter

The Chicago Nerd Social Club presents their monthly book club meeting tonight at Filter, 1373 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tonight's book is the collected Wool omnibus by Hugh Howey. The book club meeting runs from 6:30pm to 8pm, and admission is free. Full details at the Chicago Nerds Website.

Chicago Comic Con

Wizard World's Chicago Comic Con runs Aug. 9-11 at the Donald E. Stevens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Rd. in Rosemont. The show features appearances by such fan favorites as Stan Lee, Bruce Campbell, Sean Young, James Hong, Amber Benson, Scott Bakula and William Shatner -- plus a bustling trade show floor, booths for all your favorite comic imprints, collectibles and more. Single day tickets are $35 in advance, $45 at the door; four day passes are $75 in advance, $85 at the door. The show is open from 10am to 5pm today.

Chicago Comic Con

Wizard World's Chicago Comic Con runs Aug. 9-11 at the Donald E. Stevens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Rd. in Rosemont. The show features appearances by such fan favorites as Stan Lee, Bruce Campbell, Sean Young, James Hong, Amber Benson, Scott Bakula and William Shatner -- plus a bustling trade show floor, booths for all your favorite comic imprints, collectibles and more. Single day tickets are $35 in advance, $45 at the door; four day passes are $75 in advance, $85 at the door. The show is open from 10am to 7pm today.

Bob Riesman & Billy Bob Arnold @ SPACE

Author Bob Riesmand and Chicago blues man Billy Bob Arnold will be presenting a tribute to blues & folk man Big Bill Broonzy in I Feel So Good: The Life and Times of Big Bill Broonzy.

Join Bob Riesmand & Billy Bob Arnold tonight at Evanston SPACE, 1245 Chicago Ave, Evanston @8pm. Tickets can be purchased on the SPACE website for $15-27.

Poetry Reading @ Women & Children First

Women & Children First bookstore, 5233 N. Clark St., hosts a poetry reading tonight at 7:30pm, featuring Chicago poets Daniela Olszewska, Stephanie Anderson and Melissa Severin. Free.

Chicago Comic Con

Wizard World's Chicago Comic Con runs Aug. 9-11 at the Donald E. Stevens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Rd. in Rosemont. The show features appearances by such fan favorites as Stan Lee, Bruce Campbell, Sean Young, James Hong, Amber Benson, Scott Bakula and William Shatner -- plus a bustling trade show floor, booths for all your favorite comic imprints, collectibles and more. Single day tickets are $35 in advance, $45 at the door; four day passes are $75 in advance, $85 at the door. The show is open from noon to 8pm today.

Chicago Comic Con

Wizard World's Chicago Comic Con runs Aug. 9-11 at the Donald E. Stevens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Rd. in Rosemont. The show features appearances by such fan favorites as Stan Lee, Bruce Campbell, Sean Young, James Hong, Amber Benson, Scott Bakula and William Shatner -- plus a bustling trade show floor, booths for all your favorite comic imprints, collectibles and more. Single day tickets are $35 in advance, $45 at the door; four day passes are $75 in advance, $85 at the door. The show is open from noon to 8pm today.

Encyclopedia Show Season 4 Anthology

The Encyclopedia Show hosts is annual Anthology show tonight at 7:30pm at the Vittum Theater, 1012 N. Noble St. The organizers, Robbie Q Telfer and Shanny Jean Maney, have pulled one reader from their past year to give a best of variety show. Talent includes Lynda Barry, an interview with Joaquin Vieira, LeKeja Dawson, David Kodeski and musician Naomi Ashley, Peter Cook (ASL performance poet), Jamila Woods, Chris Bower, Dan Shapiro and Janna Sobel. Tickets are $9, $6 for students.

Tuesday Funk @ Hopleaf

Tuesday Funk returns to the upstairs bar at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., tonight at 7:30pm. This month's featured readers are Stacy Bierlein, Jesse Jordan, Holly McDowell and Scott Smith. Sara Ross Witt hosts. Free. 21+

Chicago Way Reading Series

The Chicago Way reading series celebrates the release of crime author Sean Chercover's novel, "The Trinity Game." He will be joined by local crime novelist Markus Sakey. The night will consist of a short reading by Chercover followed by Chicago Way's trademark audience interactive discussion with both writers. It all goes down at Hidden Shamrock 2723 N. Halsted St. at 7pm.

Wit Rabbit Reading Series: 10th Reading

Wit Rabbit is having their 10th reading tonight with readers Glenn Shaheen, Traci Brimhall, Kyle McCord, Sophie Grimes, and Larry O. Dean. Wit Rabbit showcases poetry and narrative from writers from UIC, SAIC, and Columbia College.

Stop by Quenchers Saloon, 2401 N. Western Ave, tonight @ 7pm. 21+

The Paper Machete

The Paper Machete is at the Green Mill, 4801 N. Broadway, this week, and features Steve Gadlin, Lindsay Harrington and Katie Watson, Ali Klingler, Wendy Mateao, the cast of Pimprov, Katie Rich and special guest Marc Maron, along with music by Sad Brad Smith and The Kickback. Hosted as always by Christopher Piatt. Show starts at 3pm. Free, 21+.

Story Club @ Uncommon Ground on Clark

It's the first Thursday in August, time for a new installment of Story Club. Tonight's lineup includes four open mic slots and readings by featured artists: Clarisse Thorn, author of Confession of a Pickup Artist Chaser; essayist Jen Bosworth; Write Club's Ian Belknap; and Adam Guerino. Open mic signup begins at 8pm, show begins at 8:15 at Uncommon Ground, 3800 N. Clark St. The event is free, and reservations are strongly recommended to guarantee seating; call 773-929-3680.

Sabrina Chap @ Women & Children First

Tonight at 7:30pm at Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark St., Sabrina Chap (with guests Kate Bornstein and Stephanie Howell) reads from and signs Live Through This: On Creativity and Self-Destruction, her anthology of essays, artwork and stories dealing with violence against women. Free.

Rose Laws @ Uncharted Books

Tonight, Rose Laws (along with her co-author, Dianna Harris) reads from Gold Coast Madam: The Secret Life of Rose Laws at Uncharted Books in Logan Square. SWOP (Sex Workers Outreach Project) Chicago will also be making an appearance. Uncharted Books, 2630 N. Milwaukee Ave. at 7pm.

Reading Under the Influence

The monthly reading series Reading Under the Influence is back Wednesday August 1st with the theme 'Camp'. Featured readers are Geoff Hyatt (author of At the World's End), Jenny Seay (host of the Tamale Hut reading series), blogger Samantha Irby, and Patrick Wensink (author of Broken Piano for President who is recently being sued by Jack Daniels over the likeness of a logo used on his book cover. Someone make sure to buy him a shot).

RUI's home is the back room of Sheffield's 3258 N. Sheffield Ave. beginning at 7pm, $3 cover.

Newberry Book Fair

The 28th annual Newberry Book Fair runs July 26-29 at the Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton St. Browse more that 120,000 used books for sale, most for under $2. Admission is free. The fair runs from 10am to 6pm today.

Brain Frame One Year Anniversary

Brain Frame comics reading celebrates its one year anniversary Saturday July 28 with creator Lyra Hill and a cast that includes Andy Burkholder , Mairead Case (collaborating with David Lasky), Ian McDuffie, Nicholas O'Brien and Leslie Weibeler. The show begins at 8pm, at the Gallery formerly known as Happy Dog, 1542 N Milwaukee ave. 2nd floor.

Newberry Book Fair

The 28th annual Newberry Book Fair runs July 26-29 at the Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton St. Browse more that 120,000 used books for sale, most for under $2. Admission is free. The fair runs from 10am to 6pm today.

Newberry Book Fair

The 28th annual Newberry Book Fair runs July 26-29 at the Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton St. Browse more that 120,000 used books for sale, most for under $2. Admission is free. The fair runs from noon to 8pm today.

Scotland Yard Gospel Choir @ The Empty Bottle

The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir plays at the Empty Bottle tonight along with Cloudbirds and Angelina Luceroas as part of Curbside Splendor's Words & Music event featuring readings by Patrick Somerville and Jac Jemc. Tickets are free with reservation, visit Facebook for more information. Show starts at 9pm at the Empty Bottle (1035 N. Western Avenue.)

Newberry Book Fair

The 28th annual Newberry Book Fair runs July 26-29 at the Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton St. Browse more that 120,000 used books for sale, most for under $2. Admission is free. The fair runs from noon to 8pm today.

First Ever SHOP Story Slam

Created by Southside Hub of Production, SHOP is having its first ever south side story slam. Reservations are recommended, and if you plan to participate contact Laura at laura.shaeffer at gmail.com, and/or Judith, juhestories@aol.com. Come on down to Southside of Hub Production, 5638 S. Woodlawn Ave tonight from 7pm-9pm. $5 suggested donation will get you a free drink. 18+

Do Not Submit: A Storytelling Open Mic @ Trace

No frills. No judgment. No pressure. This is the city's rawest open mic dedicated solely to the art of storytelling. Do Not Submit meets at Trace, 3714 N. Clark St., the last Monday of every month from 8pm to 11pm (signup begins at 7:30pm). Bring that piece you are absolutely sure doesn't work, that rough draft that has no ending yet, or that anecdote you are hoping to flesh out. If you have been wanting to dip a toe into storytelling without facing a sold-out Moth Slam audience, this is the place to experiment. If you are an experienced writer/performer looking to hone your live lit skills, this is the place to put the work in. Not interested in telling? Come experience the process, and see how the polished stories on stage tomorrow are being shaped, tested and reworked today. Please -- no poetry or prose fiction. Hosted by Shannon Cason and Scott Whitehair.

Chicago Slam Works Presents "In Any Tongue" @ The Vittum Theater

Chicago Slam Works presents "In Any Tongue," a bilingual poetry event in German and English, at the Vittum Theater (1012 N. Noble.) Tickets are $14, $10 for students. For more information visit Chicago Slam Works or call 866-811-4111

The Paper Machete

The Paper Machete this week features Marcus Gilmer, Coya Paz, James Porter, Stephanie Shaw, Dan Telfer, Baron Vaught and Mel Evans, along with host Christophr Piatt. Plus, musical guests will be Drowsy Pills and Hash and My My My. Watch it all for free at 3pm at the Horseshoe, 4115 N. Lincoln Ave.

Printer's Ball

The eighth annual Printer's Ball is tonight at Columbia College's Ludington Building, 1104 S. Wabash Ave., from 6pm to 11pm. Join hundreds of literature lovers in a celebration of the printed (and electronic) word. The theme this year is "Time Warp!" Pick up free publications, watch a commencement speech by Max Headroom, and check out workshops, demonstrations and performances all night. Pre-register for a free commemorative poster. Free.

The First Time: First City

CHIRP's First Time series returns to the Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont Ave., tonight at 8pm. The theme this time is "First City" -- watch as comedian David Pasquesi, the Paper Machete's Christopher Piatt, Mary Ralph of Scotland Yard Gospel Choir, Chicagoist's Samantha Abernethy, Wendy Mateo of Dominezuela and Jenny Lizak of CHIRP Radio read their stories and The First Time Band performs songs of the readers' choosing. Jocelyn Geboy hosts. $10 donation benefits CHIRP Radio. 21+

Story Lab @ Black Rock

Story Lab stands apart from other series in the city in its accessibility and unmitigated audience support for the performers. Join storytellers and story lovers at the Black Rock Pub, 3614 N. Damen Ave., where each month, an entirely different lineup of up-and-coming storytellers share their freshest pieces. This month's readers include: Susie Allen, Drew Dorrman, Sheila Gagne, Jesse Harper, Rob Putnam, and Emily Sutherlin . Hosted by Scott Whitehair of the reading series This Much is True. Show starts at 7:30pm, and is free. Get there early for a seat and to take advantage of the $5 burger and $3.50 Chicago microbrew specials. For more information visit Story Lab Chicago.

Essay Fiesta @ The Book Cellar

Cool off at the Book Cellar for this month's installment of Essay Fiesta. In addition to co-hosts Alyson Lyon and Keith Ecker, this month's lineup includes: Overlord of Write Club Ian Belknap; Impress These Apes' Paul Luikart; Solo performer Jen Bosworth; In Our Words' Patrick Gill; and Improviser Mary Lorenz. As always, the show includes a raffle with all proceeds going to the youth literacy organization 826 Chicago. Show starts at 7pm at the Book Cellar (4736 N. Lincoln), and is free, but get there early - this show goes from plenty of seating to standing room only in a jiffy. For more information visit Essay Fiesta.

Bookstore Bike Crawl

Today starting at 1pm at Heritage Bicycles, 2959 N. Lincoln Ave., go on a bookstore crawl by bike. The crawl will take you to Powell's North (2850 N. Lincoln Ave.), Bookworks (3444 N. Clark St.), Unabridged (3251 N. Broadway), Quimby's 1852 W. North Ave.) and Open Books 213 W. Institute Pl.), and ends at Powell's University Village, 1218 S. Halsted St., at 7pm, where where there will be a reception for a bikes and books art show featuring work by Kyle Baker, Todd Irwin, Deborah Maris-Lader, Jay Ryan, Maria Sanchez, Shawn Stuckey, Michael Una and Julia Victor. Free; RSVP on Facebook.

Like a Secondhand Sea

A gigantic cast of characters (including Jon Langford, Sally Timms, Water Reclamation District Commissioner Debra Shore and WBEZ's Allison Cuddy) perform a three-part Historical Reenactment that tells the story of "how human contact has altered Lake Michigan and the Chicago River." Event takes place in a few different places: 11am at Chicago and Fairbanks for a small play about Marquette and Joliet; a play about the origins of Streeterville from noon to 2pm at the park space located across the street from 435 E. Illinois Ave. Free bowler hats, tintype pictures, Streeterville Currency, and squirt guns (limited supply); and a river reversal rededication ceremony at 2pm at Centennial Fountain, East River Drive and McClurg Ct. All events are free.

This Much Is True @ Hopleaf

Bring your ears and something to wipe the sweat off your brow for this month's installment of This Much Is True at the Hopleaf (5148 N. Clark). Tonight's readers include special guests Alison Cuddy, Mike Speller, Mare Swallow, and Eric Warner, and regulars Larry Kerns, Deanna Moffitt, and Scott Whitehair. Show starts at 7:30pm, and is free. A word to the wise: get there early for a seat, and bring cash - credit cards are not accepted in the upstairs bar. For more info visit This Much is True or Hopleaf.

Farmers' Markets of the Heartland Lecture and Signing @ HWLC

Author and blogger Janine MacLachlan discusses her new book Farmers' Markets of the Heartland tonight at the Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S State, at 6pm.

Beach Poets

The Beach Poets, a tradition since it was started in 1990 by Cathleen Schandelmeier, brings poets together on the beach every Sunday in July at Loyola Beach at Greenleaf Avenue & the lake. Today's session will feature the editor of SEEDS Literary Journal, Lakeesha Harris and writer Janean Watkins, reading from noon to 2pm. Free.

Pocket Con @ Chicago Public Library

Today is Pocket Con at the Chicago Public Library, a one-day comic book convention for Chicago teens, focusing on artists of color or works featuring people of color. Featured presenters are Turtel Onli, Nnedi Okorafor, Jeremy Love and Khary Randolph, among others. Free; registration recommended. Chicago Public Library, Greater Grand Crossing branch, 1000 E. 73rd Street, noon to 6pm.

Story Club @ Uncommon Ground on Clark

This month's theme at Story Club is "Go." Tonight's lineup includes 4 open mic slots and 4 featured readers: Musical comedienne/improv star Sarah Shockey; Stand up comic/PhD student Suzy Krueckeberg; Moth producer Tyler James Greene; and Story Challenge contestant Mimi Nguyen who will tell a story on the audience-assigned topic of: Horse Racing. Open mic signup begins at 8, show begins at 8:15 at Uncommon Ground (3800 N. Clark). For more information visit Uncommon Ground or Story Club. This event is free, and reservations are strongly recommended to guarantee seating.

The Lowbrow Reader Variety Hour @ The Hideout

Tonight The Hideout presents The Lowbrow Reader Variety hour, a book release party for The Lowbrow Reader Reader (Drag City Books). The evening features musicians Ezra Furman, Daniel Knox and comedian Charlie Bury. The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave. at 9pm, $10.

Toucan Cookie Minimum

Two Cookie Minimum reading series teams up with the Toucan Literary Magazine to present Toucan Cookie Minimum. This reading will promote the Toucan's July release.

Readers include Greg Baldino, T.W Townsend, and Nikki Dolson. With music by Kat Kidwell. Plus the magazine's editrices Liz Baulder and Laura Rynberg will read submissions from previous issues. Hosted by Johnny Misfit. At the Hungry Brain 2319 W. Belmont at 9pm.

The Paper Machete

The Paper Machete is live this week at The Green Mill, 4802 N. Broadway, for a special All-American Holiday Pageant. The show will feature Rob Anderson, Kim Bellware, Lisa Buscani, Colleen Doyle and Nancy Friedrich, Dan Granata, Samantha Irby, Wendy Mateo, Katie Rich and Steve Waltein -- plus puppet Chad the Bird, Patrick Rowland as President Barack Obama, and musical guests The Empty Pockets. Chad Piatt hosts. The show starts at 3pm. Free.

LISA BUSCANI
COLLEEN DOYLE AND NANCY FRIEDRICH
DAN GRANATA
SAMANTHA IRBY
WENDY MATEO
KATIE RICH AND STEVE WALTIEN

Plus CHAD THE BIRD, PATRICK ROWLAND as President Obama and special musical guests THE EMPTY POCKETS!

Patrick Somerville and Natalie Bakopoulos @ Women and Children First

Tonight, in case you missed him at the Book Cellar on Tuesday, Patrick Somerville reads from This Bright River at Women and Children First. It's a joint appearance with Natalie Bakopoulos, reading from The Green Shore, the tale of a family set during the 1967 Greek coup d'etat. Women and Children First, 5233 N. Clark St., 7:30pm.

GB Book Club: This Bright River

Join the Gapers Block Book Club for a release party for Patrick Somerville's new book, This Bright River, tonight at 7pm at the Book Cellar, 4736-38 N. Lincoln Ave. Somerville will read from the book and take part in a Q&A with Book Club editor Claire Glass and the audience. We'll also have a couple riddles for you to solve to win a free copy of the book!

NEDtalks @ Hideout

NEDtalks, the spoof of TED that is "spreading worthless ideas," returns to the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., tonight at 6:30pm. Kellen Alexander and Seth Dodson host, and Steve Waltien, Ross Bryant, James Kennedy and Christina Boucher speak. Admission is $5 at the door. 21+

St. Sukie de la Croix @ Women and Children First

Just in time for Pride weekened, St. Sukie de la Croix reads from Chicago Whispers: A History of LGBT Chicago Before Stonewall tonight. Women and Children First, 5233 N. Clark St., 7:30pm.

Gumbo Fiction Salon @ Galway Arms

Cool off with some spine-tingling horror this Thursday at the Gumbo Fiction Salon. Featured readers are Martin Mundt and Lawrence Santoro. Galway Arms Irish Pub, 2442 N. Clark, Thursday, June 21. Doors open at 7pm and readings begin at 7:30pm. Discounted parking is available at the Children's Memorial Hospital, 2515 N. Clark. Bring your parking stub to the bar, get a matching stub, feed both to the machine as you exit the lot to claim the discount.

Story Lab @ Black Rock

Story Lab stands apart from other series in the city in its accessibility and unmitigated audience support for the performers. Join storytellers and story lovers at the Black Rock Pub, 3614 N. Damen Ave., where each month, an entirely different lineup of up-and-coming storytellers share their freshest pieces. This month's readers include: Eileen Dougharty, Jason Kelleher, Lily Mooney, Luis Perez, and Jack Ryan . Hosted by Scott Whitehair of the reading series This Much is True. Show starts at 7:30pm, and is free. Get there early for a seat and to take advantage of the $5 burger and $3.50 Chicago microbrew specials. For more information visit Story Lab Chicago.

Solo in the Second City @ Cobra Lounge

Solo in the Second City presents Summer Lovin', an evening of readings hosted by Carly Oishi and Melinda McIntire, tonight at Cobra Lounge, 235 N. Ashland Ave., at 8pm. The lineup includes Marcus Gilmer, Chris Bower, Nico Lang and Blake Dinwiddie. Free, 21+.

Funny Ha-Ha @ Hideout

Funny Ha-Ha returns to The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., tonight from 7 to 8:30pm. Hosted by Claire Zulkey, this round features readings and performances by The Interview Show's Mark Bazer, Bitchesgottaeat's Samantha Irby, Baby Teeth's Abraham Levitan, The Encyclopedia Show's Robbie Telfer, Write Club's Ian Belknap, author Wendy McClure, and sketch comedy troupe Schadenfreude. $5 at the door, with proceeds benefiting the Neighborhood Writing Alliance. 21+

Do Not Submit: A Storytelling Open Mic @ Trace

No frills. No judgment. No pressure. This is the city's rawest open mic dedicated solely to the art of storytelling. Do Not Submit meets at Trace, 3714 N. Clark St., the last Monday of every month from 8pm to 11pm (signup begins at 7:30pm). Bring that piece you are absolutely sure doesn't work, that rough draft that has no ending yet, or that anecdote you are hoping to flesh out. If you have been wanting to dip a toe into storytelling without facing a sold-out Moth Slam audience, this is the place to experiment. If you are an experienced writer/performer looking to hone your live lit skills, this is the place to put the work in. Not interested in telling? Come experience the process, and see how the polished stories on stage tomorrow are being shaped, tested and reworked today. Please -- no poetry or prose fiction. Hosted by Shannon Cason and Scott Whitehair.

Essay Fiesta @ The Book Cellar

In honor of Chicago's 175th birthday, producers and hosts Alyson Lyon and Keith Ecker are welcoming a selection of Chicago's top literati to share stories inspired by the Windy City. The lineup includes: Bitches Gotta Eat blogger Samantha Irby, Collaboraction company member John Wilson, Neo-Futurist Dina Walters, Journalist and 826CHI volunteer Lindsay Eanet, and Writer Willy Nast. As always, the show includes a raffle with all proceeds going to the youth literacy organization 826 Chicago. Show starts at 7pm at the Book Cellar (4736 N. Lincoln), and is free, but get there early - this show goes from plenty of seating to standing room only in a jiffy. For more information visit Essay Fiesta.

Chicago Alternative Comics Expo

This weekend marks the first-ever Chicago Alternative Comics Expo June 16 and 17. Both days offer panel discussions, workshops and a tabling expo of local, national and international independent comics artists. The event is free and open to the public from 11am to 6pm at 1104 S. Wabash.

WNEP's 13th Annual Skald Storytelling Contest @ Straw Dog Theater

WNEP presents the 13th annual Skald storytelling contest tonight at Straw Dog Theater (3829 N. Broadway). This year's contestants are: Amanda Rountree, Dave Goss, Scott Whitehair, Dennis Frymire, Kevin Gladish, GB's own J.H. Palmer, Valentine Soposky, Stephanie Douglas, Regan Davis, and Jamie Buell. Hosted by WBEZ's Steve Edwards. Tickets are $20 and are available online or at the door. Show starts at 8pm.

Patrick Somerville reading @ Open Books

Award-winning Chicago author Patrick Somerville (author of Trouble, The Universe in Miniature in Miniature, The Cradle and This Bright River) will read from his work at Open Books (213 West Institute Place.) Also reading will be Northwestern MA/MFA fiction writers Victoria Bandt Rau, Emily Ayshford, and Schuyler Dickson, who recently were awarded their Master of Fine Arts degree there. The event begins with a free reception at 5 p.m. For more information visit Open Books.

Chicago Alternative Comics Expo

This weekend marks the first-ever Chicago Alternative Comics Expo June 16 and 17. Both days offer panel discussions, workshops and a tabling expo of local, national, and international independent comics artists. The event is free and open to the public from 11am to 6pm at 1104 S. Wabash.

WNEP's Maelstrom Improvised Storytelling Contest @ Straw Dog Theater

WNEP presents their annual Maelstrom improvised storytelling contest tonight at Straw Dog Theater (3829 N. Broadway). This year's contestants are: Deanna Moffitt, Tim Huerlin, Peter Athans, Jamie Buell, Fuzzy Gerdes, and Dorrie Ferguson. Hosted by Don Hall of The Moth. Tickets are $10 and are available online or at the door. Show starts at 8pm.

Groupon's Biggest Deal Ever Book Signing @ After-Words

Frank Sennett will read from and sign his book Groupon's Biggest Deal Ever at After-Words, 32 E. Illinois St., tonight at 7pm.

This Much Is True @ Hopleaf

Another great lineup at This Much Is True, come to the Hopleaf (5148 N. Clark) to hear stories by Chris Bower, Stephanie Douglass, Robin Gelfenbien, Larry Kerns, Deanna Moffitt, Jonas Simon, and Scott Whitehair. Show starts at 7:30pm, and is free. A word to the wise: get there early for a seat, and bring cash - credit cards are not accepted in the upstairs bar. For more info visit This Much is True or Hopleaf.

P Fanatics Reading

Sunday P Fanatics reading series asks, "Why Would Anyone Want to Go to a Reading?" The answer may be addressed by the featured readers Roger Bonair-Agard, Dan Shapiro, Stephen Tully Dierks, Tom Simmons, Cassandra Nguyen, Franki Elliot, Chris Bower, and Heiko Julien. Hosted by Mason Johnson, 7:30pm at Cole's bar 2338 N. Milwaukee.

Printers Row Lit Fest

Today's the last day of one of the Midwest's largest literary festivals, taking place in Printers Row in the South Loop. You'll find tons of books for sale (old, new, rare; you name it, they got it), author readings, panel discussions, and much more. They even have special events just for kids. Admission is free, but some events may require pre-registration. Today features Sara Paretsky, Haki Madhubuti and Jonathan Eig; click here for complete list of today's events.

Printers Row Lit Fest

Today and tomorrow, one of the Midwest's largest literary festivals will once again take place in Printers Row in the South Loop. You'll find tons of books for sale (old, new, rare; you name it, they got it), author readings, panel discussions, and much more. They even have special events just for kids. Admission is free, but some events may require pre-registration. Today features Dan Rather, Rachael Ray and Sapphire; click here for a complete list of today's events.

Richard and Kate Russo @ Women and Children First

Tonight Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Russo (Empire Falls, Bridge of Sighs) presents Interventions, a collaboration with his artist daughter Kate Russo. Women and Children First, 5233 N. Clark St., 7pm.

Story Club @ Uncommon Ground on Clark

Great lineup at Story Club - this month's theme is "Rites of Passage." Tonight's lineup includes 4 open mic slots and 4 featured readers: Essayist Julie Danis, Funny Ha-Ha producer and WBEZ blogger Claire Zulkey, Humor Me podcast producer Nellie Huggins, and Story Challenge contestant Maggie Goodman. She'll tell a story on the audience-assigned topic of: Hedonism. Open mic signup begins at 8, show begins at 8:15 at Uncommon Ground (3800 N. Clark). For more information visit Uncommon Ground or Story Club. This event is free, and reservations are strongly recommended to guarantee seating.

Reading Under the Influence

Reading Under the Influence is back tonight at 7pm in the back room of Sheffield's, 3258 N. Sheffield Ave., with an appropriate theme for a Wrigleyville area bar: "Pain (The Baseball Edition)." Join readers Ben Tanzer (This Zine Will Change Your Life), April Newman, writer-zinestress Liz Baudler (The Toucan magazine) and Windy City Story Slam All-City Champion Alex Bonner. $3 admission. 21+

Two Cookie Minimum CAKE Fundraiser

Tonight at 9pm at the Hungry Brain, 319 W. Belmont Ave., Two Cookie Minimum holds a fundraiser for the first ever Chicago Alternative Comics Expo, a festival dedicated to independent comic artists and publications. The reading features a cast of visual artists including: Corinne Mucha, Sara Drake, Ezra Claytan Daniels, Leslie Perrine and Marian Runk. Hosted by Johnny Misfit. As they do, there will be cookies (and hopefully cake). All donations accepted will go to support CAKE. 21+

Pecha-Kucha @ Martyrs'

It's Pecha Kucha Night at Martyrs', 3855 N. Lincoln Ave., at 8pm tonight. ARRIVER, Joseph Altshuler, Pete Landon, Annie Moaupt, Tabitha Ponte, Travis Roozée, Andy Swindler, Lisa Wainwright, Abigail Glaum-Lathbury, Eric Shripka and Nancy Kalchbrenner will each present 20 slides, with just 20 seconds per slide to get a message across. Jackie Rush and Peter Exley emcee. $10 online or at the door. 21+

Tuesday Funk @ Hopleaf

The Tuesday Funk reading series returns to the upstairs bar at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., tonight at 7pm. Recent LA Times Book Award winner Alex Shakar, Samantha Irby, Kristin Lueke, Jennifer Schaefer and Dion Walton read. Free, 21+.

Buddy Guy Book Signing

Buddy Guy will be signing his new memoir When I Left Home: My Story. Catch him today @12pm at Barbara's Bookstore in Macy's-Lower Level, 111 N. State St. Must purchase book and have receipt to enter the signing area.

Reading Under the Influence

Reading Under the Influence is back Wednesday June 6 with an appropriate theme for a Wrigleyville area bar: Pain (The Baseball Edition). Join readers Ben Tanzer (This Zine Will Change Your Life), April Newman, writer-zinestress Liz Baudler (The Toucan magazine) and Windy City Story Slam All-City Champion Alex Bonner.

RUI is always in the back room of Sheffield's, 3258 N. Sheffield Ave, 7pm, $3.

"Save Our Fullmers" @ Book Cellar

Tonight at 7pm, The Book Cellar, 4736-38 N. Lincoln Ave., holds a fundraiser for John Fullmer, an editor of Knee Jerk magazine and Book Cellar employee, and his expecting wife, who recently lost everything in a house fire. Lindsay Hunter, Jonathon Messinger, Amy Sumpter, Chris Terry, Adam Levin, Keith Ecker and Robbie Q. Telfer will read. Donations accepted.

John Huston @ Evanston Public Library

Tonight, Evanston resident John Huston will show a multimedia presentation from his book (cowritten with Tyler Fish) Forward: The First American Unsupported Expedition to the North Pole. Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave., Evanston, at 7pm.

For All the Tea in... River North

Adagio Teas, 617 N. State St., a family-owned artisanal tea store, will host Chicago author Sarah Rose for a reading, discussion and signing of her book "For All the Tea in China" tonight at 6pm. Hors d'oeuvres and tea (natch) will be served at the free event -- no reservations required.

YCA @ WBEZ

Young Chicago Authors has teamed up with WBEZ for a series of discussions exploring the Chicago aesthetic and how teachers can integrate YCA teaching methods of hip-hop poetic/prose workshops in their classrooms. There will be a series of three talks. The third in this series is tonight at the WBEZ North Side Bureau, 2913 W. Devon at 6pm. Free, but reservations recommended (click here to reserve tickets).

Write Club @ Hideout

The Hideout hosts the latest edition of Write Club, a literary joust between local authors. On tonight's card: DAMNED (Ian Belknap) vs. EXALTED (Jeff Miller); LOCK (Lindsay Muscato) vs. KEY (Noelle Krimm); and REVOLUTION (Jim DeWan) vs. EMPIRE (Chris Schoen). The show starts at 7pm; admission is $8, and proceeds go to charities picked by the authors. Hideout: 1354 W. Wabansia. (773) 227-4433.

Windy City Story Slam Championship @ Viaduct Theater

Only six semifinalists remain in the Windy City Story Slam crew; the championship bout is tonight. This year's finalists are Samantha Irby, Scott Whitehair, Shannon Cason, Luis Perez, Patrick Salem of the U.S. Marine Corps and Cara Brigandi. Hosted by Irvine Welsh. The Viaduct Theater, 3111 N. Western Ave. at 10:30pm; $10.

Jon Langford and Martin Billheimer @ Hideout

Get ready for music and bawdy storytelling tonight as the Hideout presents Story Night Chapter Two: Sex Legends of Rock. Starring British punk legend turned Chicagoan Jon Langford and Martin Billheimer, they'll be joined by James Elkington & Sally Timms, Brian Keigher and "bizarre visitations from the crew of the SS Panto." The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia at 6pm, $10. Order tickets here.

Slamworks presents Dead or Alive @ Vittum Theatre

Chicago Slamworks presents the second in their 2012 series, Dead or Alive, in which living poets face off against dead poets (as interpreted by actual living people). Show starts at 8pm at the Vittum Theatre (1012 N. Noble), tickets are $18.50 for adults, $12 for children. For more information visit Chicago Slamworks.

Solo In The Second City @ Transistor

Solo In The Second City is a reading series in which two Chicago singles discuss their dating life, or lack thereof.

The Friday, May 25th show will include a special musical performance by Jon & Carly
and readings by hosts Melinda McIntire and Carly Oishi, along with Jasmine Davila.

8 pm
Transistor (3819 N. Lincoln Avenue)
BYO

YCA @ WBEZ

Young Chicago Authors has teamed up with WBEZ for a series of discussions exploring the Chicago aesthetic and how teachers can integrate YCA teaching methods of hip-hop poetic/prose workshops in their classrooms. There will be a series of three talks. The second in this series is tonight at the WBEZ South Side Bureau, 6957 S. Halsted at 6pm. Free, but reservations recommended (click here to reserve tickets).

Do Not Submit: A Storytelling Open Mic @ Trace

No frills. No judgment. No pressure. This is the city's rawest open mic dedicated solely to the art of storytelling. Do Not Submit meets at Trace, 3714 N. Clark St., the last Monday of every month from 8pm to 11pm (signup begins at 7:30pm). Bring that piece you are absolutely sure doesn't work, that rough draft that has no ending yet, or that anecdote you are hoping to flesh out. If you have been wanting to dip a toe into storytelling without facing a sold-out Moth Slam audience, this is the place to experiment. If you are an experienced writer/performer looking to hone your live lit skills, this is the place to put the work in. Not interested in telling? Come experience the process, and see how the polished stories on stage tomorrow are being shaped, tested and reworked today. Please -- no poetry or prose fiction. Hosted by Shannon Cason and Scott Whitehair.

Will the Circle Be Unbroken @ Steppenwolf

Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St., celebrates the 100th birthday of Studs Terkel with a one-night-only performance of Will the Circle Be Unbroken: Death, Rebirth, and Hunger for a Faith, an excerpt from the stage adaptation of Terkel's book by the same name, at 7pm tonight. Ian Barford, Robert Breuler, Ora Jones, Martha Lavey, Alan Wilder, Anthony Fleming III, Justin Hayford, Rick Kogan, L. J. Slavin, Mary Ann Thebus, Guy Van Swearingen, Andrew White and Dennis Zacek will read. Tickets are free, available by calling 312-335-1650.

Comics Philosophy & Practice Conference

The Richard and Mary L. Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry and the Mellon Residential Fellowship Program for Arts Practice and Scholarship present the Comics Philosophy & Practice Conference at The University of Chicago's Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St., May 18-20. Day three features panels with Ben Katchor, Ivan Brunetti, Lynda Barry, Gary Panter and Robert Crumb. More info including a complete schedule can be found here. Registration is free.

Myopic Poetry Series: Deborah Morkun & Don Share

Tonight Deborah Morkun & Don Share will be reading at the Myopic Poetry Series. Soak in some poetry @ 7pm at Myopic Books, 1564 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Comics Philosophy & Practice Conference

The Richard and Mary L. Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry and the Mellon Residential Fellowship Program for Arts Practice and Scholarship present the Comics Philosophy & Practice Conference at The University of Chicago's Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St., May 18-20. Day two begins at 9am and features panels focusing on the evolution of the graphic novel form with Robert Crumb, Joe Sacco, Phoebe Gloeckner, Charles Burns and Seth. More info including a complete schedule can be found here. Registration is free.

Stories from the Bottom of the Glass @ Co-Prosperity Sphere

As part of Version Fest, the Co-Prosperity Sphere (3219 S. Morgan) sponsors a storytelling event this evening titled Stories from the Bottom of the Glass. Six readers will share stories on the theme of alcohol, with tales from GB's own J.H. Palmer, Story Club's Dana Norris, Essay Fiesta's Keith Ecker, Moth GrandSLAM Shannon Cason, Write Club's Ian Belknap, and Bitches Gotta Eat blogger Samantha Irby. Entry is $10 and includes food and drinks. Stories start at 7pm.

8 x 8 @ The Coop

In the spirit of artistic collaboration, The Coop and Gapers Block teamed up to produce 8x8, an experiment in writing and design. Eight Chicagoland designers (Jesse Hora, Andy Luce, Chad Kouri, Ina Weise, Letterform, Ryan Sievert, Paul Octavious and Kyle Fletcher) were paired with eight local writers (Patrick Somerville, Claire Zulkey, Ramsin Canon, Kevin Guilfoile, William Shunn, Veronica Bond, Wendy McClure and Scott Smith) to create collaborative works, with text informing and influencing art and vice versa. The results of this experiment are presented in limited edition poster form, with writing and design back to back. The posters make their debut at a reception tonight at The Coop, 230 W. Superior St., 2nd floor, from 6pm to 10pm. Limited edition sets of the posters will be available for purchase, with proceeds benefiting Open Books.

Comics Philosophy & Practice Conference

The Richard and Mary L. Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry and the Mellon Residential Fellowship Program for Arts Practice and Scholarship present the Comics Philosophy & Practice Conference at The University of Chicago's Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St., May 18-20. Day one begins at 6pm with a presentation by Maus author Art Spiegelman entitled "What the %$#! Happened to Comics." More info including a complete schedule can be found here. Registration is free.

Granta Magazine @ The Book Cellar

Granta magazine is in Chicago tonight with the launch of their latest issue Granta 119: Britain. Featured contributors Tania James, Atlas of Unknowns, and Gary Younge will be reading from their work.

Readings will be held at The Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln Ave @ 7pm.

The Yolanda Project @ Young Chicago Authors

Tonight, Young Chicago Authors presents the Yolanda Showcase. A fan art show of sorts, the show features original work inspired by the character Yolanda from the gospel musical Crowns. Performers include finalists from the Louder Than A Bomb competition. The free showcase will take place at Young Chicago Authors, 1180 N. Milwaukee Ave. from 6-8pm. Check out the Facebook page for more information.

Story Lab @ Black Rock

Story Lab stands apart from other series in the city in its accessibility and unmitigated audience support for the performers. Join storytellers and story lovers at the Black Rock Pub, 3614 N. Damen Ave., where each month, an entirely different lineup of up-and-coming storytellers share their freshest pieces. This month's readers include: Laura Hawbaker, Cyrus Irani, Emily Johnson, Erin Kahoa, Monte LaMonte, and Sondra Morin. Hosted by Scott Whitehair of the reading series This Much is True. Show starts at 7:30pm, and is free. Get there early for a seat and to take advantage of the $5 burger and $3.50 Chicago microbrew specials. For more information visit Story Lab Chicago.

100 Years of Studs Terkel

Studs Terkel — author, historian, radio host and listener extraordinaire — may be gone, but his legacy of the importance of listening and the power of the human voice has inspired one heck of a party. Today, the 100th anniversary of his birth, the Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton St., will host a birthday party to celebrate "one of the most prolific writers and cultural critics in the history of Chicago letters." 5:30pm reception; 6pm program. Free.

YCA @ WBEZ

Young Chicago Authors has teamed up with WBEZ for a series of discussions exploring the Chicago aesthetic and how teachers can integrate YCA teaching methods of hip-hop poetic/prose workshops in their classrooms. There will be a series of three talks. The first is tonight at the WBEZ West Side Community Bureau, 2531 W. Division at 6pm. Free, but reservations are recommended (click here to reserve).

Jim Abbott Book Reading @ Haymarket Pub

Former MLB pitcher Jim Abbott reads from and signs his autobiography, Imperfect: An Improbable Life, at Haymarket Pub, 737 W. Randolph St., tonight at 7pm. Free.

Fictlicious @ Hideout

The Hideout welcomes Fictlicious for an evening of stories and songs. For a full list of scheduled artists please see the Hideout Website. The evening starts at 7pm, and admission is $7 at the door. Hideout: 1354 W. Wabansia. (773) 227-4433.

Quimby's Bridgeport Pop Up @ 755 W. 32nd

This weekend Quimby's, the legendary North Side comic/books/zine shop, will be opening a pop up shop in Bridgeport. They'll be one of many pop ups participating in Version Fest 12. Quimby's Bridgeport can be found at 755 W. 32nd Street, 11am-6pm.

Quimby's Bridgeport Pop Up @ 755 W. 32nd

This weekend Quimby's, the legendary North Side comic/books/zine shop, will be opening a pop up shop in Bridgeport. They'll be one of many pop ups participating in Version Fest 12. Quimby's Bridgeport can be found at 755 W. 32nd Street, 11am-6pm.

This American Life Live

The once Chicago-based radio show broadcasts live from New York tonight at 7pm to movie theaters all over the nation; you can see it locally at many theaters (among them City North, 2600 N Western; Webster Place, 1471 W Webster; Evanston 18, 1715 Maple; and River East at 322 E Illinois). Admission price varies by theater.

Isaac Adamson @ Bucket o' Blood

Tonight, Bucket o' Blood Books and Records welcomes Isaac Adamson. He'll be reading from his latest thriller, Complication. A tale of serial killers, thieves, family secrets and Eastern European intrigue, Publisher's Weekly says "Adamson's atmospheric and satisfyingly twisted tale...could easily have collapsed under the weight of its own complexity, but [he] pulls it off with style and a whopper of a twist." Bucket o' Blood Books and Records, 2307 N. Milwaukee at 7pm.

Jac Jemc My Only Wife Reading

Jac Jemc will read from her first novel, My Only Wife. The book was released in early April on Dzanc books. Join her to hear from what writer Blake Butler calls, "a novel concerned with timeless dedication, love, and respect." Stick around after the reading to snag a copy (and get her to sign it). The reading is set for 7:30pm at Women & Children First, 5233 N Clark.

Australian Cartoonists' Caravan of Comics @ Quimby's

The Australian Cartoonists' Caravan of Comics rolls into Quimby's, 1854 W. North Ave., tonight at 7pm. Full details here. Free.

This Much Is True @ Hopleaf

Get to the Hopleaf extra early tonight - the May installment of This Much Is True features SNL alum Nora Dunn, which is sure to pack the house. Other readers tonight include regular contributors Dorrie Ferguson, Larry Kerns, Deanna Moffitt, and Scott Whitehair, and special guests Rebecca Kling and Brandon Will. The Hopleaf is located at 5148 N. Clark, show starts at 7:30pm, and is free. A word to the wise: get there early for a seat, and bring cash - credit cards are not accepted in the upstairs bar. For more info visit This Much is True or Hopleaf.

Story Club @ Uncommon Ground on Clark

I's time for another installment of Story Club - this month's theme is "moving." Tonight's lineup includes 4 open mic slots and 3 featured readers: Essay Fiesta producer Keith Ecker, essayist Jen Companick, and actor Andrew Marikis. Open mic signup begins at 8, show begins at 8:15 at Uncommon Ground (3800 N. Clark). For more information visit Uncommon Ground or Story Club. This event is free, and reservations are strongly recommended to guarantee seating.

Morbid Curiosity Poetry Winners @ Chicago Cultural Center

The "Morbid Curiosity" exhibit at the Chicago Cultural Center runs through July 8 and features 14,000 square feet of artwork exploring the universality of death in different cultures. Check it out tonight to hear the history of Chicago's Bangs sisters, 19th Century seance hostesses extraordinaire. The evening will include a live seance and readings from the winners of the Chicago Publishes Morbid Curiosity Poetry Contest. Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington, 7pm.

Reading Under the Influence's Seventh Anniversary

Wednesday, May 2 marks the seventh anniversary of the reading series Reading Under the Influence. The monthly series has a unique format. It showcases featured writers who read their work along with published work followed by trivia.

To celebrate their anniversary, RUI will feature readings by co-founders Rob Duffer and Julia Borcherts, longtime co-hosts Amy Guth and Jesse Jordan and RUI co-founder emeritus, Carly Huegelmann.

RUI is the first Wednesday of each month in the back room of Sheffield's, 3258 N. Sheffield Ave, 7pm, $3.


Two Cookie Minimum Presents Industry Night

Two Cooke Minimum is back on Tuesday May 1. Join industry professionals from all areas of the literary and publishing community for a night of reading.
Readers include Rob Duffer, Ben Tanzer, , Wly Villacres, Sarah Dodson, Daniel Majid, and Naomi Huffman. Hosted by Johnny Misfit.
This series is the first Tuesday of the month at the Hungry Brain 2319 W. Belmont, 9pm. And always, there will be free cookies!

Tuesday Funk @ Hopleaf

Come down to Hopleaf to listen to the latest in fiction, poetry, and essays. Reading tonight will be B.C. Bell, Susanna Lang, Chris Mendius, Julie Rosenthal, and Tom Underberg. Tuesday Funk will be at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St. @ 7:30pm, 21+, Free.

The Paper Machete

The Paper Machete this week features readings by Ian Belknap, Lacy Campbell, Fawzia Mirza, Tawny Newsome, Marz Timms, Scott Smith and Michael Patrick Thornton, plus performances by New York improve group PIG (Pretty Improv Girls), country folk music by Arielle Bess Luckman and Pinto and the Bean. The show begins at 3pm at the Horseshoe, 4115 N. Lincoln Ave.

Alison Bechdel @ University of Chicago

Tonight, comic artist Alison Bechdel (Dykes To Watch Out For) presents her new graphic memoir Are You My Mother? A Comic Drama. University of Chicago, Rosenwald Hall, 5801 S. Ellis, at 5pm.

Gary Krist @ Book Cellar

Gary Krist, author of City of Scoundrels: The 12 Days Of Disaster That Gave Birth To Modern Chicago, will be discussing his latest historical novel at the Book Cellar, 4736-38 N. Lincoln Ave., tonight at 7pm. Free.

The Moth StorySLAM @ Martyrs'

Martyrs plays host to the monthly Moth StorySLAM. Willing audience members are randomly chosen to deliver a short story based upon the agreed-upon topic (tonight's topic: "Competition"), and a panel of judges picks the winner, who advances to the semifinals held later this year. The show starts tonight at 8pm. Tickets are $8 at the door, but some advance tickets will be available for $16 at The Moth Website. Martyrs: 3855 N. Lincoln. (773) 404-9494.

Write Club @ The Hideout

The Hideout once again plays hosts for Write Club, the literary bouts between writers taking up opposing opinions. Tonight's bouts: FIGHT (Christian Stolte) vs. FLIGHT (David Pasquesi); THEORY (Mare Swallow) vs. PRACTICE (Michael Patrick Thornton); and LOST (Dave Snyder) vs. FOUND (Ian Belknap). Write Club starts at 7pm, and admission is $8. Hideout: 1354 W. Wabansia. (773) 227-4433.

Chicago Stories @ Cole's

This Saturday at Cole's is the release of Curbside Splendor's latest book, Chicago Stories: 40 Dramatic Fictions by Michael Czyzniejewski. The book tells Chicago stories through the personae of its famous citizens. Author Alan Heathcock says "an absurdist Chi-town Spoon River Anthology on crack, Chicago Stories is an explosion of imagination, a relentless churn of intellect and wit. In true Chicago style, this book tells it straight to your face and pulls no punches." Actors will be reading in the voice of Gary Dotson, Ann Landers, Jane Addams, Hugh Hefner and Rod Blagojevich, among others. Cole's, 2338 N. Milwaukee, April 21at 7-10pm.

Poets to Playwrights Conservatory: Ten Minute Play Readings

The young poets of Young Chicago Authors have turned poems into short plays and will perform them in partnership with Victory Gardens Theater "Poets to Playwrights Conservatory" that, hence the name, aims to turn slam poets into playwrights. The plays will be performed as staged readings, directed by professional Chicago artists, this afternoon from 3-6pm at Young Chicago Authors, 1180 N. Milwaukee Ave. The event is FREE and open to the public. You can email poets2playwrights@gmail.com for more information.

Story Lab @ Black Rock

Story Lab stands apart from other series in the city in its accessibility and unmitigated audience support for the performers. Join storytellers and story lovers at the Black Rock (3614 N. Damen) where each month, an entirely different lineup of up-and-coming storytellers share their freshest pieces. This month's readers include: Aria Alexander-Manifold, Jeff Bakkenson, Dale Cocca, Jeff Grabowski, Sara Kaplan, and Lydia Stux. Hosted by Scott Whitehair of the reading series This Much is True. Show starts at 7:30pm, and is free. Get there early for a seat and to take advantage of the $5 burger and $3.50 Chicago microbrew specials. For more information visit Black Rock Pub or Story Lab Chicago.

My First Time: First Digs

CHIRP's "My First Time" reading series tackles "First Digs" tonight at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont Ave., at 8pm. Readers include GB's own Andrew Huff, Steve Forstneger of Illinois Entertainer, Ingrid Graudins, Sondra Morin, Jessi Langsen, Scott Hess and host Jocelyn Geboy, telling stories of their first homes, followed by a related song performed by the First Time Band. Admission is $10. 21+

Essay Fiesta @ The Book Cellar

It's time for Essay Fiesta at the Book Cellar in Lincoln Square. Join co-hosts Keith Ecker and Alyson Lyon as they present this month's readers: stand-up comic Cameron Esposito; director and teacher Matthew Miller; Moth GrandSLAM Champion Shannon Cason; author of Zen and the Art of Waitering Jonas Simon; and writer/director MT Cozzola. As always, the show includes a raffle with all proceeds going to the youth literacy organization 826 Chicago. Show starts at 7pm at the Book Cellar (4736 N. Lincoln), and is free, but get there early - this show goes from plenty of seating to standing room only in a jiffy. For more information visit Essay Fiesta.

Chicago Comics & Entertainment Expo

C2E2, the Chicago Comics & Entertainment Expo, runs April 13-15 in the North Building at McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Dr. Browse the show floor, hit panel discussions and get autographs from your favorite comic book artists, authors, and film and TV stars. The expo is open to the public from 10am to 5pm today. Tickets are $25 for a one-day pass, $50 for a weekend pass in advance, $35 and $65 at the door.

Sister Spit @ CIMM Fest

The San Francisco based queer poetry and performance troupe Sister Spit will be shakin' things up in Chicago tonight. The featured reader of the night is novelist and Columbia College advisory board member Dorothy Allison (Bastard Out of Carolina). Other performers include Michelle Tea, writer/musician/dancer Brontez Purnell of Gravy Train!!!, writer/performer Erin Markey, singer/comic book artist Cassie J. Sneider, and transgendered, nationally ranking slam poet Kit Yan. The show is part of the Chicago International Movie and Music Festival. The show is at the Wicker Park Art Center, 2215 W. North Ave., at 8 p.m., followed by an afterparty at Beauty Bar, 1444 W. Chicago Ave., beginning at 10:30 p.m. Admission to the performance is $12 and the afterparty offers a sliding-scale admission of $5-$10. Tickets can be purchased here.

Chicago Comics & Entertainment Expo

C2E2, the Chicago Comics & Entertainment Expo, runs April 13-15 in the North Building at McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Dr. Browse the show floor, hit panel discussions and get autographs from your favorite comic book artists, authors, and film and TV stars. The expo is open to the public from 10am to 7pm today. Tickets are $25 for a one-day pass, $50 for a weekend pass in advance, $35 and $65 at the door.

Chicago Comics & Entertainment Expo

C2E2, the Chicago Comics & Entertainment Expo, runs April 13-15 in the North Building at McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Dr. Browse the show floor, hit panel discussions and get autographs from your favorite comic book artists, authors, and film and TV stars. The expo is open to the public from 1pm to 7pm today. Tickets are $25 for a one-day pass, $50 for a weekend pass in advance, $35 and $65 at the door.

This Much Is True @ Hopleaf

Come out to the Hopleaf for the April installment of This Much Is True, featuring stories by regular contributors Dorrie Ferguson, Larry Kerns, and Scott Whitehair, with special guests Margaret Burke, Oba-Willia King, Janna Sobel, and Jack Zimmerman. The Hopleaf is located at 5148 N. Clark, show starts at 7:30pm, and is free. A word to the wise: get there early for a seat, and bring cash - credit cards are not accepted in the upstairs bar. For more info visit This Much is True or Hopleaf.

Funny Ha-Ha @ Hideout

Claire Zulkey hosts another edition of Funny Ha-Ha tonight at 7pm at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., Tonight's show features readings and performances from the AV Club's Marcus Gilmer, Essay Fiesta host Keith Ecker, comedian Cameron Esposito, Chicago magazine's Cassie Walker, The Kates host Kelsie Huff, and filmmaker Steve Delahoyde. Admission is $5. 21+

Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club @ Filter

The Chicago Nerd Social Club presents their monthly Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club meeting tonight at 6:30pm at Filter (1373-75 North Milwaukee Avenue). Tonight's book up for discussion: Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games. The event is free and open to the public. Full details available at the Chicago Nerds Website.

Two Cookie and P. Fanatics Team Up Part Two!

The two literary series Two Cookie Minimum and P Fanatics for a second time this week. They meet up today. Easter Sunday, with free cookies, zines and a festive lineup including Dan Shapiro, Lindsay Hunter, Matt Rowan, Fred Sasaki and Fred Sasaki (father/son duo!), musical comedy by Rich Salamander, and house band Hawaiian Death Folk Presents. The show will be hosted by Mason Johnson and Johnny Misfit, 7:30pm at Cole's Bar, 2338 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Jules Feiffer @ Jean Albano Gallery

Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist Jules Feiffer will be in town today in honor of the 51st anniversary of The Phantom Tollboth. He will also be signing copies of his memoir, Backing Into Forward. Jean Albano Gallery, 215 W. Superior, April 7 at noon to 3pm.

Poetry Off the Shelf

The Poetry Foundation, 61 W. Superior St., Poetry Off the Shelf, a reading by Cuban poet Miguel Barnet and Spanish poet Ana Rossetti, tonight at 7pm.

Naked Girls Reading: Comedy Undressed

The women of Naked Girls Reading take a turn at reading comedic works with Comedy Undressed tonight at 7pm at the Everleigh Social Club, 939 W. Randolph St. Comedian Cameron Esposito hosts.Tickets are $20 for one or $35 for two. BYOB. 18+

The Interview Show @ Hideout

Mark Bazer's The Interview Show returns to The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., from 6:30pm to 8pm tonight. Guests this time around are actor Brian Dennehy, rapper King Louie and Chicago Opera General Director Brian Dickie. Adam Hendrickson and Louise Rogan also perform. Admission is $8. 21+

Story Club @ Uncommon Ground on Clark

It's the first Thursday in April, which means it's time for another installment of Story Club - this month's theme is "fire." Tonight's lineup includes 5 open mic slots and 2 featured readers: performance artist Kelly Anchors and actor Andrew Marikis. Open mic signup begins at 8, show begins at 8:15 at Uncommon Ground (3800 N. Clark). For more information visit Uncommon Ground or Story Club. This event is free, and reservations are strongly recommended to guarantee seating.

Reader Book Swap

The Reader Book Swap is tonight from 6pm to 9pm at Bottom Lounge, 1375 W. Lake St. Bring books to give away and pick up some new ones. DJ Kristen Marks spins. Free totebag to the first 100 swappers. Free.

Anna Anthropy @ Enemy

Tonight, video game designer Anna Anthropy signs Rise of the Videogame Zinesters: How Freaks, Normals, Amateurs, Artists, Dreamers, Drop-outs, Queers, Housewives, and People Like You Are Taking Back an Art Form. A Dorkbot Chicago event. Enemy, 1550 N. Milwaukee, at 7pm.

Reading Under the Influence

Reading Under the Influence celebrates the book release of one of it's co-founding members Jesse Jordan. In keeping with their format, the theme of the monthly reading will be the title of Jordan's debut novel, "Gospel Hollow." Along with Jordan, readers will include Jamison Spencer, Joan Friedrich and RUI's most-requested-reader ever, Darwyn Jones.

RUI is always in the back room of Sheffield's, 3258 N. Sheffield Ave, 7pm, $3.

100 Things Cubs Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die Book Launch

Jimmy Greenfield celebrates the release of his book 100 Things Cubs Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die at the Third Rail Tavern, 1133 W. Madison St., tonight from 6pm to 9pm. Greenfield will read from the book and sign copies. More details and RSVP on Facebook. Free. 21+

Two Cookie and P. Fanatics Team Up Reading!

Two literary series team up twice this week, bringing featured readers, zines and cookies. Two Cookie Minimum and P Fanatics first mash up is scheduled for Tuesday April 3rd. The lineup includes Dan Shapiro, Maggie Ritchie, Laura Szumowski, Dave Snyder, Kieth Rosson (Avow zine from Milwaukee), Jill Summers, and Adam Drent.
Join hosts Mason Johnson and Johnny Misfit. The event at the Hungry Brain 2319 W. Belmont at 9pm. As always, there will be cookies.

Tuesday Funk @ Hopleaf

Come for the 80 varieties of beer, stay for the storytelling. It's time for the April installment of Tuesday Funk at the Hopleaf (5148 N. Clark). Tonight's readers include Mary Anne Mohanraj, GB's own J.H. Palmer, Charlotte Hart, Mare Swallow, and Richard Chwedyk. Seating begins at 7pm, reading begins at 7:30pm, and admission is free. Cash only bar upstairs.

The Book: Past, Present and Future @ First United Methodist

Are books-as-physical object going the way of the dinosaur? Or is that an overly alarmist view? Come to First United Methodist Church today for the lecture "The Book: Past, Present and Future," presented by Anthony Grafton. Grafton is a professor at Princeton, a leading historian of the book, and the author of The Footnote: A Curious History. The lecture is part of the Chicago Humanities Festival. Get tickets here or call (312) 494-9409. First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple, 77 W. Washington, at 2pm. $10; $5 for teacher and students.

43rd Annual Chicago's Biggest Liar Contest @ Herdegen-Brieske Funeral Home

10 of Chicago's most dishonest storytellers compete in The 43rd Annual Chicago's Biggest Liar Contest. Produced by This Much Is True and Story Lab host Scott Whitehair, there's no telling how this evening will go down exactly, but rest assured - you'll hear some whoppers. Competing for the title of Biggest Liar and the accompanying trophy - the coveted Hogwash Cup are: Keith Ecker; Don Hall; Rebecca Kling; Monte LaMonte; Paulette McDaniels; Colleen Mulligan; Sheri Reda; Eve Shapiro; Dave Stinton; and Kristen Studard. Show starts at 8pm, tickets are $15 at the door and available in advance online at Brown Paper Tickets. Show takes place at Herdegen-Brieske Funeral Home (1356 W. Wellington). Free parking is available in the lot at Herdegen-Brieske, and CTA options include the Wellington Brown Line Stop and the #11 and #9 buses.

A History of Chicago's O'Hare Airport @ Logan Square Library

The Logan Square Library (3030 W. Fullerton) hosts a lecture by author Michael Branigan from 3-5pm today, who will be talking about his book A History of Chicago's O'Hare Airport, which traces the history of that little patch of ground that serves as one of the world's busiest airports. Free.

Benjamin Busch @ The Book Cellar

Tonight the Book Cellar welcomes Benjamin Busch, veteran, indie film director and actor on the TV show "The Wire." He'll be signing his new memoir, Dust to Dust, which chronicles his childhood in upstate New York, his time as a Marine in the Iraq War and the deaths of his parents (including his famous father). The Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln, at 7pm.

Roctober 20th Anniversary Book/Magazine Release Party @ Quimby's

Roctober magazine turns 20 with a magazine and book release party at Quimby's. Guests can purchase copies of Roctober #50 as well as Flying Saucers Rock n Roll: The Best of Roctober and Aaron Cohen's Aretha Franklin's Amazing Grace. There will also be readings, a Q&A about the history of Roctober, and karaoke with Chic-A-Go-Go's Ratso. Quimby's, 1854 W. North Ave., 773-342-0910.

Songs of Innocence and of Experience @ the Poetry Foundation

Tonight at 6pm, the Poetry Foundation (61 W. Superior) invites you to watch a modern interpretation of William Blake's Songs of Innocence and of Experience, performed by Billy Blake and the Vagabonds. Using folk, pop, country, and gospel music, so it's a must see! Especially considering attendees will receive a free edition of the April 2012 Poetry magazine and an Edie Fake print of "The Little Vagabond" by William Blake. The event will also celebrate Billy Blake and the Vagabonds release of Billy Blake and the Vagabonds Live in Concert.
Admission is free, and you can save yourself a seat here.

Story Week: Chicago Classics

Columbia College's Story Week culminates with a reading of Chicago classics at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Ave., from 6pm to 8pm tonight. Hosted by Rick Kogan, the evening will include readings by Audrey Niffenegger, Adam Levin, Elizabeth Berg, Kevin Coval and many more. Admission is free, but reservations are strongly recommended.

10,000 Tons of Black Ink II: Release Party

10,000 Tons of Black Ink is releasing its second volume of some of the world's best new literary talent. The release party will be held at the Book Cellar, 4736-38 N. Lincoln Ave., tonight at 7pm. You will receive a copy of the latest volume with a $5 donation.

Mike Doughty @ SPACE

Singer-songwriter Mike Doughty performs -- and also reads from and discusses his new memoir, The Book of Drugs -- at SPACE, 1245 Chicago Ave. in Evanston, tonight at 7pm. Tickets are $22 to $42.

Story Week

A full day of readings, discussions and more is scheduled for Columbia College's Story Week today; see the schedule for full listings. Free.

Story Lab @ Black Rock

Story Lab stands apart from other series in the city in its accessibility and unmitigated audience support for the performers. Join storytellers and story lovers at the Black Rock (3614 N. Damen) where each month, an entirely different lineup of up-and-coming storytellers share their freshest pieces. This month's readers include: Gipsy Escobar, Ben Gibson, Kate Herold, Camille Izlar, Andrew Kerns, and Zack Meyer. Hosted by Scott Whitehair of the reading series This Much is True. Show starts at 7:30pm, and is free. Get there early for a seat and to take advantage of the $5 burger and $3.50 Chicago microbrew specials. For more information visit Black Rock Pub or Story Lab Chicago.

Jo Guldi @ Union League & Read/Write Library

Author Jo Guldi presents two talks based on her book Roads To Power: Britain Invents the Infrastructure State today. The first is at the Union Club, 65 W. Jackson Blvd., at 11:30am. It will focus on comparisons of infrastructure and decay in 19th century Britain and the contemporary Midwest. Admission is $30, reservations required.

The second talk is at Read/Write Library, 914 N. California Ave., at 9pm, and is described as "a straight-up radical story about technology, ray kurzweil, participation, peasant riots, open roads, and net neutrality." This talk is free.

Story Week

A full day of readings, discussions and more is scheduled for Columbia College's Story Week today; see the schedule for full listings. Free.

Mortified @ Lincoln Hall

Mortified holds a special edition of its show about embarrassing stories at Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln Ave., tonight at 8pm. The show will be filmed for a documentary about the reading series, and Blue Ribbon Glee Club will perform. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door. 21+

Story Week

A full day of readings, discussions and more is scheduled for Columbia College's Story Week today; see the schedule for full listings. Free.

Essay Fiesta @ The Book Cellar

If you've lost track of which Monday this is, it's Essay Fiesta Monday at the Book Cellar in Lincoln Square. Join co-hosts Keith Ecker and Alyson Lyon as they present this month's readers: author of Living Oprah Robyn Okrant; Chicago Fringe Festival Executive Director Vinnie Lacey; Host of Real Talk Live J.W. Basilo; The Nervous Breakdown Contributor Zoe Zolbrod; and storyteller Sheri Reda. As always, the show includes a raffle with all proceeds going to the youth literacy organization 826 Chicago. Show starts at 7pm at the Book Cellar (4736 N. Lincoln), and is free, but get there early - this show goes from plenty of seating to standing room only in a jiffy. For more information visit Essay Fiesta.

Story Week

A full day of readings, discussions and more is scheduled for Columbia College's Story Week today; see the schedule for full listings. Free.

Story Week Kickoff Party

Columbia College's Story Week kicks off with a party at Buddy Guy's Legends, 700 S. Wabash Ave., tonight at 6:30pm. Hosted by 2nd Story's Megan Stielstra and Bobby Biedrzycki, the evening will feature storytelling by Devon Polderman, Kathie Bergquist, Lisa Schlesinger and Germania Solorzano, as well as music by Seeking Wonderland. A reception precedes the event from 5:30pm to 6:30pm. Free. 18+ until 9pm, 21+ thereafter. Details here.

The Sweet and Sour Poetry Hour @ Let Them Eat Chocolate

Chocolate and poetry--do we need to say any more? Tonight The Sweet and Sour Poetry Hour celebrates its third edition with an open mic (starting at 7pm) and special guest performances (starting at 7:30pm), including Kevin "Bam" Smith and D-Nick the Microphone Misfit, at Andersonville's Let Them Eat Chocolate. Bring some of your own poetry, stories, or monologues at 6:30pm to sign up for the 7 open mic slots. Or come at 7pm, buy some delicious chocolate, and settle in for some seriously sweet fun. (Admission is free!)

Anne Elizabeth Moore @ Book Cellar

Anne Elizabeth Moore reads from her book Cambodian Grrrl: Self-Publishing in Phnom Penh at The Book Cellar, 4736-38 N. Lincoln Ave., tonight at 7pm. Free.

This Much Is True @ Hopleaf

Come out to the Hopleaf for another fantastic lineup at This Much Is True, featuring stories by Roger Bonair-Agard, Dorrie Ferguson, Joe Janes, Maia Morgan, Deanna Moffitt, Anne Shimojima, and Scott Whitehair. The Hopleaf is located at 5148 N. Clark, show starts at 7:30pm, and is free. A word to the wise: get there early for a seat, and bring cash - credit cards are not accepted in the upstairs bar. For more info visit This Much is True or Hopleaf.

Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club @ Filter

The Chicago Nerd Social Club presents their latest sfi fi & fantasy book club meeting tonight at 6:30pm at Filter (1373-75 North Milwaukee Avenue). Tonight's book is Kraken by China Miéville. The meeting is free and open to the public.

The Boho Dance @ The Poetry Foundation

The Poetry Foundation welcomes playwright Beau O'Reilly and actor John Starrs in The Boho Dance, which imagines a conversation between Walt Whitman and Allen Ginsberg; comedy and entertainment ensues. The Poetry Foundation, 61 W. Superior, 3pm. Free. Advance tickets are spoken for; tickets at the door will be made available on a first come, first serve basis.

The Boho Dance @ The Poetry Foundation

The Poetry Foundation welcomes playwright Beau O'Reilly and actor John Starrs in The Boho Dance, which imagines a conversation between Walt Whitman and Allen Ginsberg; comedy and entertainment ensues. The Poetry Foundation, 61 W. Superior, 7pm. Free. Advance tickets are spoken for; tickets at the door will be available on a first come, first serve basis.

Louder Than A Bomb @ The Vic

Tonight is the final team competition in the Louder Than A Bomb teen poetry fest. The largest such festival in the world, it was founded in 2001 to bring teens together across racial, gang, and socioeconomic lines through self-expression and community. The Vic, 3145 N. Sheffield, 6 pm. $20, $10 students. Sold out; first come, first serve tickets will be made available.

Reading Under The Influence Collaborates with CPL and Story Week Festival

Reading Under the Influence returns tonight at 7pm, collaborating with Columbia College's Story Week Festival of Writers and Chicago Public Library's One Book, One Chicago program. Featured readers are all Columbia College Fiction Writing department faculty and staff. Showcasing original work will be Fiction Writing Chair Randy Albers and professors Eric May and Ann Hemenway. The department's secretary Nicole Chakalis will read a selection from this year's chosen "One Book," Gold Boy, Emerald Girl by Yiyun Li. RUI is always in the back room of Sheffield's, 3258 N. Sheffield Ave. $3 cover. 21+

Two Cookie Minimum All Zinester Reading

Two Cookie Minimum reading series is back with an all zinester reading. Zinesters will be showcasing new works, before they will have them at the Chicago Zine Fest. Featured zinesters include Jonathon Cannon, Liz Baudler, Nicole Baiel, Carrie Colpitts, Dave Roche, and Eric Bartholomew. As always, the event boasts they will provide free cookies. Stop by Hungry Brain, 2319 W. Belmont at 9pm.

Dr. Seuss Day @ Open Books

Open Books, 213 W. Institute Pl., is celebrating Dr. Seuss' birthday today with a bunch of kid-oriented activities between noon and 4pm. At 1pm the Emerald City Theatre Company leads drama games, at 2pm the Storybook Mom reads Seuss books, and at 3pm the Wishcraft Workshop helps with Seuss-themed craft projects. Plus coloring, facepainting, readings and cake all day, and all children's books are 20 percent off. Free.

Sun Magazine Reading @ Heartland Cafe

Tonight, Sy Safransky, founder and editor of The Sun magazine, will be reading at The Heartland Cafe in Rogers Park along with authors Poe Ballantine, Krista Bremer and Cheryl Strayed. The Heartland Cafe, 7000 N. Glenwood, 8pm.

An Evening of Word and Image @ Stop Smiling Storefront

As the new biannual Chicagoan magazine gains steam, editor-in-chief J. C. Gabel shuts a door: to the former Stop Smiling storefront. As founder of the late Stop Smiling magazine (and current publisher of Stop Smiling Books), Gabel hosts one last hurrah in the the space at 1371 N. Milwaukee Ave., starting at 7:30 on March 2.

Poets Jill Magi, Amaranth Borsul, and Michael Robbins; fiction writers Danielle Dutton and Justin Taylor; photographer Erica Baum; and more present work in which "they re-envision the form of 'the book' itself."

But that isn't all, promises Gabel: "Dance party afterward."

The-Drum & Supreme Cuts @ Melville House 10th Anniversary Party

The Melville House 10th Anniversary Party with music by The-Drum and Supreme Cuts will be at the Stop Smiling storefront located at 1371 N. Milwaukee Ave. Doors are at 9PM and admission is free. Gapers Block previewed the party in Transmission.

AWP Off Site Event: Literature Party

Chicago's lit scene lets it all hang out for an AWP inspired event aptly titled the Literature Party.

There are scheduled readings by Tim Kinsella, Dorothea Lasky, Mary Miller, and a shadow puppet show by Jill Summers and Susie Kirkwood set to text by Jesse Ball. As for the party side of things, the evet kicks off with an opening DJ set by James Yeh and Lincoln Michel of Gigantic and a closing dance party by Matt Roan. Sharing the duty of hosting alongside Dodson will be Lindsay Hunter (Quickies reading series).

Join the party Friday March 2nd, 8pm at Lincoln Hall 2424 N Lincoln Avenue.

Propaganda @ Drinking & Writing Theatre

Tonight at 9pm in the Drinking & Writing Theatre at Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph St., the AWP Conference presents Propaganda, an evening of readings by Matt Bell, Jessica Anya Blau, Blake Butler, Alexandra Chasin, Molly Gaudry, Amelia Gray, Lindsay Hunter, Jac Jemc, Stephen Knezovich, Samuel Ligon, Robert Lopez, Nelly Reifler, Joseph Salvatore, Jason Sommer, Matthew Vollmer and Jess Walter. Free.

Story Club @ Uncommon Ground on Clark

Come out to Uncommon Ground on Clark for the March installment of Story Club, focusing on the theme of "waiting." Tonight's lineup includes 4 open mic slots and 3 featured readers: TriQuarterly Online Managing Editor Amanda Morris; crafty lady Beth Cummings; and This American Life contributor Julianne Hill. Open mic signup begins at 8; show begins at 8:30 at Uncommon Ground (3800 N. Clark). For more information visit Uncommon Ground or Story Club. This event is free, and reservations strongly recommended to guarantee seating.

Chattengers Book Club

Challengers comics hosts a monthly graphic novel book club called Chattingers (giving weight to the Conversation part of their name). This month, February 29th, their book will be Neil Gaiman's Books of Magic. Join attendees in a discussion of the work. Stop by the store and pick up a copy before the event. Then show up at 7pm to Challengers Comics + Conversation 1845 N Western Ave.

AWP Women's Caucus @ Women & Children First

Tonight, Women & Children First (5233 N Clark) will play host to one of the many AWP Conference kick-off events happening around the city. Poets from the AWP Women's Caucus will do a poetry reading starting at 7:30. Admission is free.

TallGrass Writers Guild Open Mic @ The Bourgeois Pig

The TallGrass Writers Guild is hosting an open mic with Charlotte Hart tonight at 7:30pm at The Bourgeois Pig (738 W Fullerton, use the right-hand doorway). For $6 ($5 for students), you can captivate the audience with your poetry, fiction, non-fiction, etc.

Jon Langford & Martin Billheimer's Story Night

Jon Langford and Martin Billheimer launch Story Night at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, tonight from 6m to 8pm. They'll read "Chapter One: Plague Of Darkness," a Gothic horror story, aloud -- with atmospheric music by James Elkington and Sally Timms, sound effects by Brian Keigher and visuals by the Hideout's SS Panto crew. Tickets are $10. 21+

How To Be Black Release Party @ The Hideout

Tonight at The Hideout is the Chicago release party for Baratunde Thurston's How To Be Black. Part memoir, part tongue-in-cheek self-help guide, Publisher's Weekly calls it "a hilarious blend of razor-sharp satire and memoir;" Fast Company calls it "an assault on nostalgia - a satirical, biographical attack on the idea that 'blackness' or any label should be derived from historical description." The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, at 7pm. $8 cover.

Read/Write Library Chicago Open Mic Reading

The Read/Write Library Chicago is hosting it's first Open Mic Reading (hopefully an ongoing event)! Reader slot will be signed up on a first-come-first-serve basis. Prose, Essays, Poetry and the like are welcome. Time per reader is 7 minutes. The event begins at 7pm and will go through 9:30 depending on how many readers come out (that means you!). Light refreshments will be provided. The event is free so stop by the Read/Write Library's new space at 914 N. California.

Jamal Joseph@Harold Washington Library

Former Black Panther Party member Jamal Joseph is reading from his new novel Panther Baby: A Life of Rebellion & Reinvention at the Harold Washington Library, Cindy Pritzker Auditorium, 400 S. State St. @ 6pm. Seating is first come, first served.

Open Mic @ Nothin' Less Cafe

Logan Square coffee house Nothin' Less Cafe hosts an open mic for poets and acoustic musicians, tonight and every Wednesday. Jose Isael Gonzalez and resident poet Luis Tubens host. Nothin' Less Cafe, 2642 N. Milwaukee Ave., 8:30-10pm. Donations accepted.

Essay Fiesta @ The Book Cellar

Come out to the Book Cellar for this month's installment of Essay Fiesta, with co-hosts Keith Ecker and Alyson Lyon. This month's readers include: WBEZ blogger and A.V. Club contributor Claire Zulkey; Actor, writer and director Jason Economus; Author and artist Michele Fitzsimmons; Writer Brandon Will; and Essay Fiesta super-fan Rachael Kossy. As always, the show includes a raffle with all proceeds going to the youth literacy organization 826 Chicago. Show starts at 7pm at the Book Cellar (4736 N. Lincoln), and is free. For more information visit Essay Fiesta.

Moth StorySlam@Haymarket Pub & Brewery

Tonight at the Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph St.@ 8pm is the Moth StorySlam. Sign up to tell a story, or listen to others as they share their stories. Tickets are $8. Be sure to arrive early, seating is limited.

Oldest Chicago Talk @ Edgewater Historical Society

Author David Anthony Witter discusses his book Oldest Chicago, about Chicago's oldest things in various categories, at the Edgewater Historical Society, 5358 N. Ashland Ave., today from 1:30pm to 4pm.

Poetry Out Loud Finals @ the Poetry Foundation

Starting at 10am today, Chicago high school students who made it to the Regional Poetry Out Loud finals will compete for a chance to go all the way to the National finals in Washington DC in May. The event is free and is held at the Poetry Foundation (61 W Superior) and is open to the public, with standby tickets opening up an hour before the start time. Come support the students as they flex their mental memorization and recitation muscles!

Jane Austen Night @ the Book Cellar

If your Mr. Darcy let you down this Valentine's Day, take some solace in this Book Cellar's Jane Austen-themed evening this Thursday. The evening will feature Karen Doornebos (Definitely Not Mr. Darcy) and Mona Scheuermann (Reading Jane Austen). The Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln Ave., Thursday, February 16 at 7pm.

Catherine Theis and Jessica Savitz @ Women and Children First

Tonight, Chicago authors and Iowa Writers Workshop alumns Theis and Savitz read from their first published collections, The Fraud of Good Sleep and Hunting is Painting, respectively. Taking place at Women and Children First, the reading is free and begins at 7pm.

Story Lab @ Black Rock

Story Lab stands apart from other series in the city in its accessibility and unmitigated audience support for the performers. Join storytellers and story lovers at the Black Rock (3614 N. Damen) where each month, an entirely different lineup of up-and-coming storytellers share their freshest pieces. This month's readers include: Jen Daniels, Dana Jerman, Louis Knapp, Kerry Maiorca, Mike Manship, and Blake Richter. Hosted by Scott Whitehair of the reading series This Much is True. Show starts at 7:30pm, and is free. Get there early for a seat and to take advantage of the $5 burger and $3.50 Chicago microbrew specials. For more information visit Black Rock Pub or Story Lab Chicago.

This Much Is True @ Hopleaf

Not only is today Valentine's day, It's also the 2nd Tuesday of the month, so bring your sweetheart to The Hopleaf for This Much Is True! This month's lineup features stories by regulars Dorrie Ferguson, Deanna Moffitt, and Scott Whitehair, and special guests Shannon Cason, Carol LaChapelle, Natasha Tsoutsouris, and Paul Whitehouse. The Hopleaf is located at 5148 N. Clark, show starts at 7:30pm, and is free. A word to the wise: get there early for a seat, and bring cash - credit cards are not accepted in the upstairs bar. For more info visit This Much is True or Hopleaf.

Solo In The Second City @ Cobra Lounge

Local writers (among them our own Jasmine Davila) read essays about being single (and being single in Chicago) tonight at Cobra Lounge, 235 N Ashland.

Erotica Exotica Poetica @ Weeds

Wanna spice up your Monday? Check out the annual Erotica Exotica Poetica open mic at Weeds (1555 N. Dayton) tonight, starting at 10pm. Gregorio Gomez hosts as poets bring their "most sexiest, seductive, sensual, and orgasmic poetry" to read to (and turn on) the audience. Admission and parking are free, but it's 21+ only! (IDs will be checked.)

Sarah Becan Releases Graphic Novel Shuteye

Challengers Comics hosts yet another great event for the release party of Sarah Becan's Shuteye Saturday February 11th. Becan's new graphic novel will be available for purchase and possible opportunity to get it signed. Challengers will provide some beer and wine for those 21 and over as well as snacks for all. Join the party 6pm, Challengers Comics + Conversation, 1845 N Western Ave.

Poet Vittorio Carli at Quimbys

Poet Vittorio Carli reads from his book A Passion For Apathy Saturday February 11th at Quimbys. Carli's book experiments with genre varying from beat to the surreal. Carli is joined by Vince Bruckert, Dave Gecic, Lynn Fitzgerald, Bradley Lastname, and others.
Go to Quimby's Bookstore at 7pm 1854 W. North Ave.

Urban Sandbox @ Comfort Station

Tonight is the Urban Sandbox poetry reading at Comfort Station featuring Kevin Coval, No Se (Team Westinghouse) and hosted by Dan "Sully" Sullivan. Comfort Station Logan Square, 2579 N. Milwaukee, 7:30pm. All ages, $5 cover.

Granta Magazine Reading

The British literary magazine Granta celebrates its winter issue, Exit Strategies, with a reading and conversation between Chinelo Okparanta (faculty of University of Iowa) and Nami Mun (faculty at Columbia College's Fiction Writing department) tonight at 7:30pm at Woman and Children First, 5233 N. Clark St.

Martha Bayne @ Quimby's

Journalist and Soup and Bread creator Martha Bayne appears at Quimby's (1854 W North) tonight at 7pm to chat about the weekly soup-eating charity event's recently published cookbook.

Leslie Goddard @ CAF Lunchtime Lecture

The Chicago Architecture Foundation's Lunchtime Lecture series this week features author Leslie Goddard reading from and discussing her book, Remembering Marshall Field's. The event runs from 12:15pm to 1pm in the CAF Lecture Hall Gallery,
224 S. Michigan Ave. Free -- bring your lunch.

Author's Ben Marcus and Sam Lipsyte at SAIC

Tuesday February 7th, attend the the School of the Art Institute's Spring 2012 Visiting Artists Program series as they invite authors Sam Lipsyte and Ben Marcus. Both will be reading, followed by Q&A. Books will be on hand for purchase and possibly signing. The event begins at 6pm in the Columbus Auditorium, 280 South Columbus Drive

Damian Serbu @ Women and Children First

Tonight, Women and Children First welcomes local author Damian Serbu ("the Anne Rice of gay horror"). He'll be reading from his newest The Vampire's Quest: Book II in the Vampire's Angel Series. Women and Children First, 5233 N. Clark, at 7:30pm.

Reading Under the Influence Celebrates Mardi Gras

Reading Under the Influence aims to celebrate Mardi Gras at their February reading (the first of 2012). Readers will feature Patricia Ann McNair (author of The Temple of Air), Seth Alexander (writer and religious scholar), Quinn Stephens (writer and animator of Laser Dragon University) and Kyle Chaney (a RUI co-host). The month's theme will be "carnival" just in time for Fat Tuesday.

Stop in to at the back-back room at Sheffield's, 3258 N. Sheffield Ave, 7pm with a $3 cover.

The First Time: First Record

CHIRP Radio presents "The First Time: First Record" tonight at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont Ave., at 8pm. The Reader's Miles Raymer of The Chicago Reader, Chicagomag.com's Whet Moser, Chicagoist's Chuck Sudo, Second City's Sabrina Harper and CHIRP's own Shawn Campbell read stories about their first records, followed by an acoustic cover of a song from that record by the First Time house band. Jocelyn Geboy hosts. Tickets are $10 in advance or at the door. 21+

Write Club Presents Races Wars

Write Club is back with its 22nd chapter, titled "Race Wars". For those who don't know, Write Club is a reading series that pits contestants against each other with competing assigned themes. There are three bouts seven minutes long. The audience votes on the winner. Oh, and all proceeds go to charities of winners' choosing. You're intrigued.

Race Wars bouts include Black by host Ian Belknap vs. White by Samantha Irby, Gay by Mairead Case vs. Straight by Whit Nelson, and Cat by Daniel Shapiro vs. Dog by Natalie Edwards. Write Club is on Tuesday January 31st, $8, 7pm, at the Hideout (1354 W. Wabansia).

The Moth StorySLAM @ Martyrs'

Martyrs' presents the monthly StorySLAM from The Moth. Ten participants are picked at random to deliver five-minute stories, which are judged by a panel of audience members. The winner gets to move on to the Grandslam Championships, where 10 winners face off to declare a grand champion. Tonight's StorySLAM starts at 8pm. Tickets are $8 and are only available at the door, so get there early! Martyrs': 3855 North Lincoln Avenue. (773) 404-9494.

Two Cookie Minimum Reading Series Year One

Two Cookie Minimum returns in 2012 with a lineup of readers culled from the laundry list of guests that appeared at the series in 2011. There's a mix of zinesters and writers featuring:
Lara Levitan, Carrie Colpitts (my aim is true zine), Tom Lynch, Georgi Johnson (cursive zine), and Jim Joyce (or let it sink zine).

The event is back at the Hungry Brain 2319 W. Belmont at 9pm. As always, there will be cookies.

The Chicago Way Gets A Lesson in Style

The Chicago Way literary series changes up gears a bit, shifting from crime to romance and style. Guests include romance novelist Sherrill Bodine and woman-about-townCandace Jordan discussing writing about Chicago society.

Following will be a Q&A session and book signing. Jan 29th, stop at the The Hidden Shamrock (back room), 2723 N. Halsted at 7pm.

Quimby's 24 Hour Zine Challenge Reading

Quimby's bookstore is celebrating the results of their 24 Hour Zine Challenge with a reading from those who participated in this momentous occasion. Zinesters and artists will read from work they completed or began during the zine challenge. Stop by the store Saturday January 28th at 7pm. Quimby's is located at 1854 W. North Ave.

Lightness & Darkness Release Party @ Happy Dog

Brand-spankin' new multimedia book project Lightness & Darkness will throw its release party and first performance tonight at Happy Dog Gallery (1542 N. Milwaukee), a Wicker Park apartment gallery and alternative art space. For more information about Lightness & Darkness, and/or to support them on Kickstarter click here. For more information about the release event, visit the FB event page.

Solace in So Many Words

Weighed Words, micropublisher and imprint of Hourglass Books since 2010, will present Solace in So Many Words at the Wilmette Public Library on Thursday, January 26.

"Solace in So Many Words, featuring Wilmette writer J. Scott Smith, along with contributors Joan Corwin, Pamela Miller, Pat Rahmann D. J. Lachance and editor Ellen Wade Beals. What does solace mean? Come hear these distinguished writers share their poetry, fiction and essays on the very pertinent subject of solace."

Details:
Wilmette Public Library
1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette
Thursday, January 26 at 7:30 pm

The Second Story tells Secrets

The always interesting 2nd Story keeps going with their 2011-12 season Know Thyself with a reading January 26th themed Shhhh! Don't Tell: Stories of Secrets. That might mean skeletons in the closet, love affairs or anything that is too taboo to mention. The idea will be presented by storytellers Megan Stielstra, Margaret Marion, Rebecca Anderson, and Darwyn Jones. Get a glass of wine and settle down at 7pm at In Fine Spirits 5418-5420 N. Clark st.

Lightness & Darkness "BABY SHOWER" Fundraiser @ Uncharted Books

Lightness & Darkness is crowning, guys! Shower the baby with your love at Uncharted Books, a brand spanking new book store in the heart of Logan Square. Grant Reynolds will be doing commissioned drawings for donations for the book as well as selling some of his own publications to benefit L & D! There will be snacks, refreshments and other sort of fun stuff available for small donations. The event is today from 3:30 to 7pm at Uncharted Books: 2630 N. Milwaukee. More info here.

Bob Riesman @ Chicago Public Library, Blackstone Branch

Tonight, Bob Riesman presents I Feel So Good: The Life and Times of Big Bill Broonzy. Singer/songwriter Chris Walz will be on hand to play Broonzy's music. Chicago Public Library, Blackstone branch, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave., at 6pm.

Daniel Handler @ Barnes and Noble

Tonight, Daniel Handler (a.k.a. Lemony Snicket) signs his new young adult novel Why We Broke Up at the Skokie Barnes and Noble. Illustrator Maira Kalman will also be there. The novel tells the story of a breakup from a teenage girl's point of view. Barnes and Noble, 55 Old Orchard Center, Skokie, 7:30pm.

Four Monologues @ Poetry Foundation

Four Monologues is an excerpt from author and poet Aram Saroyan's play, The Laws of Light, done as a staged reading. Taking place at the Poetry Foundation (61 W Superior) at 7pm, the reading coincides with a letterpress book release. The artist's book edition was created by students in the Book and Paper Arts MFA program at Columbia College Chicago. Reserve your spot here or call (312) 787-7070.

Sherrill Bodine "All I Want is You" Book Discussion

On January 24th, romance novelist Sherrill Bodine discusses her latest novel All I Want is You, at The Book Stall 811 Elm Street in Winnetka, IL at 7pm.

Northwestern MFA Grads @ Stop Smiling Storefront

Northwestern MFA graduates, poets Christine Pacyk and Lana Rakhman, will receive a grand introduction by established poets Ron Gibbons and Simone Muench at a reading and reception tonight at 7pm at the Stop Smiling storefront (1371 N Milwaukee Ave). Admission is free, so come congratulate the new grads!

Funny Ha-Ha @ Hideout

Claire Zulkey's Funny Ha-Ha returns to the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., tonight from 7pm to 8:30pm. Readers in clude Chicagoist's Kim Bellware, BoyGirlBoyGirl's Edward Thomas-Herrera, Chicago Magazine's Scott Smith and Blewt!'s Steve Gadlin. Plus, short films by Steve Delahoyde. $5 admission benefits the Neighborhood Writing Alliance. 21+

Two With Water

Two With Water reading series starts the new year at Beauty Bar, 1444 W. Chicago Ave., focusing on the resolutions we all attempt so early in the year. Their theme tonight starting at 7pm is "Resolved." Readers include James Kennedy, JW Basilo, Maggie Ritchie, Brandon Will, Mason Johnson and Aubrey Scheffey. No cover, 21+

Gumbo Fiction Salon with Libby Fischer Hellman

Tonight, the Gumbo Fiction Salon, a multi-genre story stew (hence the name), welcomes Chicago crime fiction and thriller author Libby Fischer Hellman. There is an open mic sign up for ten minute spots.

This series meets on the third Thursday of every month, 7pm, at the Galway Arms Irish Pub (2442 N. Clark). $4 entrance fee, $2 for students.

Lori B. Andrews @ The Book Stall

Tonight author Lori B. Andrews presents I Know Who You Are and I Saw What You Did: Social Networks and the Death of Privacy at the Book Stall at Chestnut Court. Kirkus Reviews says "Unnerving narrative about the misuse of personal online information - without our knowledge - to track, judge and harm us in innumerable aspects of our lives. ...Authoritative, important reading for policymakers and an unnerving reminder that anything you post can and will be used against you." The Book Stall at Chestnut Court, 811 Elm Street, Winnetka, at 7pm.

Windy City Queer @ Gerber/Hart Library

Tonight, Gerber/Hart Library in Edgewater presents readings from the anthology Windy City Queer: LGBTQ Dispatches From the Third Coast. Editor Kathie Bergquist will be joined by contributors Karen Lee Osborne, Aldo Alvarez, Gerard Wozek, Deb Lewis and Emma Vosikey. Gerber/Hart Library, 1127 W. Granville, Ave., at 7pm.

Story Lab @ Black Rock

Story Lab stands apart from other series in the city in its accessibility and unmitigated audience support for the performers. Join storytellers and story lovers at the Black Rock (3614 N. Damen) where each month, an entirely different lineup of up-and-coming storytellers share their freshest pieces. This month's readers include: Barton Longacre, Brenda E. Kelly, Denise Santomauro, James Davisson, Joanna P. Lind, and Jodie Daquilanea. Hosted by Scott Whitehair of the reading series This Much is True. Show starts at 7:30pm, and is free. Get there early for a seat and to take advantage of the $5 burger and $3.50 Chicago microbrew specials. For more information visit Black Rock Pub or Story Lab Chicago.

Danny's Reading Series

Danny's Tavern monthly reading series continues with a pair of poets, Joanna Klink and Catherine Theis reading tonight starting at 7:30pm. Readings are followed by a DJ. FREE. Danny's is located in Bucktown at 1951 W. Dickens Ave. (773) 489-6457

Jodi Kantor, In Conversation with Steve Edwards @ Harold Washington Library

Tonight at 6pm, the Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State St., hosts New York Times correspondent Jodi Kantor as she discusses and signs her new book, The Obamas. Kantor gives readers an intimate look inside the Obamas' White House, as the family adjusts to their new lives as the country's first family, their close friendships and other relationships, and what it means to be the first African-American President and First Lady. Moderated by WBEZ's Steve Edwards. Free and open to the public. For more information, call (312) 747-4300.

Essay Fiesta @ The Book Cellar

It's a new year, and a new chance to come out to the Book Cellar for some fantastic live storytelling at Essay Fiesta, with co-hosts Keith Ecker and Alyson Lyon. This month's readers include: Columbia College professor and Jack Kerouac Writer-in-Residence David W. Berner; Sunday Night Sex Show producer and Bitches Gotta Eat blogger Samantha Irby; Encyclopedia Show contributor Edward Thomas Herrera; writer and designer Beth Cummings; and storyteller Natasha Tsoutsouris. As always, the show includes a raffle with all proceeds going to the youth literacy organization 826 Chicago. Show starts at 7pm at the Book Cellar (4736 N. Lincoln), and is free. For more information visit Essay Fiesta.

Empty Bottle Book Club

Did you know The Empty Bottle has a book club? For its first meeting this year, stop by Sunday Jan 15th at 1pm for a discussion around Jennifer Egan's novel "A Visit from the Goon Squad." Their bar is open as is their neighboring kitchen at Bite Cafe.

Crispin Hellion Glover @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre hosts a two-night appearance by none other than Crispin Hellion Glover. Tonight he's hosting a screening of his film "What is it?", along with a live dramatic presentation by Mr. Glover accompanied by a slide show. The starting time for both nights is 7:30pm; tickets are available for each event separately, or for both events. See the Music Box Website for full details and to purchase tickets. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Crispin Hellion Glover @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre hosts a two-night appearance by none other than Crispin Hellion Glover. Tonight he's hosting a screening of his film "It is fine! EVERYTHING IS FINE", along with a live dramatic presentation by Mr. Glover accompanied by a slide show. The starting time for both nights is 7:30pm; tickets are available for each event separately, or for both events. See the Music Box Website for full details and to purchase tickets. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

David Scheffer @ University of Chicago Law School

Tonight, Northwestern University law professor David Scheffer discusses his new book All the Missing Souls: A Personal History of the War Crimes Tribunals at the University of Chicago Law School. Scheffer spearheaded the war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in 1993. University of Chicago Law School, 1111 E. 60th St., at 6pm.

Sara Paretsky @ Women and Children First

Tonight, local mystery author Sara Paretsky will be appearing at Women and Children First. Her new novel, Breakdown, is the 15th novel following V. I. Warshawski, female private investigator. The Chicago Sun-Times says "Warshawski presents an irresistible combination - a cranky, vulnerable woman with
a messy life, but a superhuman willingness to put herself in harm's way for the sake of
justice." The event marks the 30th anniversary of the series. "Champagne, of course, and other refreshments will be served." Women and Children First, 5233 N. Clark, 7:30pm.

The Chicago Way Literary Series Welcomes Charlie Newton

For all you crime and mystery fans out there, join The Chicago Way literary series as they bring out authors Charlie Newton (who's new novel is Start Shooting) and Chicago native Jonathan Eig. The series is hosted by local author Michael Harvey (writer of the Chicago Way crime novel series)

There will be interactive Chicago-crime themed games with prizes. Stop at the The Hidden Shamrock (back room), 2723 N. Halsted Tuesday, January 10 at 7pm.

This Much Is True @ Hopleaf

It's the 2nd Tuesday of the month, start the year off right with the January installment of This Much Is True featuring stories by regulars Dorrie Ferguson, Larry Kerns, and Scott Whitehair, and special guests Paulette McDaniels, Dana Norris, and Dmitry Samarov. The Hopleaf is located at 5148 N. Clark, show starts at 7:30pm, and is free. A word to the wise: get there early for a seat, and bring cash - credit cards are not accepted in the upstairs bar. For more info visit This Much is True or Hopleaf.

Society of Midland Authors

The Society of Midland Authors discuss Twenty-First Century Chicago, an anthology of speeches, editorials, memoirs, biographies and articles investigating Chicago's "social, economic, political and governmental conditions," tonight at the Cliff Dwellers Club, 200 S. Michigan Ave., 22nd floor. The book's editors, Dick Simpson and Constance A. Mixon, and contributor Don Rose lead the discussion. A social hour with complimentary snacks and cash bar precede the event at 6pm; discussion begins at 7pm. Free.

P. Fanatics Reading Series Gets Famous

P. Fanatics was touted in Newcity's Top 5 of Everything 2011 as one of the city's best reading series. The theme this month is Fame, how coincidental. If you haven't checked it out, take a chance on Sunday, January 8th.

Performers include Daniel Shapiro, Jac Jemc, Kathleen Rooney, Benicia Blue, Vanessa Pegram, Patrick Allen Carberry, and Jason Bredle.

Join host Mason Johnson at Cole's bar: 2338 N Milwaukee Ave, 730pm.

Julie Hyzy Affairs of Steak Book Launch

What do the White House, cooking and mystery novels have in common? Author Julie Hyzy who has been releasing a series of mystery novels that involve the oval-office's chef. She will hold a release for her newest title in the seriesAffairs of Steak today at 1pm at Centuries and Sleuths bookstore 7419 W. Madison Street in Forest Park, IL. Refreshments will be served, some made from the recipes in her books.

Poetry on Screen @ The Poetry Foundation

Watch the story of Carl Sandburg--his life and his work--at the Chicago premiere of Bonesteel Films' The Day Carl Sandburg Died. After the screening, Marc Smith, the founder of slam poetry, will discuss all things Sandburg with the filmmaker, Paul Bonesteel. Tonight at 7pm and Saturday, January 7, at 3pm at The Poetry Foundation (61 W. Superior St.). Reserve your spot for free!

Sherrill Bodine All I Want is You Book Release

The new year bring us a new release from prolific romance author Sherrill Bodine. To coincide with the release of her newest novel, All I Want is You, on January 5th Bodine comes to Chicago for a night of reading and discussion along with champagne and hors d'oeuvres. The event will be in the Palm Court at the Drake Hotel 140 East Walton Place, 6pm.

Story Club @ Uncommon Ground on Clark

The holidays have come and gone, and New Year's Eve is but a drunken memory slipping quickly into the past, it's time to join Story Club, Chicago's best open mic storytelling series, to REBOOT for 2012!

Writer and performer Jen Bosworth joins comedian/writer/producer/blogger Adam Guerino as tonight's featured readers. In addition, Story Club provides a safe space for open mic readers who may not have the opportunity to read their work elsewhere. Past open mic readers have included: Moth GrandSLAM winner Shannon Cason; humorist and New York Times essayist Johanna Stein; and writer Tom Wolferman. There are five open mic slots available, if more than five people sign up names are drawn. Open mic signup begins at 8; show begins at 8:30 at Uncommon Ground (3800 N. Clark). For more information visit Uncommon Ground or Story Club.

Book Promotion: What's Your Problem?

Tribune columnist Jon Yates (the "Problem Solver") has heard a lot of people's problems. Enough to fill a thrice-weekly column for the past six years.

If you've missed out on those 900-odd advice columns and could use a helpful synopsis, then you may want to check out Yates' new book -- titled, appropriately enough, What's Your Problem? Cut Through Red Tape, Challenge the System and Get Your Money Back.

Tonight at 6pm, Yates will be promoting his new advice compendium at the Billy Goat Tavern (430 N. Michigan Avenue). Go for the tips, stay for a burger.

Sara Levine @ Women and Children First

Tonight, Sara Levine reads from her novel Treasure Island!!! at Women and Children First. Treasure Island!!! tells the tale of a disillusioned college grad who uses the Robert Louis Stevenson novel as a map for how to live her life. Library Journal says "this highly original, farcical novel will keep you entertained in spite of (or more accurately, because of) its toxic narrator." Levine is the chair of the writing program at the School of the Art Institute Chicago. Women and Children First, 5233 N. Clark, 7:30pm.

Freakers Ball: A Tribute To Shel Silverstein

Jon Langford leads the festivities at the "Freakers Ball: A Tribute To Shel Silverstein" tonight at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., at 8pm. The evening of poetry and song will focus on Silverstein's more adult material from the pages of Playboy and elsewhere. Tickets are $20. 21+

WordPlay 2.0 @ Young Chicago Authors

Tonight, Young Chicago Authors starts the new year off with WordPlay 2.0: A Young Chicago Authors Open Mic & Workshop. There's a writing and performing workshop at 6pm followed by an open mic and featured artist at 7. The series will run once a month until April with a new featured artist each month. January's featured artist is YCA Master Teaching Artist Idris Goodwin. At the YCA office, 1180 N. Milwaukee, 2nd Floor, 6pm.

Tuesday Funk @ Hopleaf

Monthly reading series Tuesday Funk brings Stephen Markley, Lawrence Santoro, Holly McDowell, Christopher Sweet and William Shunn to the upstairs bar at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., at 7:30pm. Free, 21+.

So You Think You Have Nerves of Steel Back in 2012!

So You Think You Have Nerves of Steel returns in 2012 this Tuesday January 3rd. Host Harold Ray ushers in the new year with guests poets Philip Jenks and Alexis Buryk, editor of Knee Jerk magazine Steve Tartaglione, Hip-hop troupe Skech185, and the music styling of the house band Good Evening. The event happens at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W. Belmont, 8 p.m.

The 2nd Story NYE Special

Looking for a literary start to the new year? 2nd Story's NYE celebration can do just that. The experimental storytelling series has a packed lineup with guests Stephanie Chavara, Julie Ganey, Deb Lewis, and Doug Whippo. The event is curated by Bobby Biedrzycki, directed by Thrisa Hodits and sound by Seeking Wonderland.

Tickets are $40 in advance ($50 at the door) which includes a drink and a champagne toast. The festivities begin at 9:30pm at the Morseland 1218 W. Morse Ave.

Eliza Frye @ Challengers Comics

Tonight, Eliza Frye signs her new graphic novel, Regalia, at Challengers Comics + Conversation. Regalia is a collection of short stories, one of which was nominated for an Eisner Award. Derik Badman of COMIXTALK says "Frye has a powerful style. I had an immediate, almost visceral reaction to the images." There will be a reading, a display of Frye's paintings and baked goods for refreshments. Challengers Comics + Conversation, 1845 N. Western, at 6pm.

Moth StorySLAM @ Martyrs

The Moth presents its monthly StorySLAM tonight at Martyrs (3855 N. Lincoln Avenue). Participants will be asked to tell a five-minute story on the chosen topic (tonight's topic: Ancestors), and a panel of judges will pick the night's winner. The StorySLAM happens tonight at 8pm. Tickets are $8, and the tickets are only available at the door, so show up early.

Story Lab @ Black Rock

Story Lab stands apart from other series in the city in its accessibility and unmitigated audience support for the performers. Join storytellers and story lovers at the Black Rock (3614 N. Damen) where each month, an entirely different lineup of up-and-coming storytellers share their freshest pieces. This month's readers include: Brian Barasch, Alexandra Boroff, John Brewster, Pete Debolt, Carrie MacDonald, and Sarah Michaelson. Hosted by Scott Whitehair of the reading series This Much is True. Show starts at 7:30pm, and is free. Get there early for a seat and to take advantage of the $5 burger and $3.50 Chicago microbrew specials. For more information visit Black Rock Pub or Story Lab Chicago.

Stephanie Izard Book Signing @ Whole Foods Lincoln Park

The chef and author will be signing copies of her new book Girl in the Kitchen at the 1550 Wine Bar at the Lincoln Park Whole Foods (1550 N Kingsbury) tonight from 630-8:30pm.

Essay Fiesta @ Book Cellar

Come out to the Book Cellar for the December edition of Essay Fiesta, with co-hosts Keith Ecker and Alyson Lyon. This months readers include: Story Club founder Dana Norris; Gapers Block's own J.H. Palmer; Chicago Story Collective's Jen Bosworth; author Bill Shunn; and writer and biking enthusiast Eric Bjorlin. As always, the show includes a raffle with all proceeds going to the youth literacy organization 826 Chicago. Show starts at 7pm at the Book Cellar (4736 N. Lincoln), and is free. For more information visit Essay Fiesta.

Feminist Book Group @ Women and Children First

Women and Children First host their monthly feminist book group meeting tonight at 6pm. Tonight's book for discussion is Anthropology of an American Girl by Hilary Thayer Hamann. The meeting happens at the bookstore at 5233 N. Clark; the event is free and open to the public. For more information please call the store at (773) 769-9299.

The Chicago Way: Operation Family Secrets

The Chicago Way reading series welcomes New York Times bestselling author Frank Calabrese, Jr. reading from his book Operation Family Secrets. To follow will be a conversation regarding his experiences in organized crime, his role with the FBI, working with the Zimmerman Brothers to document his story, and his current lifestyle.

The series welcomes audience interactive with a quiz, prizes and a book signing.
It all happens December 18th, 7:30 p.m. at the Hidden Shamrock 2723 N. Halsted.

Stephanie Izard Book Signing @ Book Cellar

The chef and author will be signing copies of her new book Girl in the Kitchen at the Book Cellar, 4736 N Lincoln, beginning at noon.

Neutron Bomb Reading Series

Chicago's punk reading series Neutron Bomb hits Saturday December 17 with their mix of storytelling and live music. This month they welcome Lindsay Hunter (on Featherproof books), Dave Roche (On Subbing zine)
and Eliza Fogel (Columbia College Fiction Writing grad student)

There will be a stand up comedian and live music by Daylight Robbery (male/female vox playing punk new wave).

Stroll in to Cal's bar 400 S. Wells at 7pm before it gets rowdy.

Dollhouse Reading Series @ 1850 W. Belle Plaine, #3

Tonight, check out the Dollhouse Reading Series, a "casual, salon-style, Chicago-based BYOB reading series every six to seven weeks, because who doesn't love a good party with their poetry?" Held in a private residence ("and if that weirds you out, get over it"), the Dollhouse is hosted by Dolly Lemke and Stephen Danos. This week's featured readers include James Shea, Kelly Forsythe, Susan Yount and "virtual guest" Heather Christle. It all goes down at 1850 W. Belle Plaine Ave., #3, doors open at 7:30pm, reading at 8pm.

Peter Sis @ The Art Institute of Chicago

Tonight at 6pm, at the Art Institute of Chicago (Fullerton Hall, 111 S Michigan Ave), Poetry Off the Shelf hosts author Peter Sís as he reads from his new book The Conference of the Birds. Barbara Robertson and Brad Armacost perform some of the stanzas, and a book signing follows. Admission is free, but it is first-come, first-served.

Holiday Party / Book Sale @ Graham Foundation

The Graham Foundation, a center for avant-garde art and architecture, will be holding a holiday party and book sale. Its collection of books and publications, including Bertrand Goldberg: An Architecture of Invention and Stanley Tigerman's Schlepping Through Ambivalence, will all be discounted by 15%, with greater savings on certain titles. The party runs from 5-8 p.m. at Madlener House, 4 West Burton Place. RSVP recommended. Free. Find more information here.

Beautiful Outsiders: Talk @ The Poetry Foundation

In connection with the Poetry Foundation's Beautiful Outsiders exhibition, this event features Poetry senior editor Don Share talking about how important design is when it comes to independent presses. The exhibition itself revolves around independent presses Black Sparrow, Burning Deck, and Fulcrum and their histories and aesthetics. The talk takes place at The Poetry Foundation (61 W. Superior) tonight at 6pm, first-come, first-served. And free!

Untoward Magazine Anniversary Event

A new year is here early for Untoward Magazine who celebrates their one year anniversary.

To celebrate they offer a packed lineup of local readers including:
A D Jameson, Russ Woods, Meghan Lamb, James Tadd Adcox, Dan Shapiro, John Thurgood, Ben Tanzer, Samantha Irby, Lindsay Hunter, Chris Bower and Joshua Young.

Hosting will be magazine staffer Matt Rowan, P. Fanatics Reading series host Mason Johnson, and Jon Mau. Come out Wednesday December 14th, 7pm at Beauty Bar 1444 W Chicago Ave.

Logan Square Literary Review Issue 9 Release Party

The Logan Square Literary Review drops their 9th issue in style with a reception at an art gallery in Humboldt Park (they support their neighboring communities). The cast of readers are contributors to the current issue. All past issues will be available for sale. Also, art work of the gallery will as well. Think about a one stop shop for some holiday gifts.

The event is free and open to the public Wednesday, December 14, 7pm Peanut Gallery 1000 N California ave.

This Much is True @ Hopleaf

It's the 2nd Tuesday of the month, time for the December installment of This Much Is True featuring stories by: Victoria Cunha, Dorrie Ferguson, Don Hall, Samantha Irby, Larry Kerns, Deanna Moffitt and Scott Whitehair. The Hopleaf is located at 5148 N. Clark, show starts at 7:30pm, and is free. A word to the wise: get there early for a seat, and bring cash - credit cards are not accepted in the upstairs bar. For more info visit This Much is True or Hopleaf.

2nd Story @ Webster's Wine Bar

The performance series, 2nd Story, will take place tonight at 7:30pm at Webster's Wine Bar, 1480 W. Webster Ave. Local writers Andy Bayiates, Molly Each, Richard Leslie, and Ilana Shabanov will share their musically accompanied stories, while guests enjoy the tunes, tales, and complimentary wine tasting. Tickets are $15 online or $20 at the door. 21+

NEDtalks @ Hideout

NEDtalks: Spreading Worthless Ideas, a is at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., tonight at 8pm. Hosts Kellen Alexander and Seth Dodson present an evening of pseudointellectual talks in the style of TED. The evening will feature talks by Steve Waltien, Ross Bryant, James Kennedy and Christina Boucher. $5 at the door. 21+

Chicago by the Pint Book Signing @ Hopleaf

Author Denese Neu will be in the upstairs bar at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., tonight at 7pm to sell and sign her book Chicago by the Pint: a Craft Beer History of the Windy City. 21+

P. Fanatics Team Up Reading

P. Fanatics reading series leaves you hearing double as their December show offers only team ups (the kind you find in comic books).

Pairs will feature the series hosts Daniel Shapiro with Mason Johnson, Russ Woods with Christopher Kelly, Ian Belknap with Samantha Irby, a presentation by Jill Summers with Susie Kirkwood, and the Encyclopedia show's Tim Stafford with Robbie Q. Telfer.

Bring a friend with so you don't feel out of place Sunday, December 11, 7:30pm at Cole's Bar 2338 N Milwaukee Ave.

Mortified! @ Schubas

Mortified!, the show in which people share their miserable failures and embarrassments, returns to Schubas, 3159 N. Southport Ave., tonight at 7:30pm. This month features readings by Lindsay Adams, Oline Eaton, Michael Van Kerchove, Samantha Vincenty, Mary Zemaitis, Polina Zionts and GB's own Jessica Palmer. Shay DeGrandis hosts, with special guests The Blue Ribbon Glee Club.Tickets are $12 in advance or at the door. 21+

The Paper Machete

The Paper Machete this week features Madame Barker's Cabaret (Molly Brennan and John Fournier), Art and Nancy Brennan, Chad the Bird, Cameron Esposito, Kate James and Steve Waltien, Claire Zulkey and of course, host Christopher Piatt. Baby Teeth is the special musical guest. The action starts at 3pm at the Horseshoe at 4115 N. Lincoln Ave. Free. 21+

Celebrate Jane Addams Day with Anita Hill @ The Chicago Temple

The Chicago Temple, 77 W. Washington, hosts the 5th annual "Jane Addams Day" with Professor Anita Hill today from 10am-12pm. Hill, who became a nationally known figure amid sexual harassment allegations against then U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas, will sign copies of her latest book, Reimagining Equality: Stories of Gender, Race and Finding Home. This event is free and open to the public; for more information, call 312-236-4548.

Tao Lin at Columbia College

Columbia College's student reading series Silver Tongue welcomes author Tao Lin. He will be lecturing on his new column "drug related photoshop art" for Vice magazine. Afterwards, participants from the audience will be called up to take part in an interactive conversation with the author. The event is at 618 S. Michigan, 2nd floor, Stage Two, at 6pm. It's free and open to the public.

All Your Paths in a Single Pocket @ The Poetry Foundation

This theatrical performance is inspired by poet Anna Kamienska's "Notebooks" and brings together text, music, and dance to spotlight the work of making art. All Your Paths in a Single Pocket runs for three more days, tonight and December 9 and10 at 7:30pm at the Poetry Foundation (61 W. Superior). Admission is free but first-come, first-served!

On Bicycles Release Party @ Cole's

Authors Greg Borzo and John Greenfield celebrate the release of On Bicycles: 50 Ways the New Bike Culture Can Change Your Life, a new anthology edited by Amy Walker, tonight at Cole's Tavern, 2338 N. Milwaukee Ave. Borzo and Greenfield will read their chapters and sign copies of the book from 8pm to 10pm. Free, 21+.

The Encyclopedia Show Gets XTREME!

The Encyclopedia Show returns with their December show themed Xtreme Sports.
Appropriately, entertainment will feature an interview with professional mixed martial artist fighter Shonie Carter. There will be a presentation from Anne Elizabeth Moore (zinester and author of Cambodian Grrrl), on the appropriation of skateboard culture. Plus Susan McLaughlin-Karp (BoyGirlBoyGirl) on the Iditarod, Jamila Woods (National Poetry Slam Finalist) on Kobayashi's Retirement, Dominique James (Louder Than a Bomb Champion) on Murderball, Natalie Edwards (local writer on Nickelodeon Guts and Guybrush Taylor (visual artist) on Extreme Ironing!

This all happens Thursday Dec 8th, at the Theater (1012 N. Noble), 7:30pm, $8 gets you in the door.

Book Club Event: Dmitry Samarov Discusses Hack @ The Book Cellar

Russian-born cab driver, artist and writer Dmitry Samarov captures the lives of people in his backseat (and occasionally, front) in Hack: Stories from a Chicago Cab. Tonight at 7pm, join Book Club and talk with the author about what goes into his mobile vision of the city -- or any other questions you might have had about the book or his experiences. Free. 4736 North Lincoln Avenue.

Incubator Show Auditions @ 3429 W. Diversey Ave

The Guild Literary Complex wants writers and performers to help create its new Incubator show, called Unnatural Spaces, a performance about Chicago environmentalism. First-round auditions take place tonight from 6 to 9pm at 3429 W. Diversey Ave, Suite 208. Free!

Reading Under the Influence: Infamy

Reading Under the Influence returns Wednesday, December 7. This historical date, "a day that will live in infamy", lends itself as this month's theme Infamy. Featured readers are Dennis Frymire (SKALD storytelling champion), Cyn Vargas, Brandon Will (worker at The Book Cellar) and Ray Lumpp (a RUI co-host). All will read original work and then host trivia segments.

Stop by RUI in the back room at Sheffield's, 3258 N. Sheffield Ave., $3, 7 p.m.

The Last So You Think You Have Nerves of Steel of 2011

The last 2011 monthly and oh so legendary So You Think You Have Nerves of Steel is
Tuesday, December 6th.

This edition is more musical than most. They will have a house band, Good Evening and as always host Harold Ray will croon for your entertainment. Writer Jac Jemc will read, enjoy some stand-up by Natalie Edwards, a pairing surprise by Mason Johnson & Daniel Shapiro and more.

The series is always at the Hungry Brain 2319 W. Belmont at 8 p.m.

Journal of Ordinary Thought Reading @ St. Leonard's House

Tonight, JOT releases its winter 2011 issue and, in celebration, is hosting a reading with the National Writing Alliance at St. Leonard's House (2100 W. Warren Blvd) from 6 to 8 pm. Free!

The Paper Machete @ Horseshoe

The Paper Machete this week features readings by Stuart Dybek, Maggie Andersen, Josh Zagoren, Nicky Margolis, Amy Verdon, Katie Rich, Neil Verma and host Christopher Piatt, and musical performances by Alisa "Plucky" Rosenthal and Canasta, and more. At the Horseshoe, 4115 N. Lincoln Ave. Doors open at 2pm, show starts at 3pm. Free.

Chicago Review release party

Join writers Nathanael & Joshua Baldwin in welcoming issue 56:2/3 of the Chicago Review. Get your discounted issue at 7 p.m. at the Lillie House, 5801 S. Kenwood Ave. Free.

Chicanas of 18th Street @ Women and Children First

This Thursday, Women and Children First hosts the authors of Chicanas of 18th Street: Narratives of a Movement from Latino Chicago. Author Mary S. Pardo calls it "a fascinating account of Latina activists during the height of the Chicano movement in Chicago. The personal testimonies allow readers to see the dynamics that transform community members into activists." Women and Children First, 5233 N. Clark, Thursday, December 1 at 7:30pm.

Chicago by the Pint Book Signing @ Goose Island Clybourn

Author Denese Neu celebrates the release of her book Chicago by the Pint: a Craft Beer History of the Windy City with a book signing and party at the Goose Island Clybourn brewpub, 1800 N. Clybourn Ave., from 6:30pm to 9pm. Free.

The Moth StorySLAM @ Martyrs'

The Moth StorySLAM returns to Martyrs', 3855 N. Lincoln Ave., tonight at 8pm. Watch people tell true stories up on stage -- and possibly even join them. The theme this time is "Reunion." Tickets are $8 at the door. 21+

Sunday Salon @ Katerina's

The New York-based prose reading series, Sunday Salon, returns to Katerina's, 1920 W. Irving Park Rd., tonight at 6:30pm. Featured this evening, are writers and instructors, M. Molly Backes, Jennifer Ann Coffeen, Kate Harding, and Scott Onak from StoryStudio Chicago.

Essay Fiesta @ Book Cellar

This month marks two years of Essay Fiesta! Come out to the Book Cellar to help celebrate with stories by co-hosts Keith Ecker and Alyson Lyon, and special guests that include: Write Club Overlord Ian Belknap; This Much Is True and StoryLab Producer Scott Whitehair; The Kates producer Kelsie Huff; 2nd Story's Andrew Reilly; and Chicago Story Collective co-founder Jen Bosworth. As always, the show includes a raffle with all proceeds going to the youth literacy organization 826 Chicago. Show starts at 7pm at the Book Cellar (4736 N. Lincoln), and is free. For more information visit Essay Fiesta.

The Moth StorySLAM @ Haymarket Pub

The Moth StorySLAM is at the Haymarket Pub and Brewery, 737 W. Randolph St., tonight; doors open at 5pm, show starts at 8:30pm. Watch people tell true stories up on stage -- and possibly even join them. The theme this time is "Influence." Tickets are $8 at the door. 21+

Chicago Book Expo

Today, the Chicago Book Expo fills what was formerly the Uptown Borders book store (4701 N. Broadway). The work of Chicago Writers House and Uptown United, the event features over 40 publishers of fiction and poetry displaying their author's works, and free events such as a reading series, a non-profit book fair, author's readings, children's workshops, and more. Ticketed events include Chicago Architecture Foundations Tours and a performance by rock band Joan of Arc.

For hours, additional locations, and more, head here.

Chicago Book Expo

Today and Sunday, the Chicago Book Expo fills what was formerly the Uptown Borders book store (4701 N. Broadway). The work of Chicago Writers House and Uptown United, the event features over 40 publishers of fiction and poetry displaying their author's works, and free events such as a reading series, a non-profit book fair, author's readings, children's workshops, and more. Ticketed events include Chicago Architecture Foundations Tours and a performance by rock band Joan of Arc.

For hours, additional locations, and more, head here.

Craig Thompson @ the Book Cellar

Graphic novelist Craig Thompson reads from Habibi at the Book Cellar tonight. Habibi is a sprawling, 672 page tale of love in the face of adversity set in the Middle East. Zadie Smith calls it "exquisite...a remarkable feat of research, care, and black ink, and a reminder that all 'People of the book,' despite the division of their individual traditions, share a mosaic of stories." Thompson's other books include Blankets and Goodbye, Chunky Rice. Seating will be limited; the Book Cellar advises arriving a good 20 minutes early. Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln, 7pm.

Craig Thompson reads from Habibi @ Quimby's

Craig Thompson will read from his graphic novel, Habibi, which is already topping some best of 2011 lists. Arabic for beloved, Habibi tells the story of two escaped child slaves in an undisclosed Islamic state. Come see what all the fuss is about at 7 p.m., 1854 W. North Ave. Free.

Story Lab @ Black Rock

Story Lab also stands apart from other series in the city in its accessibility and unmitigated audience support for the performers. Join storytellers and story lovers at the Black Rock (3614 N. Damen) where each month, an entirely different lineup of up-and-coming storytellers share their freshest pieces. This month's readers include: Kevin Dolan, Noah GInex, Jessie Mutz, Patricia Savieo, Natasha Tsoutsouris, and J. Weintraub. Hosted by Scott Whitehair of the reading series This Much is True. Show starts at 7:30pm, and is free. Get there early for a seat and to take advantage of the $5 Wednesday burger special. For more information visit Black Rock Pub or Story Lab Chicago.

Re-thinking Soup @ Jane Addams Hull House

The Jane Addams Hull-House Museum commissioned writer Terri Kapsalis to create an "alternative label" for Jane Addams' travel medicine kit, a small leather case with four vials used by Addams during her many travels in the early 20th century. Kapsalis will read excerpts from this label and lead discussion of its creation at Re-Thinking Soup at the Jane Addams Hull House Museum, 800 S. Halsted St., from noon to 1pm today. Free.

Two Cookie Minimum reading with Spectaular All Female lineup

Two Cookie Minimum's next reading is Tuesday November 15th and will feature an all female line up of local zinesters and writers including: Curiouser Jane (Apple Pickers Union zine), Amy L. Hayden (writer for Time Out Chicago), Nichole Baiel (Pieces zine), Emily Witte (Chicago Way literary series organizer), Jac Jemc (forthcoming novel "My Only Wife" on Dzanc),Liz Mason (Caboose zine), and Jami Sailor (Your Secretary zine). The event at Hungry Brain 2319 W. Belmont, 9pm, Free, includes cookies.

Author Talks - Umberto Eco

The Tribune's Author Talks fall series concludes this afternoon with writer and philosopher Umberto Eco (of the infamous Foucault's Pendulum, and the upcoming The Prague Cemetery). The event, in co-presentation with the 22nd annual Chicago Humanities Festival, takes place at the Thorne Auditorium of Northwestern University Law School, 375 E. Chicago Ave., at 3pm, and costs $15.

P. Fanatics reading series: Choose Your Own Adventure

End Sunday night right by attending the P. Fanatics reading series as emcee Mason Johnson blows the audience's mind by bringing out the laughs with the theme: Choose Your Own Adventure. Like those books from our childhood, readers that will tackle the subject include Meghan Lamb, Nick Narbutas, Maggie Ritchie, Matt Rowan, Daniel Shapiro, Ben Tanzer, Jill Summers,Fred Sasaki, and Tim Jones-Yelvington. Light musical fare performed by house band Hawaiian Death Folk Presents. First reader goes on around 7:30pm at Cole's Bar, 2338 N Milwaukee Ave.

The 2nd Story "A Cold Day in Hell"

With the weather getting worse, The 2nd Story aptly titles its November reading "A Cold Day in Hell." Storytellers sharing their stories include Alex Bonner, Deb Lewis, Brandon Will, and Earl McLaurin. The stage is curated by CP Chang, directed by Tyler James Greene, with sound by Nick Kawahara. Tonight at 7pm at Webster Wine Bar, 1480 W Webster Ave.

Two With Water Reading Series Gets Occupied

The monthly installment of the Two With Water reading series at Beauty Bar, 1444 W. Chicago Ave., carries the theme "Occupy." The evening begins at 7pm with an open mic, and featured readers include Julia Borcherts, Bobby Evers, Geoff Hyatt, Tanner McSwain, Delphine Pontvieux and John Wawrzaszek. No cover. 21+

Stephanie Izard @ Barbara's Bookstore, Macy's

Stephanie Izard, the only female Top Chef winner and the heart and soul of Girl & the Goat restaurant, signs Girl in the Kitchen: How a Top Chef Cooks, Thinks, Shops, Eats and Drinks at Barbara's Bookstore at Macy's, 111 N. State Street at 12 noon.

Grand Opening of the Read/Write Library Chicago

The Read/Write Library Chicago (formerly the Chicago Underground Library) celebrates the opening of its new space and re-branding tonight at 6:30pm at 914 N. California (use the Walton Entrance). Entertainment will include live jazz by Studio 914, reading and writing performances, activities, crafts and games to help you explore the stacks. The first 50 attendees will receive a limited edition poster. Free, all ages.

David David Katzman, Caitlin McKay Read from A Greater Monster @ Quimby's

David David Katzman's A Greater Monster is a multimedia experience, with illustrations playing no small part. Caitlin McKay was responsible for more than a few of those illustrations. See and hear them bring it even more to life at 7pm, 1854 W. North Avenue. Free!

Stephanie Izard @ Foodease

Stephanie Izard, the only female Top Chef winner and the heart and soul of Girl & the Goat restaurant, signs Girl in the Kitchen: How a Top Chef Cooks, Thinks, Shops, Eats and Drinks at Foodease, 835 N. Michigan from 12pm-2pm.

The Encyclopedia Show Presents: The Railroad

The Encyclopedia Show is back rolling down the tracks with their theme, this installment being: the Railroad! Readers will include Second City's Tim Baltz, experimental MC Emanuel Vinson, blogger Susannah Breslin, mysterious writer Abigail Vic, John "Jughead" Pierson of The Neo-Futurists and legendary punk band Screeching Weasel, plus a lecture from Jason Rothstein the author of Carless in Chicago.The train leaves the station at 7:30pm at the Vittum Theater. 1012 N Noble, $8 (or $5 for students). All aboard.

This Much is True @ Hopleaf

Come back to the Hopleaf for the November installment of This Much Is True. This month's installment features stories by: Keith Ecker, JW Basilo, and Jen Bosworth, MT Cozolla, Dina Walters, and hosts Deanna Moffitt and Scott Whitehair. The Hopleaf is located at 5148 N. Clark, show starts at 7:30pm, and is free. A word to the wise: get there early for a seat, and bring cash - credit cards are not accepted in the upstairs bar. For more info visit This Much is True or Hopleaf.

A Century of the Chicago Manual of Style

As part of Chicago Public Media's Off-Air series, WBEZ's Alison Cuddy will moderate a panel discussion tonight in honor of the recent release of the famed style manual's 16th edition. The focus will be the role of The Chicago Manual of Style, which has been published since 1906, in an era of quick communication — tweets, texts, emails have encouraged expediency over accuracy.

Panelists include Anita Samen, Managing Editor books division, University of Chicago Press; Carol Saller, Senior Manuscript Editor, University of Chicago Press and editor of the Chicago Style Q+A; Jason Riggle, Assistant Professor of Linguistics and Director of the Chicago Language Modeling Lab; and Ben Zimmer, Former writer of the New York Times Magazine's "On Language" column and Executive Producer of Visual Thesaurus and Vocabulary.com.

Details:

Tonight at 7pm
University of Chicago International House
1414 East 59th Street

$15 general admission
$12 WBEZ members
$10 students
Tickets may be purchased here.

Todd Ritter @ Centuries & Sleuths

Starting at 2pm today, mystery author Todd Ritter will be available for conversation and signing books at Centuries & Sleuths (7419 W. Madison Street, Forest Park), in honor of his upcoming Bad Moon.

Poems While You Wait @ Dose Market

Dave Landsberger, Eric Plattner, and Kathleen Rooney are once again taking part in Poems While You Wait. They will be composing poems on demand via vintage typewriter at Dose Market (River East Art Center, 435 East Illinois St), today from 10am-4pm. For $5 (or whatever you have in your pocket--lint not accepted) you can command them to write on any topic you'd like. Proceeds will go to independent publisher Rose Metal Press.

Ukrainian-American Writers A New Generation of Literary Voices

Tonight at 7pm at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, 2320 W. Chicago Ave., "Ukrainian American Writers: A New Generation of Literary Voices" will feature readings by Askold Melnychuk, Alexis Buryk, Roman Skaskiw, and Virlana Tkacz. Admission is $10, $5 for students. More infohere.

Reading Under the Influence: Truth

Reading Under the Influence brings you the Truth (that's this month's theme). Wednesday, November 2nd the theme will be tackled by Scott Whitehair (host of This Much Is True), Jill Summers (recent winner of Literary Death Match), John Wawrzaszek (host of Two Cookie Minimum reading series) and Cortez Bryson (writer and jazz musician). For those who don't know, each reader gets to read original work and then a published work followed by trivia. RUI's home is Sheffield's, 3258 N. Sheffield Ave, $3, 7 p.m.

Halloween Spooktacular 2011 Day 2 : Pumpkin Carving @ Challengers Comics

Come carve a pumpkin at Challengers Comics from noon-4pm. $10, children must be accompanied by an adult. Tools, stencils, and help provided. 1845 N. Western Ave. 2R.

Halloween Spooktacular 2011 Day 1 @ Challengers Comics

Daytime (3pm-5pm): All-ages treats and fun. Costumes encouraged. Nighttime (8pm-late): Grown-up treats and drinks. Costumes required. All hosted by Jill Thompson, creator of Scary Godmother. Free, but you should totally buy a comic to support one of Chicago's best comic book stores. All takes place at 1845 N. Western Ave. 2R.

Logan Square Lit Review Halloween Reading

The Logan Square Literary Review hosts an evening of spooky readings Friday October 28th. Readers include Lara Levitan, Michael McCauley, and Alicia Hilton, but who else is a mystery, ooohh ahhhh. This event is BYOB, but there will be spiked cider and Halloween candy. While you're there, pick up past issues of the review. Come in costume if you dare!.The reading is at Quimby's, 1854 W. North ave, 7pm.

MAKE Literary Magazine Issue 11 Release Party

The Chicago literary magazine MAKE will have a release party for it's 11th issue on Friday October 28th. The issue's theme "Neither/Nor" will include readings from contributors, an animation installation, DJ, guest emcees, candy and beverages galore. The event kicks off at 7pm, Rational Park, 2557 W. North Ave, $8, 21+.

Joumana Haddad @ DePaul Loop Bookstore

Lebanese journalist Joumana Haddad reads from and signs her book, I Killed Scheherazade: Confessions of an Angry Arab Woman, at 6pm today at the DePaul University Loop Campus Bookstore, 1 E. Jackson Blvd. Free. UPDATE: This event has been canceled.

The Literary Life, a conversation with two women writers @ Maxim's

Meghan O'Rourke, author of The Long Goodbye, a memoir of loss, and Rachel DeWoskin, who has most recently published a novel, Big Girl Small (2011), speak about their work at Maxim's: The Nancy Goldberg International Center (24 E. Goethe St.). The event is free, but RSVP to info@chicagopublishes.com. A cocktail reception starts at 6pm; the program runs from 6:45 to 8pm.

Elaine Equi & Jerome Sala @ POETRY Reading Series

The Department of English at Columbia College Chicago welcomes Elaine Equi and Jerome Sala for their Fall 2011 Reading Series. Reading is tonight, at 5:30pm, at Hokin Hall (623 S. Wabash Ave., 109). The event is free and open to the public.

Women's Voices from Ireland @ the Poetry Foundation

The Poetry Foundation is hosting a national tour of four Irish poets: Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Rita Ann Higgins, Caitríona O'Reilly, and Leontia Flynn. The tour is part of Imagine Ireland 2011 and also coincides with the release of the poetry anthology The Wake Forest Book of Irish Women's Poetry. Poetry of the Shelf: Women's Voices from Ireland will feature the four women poets tonight at 7pm at the Poetry Foundation (61 W Superior). First-come, first-served! But admission is free.

Dmitry Samrov Book Release Party @ Whistler

Dmitry Samarov celebrates the release of his book, Hack: Stories from a Chicago Cab, tonight at 9pm at the Whistler, 2421 N. Milwaukee Ave. Darts & Arrows perform. 21+

The 2nd Story, Everyone Remain Calm book release

The 2nd Story, Chicago's amalgamation of music, literature and performance art, will celebrate a book release of the show's longtime director Megan Stielstra tonight at 7:30pm at the Morseland 1218 W. Morse. Her book, Everyone Remain Calm, will come to life with stories and music inspired by the book. Storytellers will include Megan Stielstra, Bobby Biedrzycki and J. Adams Oaks. Tickets are $15.

Flying Saucers book launch @ Chicago Cultural Center

Jake Austen, publisher of Roctober, hosts a book release party for his new book Flying Saucers Rock 'n' Roll tonight at 6:30pm at the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington). In addition to readings from the book, the event will feature a video presentation called "Flying Saucers Rock!", a collection of performances from some of the artists mentioned in Austen's book, and there will be a special performance by Milt Trenier, the last surviving member of the 1950s R&B band The Treniers. The event is free and open to the public.

Moth StorySLAM @ Martyrs'

The Moth StorySLAM returns to Martyrs', 3855 N. Lincoln Ave., tonight at 8pm. Watch people tell true stories up on stage -- and possibly even join them. Tickets are $8 at the door. 21+

Women's Voices from Ireland @ the Poetry Foundation

The Poetry Foundation is hosting a national tour of four Irish poets: Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Rita Ann Higgins, Caitríona O'Reilly, and Leontia Flynn. The tour is part of Imagine Ireland 2011 and also coincides with the release of the poetry anthology The Wake Forest Book of Irish Women's Poetry. Poetry of the Shelf: Women's Voices from Ireland will feature the four women poets on Wednesday, October 26, at 7pm at the Poetry Foundation (61 W Superior). First-come, first-served! But admission is free.

Interested in more Imagine Ireland 2011 activities? Click here for info on literature, architecture, and music events around the city.

Chicago Zine Fest 2012's Kickoff Fundraiser

Chicago Zine Fest is holding it's first fundraiser for thier 2012 festival by holding a zine and comics reading October 24th. Local self-publishers and mini-comics artists are scheduled to read. With zines being DIY in nature, the cover is $3-5 and is at a house, the Moving Castle 3317 N Kedzie. The event is all ages and begins at 7:30.

Soraya Miré @ Women & Children First

Soraya Miré, author, filmmaker and activist, appears this afternoon at Women & Children First (5233 N. Clark Street) at 4:30pm. She will be reading from her recent memoir, The Girl With Three Legs, which chronicles her life growing up in Somalia, being subjected to the ritual of female genital mutilation, and her years of both escape and healing.

Cartooning Workshop @ Lill Street Gallery

If you've an itch for cartooning, scratch it at Lill Street Art Center. Today and the next two Saturdays they're offering an intensive workshop on the art of storytelling taught by renowned local cartoonist Nicole Hollander (Sylvia). Touching on a wide range of influences from cave painting on, students will choose a significant moment from their lives and put it together with images to create their own personal story. Lill Street Art Center, 4401 N. Ravenswood Ave., October 22 and 29 and November 5 from 1-5pm. Class is $225 ($220 for LAC members); click here to register.

PHONEBOOK 3 Release Party @ threewalls

Fans and newcomers are invited to attend the release party for PHONEBOOK 3 at threewalls. PHONEBOOK 3 includes critical essays, a directory, and practical information on independent art spaces, programming, and projects throughout the U.S. Essayists include Renny Pritikin, Susan Sakash, Faheem Majed, Chances Dances, Paul Durica, Dara Greenwald, Amy Franceschini, Jon Brumit and Sarah Wagner, PLAND, Andy Sturdevant, Robby Herbst and more. The party begins at 8pm and lasts until 11pm. Hosted by and featuring a special edition of Salon Saloon, local artists, writers, designers and musicians are encouraged to share stories, photos, essays, and performances on a theme. Copies of PHONEBOOK 3 will be available for purchase. threewalls is located at 119 North Peoria, #2c.

Handshake Lit Mag Release Party

The Handshake literary magazine holds its second issue release show this Saturday the 22nd. Readers, which are published in the issue, include
Dmitry Samarov,
Lindsay Hunter,
Winter Goebel, and Wyatt Roediger-Robinette. With a $10 you also receive a copy of new the issue. Schubas, 3159 N. Southport Ave., 10pm, 21+.

Author Talks - Jeffrey Eugenides

The Tribune's series of conversations with authors continues today with Pulitzer Prize winner Jeffrey Eugenides (Middlesex, The Virgin Suicides). The event will be held at the Murphy Auditorium at 6:30pm, and costs $30 -- which includes a copy of The Marriage Plot, his much-anticipated follow-up to Middlesex.

Ursula Bielski @ the Book Cellar

Learn where to rub elbows with ectoplasm in our fair city as the Book Cellar welcomes author and parapsychologist Ursula Bielski. Bielski is the founder of Chicago Hauntings, Inc. and the author of Creepy Chicago: A Ghosthunter's Tales of the City's Scariest Sites, More Chicago Haunts: Scenes from Myth and Memory, among others. The Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln, 7pm.

Terrance Hayes @ The Poetry Foundation

Terrance Hayes, the 2010 winner of the National Book Award in Poetry, will be stopping by the Poetry Foundation for a turn on Poetry Off the Shelf tonight at 7pm. Admission is free, but first-come, first-served!

Funny Ha-Ha @ Hideout

Funny Ha-Ha returns to the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, from 7pm to 8:30pm. The show features readings and performances by "The Interview Show" host and WBEZ blogger Mark Bazer, "The Kates" host Kelsie Huff, "Paper Machete" host Christopher Piatt, "Reading Under the Influence" host Amy Guth, "So You Think You Have Nerves of Steel?" host Jacob Knabb, "Shame That Tune" host Abraham Levitan, all under the theme "Heavenly Hosts." Hosted by Claire Zulkey $5 suggested donation at the door; proceeds benefit the Neighborhood Writing Alliance. 21+

Story Lab @ Black Rock

This month, some filmmakers are shooting a documentary, and everyone who attends tonight's show gets a dollar for being in the audience, making this the only show in town that will PAY you for enjoying a night of stories. Story Lab also stands apart from other series in the city in its accessibility and unmitigated audience support for the performers. Join storytellers and story lovers at the Black Rock (3614 N. Damen) where each month, an entirely different lineup of up-and-coming storytellers share their freshest pieces. This month's readers include: Dennis Diclaudio, Amanda Dodge, Miles Horton, Rebecca Kling, Erin Pieschke, and Jonas Simon. Hosted by Scott Whitehair of the reading series This Much is True. Show starts at 7:30pm, and is free. For more information visit Black Rock Pub or Story Lab Chicago.

Local Author Night @ the Book Cellar

Tonight is Local Author Night at the Book Cellar. Laura Enright debuts her novel Vampires Most Wanted, former West Chicago police officer Ray Johnson discusses his new book Chicago's Haunt Detective, David Rocklin reads from The Luminist and Dinesh Sharma discusses Barack Obama in Hawaii and Indonesia: The Making of a Global President. The Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln, 7pm.

Roxana Saberi @ Thorne Auditorium

In 2009, Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi was arrested in Iran and detained in Evin Prison. She was released 100 days later, after her case captured the world's attention. Her book Between Two Worlds: My Life and Captivity in Iran tells the story of her arrest and captivity, shares the struggles and courage of her cellmates that inspired her along the way, and describes her personal journey as she strives to defy her captors and be true to herself, regardless of the consequences. She is now writing and speaking out for human rights and "prisoners of conscience" in Iran. In a Facing History Community Conversation facilitated by former WBEZ journalist Victoria Lautman, Saberi will speak about her experiences at Thorne Auditorium, 375 E. Chicago Avenue (on the downtown Northwestern campus). Doors open at 5pm, and seating is limited for this FREE event. RSVP online or by calling (312) 345-3203.

Essay Fiesta @ Book Cellar

It's time for the October installment of Essay Fiesta, the charitable reading series that takes place at The Book Cellar. In addition to stories by co-hosts Keith Ecker and Alyson Lyon, tonight's show features stories from: OutLoud Chicago producer and comedian Adam Guerino; 2nd Story contributer and performer Kim Morris; Second City alum John Loos; Chicago Underground Comedy member Chad Briggs; and storyteller Paula Carter. The series is produced and hosted by comedian/writers Keith Ecker and Alyson Lyon, and includes a raffle with all proceeds going to the youth literacy organization 826 Chicago. Show starts at 7pm at the Book Cellar (4736 N. Lincoln), and is free. For more information visit Essay Fiesta.

THC Reading Series @ Tamale Hut Cafe

The Tamale Hut Cafe Reading Series presents their Halloween edition tonight. Featured readers are Chicago State MFA student Kara Taylor and local film director and Columbia College grad Chris Hyatt. Tamale Hut Cafe, 8300 W. Cermak Road, North Riverside, 7pm.

Neutron Bomb Reading Series

The Neutron Bomb is a punk rock reading series which lives up to its name for their fifth installment Saturday October 15th. Readers include Chris Connelly (Former member of Revolting Cocks and Ministry), Sarah Ryczek (local punk rock story teller), Anthony McBrien (Comedian), and Alex Bonner (Windy City Story Slam champ). A punk reading wouldn't be anything without music so local female-fronted hardcore band Calendar Boys plays (and it's their first show, total Punk!). Come out to Cal's Liquors 400 S. Wells, 7pm, Free, 21+, no squares allowed.

Patricia Ann McNair @ Columbia College Library

Columbia College associate professor Patricia Ann McNair reads from her short story collection The Temple of Air tonight. Author John McNally says "The Temple of Air isn't just a story collection. It's a seance of dark secrets, a confesionall booth, a therapist's couch, a thin wall I press my ear up against. Often haunting, always beautiful. I can't wait to read more." Columbia College Library, 624 S. Michigan, Wednesday, at 6:30pm.

Rachel Shteir Presents The Steal @ Women & Children First

The author of Striptease: The Untold History of the Girlie Show talks about her latest, The Steal: A Cultural History of Shoplifting. 5233 N. Clark St., 7:30pm. Free!

This Much is True @ Hopleaf

It's the second Tuesday of the month, which means it's time for another chapter of This Much Is True at the Hopleaf in Andersonville. This month's installment features stories by: Ian Belknap, Julia Borcherts, Susannah Breslin, Dorrie Ferguson, Larry Kerns, Cheryl Tryvk, and Scott Whitehair. The Hopleaf is located at 5148 N. Clark, show starts at 7:30pm, and is free. For more info visit This Much is True or Hopleaf.

Tim Kinsella @ Hideout

Tim Kinsella's first novel, The Karaoke Singer's Guide to Self-Defense, is an absurdist Midwestern mish-mash of family, rock bands, and uncertain futures. Hear the author of all that talk about how he got there for merely $1. 6:30pm, 1354 W. Wabansia.

The Last Nerve, A High Tea Poetry Brawl

The Last Nerve, a High Tea Poetry Brawl, on Monday October 10th pits two veteran female poets Rachel McKibbens (Pink Elephant) t VS, Mindy Nettifee (Rise Of The Trust Fall).

Opening performances by Kristiana Colon, Krista Franklin, Emily Rose, and Marty McConnell. The event is the up-and-coming DIY art space West Side School For The Desperate, 3608 W Wrightwood. The poetic fisticuffs begin at 8pm, $5, 18 and over.

Special Screening of Adaptation @ the Music Box

The Music Box will host a special screening of Spike Jonze's film Adaptation starring Nicolas Cage and Meryl Streep. The film is based on the book The Orchid Thief by Author Susan Orlean. Ms. Orlean will be on-hand for the screening to introduce the film. The screening begins at 2:00pm. Tickets are available for purchase here. The Music Box is located at 3733 N. Southport Ave. 773-871-6607.

Author Susan Orlean @ the Music Box

Author Susan Orlean will be on hand at the Music Box to present an excerpt from her new book RIN TIN TIN: The Life and the Legend. Special screening and book signing to follow. Event begins at 5:30pm. You can purchase tickets here. The Music Box is located at 3733 N. Southport. 773-871-6607.

"Chicago Read-In" @ DuSable Museum of African-American History

The DuSable Museum of African-American History, 740 E. 56th Pl., presents WVON-1690 and Literacy Live's "Chicago Read-In," today from 10am-12pm. In addition to readings by local authors, this family-friendly event also features spoken word artists, dance performances by Madd Rhythms and the Mayfair Academy and a special guest appearance by Chicago's own, rapper Che "Rhymefest" Smith. This event is free; however, registration is required. For more information, call 773-247-6200.

Story Club @ Uncommon Ground on Clark

It's the first Thursday of the month -- time for Story Club, a storytelling series that has been featured in Time Out Chicago, Gapers Block, Metromix, the DePaul Writing Center website, and is recommended by the Chicago Tribune. At each meeting of Story Club there are five open-mic slots and two featured readers; open mic sign-up is at 8pm, go time at 8:30pm at Uncommon Ground (3800 N. Clark). This month's featured readers are Len Joy and Angie O. For more information visit Uncommon Ground or Story Club.

Reading Under the Influence: Undressed


Reading Under the Influence breaks their tradition by having five readers and celebrating three book releases with their theme this month being: Undressed.

The event features local authors Gina Frangello (reads from her new "Men Undressed" anthology), Megan Stielstra (reads from her new short story e-collection "Everyone Remain Calm"), Gus Rose (author of the forthcoming "Conman"), visual artist and blogger Philip Hartigan and Curbside Splendor publisher Victor David Giron (celebrating the first anniversary of his book, "Sophomoric Philosophy". Come for readings, trivia and a good time on Wednesday October 5th, 7pm, $3 at Sheffield's, 3258 N. Sheffield Ave.

Tuesday Funk @ Hopleaf

Tonight is Tuesday Funk at the Hopleaf with featured readers William Shunn, Matt Darst, C. P. Chang, Liz Baudler and Erin J. Shea. Hopleaf, upstairs lounge, 5148 N. Clark, 7:30pm.

Literati Networking Event

Today from 6pm-9pm you can join Chicago's second ever Literati event, aimed at "building a community of authors, playwrights, and literary professionals."

Details:

Featured speakers include bestselling authors Jamie Freveletti (Running Dark) and Wendy Corsi-Staub (Hell To Pay), as well as director and playwright, Byron Hatfield (Bye Bye Liver). Takes place at The Hidden Shamrock, 2723 N. Halsted, $20 at the door.

The 2nd Hand's "So You think You Have Nerves of Steel" Reading

"So You Think You Have Nerves of Steel" live variety show's October edition has entertainment all linked in someway to The 2nd Hand including Live visual-art by Rob Funderburk, former 2nd Hand illustrator,
The 2nd Hand co-editor C.T. Ballentine plays with his band Young Coconut,
Todd Dills, editor of The 2nd Hand will preform with writers C.T. Balletine, Matt Pine and others. Also, 2nd Hand contributors Joe Meno, Marc Baez and Fred Sasaki will read. Tonight, 9pm at The Hungry Brain, 2319 West Belmont Avenue.

All Hands On: The2ndHand After 10, 2000-2011 @ Quimby's

The2ndHand editor Todd Dills and other publication contributors delivery and discuss the anthology All Hands On: The2ndHand After 10, 2000-2011, a Reader. 7pm, 1854 W. North Ave. More info here.

Sujatha Fernandes @ Stop Smiling

Tonight, Sujatha Fernandes reads from Close to the Edge: In Search of the Global Hip Hop Generation. In conversation with Jesse De La Pena, Angela Zone, and Mike Treese. Stop Smiling Storefront, 1371 N. Milwaukee, 7pm. RSVP to rsvp@stopsmilingonline.com.

Mortified! @ Martyrs'

Mortified! returns to Chicago with stories of deep humiliation tonight at Schubas, 3159 N. Southport Ave., at 7:30pm. More info on Facebook. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. 21+

Anne Elizabeth Moore Reads From Cambodian Grrrl @ Quimby's

Missed Anne Elizabeth Moore talk about Cambodian Grrl a couple of weeks ago? You're in luck -- tonight, the current columnist for Truthout and former editor of Punk Planet and the Comics Journal talks about her Fulbright-sponsored journey teaching self-publishing to young Cambodian women. Joining Moore will be local cartoonist and writer Sara Drake, who has her own plans involving comics and Cambodia. 7pm, 1854 W. North Avenue.

Eric Greitens @ Pritzker Military Library

Tonight, Eric Greitens, author of Strength and Compassion andThe Heart and the Fist: The Education of a Humanitarian, the Making of a Navy SEAL makes an appearance at the Pritzker Military Library. Tom Brokaw says "if you're in despair about America's future, meet my hero, Eric Greitens. His life and [The Heart and the Fist] remind us that America remains the land of the brave and generous. The heart and fist are just the combination we need." Pritzker Military Library, 104 S. Michigan Ave., 6pm. $10.

Raúl Zurita @ the Poetry Foundation

As part of their Poetry Off the Shelf series, Chilean poet Raúl Zurita will read tonight at the Poetry Foundation (61 W. Superior), beginning at 7pm. Admission is free!

Write Club Chapter 18

Write Club Chapter 18 is upon us. This time themes and writers facing off will be:
REVENGE (Dina Walters) vs. MERCY (Scott Whitehair), ORDER (Ian Belknap) vs. CHAOS (Don Hall), and ROOTS (Susan Karp) vs. BRANCHES (Patrick Carberry). Match ups begin at 7pm. Tuesday September 27th at the Hideout 1354 W. Wabansia.

Tamale Hut Reading Series

The Tamale Hut reading series will host a special night for one of its frequent readers, Claire Suzanne Elizabeth Cooney. She will be debuting a recently completed play. The festivities happen tonight, 7pm at the Tamale Hut Café, located at 8300 W. Cermak Road in North Riverside, IL. Lots of tamales, great stories.

Douglas Kearney @ Harriet Reading Series

Tonight, poet Douglas Kearney will be on hand to inaugurate the first Harriet Reading Series. Future series events will have readings and presentations by the "Craft Work" and "Open Door" writers on The Poetry Foundation's Harriet Blog. The reading starts at 7pm at The Poetry Foundation (61 W. Superior St). Admission is free, but please RSVP here.

Amina Gautier @ Women and Children First

Tonight, author Amina Gautier reads from her short story collection At Risk at Women and Children First. Centered around a group of Brooklyn teens, author David Haynes says "in these always engaging stories, Amina Gautier reminds us that behind the disturbing headlines are vibrant young people whose lives matter immeasurably. Gautier employs unflinching honesty to capture those lives, and she does so with clarity, dignity and genuine insight. At Risk will break your heart even as it leaves you full of hope. It is a truly lovely book." Women and Children First, 5233 N. Clark, 7:30pm.

Chicago Women in Publishing Fall Reception

Tonight, CWIP will hold its fall kickoff event at the Gleacher Center, 450 N. Cityfront Plaza Dr., from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. The keynote speaker will be Jennifer Parello, director of marketing and communication for World Book. Come for her tips for successfully navigating the publishing industry today, and stay for networking and hors d'oeuvres from Wolfgang Puck. Win-win. Admission (cash or check only) is CWIP members $35, nonmembers $45, students $40.

Mira Bartok @ the Book Cellar

Mira Bartok, SAIC alum and author of several children's books, promotes the paperback release of her memoir, The Memory Palace. Bartok will read excepts from her work beginning at 7pm at the Book Cellar 4736 N Lincoln Ave # 1.

Story Lab @ Black Rock

As a platform for new storytellers, Story Lab stands apart from other series in the city in its accessibility and unmitigated audience support for the performers. Who knows, next month it could be you standing up there in front of a live audience! Join Story Lab for an intimate evening of storytelling in the cozy back room of one of Chicago's best pubs, the Black Rock (3614 N. Damen). Each month, an entirely different lineup of up-and-coming storytellers share their freshest pieces. This month's readers include: Philip Buuck, Stephanie Douglass, KT Lark, Katie Pryor, Jim Stevens, and Michelle Renee Thompson. Hosted by Scott Whitehair of the reading series This Much is True. Show starts at 7:30pm, and is free. For more information visit Black Rock Pub or Story Lab Chicago.

Anna Solomon at Woman and Children First

Anna Solomon will read from her first novel, The Little Bride. Special guest Audrey Niffenegger will introduce the event. This begins at 7:30pm at Women and Children First 5233 North Clark Street.

Common @ DePaul University Bookstore

Rapper/actor Common not only writes rhymes--he writes books, too. Catch Chicago's hip hop superstar tonight at a free reading and book signing for his new memoir, One Day It'll All Make Sense, at DePaul University Bookstore, 1 E. Jackson, from 6pm-8pm. For more information, call 312-362-8792.

Two and a Half Cookie Minimum reading

Two and a Half Cookie Minimum will be a pairing of Two Cookie Minimumreading series andHalf Nelson press, a self-published literary journal. Readers will include contributors to Half Nelson issue two alongside Mairead Case (co-conspirator of Dil Pickle Club) and Mason Johnson (host of P. Fanatics reading series). The event begins at 9pm at at the Hungry Brain 2319 West Belmont.

Brinksmen Press reading, Revolutions: The Gamble, part II

The Brinksmen Press reading, Revolutions: The Gamble, part II. will mix story and musical performances. Featured readers include Dan Duffy (editor of The Handshake magazine) and Patricia Ann McNair (author of The Temple of Air) will close the night. This event begins at 7pm, Brando's Speakeasy, 343 S. Dearborn St.

Essay Fiesta @ Book Cellar

Get your back-to-school Essay Fiesta on tonight with readings by: actor, Playwright and former Neo-Futurist Andy Bayiates; founder of Here's the Story Jana Sobel; 2nd Story contributor Amye Day; RedEye reporter Tricia Parker; and writer and blogger Mike Smolarek. The series is produced and hosted by comedian/writers Keith Ecker and Alyson Lyon, and includes a raffle with all proceeds going to the youth literacy organization 826 Chicago. Show starts at 7pm at the Book Cellar (4736 N. Lincoln), and is free. For more information visit Essay Fiesta.

Windy City Story Slam Fundraiser event

Windy City Story Slam, John and Betty Scholarship fundraiser, Sunday September 18, 7:30pm, Double Door 1572 N. Milwaukee Ave. Readers include Columbia College Fiction Writing faculty Joe Meno, Sam Weller, Ann Hemenway, and Gary Johnson.

Orange Alert! Reading Series

The September Edition of the Orange Alert Reading Series will feature readers
Mason Johnson, Susannah Breslin, Meghan Lamb, and Joseph G. Peterson.
Join them Sunday September 18th, 6pm at the Whistler 2421 N Milwaukee Ave.

ART WAR @ Treasure Town

This epic, experimental, two-day art/performance fest in Little Village promises to deliver -- with interactive installations, live murals, combative performance, culinary experiments, sustainable fashion, fire-spitters, a skate park, a tattoo artist & the tamale guy (to skim the surface). If you're looking for a lively, unusual time, look no further. Tonight's event starts at 8:08pm. Treasure Town is located off the Pink Line at 2106 S. Kedzie. More more information, click here and here.

ART WAR @ Treasure Town

This epic, experimental, two-day art/performance fest in Little Village promises to deliver, with interactive installations, live murals, combative performance, culinary experiments, sustainable fashion, fire spitters, a skate park, a tattoo artist & the tamale guy (to skim the surface). If you're looking for a lively, unusual time, look no further. This event starts at 8:08pm tonight and basically continues on until about 3am on Satuday night. Treasure Town is located off the Pink Line at 2106 S. Kedzie. More more information, click here and here.

Author Talks - Elizabeth Berg and Jacquelyn Mitchard

Join the Chicago Tribune for the first of this fall's intimate conversations with authors. Helmed by Chicago Tribune Literary Editor Elizabeth Taylor, the "salons" allow you to have your burning questions answered by the writers, who will also attend a "meet & mingle" reception where you can continue the dialogue up close and personal.

The Author Talks series begins today with Elizabeth Berg (of the recent Once Upon a Time, There Was You, and before that Talk Before Sleep) and Jacquelyn Mitchard (of the upcoming Second Nature, A Love Story, and previously The Deep End of the Ocean). This installment of the series takes place at the Tribune Tower (435 N. Michigan) at 6:30pm, and costs $20 -- which includes reception and book signing.

Anne Elizabeth Moore Book Release

Chicago Publishes celebrates the release of Anne Elizabeth Moore's latest book, Cambodian Grrrl: Self-Publishing in Phnom Penh, with a reading and reception in the Claudia Cassidy Theater at the Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E. Randolph St., tonight at 6pm. Free.

This Much is True @ Hopleaf

It's September, which means the kids are back in school, and all four core members of TMIT are back in the house and reading tonight: Larry Kerns, Dorrie Ferguson, Scott Whitehair and Deanna Moffitt. Joining the regular lineup are special guests Dori Goldman, David W. Berner and Michael Garvey. TMIT takes place at the Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark, 7:30pm, free. For more info visit This Much is True or Hopleaf.

Dan Sinker Book Reading @ MCA

Dan Sinker reads from his book The F***ing Epic Twitter Quest of @MayorEmanuel and discusses the book with author Joe Meno and journalist Carol Marin tonight 6pm in the Kanter Education Center at the MCA, 200 E. Chicago Ave. Free with museum admission -- which is also free, because it's a Tuesday. More info here.

Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club Meeting @ Noble Tree Cafe

The Chicago Nerds Social Club invite you to the latest meeting of their science fiction & fantasy book club. Tonight's book for discussion is Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson. The discussion happens tonight from 8:30 to 8pm at Noble Tree Cafe (2444 N. Clark). The event is free and open to the public. For full details please see the Chicago Nerds Website.

The Chicago Way Reading Series

The Chicago Way is a new reading series that focuses on Chicago authors. Local authors Michael Burke, Geoff Hyatt, Patricia Ann McNair, and Megan Stielstra read from their new novel or story collections. Tonight at the The Hidden Shamrock, 2723 N Halsted, 7pm.

Two With Water: TMI @ Beauty Bar

TWW presents TMI: Totally, Maybe, I Don't Know at Beauty Bar (1444 W. Chicago Ave.) tonight. At 7pm, the reading series starts with a quick open mic, then moves onto stories from Gina Frangello, Lindsay Hunter, Muyassar Kurdi, Ben Tanzer, Richard Thomas, and Brandon Tietz.

Get Back II Cool w/ Neutron Bomb (reading series)

The Punk rock reading series Neutron Bomb collaborates with the Handshake (an online literary publication) for a Columbia College centric Back II Cool extravaganza. Readings by Columbia College Fiction Writing students and faculty, Handshake contributors and even a band.
Saturday, September 10, 7:00pm at Cal's Liquors (400 S. Wells St.).

Barbara Allan @ Centuries and Sleuths

Tonight, Max Allan Collins and Barbara Collins sign their latest Trash 'n Treasures mystery Antiques Knock-Off. (Barbara Allan is the female pen name of author Max Collins when co-writing with wife Barbara Collins). Centuries and Sleuths, 7419 W. Madison, Forest Park, 7pm.

Story Club @ Uncommon Ground on Clark

Come to Uncommon Ground for the September installment of Story Club, a storytelling series that has been featured in Time Out Chicago, Gapers Block, Metromix, the DePaul Writing Center website, and is recommended by the Chicago Tribune. Tonight's show has three featured readers and four open mic slots; open mic sign-up is at 8pm, go time at 8:30pm at Uncommon Ground (3800 N. Clark). This month's featured readers are: funny lady Kelsie Huff, Michigander Angela Benander, and Moth StorySLAM winner Kevin Gladish. Tonight's performance will be focused on the theme of September 11th, in honor of the 10 year anniversary of the attacks, bring your 9/11 story with you if you feel so moved. This event is free. For more information visit Uncommon Ground or Story Club.

Neal Samors and Bernard Judge @ Oak Park Public Library

Tonight, Neal Samors and Bernard Judge present Chicago's Lake Shore Drive: Urban America's Most Beautiful Roadway. An old school coffee table sized tome, Julia Keller of the Chicago Tribune calls it "a lavishly illustrated history of the bodacious byway that snakes around the lake [for the reader who] lives and breathes Chicago history." Oak Park Library, 834 Lake St., Oak Park, 7pm.

Interface II @ Steep Theatre

On the heels of the success of their first show in June, Interface returns to Steep Theatre (1115 Berwyn Avenue) in collaboration with This Much Is True, to bring to life an evening of live inspiration exploring the common boundaries of music, art and storytelling. Interface is an opportunity to watch inspiration as it happens, to be a part of the art as it develops. Storytellers of This Much Is True (with guest Robyn Okrant) will take the stage to share a personal tale, and at the conclusion of each story, jazz outfit The CEC Trio will play an original, improvised composition inspired by what they have just heard. For the duration of the show, digital artist Noah Ginex will be creating a one-of-a-kind piece of artwork inspired by everything he experiences throughout the evening. This unique work of art will be displayed, as it takes form, on five 40-inch plasma screens placed around the stage. Prints will be available for purchase after the show. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door, show starts at 8pm. For info and tickets visit Steep Theatre.

Reading Under the Influence: Apocalypse

Reading Under the Influence is back tonight at 7pm at Sheffield's, 3258 N. Sheffield Ave., with the theme being "the Apocalypse." This is a release party for featured reader Geoff Hyatt's book Birch Hills at World's End, hence the theme. Other readers will include James Finn Garner, Ilana Shabanov and Nick Delehanty. $3 cover. 21+

Collections and Cocktails @ The Poetry Foundation

Not literally, of course. But The Poetry Foundation is having another open house -- this time to showcase its library's programs and expanded hours. The library at the newly built Poetry Foundation building has around 30,000 books and is open to the public. Why not stop by and celebrate it? The open house, dubbed Collections and Cocktails, is tonight from 5:30pm to 8:30pm and will feature library collection readings from local poets, poetry fortune-telling, and more. Admission is free but first-come, first-served, so make sure you're in line early at the Poetry Foundation, 61 W. Superior St.! RSVP here.

@MayorEmanuel Book Release @ Hideout SOLD OUT

Author Dan Sinker celebrates the release of his book, The F*cking Epic Twitter Quest of @MayorEmanuel, tonight from 6pm to 9pm at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia. The evening will include readings by Sinker as well as Megan Stielstra and Dmitry Samarov, spoken word by Louder Than a Bomb, and a surprise musical guest performing the music of the Black Eyed Peas. DJ John Tolva spins. Tickets are $5 in advance or at the door. All proceeds of the event go to Young Chicago Author's Louder Than a Bomb project. 21+ UPDATE: This event is sold out. Sinker will be doing another reading on Sept. 13 at the MCA.

PechaKucha Night @ Martyrs'

PechaKucha returns to Martyrs', 3855 N. Lincoln Ave., tonight from 8pm to 11pm. This month, Bob Barber & Mark Rubenstein, Jessica Charlesworth, Tim Fawkes, Lucy Hilarides, Chris Neville, RoxAnne Rochester, Stephen Vick, Stephen Yas, Dawn Hancock, Evan Forrest, Amber Hawk Swanson and special guests will get 20 seconds to discuss each of 20 slides on the topic of their choosing. Tickets are $10 in advance or at the door. 21+

So You Think You Have Nerves of Steel?

The monthly series So You Think You Have Nerves of Steel? is back with a mixed variety show, including Brandon Will and Nick Bitonti with some sketch comedy of sorts, the poetic styling of Dave Snyder, and literary stand-up by Daniel Shapiro. The series is always on the first Tuesday of the month, which is tonight. See it live at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W. Belmont Ave, at 9pm.

Packingtown Review Trivia Night @ Declan's Irish Pub

Sharpen your thinkin' bits (and dull them with drink specials) at literary trivia night tonight. The evening is a benefit for the Packingtown Review, a UIC literary journal. Declan's Irish Pub, 1240 N. Wells, 7:30pm.

Encyclopedia Show Series 4: SAINTS

The Encyclopedia Show kicks off it's 4th Series with the theme SAINTS. All featured performances of music, poetry, visual art, and spoken word will have some insanely Saintly tie in, Thursday September 1st at the Vittum Theatre, 7:30p.m.

David Ansell @ Chicago Public Library, Roosevelt

Tonight David Ansell reads from County: Life, Death and Politics at Chicago's Public Hospital at the Roosevelt branch of the Chicago Public Library. Ansell is a Chicago based physician and health activist who currently serves as the Chief Medical Officer at Rush University Medical Center and was part of a Chicago-based effort that provided medical relief after the Haiti earthquake. The Chicago Tribune says "...the many ways in which poor patients were mistreated and devalued on its premises are the true subject of this book - a valuable addition to the historical record of Cook County and its problem-ridden health care system. Ansell takes readers behind the scenes for a look at deplorable conditions." Chicago Public Library, Roosevelt branch, 1101 W. Taylor, 6pm.

Anders Nilsen @ Lula Cafe

Tonight, Quimby's hosts a book release party for Anders Nilsen's Big Questions at Lula Café, where Nilsen once worked as a cook. An epic work, almost 600 pages and 10 years in the making, Big Questions is a graphic novel that explores life's big questions in fable form, through birds who don't know what to make of a strange pilot who's crash-landed on their planet and the factions and tension that form as a result. Chris Ware calls Nilsen "an observant, sharply intelligent and unpretentious man, [whose work is] harrowing yet at the same time calmly and powerfully life-affirming." Nilsen will be joined by John Porcellino, Kyle Beachy and Zak Sally. Lula Café, 2537 N. Kedzie Blvd., 7pm.

Chattinger's Book Club @ Challenger's Comics

Tonight, and every last Thursday of the month, is Chattinger's, the graphic novel book club at Challenger's Comics. This month's selection is A Drifting Life, Yoshihiro Tatsumi's autobiography of growing up in post World War II Japan. Purchase not required; 20% discount on featured book. Challenger's Comics, 1845 N. Western, 2R, 7pm.

Julia V. Hendrickson Reading @ Andrew Rafacz Gallery

Tonight Julia V. Hendrickson will release a new book of poetry entitled Grow No Moss at the Andrew Rafacz Gallery, 835 W. Washington Blvd. Julia will read selections from the book alongside performances by Mairead Case, Zach Dodson, Denise Dooley and Gabriel Wallace. Books, zines, and prints will be available for sale. Doors open at 6:30pm, reading begins at 7pm.

Little City Book Fair @ Harper College

Book lovers with a car should consider making the trek to Harper College in Palatine (about 15 minutes Northwest of O'Hare) for the Little City Book Fair which boasts, "hundreds of thousands of new and gently used books," as well as CDs and DVDs, all for between 50 cents and $5. Free all day Sunday (10am - 5pm).

Little City Book Fair @ Harper College

Book lovers with a car should consider making the trek to Harper College in Palatine (about 15 minutes Northwest of O'Hare) for the Little City Book Fair, which boasts "hundreds of thousands of new and gently used books," as well as CDs and DVDs, all between 50 cents and $5. Free all day today (10am - 9pm) and Sunday (10am - 5pm).

Little City Book Fair @ Harper College

Book lovers with a car should consider making the trek to Harper College in Palatine (about 15 minutes Northwest of O'Hare) for the Little City Book Fair which boasts, "hundreds of thousands of new and gently used books," as well as CDs and DVDs, all for between 50 cents and $5. 10$ donation to get in Friday (5pm - 10), but free on Saturday (10am - 9pm) and Sunday (10am - 5pm).

Story Lab @ Black Rock

As a platform for new storytellers, Story Lab stands apart from other series in the city in its accessibility and unmitigated audience support for the performers. Who knows, next month it could be you standing up there in front of a live audience! Join Story Lab for an intimate evening of storytelling in the cozy back room of one of Chicago's best pubs, the Black Rock (3614 N. Damen). Each month, an entirely different lineup of up-and-coming storytellers share their freshest pieces. This month's readers include: Rhiannon Koehler, Willy Nast, Maggie O'Keefe, Marie Scatena, Dustin Sharpe, and Eva De Souza. Hosted by Scott Whitehair of the reading series This Much is True. Show starts at 7:30pm, and is free. For more information visit Black Rock Pub or Story Lab Chicago.

Reading Under the Influence @ Sheffield's

Tonight is Generation Y night at Reading Under the Influence. Featured readers are Kyle Chaney, Ray Lumpp, Erin Nedero and August 3 audience winner Michelle Pretorius. Unlike most RUI readings, there's no cover tonight, and the first 20 attendees win a door prize. Sheffield's , 3258 N. Sheffield. Readings start at 7:30pm in the back room; get there early for a seat.

Essay Fiesta @ Book Cellar

Essay Fiesta is back for the August installment of the monthly charitable reading series with readings by: actor, writer, and director Diana Slickman; author and local celeb Robyn Okrant; Chicago Magazine's Scott Smith; essayist Tom Wolferman; and comedian Kristin Clifford. The series is produced and hosted by comedian/writers Keith Ecker and Alyson Lyon, and includes a raffle with all proceeds going to the youth literacy organization 826 Chicago. Show starts at 7pm at the Book Cellar (4736 N. Lincoln), and is free. For more information visit Essay Fiesta.

Smart Readings @ Smart Museum - Part Two

This afternoon from 1pm-3pm at the Smart Museum (5550 S. Greenwood Avenue), poet Matthias Regan presents the second of two workshops combining the sensibilities of reading and looking. Intended to "explore the relationship between figures and genres of personhood," this (free!) workshop consists of a brief lecture, tour of exhibit "Go Figure," and a conversation about related stories and poems.

This last of the two-workshop series, "Bodies Among Other Things," pairs Sylvia Sleigh's painting The Turkish Bath with passages from Lord Byron's mock epic poem Don Juan, "in order to contemplate how sexualized bodies receive, hold onto, and return the viewer's desire."

Poetry Series 2011 @ Myopic

Stop by Myopic Books (1564 North Milwaukee Avenue) tonight at 7pm for their reading series. Featured readers will be Noelle Kocot and Mike Hauser. Admission is free!

Imaginary Birds @ Ray's Tap Reading Series

Ray's Tap Reading Series, the brainchild of Chris Bower, takes on a different theme for each installment -- tonight's is "imaginary birds". Featured readers include: Matt Rowan, Mark Chrisler, Natalie Edwards, Matt Test, Daniel Shapiro, Brian Nemtusak, Jayita Bhattacharya, Jacob Knabb, Mason Johnson, Dave Snyder, Scott Whitehair, Troy Murphy and even some work from the out of town Tim Racine. This may be the last in the series, so if you've always meant to go see it, now is the time. Show starts at 8pm at Ray's Tap, 3057 N. Kimball, free entry. For more information visit Hold My Horses.

MAKE Do: Book Release for L.C. Fiore's Green Gospel

MAKE magazine will host the Chicago book release for L.C. Fiore's first novel Green Gospel (Fiore is also MAKE's associate fiction editor) tonight at 6:30pm at the Gentner Showroom, 228 W. Kinzie St. Joining will be Lindsay Hunter author of Daddy on Featherproof books. Bookending the readings will be music by Steven Hendershot of the Spares. If that's not enough, enjoy complimentary beer and snacks.

Read 'em and Weep, Local Zine Reading Tour Kick Off

Read 'em and Weep, an aptly titled zine reading tour consists of four Chicago zinesters: Dave Roche (On Subbing and About my Disappearance zines), Leslie Perrine (mini-comic/fiction zine and an organizer of Chicago Zine Fest), Xavier Maldonado (poetry zine Explorers are We) and Jim Joyce (personal/nonfiction zine Or Let it Sink).

Joining them will be local zinester special guests Rosy Phinick (Bacterial Turned Viral zine) and Sara Drake (Arty Party comic zine).

The reading is Thursday August 11th, 7pm at 826CHI 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave.

The First Time: First High

CHIRP's "First Time" reading series tackles the issue of "The First High" at the Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont Ave., tonight at 8pm. Margaret Hicks, Jasson Perez of BBU, Marcus Gilmer of The A.V. Club
Jenn Sodini are confirmed to read, with more to be announced. Admission is $10. 21+

CCLaP Book Release Party @ Beauty Bar

Tonight, the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography (CCLAP) presents their quadruple book release party at Beauty Bar, featuring readings from all four authors - Sally Weigel (Too Young To Fall Asleep), Ben Tanzer (99 Problems), Mark R. Brand (Life After Sleep) and Jason Fisk (Salt Creek Anthology). Books available for $20 each or the whole shebang for $50. Free food, cash bar, DJ and dancing afterward. Beauty Bar, 1444 W. Chicago Ave., 7pm.

This Much is True @ Hopleaf

It's a hot August night, come out to the Hopleaf to hear true first-person stories. This month's installment of This Much Is True, the monthly reading series that offers an intimate peek into people's lives, features a lineup that includes: writer, performer, and director Jen Ellison; actor, pretender, and storyteller Marsha Harman; stage director and teacher Matt Miller; co-hosts Deanna Moffitt and Scott Whitehair; writer and performer Kim Morris; actor, writer, and storyteller Tim Paul; and writer and performer Dave Stinton. 5148 N. Clark, 7:30pm, free. For more info visit This Much is True or Hopleaf.

Britney Spears 101

Head to the Hungry Brain, 2319 W. Belmont Ave., tonight at 9pm for the latest in Homeroom's 101 series, Britney Spears 101. Readers include zine maker and author Liz Mason; Dr. Christopher Smit, author of"The Exile of Britney Spears: A Tale of 21st Century Consumption; and filmmaker Judy Hoffman, who directed Stages: 3 Days In Mexico, about Britney Spears' 2002 concerts in Mexico City. Free, 21+.

Sapphire @ Chase Bank Auditorium

Sapphire, author of Precious, discusses and signs her new book, The Kid, at the Chase Bank Auditorium, 10 S. Dearborn St., tonight at 6:30pm. It's part of the Tribune's Trib Nation author series. Tickets are $25.

Poetry Brothel

Chicago Poetry Brothel sets up shop at Ristorante al Teatro, 1227 W 18th St., tonight from 8pm to midnight. Watch "poetry whores read for your pleasure, with burlesque performances scattered throughout the show. The theme this month is "Saints and Sinners." $5 if dressed in Victorian(esque) garb, $10 if not.

LTAB: English Class Heretics @ Victory Gardens Theater

Chicago teen poetry group Louder Than A Bomb (which you may remember from such films as Louder Than A Bomb) announce a collaboration with Victory Gardens Theater. The partnership will launch new playwriting curriculum for LTAB, with courses designed to explore the intersections of poetry, hip-hop and theater. Their first show, English Class Heretics, a "best of" LTAB showcase, finishes up tonight. Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln, 7:30pm. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased here.

LTAB: English Class Heretics @ Victory Gardens Theater

Chicago teen poetry group Louder Than A Bomb (which you may remember from such films as Louder Than A Bomb) announce a collaboration with Victory Gardens Theater. The partnership will launch new playwriting curriculum for LTAB, with courses designed to explore the intersections of poetry, hip-hop and theater. Their first show, English Class Heretics, a "best of" LTAB showcase, runs this weekend. Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln, Tonight at 7:30pm and Saturday, August 6 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased here.

Story Club @ Uncommon Ground on Clark

Come out to Uncommon Ground for this month's installment of Story Club, a storytelling series that has been featured in Time Out Chicago, Gapers Block, Metromix, the DePaul Writing Center website, and is recommended by the Chicago Tribune. At each meeting of Story Club there are five open-mic slots and two featured readers; open mic sign-up is at 8pm, go time at 8:30pm at Uncommon Ground (3800 N. Clark). This month's featured readers are the lovely Alyson Lyon and the abs-tastic Keith Ecker of the series Essay Fiesta. This event is free. For more information visit Uncommon Ground or Story Club.

Tuesday Funk @ The Hopleaf

Come for the 80 varieties of beer, stay for the storytelling. It's time for the August installment of Tuesday Funk at the Hopleaf (5148 N. Clark). Tonight's readers include Sondra Morin, Eden M. Robins, Julie Rosenthal, Jerry Schwartz and Karen Skalitzky. Seating begins at 7pm, reading begins at 7:30pm, and admission is free. Cash only bar upstairs.

The Moth Chicago GrandSLAM II @ Park West

The second Moth Chicago GrandSLAM comes to the Park West (322 W. Armitage), featuring past winners of the Moth StorySLAM, (including Gapers Block's own J.H. Palmer), and hosted by WBEZ's Peter Sagal. The Moth is a reading series that began in New York in 1997, has chapters in L.A., Chicago, and Detroit, produces "The Moth on The Road" shows all over the country, and The Moth Radio Hour. It is also one of the best known storytelling series around; buy your tickets early. For more info visit The Moth or Park West. Doors open at 6pm, show starts at 8pm. A word to the wise - buy your tickets in cash at the Park West box office (322 W. Armitage) or at the Vic box office (3145 N. Sheffield) ahead of time and avoid those annoying online surcharges (which come to a hefty $9.30 per ticket.)

Funny Ha-Ha @ Hideout

Funny Ha-Ha returns to the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, tonight from 7 to 8:30pm. Claire Zulkey hosts an evening of readings and performances by "Ask Amy" columnist and "Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!" panelist Amy Dickinson, blogger Samantha Irby, Write Club overlord Ian Belknap, Comedy Central's Indecision blogger Dennis DiClaudio, comedian James Fritz, Jezebel blogger Erin Gloria Ryan, and filmmaker Joe Avella. $5 admission benefits the Neighborhood Writing Alliance. 21+

Newberry Library Book Fair

The Newberry Library's annual Book Fair runs today through Sunday, July 28-31, at the library, 60 W. Walton St. Browse more than 120,000 used books for sale, most priced under $2. The fair runs from 10am to 6pm today. Free.

Poetry Slam's 25th Birthday @ the Metro

In honor of the birth of poetry slams, Chicago Slam Works is hosting a birthday bash that will blow the top off of slams everywhere. The Poetry Slam 25th Birthday Extravaganza will take place at the Metro (3730 N. Clark) tonight, starting at 8pm (6pm if you have Pre-Show VIP tickets). The party will feature Slam Champions and slammers from all over the globe, including a group from Germany! And as if that isn't enough, there will also be live slam translations and music. Tickets are $25 general admission, $45 VIP. 18+

Annual Used Book Sale @ Women & Children First

Who doesn't like foraging through great books for even greater deals? If you count yourself among those so inclined, stop by Women & Children First today or tomorrow for their annual used book sale. You'll find steals on "fiction, nonfiction, children's books, LGBTQ titles, CDs, DVDs, and collectables" -- all for a good cause. Proceeds from the weekend benefit the bookstore's non-profit arm, the Women's Voices Fund, which supports all the wonderful programming they make free to the public. July 30 - 31st, 10am - 7pm.

Newberry Library Book Fair

The Newberry Library's annual Book Fair runs today through Sunday, July 28-31, at the library, 60 W. Walton St. Browse more than 120,000 used books for sale, most priced under $2. The fair runs from 10am to 6pm today. Free.

Newberry Library Book Fair

The Newberry Library's annual Book Fair runs Thursday through Sunday, July 28-31, at the library, 60 W. Walton St. Browse more than 120,000 used books for sale, most priced under $2. The fair runs from noon to 8pm today. Free.

Printers' Ball

The Printers' Ball takes over Columbia College's Ludington Building, 1104 S. Wabash Ave., from 6pm to 11pm tonight. Peruse back issues and swag from the city's many print and online publications -- and take home as much as you can carry, for free! Lots of other stuff going on, too, including the monthly GB Get-Together!

Gapers Block and the Chicago Literacy Alliance are teaming up for a special meetup at this year's Printers Ball. Join us at the Chicago Literary Alliance's table in the northwest corner of the first floor, near the bar for conversation, then feel free to wander the Ball and pick up free literature of all sorts!

Fair Food Book Signing @ Daley Plaza Farmers Market

Cheese, chard, and now a signed copy of Dr. Oran Hesterman's book Fair Food. What doesn't the Daley Plaza Farmer's Market have to offer? Since the book is about changing the landscape (pun!) around food in this country, and arming the reader with questions to pose your local farmers, Daley Plaza seems like a particularly appropriate location to pick up a copy and meet it's author, and champion of the Fair Food Network. Hesterman will be on site Thursday July 28th, from 11am to 1pm, Daley Plaza Farmers Market (Washington Boulevard between Dearborn and Clark).

David Ansell and John Dittmer Discussion and Booksigning @ Grace Place

Physician and activist David Ansell, author of County: Life, Death and Politics at Chicago's Public Hospital and DePauw University historian John Dittmer, author of The Good Doctors: The Medical Committee for Human Rights and the Struggle for Social Justice in Health Care, lead a discussion and book signing tonight from 5:30-8pm at Grace Place, 637 S. Dearborn. RSVP to Ann Duffy at Health & Medicine Policy Research Group, who is sponsoring the free event. Wine, beer, and light refreshments will be served.

Newberry Library Book Fair

The Newberry Library's annual Book Fair runs today through Sunday, July 28-31, at the library, 60 W. Walton St. Browse more than 120,000 used books for sale, most priced under $2. The fair runs from noon to 8pm today. Free.

Book Club Discussion: Wendy McClure's The Wilder Life

Wendy McClure will join the GB Book Club staff at Sheffield's (3258 N. Sheffield Avenue) tonight to discuss The Wilder Life, her story of a road trip through the land of Little House on the Prairie, and the actual events, culture (remember the TV show?) and ideas that entails -- both for the book's characters and real-life inspirations, the author, and the people that feature in her journey into the life and times of Laura Ingalls Wilder. 7:30pm. Free!

The Moth StorySLAM @ Martyrs

The Moth StorySLAM returns to Martyrs, tonight's theme is "fireworks." 10 lucky readers will have their name drawn and get 5 minutes to tell a story, sans notes, onstage in front of a live audience. Stories are judged, and at the end of the evening a winner is declared. This event sells out very quickly (no, seriously), get to Martyrs (3855 N. Lincoln) early for a spot, even earlier if you want a seat. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $8 or online for an additional $2 service fee. Stories start at 8pm.

Smart Readings @ Smart Museum

This afternoon from 1pm-3pm at the Smart Museum (5550 S. Greenwood Avenue), poet Matthias Regan will begin a series of two workshops combining the sensibilities of reading and looking. Intended to "explore the relationship between figures and genres of personhood," each (free!) workshop consists of a brief lecture, tour of exhibit "Go Figure," and a conversation about related stories and poems.

The first of the two workshops, "Bodies Among Other Things," pairs Kerry James Marshall's painting Slow Dance with a short story by detective novelist Walter Mosley.

The second workshop will be held on August 14th.

The Dollhouse Reading Series #4 @ 1850 W. Belle Plaine

This Dollhouse reading is called Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon. Come to 1850 W. Belle Plaine, Apt. 3 tonight at 8pm (reading starts around 9pm) to hear what it's all about. Featured readers are Jaswinder Bolina, Amy McCann, MC Hyland, and Rich Smith.

Third Coast Audio: Make 'Em Laugh @ Old Town School of Folk Music

The Third Coast International Audio Festival hosts "Make 'Em Laugh" tonight at the Old Town School of Folk Music. Sit back for an evening of humorous stories carefully culled from the radio waves and internet ether, read to you by Gwen Macsai of Re:sound and Stuart Flack of the Chicago Humanities Festival. Old Town School of Folk Music, 7pm. $10 for the general public, $8 for Old Town School members, seniors and children.

Story Lab @ Black Rock

As a platform for new storytellers, Story Lab stands apart from other series in the city in its accessibility and unmitigated audience support for the performers. Who knows, next month it could be you standing up there in front of a live audience! Join Story Lab for an intimate evening of storytelling in the cozy back room of one of Chicago's best pubs, the Black Rock (3614 N. Damen). Each month, an entirely different lineup of up-and-coming storytellers share their freshest pieces. This month's readers include: Beth Cummings, Amy Gorelow, Jerrod Howe, Mary Lorenz, Michael McCauley, and Casey Pilkenton. Hosted by Scott Whitehair of the reading series This Much is True. Show starts at 7:30pm, and is free. For more information visit Black Rock Pub or Story Lab Chicago.

Nikki Herd & T. C. Tolbert @ Women & Children First

Tonight's poetry reading at Women & Children First (5233 N. Clark St.) will feature Nikki Herd and T. C. Tolbert. The reading starts at 7:30pm and admission is free.

Palabra Pura @ La Bruquena Restaurant

Palabra Pura is a bilingual poetry reading series that takes place monthly and features Chicano and Latino artists. At each reading, a local poet is paired with a visiting writer, and an open mic is thrown in to foster interaction. Tonight's reading starts at 7:30pm at La Bruquena restaurant (2726 W. Division) and is curated by Rafael Franco Steeves with Rey Andujar and Carlos Vázquez Cruz. Admission is free!

Essay Fiesta @ Book Cellar

Holy cow, has Essay Fiesta got a lineup for you this month! The charitable reading series returns to the Book Cellar tonight with readings by: standup comedian Cameron Esposito; New York Times contributor, and mother-effing badass Johanna Stein; This Much Is True producer Deanna Moffitt; Moth GrandSLAM Champion Shannon Cason; and Off the Eatin' Path's Monte LaMonte. The series is produced and hosted by comedian/writers Keith Ecker and Alyson Lyon, and includes a raffle with all proceeds going to the youth literacy organization 826 Chicago.

Show starts at 7pm at the Book Cellar (4736 N. Lincoln), and is free. For more information visit Essay Fiesta.

You, Me, Them, Everybody Live @ Hungry Brain

You, Me, Them, Everybody returns to the Hungry Brain, 2319 W. Belmont Ave., with its live show tonight at 9pm. Guests this month include author and journalist Rob Elder, comedian Megan Gailey, Sad Brad Smith and Jeremy Tromburg. Brandon Wetherbee and Esmeralda Leon host. Free, 21+.

Uptown Poetry Slam @ the Green Mill

Come slam some poetry at the Green Mill's (4802 North Broadway Avenue) Weekly Poetry Slam tonight at 7pm. Cover charge is $6, and the host will be slam's originator, Marc Smith.

The Paper Machete

The Paper Machete, the weekly "salon in a saloon," this week features Katie Rich, The History Girls Katie Watson and Lindsay Harrington, Aemilia Scott, Mark Bazer, Ken Barnard, Coya Paz and Ricky Gamboa of Barrel of Monkeys, Tim Sniffen and Brendan Dowling, and musical guest Will Phalen. The show starts at 3pm at the Horseshoe, 4115 N Lincoln Ave. Free, 21+.

Samuel Park @ Women and Children First

Tonight, Columbia College assistant professor Samuel Park reads from his novel This Burns My Heart at Women and Children First. The story of a woman struggling for identity in post-war South Korea, This Burns was named one of amazon.com's Best Books of the Month for July, 2011. Audrey Niffenegger calls it "...quietly stunning - a soft, fierce story that lingers in the mind." Women and Children First, 5233 N. Clark St., 7:30pm.

This Much is True @ Hopleaf

Every month brings a new lineup to This Much Is True, and the July installation looks particularly juicy. In addition to co-hosts Deanna Moffitt and Scott Whitehair, you'll be treated to stories by 2nd Story's Bobby Biedrzycki; Ray's Tap Reading Series' Chris Bower; woman of mystery Paula Carter, local celebrity Robyn Okrant, and working man Andrew Reilly. 5148 N. Clark, 7:30pm, free. For more info visit This Much is True or Hopleaf.

Science Fiction & Fantasy Bookclub @ Noble Tree Cafe

The Chicago Nerds Social Club presents the latest in their regular series of science fiction & fantasy bookclub meetings tonight at 6:30pm at Noble Tree Cafe (2444 N. Clark). Tonight's book for discussion: The Adventures of Guy by Norm Cowie. The event is free and open to the public. For more information please see the Chicago Nerds Website.

P. Fanatics Reading Series

P. Fanatics reading series, more hi-jinks than hi-brow returns with its theme CATS. The reading is at Cole's bar (2338 N. Milwaukee), 8pm, no cover. Readers include: Jill Summers, Dan Shapiro, Lindsay Hunter, Robbie Q. Telfer and more.

The Paper Machete

The Paper Machete, a "weekly salon in a saloon," this week features actress Rondi Reed, playwright Will Nedved, Neo-Futurist Lisa Buscani, A.V. Club editor Marcus Gilmer, improver Peter Kremidas, writer/performer David Isaacson, and writer/performer Ali Weiss. Musical guests include Jessie FIsher and Erik Hellman, and Real Tits, the latest band from John Szymanski and John Bliss. The show starts at 3pm at The Horseshoe, 4115 N. Lincoln Ave. Free, 21+.

Fear Itself: The Art of Stuart Immonen @ Rogues Gallery

Canadian comic book artist Stuart Immonen brings the art of "Fear Itself", Marvel's miniseries crossover event, to Challengers Comics. Yes, he will be there. 7pm, 1845 N. Western Ave. 2R. Check out his art, and buy a comic while you're there.

Story Club @ Uncommon Ground on Clark

Help celebrate Uncommon Ground's 20th anniversary at this month's installment of Story Club, a storytelling series that has been featured in Time Out Chicago, Gapers Block, Metromix, the DePaul Writing Center website, and is recommended by the Chicago Tribune. If you love Story Club and you're looking for a way to become more involved, they're looking for a summer intern! Contact Story Club Founder Dana Norris for more information. At each meeting of Story Club there are five open-mic slots and two featured readers; open mic sign-up is at 8pm, go time at 8:30pm at Uncommon Ground (3800 N. Clark). Featuring Dennis Frymire and Janna Sobel. This event is free. For more information visit Uncommon Ground or Story Club.

Zinester Librarians Tour @ Quimby's

A group of Librarians by day and Zinesters by night are taking their talents on the road, touring around in the Fly Away Zine Mobile, a bookmobile dedicated to DIY and self-publishing.
Tour participants are Jenna Freedman (Lower East Side Librarian and Barnard Zine Collection); Jami Sailor (Your Secretary zine and Chicago Public Library Near North Branch Librarian); John Stevens (Dilettantes and Heartless Manipulators); Celia Perez (I Dreamed I Was Assertive and Atlas of Childhood); and Debbie Rasmussen (former publisher of Bitch: Feminist Response to Popular Culture) who's latest venture is the Fly Away Zine Mobile.
The tour stops by Chicago July 6th, 7pm at Quimbys 1854 W. North ave.

Reading Under the Influence (Poison reading)

Reading Under the Influence offers up the theme "Poison" with featured readings by Adam McOmber (fitting as he authored the book, This New and Poisonous Air), 2nd Story contributor Eileen Dougharty, Mason Johnson and Adam Wood. At Sheffield's (3258 N Sheffield Ave) 7pm, 21+, $3.

Mandy Van Deven @ Women and Children First

Mandy Van Deven reads from Hey, Shorty! A Guide to Combating Sexual Harassment and Violence in Schools and On the Streets at Women and Children First tonight. Ms. magazine says "If you want to read about some truly inspiring young feminists, pick up Hey Shorty! This book is full of great ideas for youth organizing and coalition work. [It] encouraged girls to articulate their issues and goals, and then worked with them to learn the skills they needed to achieve their goals. The result? A whole new generation of smart, knowledgeable, articulate and empowered young women. Women who will change the world." Women and Children First, 5233 N. Clark, 7:30pm.

The Library Lounge @ Branch 27

The Chicago Public Library invites readers 21 and over to The Library Lounge, a happy hour event at Branch 27. Learn about the library's fun, free offerings, get a library card, and enjoy a 2-hour hosted bar (6pm to 8pm). RSVP by e-mailing notwhatyouthink@allterrain.net. First 100 people to do so get this awesome t-shirt. Branch 27, 1371 W. Chicago Ave.

Book Club Event: Paul Hornschemeier Discusses Life with Mr. Dangerous @ The Book Cellar

The summer edition of our quarterly author discussion series goes in a sequential direction with cartoonist Paul Hornschemeier's latest, Life with Mr. Dangerous. The story of a young woman in the Midwest wading through the morose, hopeful, and quietly funny waters of her late 20's, the full-color drawings highlight both the gray and colorful moments in Amy Breis' life. Tonight, 7:30pm-9pm. 4736 N. Lincoln Ave. Free!

David Ansell @ Oak Park Public Library

If you're out in the suburbs and can't make it to the Gapers Block event tonight, David Ansell will be reading from County: Life, Death and Politics at Chicago's Public Hospital at the Oak Park Public Library. Ansell is a Chicago based physician and health activist who currently serves as the Chief Medical Officer at Rush University Medical Center and was part of a Chicago-based effort that provided medical relief after the Haiti earthquake. The Chicago Tribune says "...the many ways in which poor patients were mistreated and devalued on its premises are the true subject of this book - a valuable addition to the historical record of Cook County and its problem-ridden health care system. Ansell takes readers behind the scenes for a look at deplorable conditions." Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake Street, 7pm.

Poetry Foundation Open House

The Poetry Foundation celebrates the completion of its new headquarters with an open house this weekend. Check the schedule for events. Doors open at 10am today. Free.

Windy City Storm Slam's Crime and Punishment show

Criminal Class Press and the Windy City Storm Slam will hold the Crime and Punishment show, Sunday June 26th, 7:30pm, $5, at MultiKulti 1000 N. Milwaukee ave. This will also be the release party for the latest issue of the Criminal Class Review.

Poetry Foundation Open House

The Poetry Foundation celebrates the completion of its new headquarters with an open house this weekend. Check the schedule for events. Doors open at 10am today. Free.

The Chicago Story Collective presents "Summer Lovin': Stories of Sex, Sweat... and Romance" @ Stage 773

The Chicago Story Collective meets once again, this time for their newest storytelling showcase: "Summer Lovin': Stories of Sex, Sweat... and Romance." Storytellers Keith Ecker and Alyson Lyon of Essay Fiesta, Dana Norris of Story Club, and Stories at the Store's Jen Bosworth will share totally true tales of awkward devirginizations, carnal pleasure, and puppy love. Joining the CSC will be TimeOut Chicago's sex expert Debby Herbenick, who will be fielding anonymous sex questions from the audience, and burlesque performances by Vaudezilla. Show starts at 8pm at Stage 773 (1225 W. Belmont), tickets are $8 and can be purchased at the ticket office.

YCA Fundraiser & Poetry Expo @ Elastic Arts

The Young Chicago Authors Fundraiser & Poetry Expo (Elastic Arts, 2830 N. Milwaukee Ave.) happens tonight from 7-10pm! Your $5 (under 25) or $10 (over 25) will get you food and drinks, as well as performances by a wide range of people, including poets, singers, DJs, and MCs. Your money will also be put to good use: it will help send YCA youth to the Allied Media Conference in Detroit.

The New Chicago Style @ Chicago Cultural Center

An all-star local literary cast reads at the Chicago Cultural Center (77 E. Randolph) tonight at 6pm: Joe Meno, Bayo Ojikutu, Simone Muench, and Kathleen Rooney. Afterparty at the Stop Smiling storefront (1371 N. Milwaukee Ave.).

Bloomsday @ Galway Arms Irish Pub

Today is Bloomsday, where bibliophiles around the world celebrate all things James Joyce. Chicago will represent at the Galway Arms Irish Pub where Puddin'head Press and Collage Productions will host their 7th annual reading from James Joyce's Ulysses. Fifteen excerpts will be read in a two-hour presentation encapsulating the events of June 16, 1904 as experienced by Stephen Dedalus, Leopold and that saucy Molly Bloom. Chicago playwright and novelist Jeff Helgeson returns as emcee with performances by local actors and Puddin' head Press authors. Galway Arms Irish Pub, 2nd Floor, 2442 N. Clark, 6:30pm. $5 donation.

Nnedi Okorafor @ 57th Street Books

Chicago State University writing professor Nnedi Okorafor reads from and discusses her latest novel Who Fears Death? tonight. Centering around genocide in a far-future, post-apocalyptic Saharan Africa, the book has won a number of awards and was honored as a "Best Book of 2010″ by Publishers Weekly, Library School Journal, and the Nobbie Awards. 57th Street Books, 1301 E 57th St., 6pm.

Story Lab @ Black Rock

Join Story Lab for an intimate evening of storytelling in the cozy back room of one of Chicago's best pubs, the Black Rock (3614 N. Damen). Each month, an entirely different lineup of up-and-coming storytellers share their freshest pieces. This month's readers include: Rachel Bierma, Eric Bjorlin, Amanda Cohen, Sheri Reda, Hector Reyes, and Shane Skeldon. Hosted by Scott Whitehair of the reading series This Much is True. Show starts at 7:30pm, and is free. For more information visit Black Rock Pub or Story Lab Chicago.

This Much is True @ Hopleaf

It's the second Tuesday of the month, time for the June installment of This Much Is True at the Hopleaf (5148 N. Clark), the storytelling series that offers an intimate peek into each of their writer's lives, revealing the humorous, embarrassing and poignant moments that make up a life remembered. This month's featured readers are: Peter Athens, Becky Eldridge, Larry Kerns, Deanna Moffitt, J.H. Palmer, Eric Shivvers, and Scott Whitehair. Show starts at 7:30pm and is free. For more info visit This Much is True or Hopleaf.

Mary Kay Andrews @ Barbara's Bookstore

Author of New York Times' bestsellers Savannah Breeze and Blue Christmas Mary Kay Andrews discusses her latest novel, Summer Rental, at Barbara's Bookstore (1218 S. Halsted St.). 7pm.

Heather Lalley @ Floriole Cafe & Bakery

Heather Lalley is the author of The Chicago Homegrown Cookbook: Local Food, Local Restaurants, Local Recipes -- celebrate the book's release at Floriole Cafe & Bakery (1220 W. Webster) tonight from 4pm-7pm.

Scott McCloud @ Northwestern University

As part of this year's Comics & Medicine conference, Scott McCloud (author of Understanding Comics) will be giving a lecture on the sequential medium at Northwestern University's Thorne Auditorium, located in the Arthur Rubloff Building at 375 E. Chicago Avenue. Free! No registration necessary! 3:15pm - 5pm!

Mortified @ Beat Kitchen

The last time Mortified dared to show its face at the Beat Kitchen, the show sold out and people were turned away at the door, so buy your tickets now! Featured on NPR's "This American Life", and hailed as "embarrassing, hilarious and just plain wrong!" by Bust magazine, this unique show, in which performers read from diary entries and other ephemera from their youth, once again teams up with the Blue Ribbon Glee Club for an unforgettable evening of teen angst and humiliation (on the part of the performers, that is.) Show starts at 7:30pm, doors open at 7pm, tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Buy your tickets online at Mortified. Beat Kitchen is located at 2100 W. Belmont.

Structurally Sound: Pop Up Library @ North Branch Projects

The Chicago Underground Library's latest pop-up library, Structurally Sound, opens at North Branch Projects, 3550 W. Lawrence Ave., with a reception tonight from 7pm to 10pm. Enjoy food and drink, ping pong and the services of a "library database psychic," and peruse the CUL's collection of self-published media. Free, but donations accepted.

Interface @ Steep Theatre

Join Scott Whitehair, producer of the storytelling series This Much Is True
and Story Lab, for the premiere of Interface, a new series that combines storytelling, music, and art. Interface starts at 8pm at Steep Theatre (1115 W. Berwyn). Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door, and can be purchased online or at the box office.

Nalini Singh @ The Book Cellar

Kiss of Snow is an especially sexy sounding title this time of year (what with the Unwelcome Embrace of Humidity upon walking out the door). It's also a paranormal romance ("Since the moment of her defection from the PsyNet and into the SnowDancer wolf pack, Sienna Lauren has had one weakness. Hawke. Alpha and dangerous, he compels her to madness"). Hear more at best-selling author Nalini Singh's appearance at the Book Cellar tonight. Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln, 7pm.

Pecha-Kucha @ Martyrs'

Pecha-Kucha Night returns to Martyrs', 3855 N. Lincoln Ave., tonight at 8pm. Tickets are $8 in advance or at the door. 21+

Literary Death Match @ Hideout

Literary Death Match returns to the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., tonight from 6:30 to 8:30pm. Four authors -- Samantha Irby, Johanna Stein, Ian Belknap and Amy Guth -- fight for the favor of judges Claire Zulkey, Kate James and Nathan Rabin. Hosted by Todd Zuniga and Dennis DiClaudio. $5 in advance, $8 at the door. 21+

Science Fiction & Fantasy Bookclub @ Noble Tree Cafe

The Chicago Nerds Social Club holds their 21st science fiction & fantasy book club meeting tonight at Noble Tree Cafe (2444 N. Clark). Tonight's book for discussion is Things We Think About Games by Will Hindmarch and Jeff Tidball. The meetings runs from 6:30pm to 8pm, and is free. For full details please see the Chicago Nerds Website.

Printers Row Lit Fest

It's the last day of Printers Row Lit Fest: today, Printers Row (Dearborn Street, Congress to Polk streets) will be filled with literary events, authors/speakers, and of course many, many books. Check out the full event schedule (all free, but you need to reserve your ticket for Harold Washington Library Center and University Center events) and full list of appearing authors. Find out about exact details, contact information, kids' activities and more here.

Comic Book Swap Meet @ Evil Squirrel Comics

If you're sitting on a stack of comic books that are collecting dust, and maybe not quite worth the hassle of eBay or Craigslist, check into the Evil Squirrel Comic Book Swap! It's recommended you arrive by 2pm with a typed (or well written) list of the books you wish to swap. The swapping will begin promptly at 2:30pm. It's recommended to limit your comics to swap to a short-box. Evil Squirrel Comics 6928 N Glenwood Ave, Chicago, IL 60626. Begins at 2pm ends when all swapped out or 4pm. RSVP via Facebook.

Night of the Living Dead Poets

Poetry magazine presents Night of the Living Dead Poets, "a night of undead poetry from the tombs of poetryfoundation.org." Jacob Saenz, Rachel Fink-Sigler and George Decelles will read work by Frank Stanford, Roald Dahl, Anne Sexton, Sylvia Plath, Vachel Lindsay, Richard Brautigan and Christina Rossetti from 5:30 to 6pm at the corner of Harrison and Dearborn in the Printers' Row Book Fair. Free.

Printers Row Lit Fest

Today and tomorrow, Printers Row (Dearborn Street, Congress to Polk streets) will be filled with literary events, authors/speakers, and of course many, many books. Check out the full event schedule (all free, but you need to reserve your ticket for Harold Washington Library Center and University Center events) and full list of appearing authors. Find out about exact details, contact information, kids' activities and more here.

The Dollhouse Reading Series @ 1850 W. Belle Plaine

If you haven't been to The Dollhouse Reading Series yet (1850 W. Belle Plaine Ave, Apt 3), you won't want to miss this one. Tonight the series has a celebrity theme: it's BYOB and bring your favorite celebrity quote (they've specifically requested no Charlie Sheen -- everyone's probably heard enough by now). Featured poets include Nick Demske, Sarah Fox, Daniel Borzutzky, and Sarah Carson. The doors open at 8pm, and the reading begins at 9pm. Admission is free.

Story Club @ Uncommon Ground on Clark

Story Club is a monthly storytelling series that has been featured in Time Out Chicago, Gapers Block, Metromix, the DePaul Writing Center website, and is recommended by the Chicago Tribune. At each meeting of Story Club there are five open-mic slots and two featured readers; open mic sign-up is at 8pm, go time at 8:30pm at Uncommon Ground (3800 N. Clark). Tonight's theme is Vacation Damnation, featuring Tom Wolferman and Jennifer Peepas. This event is free. For more information visit Uncommon Ground or Story Club.

Poem Present @ University of Chicago

Poet Jena Osman (The Network ) reads in in the latest installment of of the University of Chicago's Poem Present series. University of Chicago, Wieboldt Hall, 1050 E 59th St., Thursday, June 2, 5pm.

CAF Lunch Lecture: Architecture of Adler & Sullivan

Ward Miller and John Vinci discuss and sign their book, The Complete Architecture of Adler and Sullivan, today from 12:15pm to 1pm at the Chicago Architecture Foundation's Lecture Hall Gallery, 224 S. Michigan Ave., as part of CAF's free lunch lecture series.

Margaret Hicks @ Quimby's

Margaret Hicks reads and signs her new book, Chicago Comedy: A Fairly Serious History, tonight at 7pm. at Quimby's, 1854 W. North Ave. More info here.

Marie Kanger-Born @ Quimby's

Marie Kanger-Born reads from and signs her memoir, Confessions Of A Chicago Punk Bystander , tonight at 7pm. at Quimby's, 1854 W. North Ave. Free.

Ben Tanzer and David Masciotra @ Book Cellar

Ben Tanzer (You Can Make Him Like You) and David Masciotra (Working on a Dream: The Progressive Political Vision of Bruce Springsteen) read at The Book Cellar tomorrow night. There are promises of "interpretive dance numbers and a laser light show of uncertain proportions." Book Cellar, 4736 N Lincoln Ave., Thursday, May 26 at 7pm.

Art Exhibition Catalog Blowout Sale @ Cultural Center

Pick up a catalog from one of the Cultural Center's more than 600 art exhibitions over the past 30 years for just $1 to $5. In the Garland Room at the Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., from 10am to 4pm. Sales are cash only. More info here.

Erik Larson @ Harold Washington Library

You probably know him best as the author of Devil in the White City, but tonight he's back discussing In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin, the story of mild-mannered William E. Dodd, first ambassador to Nazi Germany, his free-spirited daughter Martha, and their trip from Chicago to the odd, tenuous and (it goes without saying) dark world of 1933 Berlin. 400 S State St, 6pm. Free.

Tamale Hut Cafe Presents @ Tamale Hut Cafe

Schoooool's...out...for...summer: Share readings from your hard-earned MFA manuscript at the Tamale Hut Café Presents tonight for their first-ever MFA open reading invitation. Raise a glass to Randy "Macho Man" Savage as host Jenny Seay reads from her novel-in-progress steeped in the world of wrestling. Bring your student ID and get three tamales for the price of two. BYOB. Tamale Hut Café, 8300 W. Cermak, North Riverside, 7pm.

SKALD 12 Storytelling Competition @ DCA Theater

WNEP Theater presents the 12th annual SKALD storytelling competition with a week of storytelling events for all ages. This evening's competition features hopefulls who have successfully auditioned for a spot. Tickets are $20, competition starts at 7:30pm. Purchase tickets online. The DCA Theater is located at the Cultural Center (78 E. Washington).

KIDSKALD @ DCA Theater

WNEP Theater presents the 12th annual SKALD storytelling competition with a week of storytelling events for all ages. This afternoon's KIDSKALD competition features storytellers aged 8-16. Free to the public, reservations are recommended, competition starts at 3pm. Secure tickets at DCA Theater. The DCA Theater is located at the Cultural Center (78 E. Washington).

MAELSTROM Storytelling Competition @ DCA Theater

WNEP Theater presents the 12th annual SKALD storytelling competition with a week of storytelling events for all ages. Tonight's MAELSTROM storytelling competition features improvised stories told by hopefuls who have successfully auditioned for this competition. Tickets are $15, competition starts at 7:30pm. Purchase tickets online. The DCA Theater is located at the Cultural Center (78 E. Washington). Check the DCA Theater website for details.

Rebecca Skloot @ Harold Washington Library

Rebecca Skloot reads from The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks tonight. Henrietta Lacks was a poor Southern tobacco farmer whose cells (dubbed HeLa cells) were taken without her knowledge and were of vital use in developing the polio vaccine, in cancer research and in gene mapping, among other things. Her cells helped launch a multimillion-dollar industry that sells human biological materials, yet her family never saw any of the profits. Seed magazine says "The history of HeLa is a rare and powerful combination of race, class, gender, medicine, bioethics, and intellectual property; far more rare is the writer that can so clearly fuse those disparate threads into a personal story so rich and compelling. Rebecca Skloot has crafted a unique piece of science journalism that is impossible to put down - or to forget." Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State, 6pm.

Bomb & Bird @ Innertown Pub

Bomb & Bird is the latest reading series taking place tonight at Innertown Pub (1935 West Thomas St), starting at 7:30pm. Bring poetry, prose, what have you (the brave souls even say they'll accept your worst work as well as your best). The event is free, and you get five minutes of open-mic floor time -- first come, first-served.

Story Lab @ Black Rock

Join Story Lab for an intimate evening of storytelling in the cozy back room of one of Chicago's best pubs, the Black Rock (3614 N. Damen). Each month, an entirely different lineup of up-and-coming storytellers share their freshest pieces. This month's readers include: Theresa Ohanion, Peggy O'Neill, Aaron Pagel, Timothy David Ray, Jon Sales, and Audery Naomi Smith. Hosted by Scott Whitehair of the reading series This Much is True. Show starts at 7:30pm, and is free. For more information visit Black Rock Pub or Story Lab Chicago.

SKALD 12 Adults Storytelling Workshop @ DCA Theater

WNEP Theater presents the 12th annual SKALD storytelling competition with a week of storytelling events for all ages. Tonight's storytelling workshop is designed for adults, and is free, reservations required. 6-10pm in the DCA Theater at the Cultural Center (78 E. Washington). Check the DCA Theater website for details.

Mortified Turns Bright Pink @ Fizz

The semi-regular reading series Mortified, in which willing participants read aloud from diaries and other ephemera from their youth, teams up with self-titled punk rock choir The Blue Ribbon Glee Club for a fundraiser benefiting Bright Pink, a national non-profit organization that provides education and support to young women who are at high risk for breast and ovarian cancer. All proceeds from ticket sales will go directly towards Bright Pink's education and outreach programs. Show starts at 7pm at Fizz (3320 N. Lincoln), tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door and can be purchased online.

Write Club @ Hideout

The Hideout presents the latest in the combative writing series, Write Club. Local author, actor and curmudgeon Ian Belknap presides over these literary bouts: Hello vs. Goodbye; Fate vs. Free Will; and Rain vs. Shine. A group of authors will bring their prepared pieces on these topics, and the declared winners of each bout will win a percentage of the door for their chosen charities. The show starts at 7pm, and tickets will be available at the door. Hideout: 1354 W. Wabansia. (773) 227-4433.

Essay Fiesta @ Book Cellar

The charitable reading series Essay Fiesta returns to the Book Cellar for another night of storytelling featuring: director and writer Matt Miller; Neo-Futurist Dina Connoly; standup comic Bryan Bowden; author Sara Connell; and writer Willy Nast. The series is produced and hosted by comedian/writers Keith Ecker and Alyson Lyon, and includes a raffle with all proceeds going to the youth literacy organization 826 Chicago. Show starts at 7pm at the Book Cellar (4736 N. Lincoln), and is free. For more information visit Essay Fiesta.

SKALD 12 Kids Storytelling Workshop @ DCA Theater

WNEP Theater presents the 12th annual SKALD storytelling competition with a week of storytelling events for all ages. Today's kids storytelling workshop is designed for ages 8-16 and is free, reservations required. Time and location TBD, check the DCA Theater website for details.

Make the Case @ Open Books

Open Books is holding Make the Case, their first ever bookcase decorating contest where literature-loving teams will turn ordinary bookshelves into artistic masterpieces. Tickets to the event are $35 and include appetizers, drink, a discount coupon, a chance to vote in the People's Choice winner and more. At the end of the event, judges Jonathan Messinger, Patrick Somerville, and Amy Guth will award prizes to the bookcases that best convey the theme. The week following the event, Open Books will fill the bookcases with books and donate them to other local nonprofit organizations. 6pm-9pm at Enclave, 213 W. Institute Pl. Get your tickets here or send your questions to makethecase[at]open-books[dot]org.

Ol' Time Mississippi Fish Fry @ Da Sto

Tonight, check out the Ol' Time Mississippi Fish Fry and Hip Hop Storytelling Revival. The night will feature Grammy winning rapper and former 20th Ward alderman candidate Che "Rhymefest" Smith, spoken word by the Neighborhood Writing Alliance, food and cooking demonstrations, a West Woodlawn TIF photo gallery and more. Brought to you by Blacks In Green , a community education and trade association working to foster and sustain green, neighbor-owned businesses in African-American communities. Da Sto, 460 E. 61st, 6-10pm, $35 for dinner, show and festival; click here for tickets

Demitri Martin Book Signing @ DePaul Bookstore

Demetri Martin will be at the DePaul University Bookstore (1 E. Jackson) tonight at 6pm to sign and read excerpts from his new book, This is a Book. For details, click here.

This Much is True @ Hopleaf

It's the second Tuesday of the month, time for the May installment of This Much Is True at the Hopleaf (5148 N. Clark), the storytelling series that offers an intimate peek into each of their writer's lives, revealing the humorous, embarrassing and poignant moments that make up a life remembered. This month's featured readers are: Patrick Brennan, Jamie Buell, Dorrie Ferguson, Kelsie Huff, Arlene Malinowski, Deanna Moffitt, and Scott Whitehair. Show starts at 7:30pm and is free. For more info visit This Much is True or Hopleaf.

"The Cannon" Performative Reading Series @ Bonny's

"The Cannon," a monthly event starting tonight, (and part of Logan Square's "Strongworks" performance programming) will feature six Chicago actors
performing short stories chosen by Will Litton, fiction editor of the literary magazine
Wag's Revue, and Sam Nyhart, company member of Strong Works. Readings will be "performative, polished and punchy," according to Amanda Rozmiarek, production manager of Strong Works. Tonight's event will be held at Bonny's (2417 N. Milwaukee Ave.) from 9 to 10. Afterward, the Strong Works jazz band will play, followed by DJs, dancing and drinks. A $5 donation will be gently suggested at the door to keep their otherwise entirely unfunded season going.

Curbside Splendor Reading

Curbside Splendor presents "Two With Water Rx," a bi-monthly reading series at Beauty Bar, 1444 W. Chicago Ave. Tonight features Keith Ecker, Susan Fox, Mike Smolarek, and Christine Sneed reading on the theme "Tiger MOMents." An open mic kicks things off. Free, 21+

RE:COM issue 3 @ Crown Comedy

May's Crown Comedy show brings you not only Lisa Laureta, Bill Cruz, Cameron Esposito, CJ Sullivan, Beth Stelling, and Clark Jones, but also the release of the third issue of RE:COM magazine (which features Reggie Watts and Maria Bamford). Last month it was so hot we had popsicles. Be cool this month and don't miss it.
-Crown Tap Room, 2821 N. Milwaukee - 9pm

Jonathan Hickman Signing and Q&A

Writer Jonathan Hickman, best known for his work on Marvel Comic's Fantastic Four, Secret Warriors and SHIELD, will be signing at The Comic Vault, located at Ashland and Montrose, for Free Comic Book Day. The signing will begin at noon and run until 4pm. Limit two items per person.

The Q&A session is by ticket only and will be moderated by local Chicago writer Elliot Serrano. Tickets are limited to the first fifty people who pre-order Hickman's latest hardcover, SHIELD: Architects of Forever.

Durutti Skool Poetry Workshop @ Outer Space Studio

The Next Objectivists are "a free school of poets and critics pursuing the techniques of writing poetry from outside the self" (think William Carlos Williams, not Ayn Rand). Tonight, their workshop will be held in conjunction with the Red Rover Reading Series as the Chicago Durutti Skool 2011, part of a nationwide series of workshops examining poetry as a catalyst for social change (yes, that means Marxism and anarchism). Outer Space Studio, 1474 N. Milwaukee Ave., 7-9pm.

Story Club @ Uncommon Ground on Clark

Story Club is a monthly storytelling series that has been featured in Time Out Chicago, Gapers Block, Metromix, the DePaul Writing Center website, and is recommended by the Chicago Tribune. At each meeting of Story Club there are five open-mic slots and two featured readers; open mic sign-up is at 8pm, go time at 8:30pm at Uncommon Ground (3800 N. Clark). Tonight's theme is Mistakes, featuring Andrew Marikis and Chicago Moth GrandSLAM champion Shannon Cason. This event is free. For more information visit Uncommon Ground or Story Club.

Durutti Skool Poetry Workshop @ Mess Hall

The Next Objectivists are "a free school of poets and critics pursuing the techniques of writing poetry from outside the self" (think William Carlos Williams, not Ayn Rand). They meet the second and fourth Thursday of every month in Rogers Park. Tonight, their workshop will be held in conjunction with the Red Rover Reading Series as the Chicago Durutti Skool 2011, part of a nationwide series of workshops examining poetry as a catalyst for social change (yes, that means Marxism and anarchism). Mess Hall, 6932 N. Glenwood Ave., 7-9pm.

Reading Under the Influence's 6th Anniversary

RUI: Reading Under the Influence's sixth anniversary show is tonight in the back room of Sheffield's, 3258 N. Sheffield Ave., from 7pm to 9pm. The evening features readings by Rob Duffer, Julia Borcherts, Amy Guth, Jesse Jordan and Erin Nederbo, as well as themed trivia games. $3 cover, 21+.

Tuesday Funk @ The Hopleaf

Come for the 80 varieties of beer, stay for the storytelling. It's time for the May installment of Tuesday Funk at the Hopleaf (5148 N. Clark). Tonight's readers include Paul McComas, Tim W. Brown, Bradley P. Beaulieu, Brooke Wonders, and Scott Smith. Seating begins at 7pm, reading begins at 7:30pm, and admission is free. Cash only bar upstairs.

Ed Roberson @ Northwestern University

Ed Roberson, Northwestern's Distinguished Artist in Residence in the Department of English, reads tonight at Northwestern in The Hagstrum Room (#201), University Hall (1897 Sheridan Road, Evanston). The reading starts at 5pm and is presented by UniVerse. Admission is free!

The Chicago Story Collective @ Town Hall Pub

The Chicago Story Collective is proud to present their newest storytelling showcase, "High School Horror Stories" at Town Hall Pub (3340 N. Halsted) for an evening of tales that will remind you why the best years of your life were also your worst. Readers include Essay Fiesta's Keith Ecker and Alyson Lyon, Story Club's Dana Norris, Stories at the Store's Jen Bosworth, This Much Is True's Scott Whitehair, Moth Grand Slam champion Shannon Cason, and comedian Kelsie Huff. Show starts at 8pm, with a suggested donation of $10.

Great Books Chicago 2011

From the Great Books Chicago site:

April 28-May 1, 2011: a weekend of Great Books discussions and cultural events!

This year's theme is In the Beginning. . .

Thinking about the beginnings of things allows us to look backwards and forwards at the same time, leading to insights about how we came to be what we are and where we might be going, whether by choice or by fate. Join us as we talk about beginnings in literature, human communities, and the physical world, in all their rich complexity.

For the first time, you have two registration options:

3 days, Friday--Sunday, $270: Register now online for 3 days!
4 days, Thursday--Sunday, only $295: Register now online for 4 days!

For more information, call 800-222-5870, ext. 7136

Join GB'er Ben Schulman kick things off as he joins a panel with Carl Smith, author of 'The Plan of Chicago', Charles Daas of UIC/City Solutions, and Alan Mammoser, with Form-Based Codes Institute/author of 'Beyond Burnham' to discuss the origins and growth of cities. Register now!

You Can Make Him Like You Release Party @ Beauty Bar

Tonight! Release party for Ben Tanzer's new book You Can Make Him Like You
. Nik Korpon of The Nervous Breakdown says "You Can Make Him Like You is, I think, the book High Fidelity could've been, wanted to be." The evening also features readings by Lindsay Hunter, Gina Frangello, Jason Fisk and Tim Jones-Yelvington. Brought to you by local publisher Curbside Splendor. Beauty Bar, 1444 W. Chicago Ave., 7pm-10pm.

Great Books Chicago 2011

From the Great Books Chicago site:

April 28-May 1, 2011: a weekend of Great Books discussions and cultural events!

This year's theme is In the Beginning. . .

Thinking about the beginnings of things allows us to look backwards and forwards at the same time, leading to insights about how we came to be what we are and where we might be going, whether by choice or by fate. Join us as we talk about beginnings in literature, human communities, and the physical world, in all their rich complexity.

For the first time, you have two registration options:

3 days, Friday--Sunday, $270: Register now online for 3 days!
4 days, Thursday--Sunday, only $295: Register now online for 4 days!

For more information, call 800-222-5870, ext. 7136

Join GB'er Ben Schulman kick things off as he joins a panel with Carl Smith, author of 'The Plan of Chicago', Charles Daas of UIC/City Solutions, and Alan Mammoser, with Form-Based Codes Institute/author of 'Beyond Burnham' to discuss the origins and growth of cities. Register now!

Joe Bonomo & Jim DeRogatis @ Ferguson Hall

Bonomo (author of Highway to Hell (33 1/3 Series) and Sweat: The Story of The Fleshtones, America's Garage Band) and DeRogatis (of "Sound Opinions" and Vocalo.org) will talk about rock 'n' roll writing tonight at Ferguson Hall (600 S. Michigan Ave), Room 101, at 6:30pm.

@FakeAPStylebook @ Book Cellar

You may be familiar with @FakeAPStylebook, tongue-in-cheek faux rules of writing. Meet one of the minds behind tonight at Book Cellar: Bureau Chief Matt Wilson presents Write More Good: An Absolutely Phony Guide. 7pm, 4736 N. Lincoln Ave. Free!

Erotic Fiction Contest @ The Whistler

Live erotic fiction contest readings along with silent auction to benefit Chicago Women's Health Center. At The Whistler, 2421 N. Milwaukee. Pay-what-you-can sliding scale. Readings at 7pm, dance party follows at 9:30pm.

Wendy McClure @ Book Cellar

Local author Wendy McClure will discuss her latest book Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie tonight. Author Julie Klam says "The Wilder Life evoked so much of an almost palpable nostalgia that I felt like I was walking into my childhood dollhouse every time I opened the book. I absolutely loved this book." The Book Cellar will be hosting a contest for the finest prairie bonnet in honor of the festivities. The Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln, 7pm.

Story Lab Chicago @ Black Rock Pub

Come back to the Black Rock Pub (3614 N. Damen) for the April installment of Story Lab Chicago, New Voices Telling New Stories. Join us for an intimate evening of storytelling in the cozy back room of one of Chicago's best pubs. Each month, an entirely different lineup of up-and-coming storytellers will share their freshest pieces. This month's lineup includes: Bente Engelstoft, Alice Kim, Conrad Lawrence, CJ Leavens, Matt Ulrich, and Paul Whitehouse. Hosted by Scott Whitehair of the reading series This Much is True. Show starts at 7:30pm, and is free. For more information visit Black Rock Pub or Story Lab Chicago.

Local Poet Night @ The Book Cellar

In honor of National Poetry Month, come out to The Book Cellar (4736-38 Lincoln Ave.) tonight at 7pm to celebrate local poets Robert McDonald, Katie Phillips, Richard Fox, and Larry Dean.

Lawrence M. Krauss @ Harold Washington Library

String theory opponent and theoretical physicist Lawrence M. Krauss (The Physics of Star Trek) discusses wormholes, time loops and the possibility of parallel universes tonight. Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State, at 6pm.

Chicago Food Truck Summit

TimeOut Chicago's Senior Food & Drink Correspondent Heather Shouse has a book coming out called Food Trucks: Dispatches and Recipes From the Best Kitchens on Wheels. Heather will host a book release party in conjunction with the Book Cellar and Goose Island that will double as the city's first food truck summit. All the fun will be had in the parking lot of Goose Island Brewpub (1800 N. Clybourn) tonight from 7pm-10pm. To find out more about the summit and which trucks will be there, head to the Facebook page.

History of the World in Six Glasses Book Discussion @ First Slice

Slow Food Chicago sponsors a discussion of this Tom Standage book today at First Slice Cafe, 4401 N Ravenswood Ave, from 2pm-3pm. Email to RSVP.

Poetry Off the Shelf @ Curtiss Hall

Curtiss Hall, 410 S. Michigan Ave., presents Poetry Off the Shelf, an "experimental piano series," with a performance inspired by the poetry of Ed Roberson and Christina Pugh, with music provided by Chicago jazz pianist Ari Brown and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The evening will also feature a solo performance by pianist Mabel Kwan, who uses poetry by Rachel Jamison Webster and Reginald Gibbons as her muse. The program starts at 7pm; tickets are $10-$20 and can be purchased online. For more information, call (312) 291-0291.

Native American Poetry Night @ Mitchell Museum of the American Indian

Tonight the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian will host its first Native American Poetry Night. Kimberly Blaeser, Mark LaRoque, and Thirza Defoe -- Native American poets from the Midwest -- will read and talk about their poetry from 5 to 7pm at the museum (3001 Central St, Evanston). Admission is $8 for the public and $5 for Mitchell Museum members. For more information, visit the museum's website.

The Pale King Release Party @ Book Cellar

Tonight the Book Cellar celebrates the posthumous release of David Foster Wallace's The Pale King. Esquire calls The Pale King "the final, beautiful act of an unwilling icon...one of the saddest, most lovely books I've ever read. DFW writes sentences and sometimes whole pages that make you feel like you can't breathe." Readers at the event will include Patrick Somerville, Marcus Sakey,
Adam Levin, Kyle Beachy, and Jon Baskin. The evening will feature readings of favorite DFW pieces, original essays on his work, a brief discussion with the authors, and DFW trivia with a free drink for correct answers (yes, the Book Cellar has a bar). The Book Cellar, 4736-38 N Lincoln Ave., 7pm.

Wendy McClure @ Barnes & Noble Webster Place

Author Wendy McClure reads from her latest book, The Wilder Life, tonight at 7pm at the Barnes & Noble at Webster Place, 1441 W. Webster St., Free.

Catherynne M. Valente @ Book Cellar

Catherynne M. Valente will be at the Book Cellar tonight to read from her latest novel Deathless, a retelling of the Russian folktale of Koschei the Deathless. Cory Doctorow says "romantic and blood-streaked, and infused with magic so real you can feel it on your fingertips - Deathless is beautiful." Lev Grossman says "stories, unlike people, don't stay dead forever, or not always. They can live again - but only under very special circumstances. They must be revived by the miraculous touch of a very rare class of being, a kind of multi-classed genius/scholar/saint, who can restore them to life. Catherynne Valente is such a being." The Book Cellar, 4736-38 N Lincoln Ave., 7pm

Maureen McLane @ Hilton Orrington

Tonight at 5pm at Hilton Orrington (Hinman Auditorium, 1710 Orrington Ave) in Evanston, poet and literary critic Maureen McLane will read as part of Northwestern University's 4th Annual Writers' Festival. Admission is free.

This Much Is True @ Hopleaf

Come to the Hopleaf (5148 N. Clark) tonight for the April installment of This Much Is True, the storytelling series that offers an intimate peek into each of their writer's lives, revealing the humorous, embarrassing and poignant moments that make up a life remembered. This month's featured readers are: Nora Dunn, Dorrie Ferguson, Larry Kerns, Deanna Moffitt
Prescott Tolk, and Scott Whitehair. Musical Guests - Duck and Goose. Show starts at 7:30pm and is free. For more info visit This Much is True or Hopleaf.

Gaiman and Niffenegger @ Harold Washington Library Center

You may remember us reporting that One Book, One Chicago chose Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere for this year's citywide reading program. Tonight Gaiman will talk with Audrey Niffenegger about imagination and creativity at the Harold Washington Library Center auditorium (400 S. State St) at 6pm. Event is free!

Reginald Gibbons and Cornelia Maude Spelman @ The Cliff Dwellers Club

Reginald Gibbons and Cornelia Maude Spelman are married. They are also the authors of Slow Trains Overhead: Chicago Poems And Stories and Missing: A Memoir, respectively. Tonight they will come together to present their poetry and prose in a program by the Society of Midland Authors at the Cliff Dwellers Club (200 S. Michigan Ave, 22nd floor). Complimentary snacks and a cash bar will be available starting at 6pm, with the reading beginning at 7pm. And admission is free, but the Society would be grateful for any donations to offset the cost of their programs.

Neverwhere @ Harold Washington Library

Under the "One Book, One Chicago" program, the Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State St., hosts Lifeline Theatre's production of Neverwhere, tonight from 6pm-8pm. Adapted for the stage by playwright Robert Kauzlaric, the original cast will perform a full reading of the play, followed by a discussion with Kauzlaric, director Paul S. Holmquist, and Lifeline Theatre Artistic Director, Dorothy Milne. This event, held in the library's Cindy Pritzker Auditorium, is free and open to the public. For more information, call (312) 747-4300.

Windy City Story Slam: Golden Gloves Edition @ Multikulti

This boxing-themed story event is hosted by its founder, Bill Hillmann, who happens to be a former Golden Gloves champion, and freelance writer Julia Borcherts. Starting with short stories from boxing and literary luminaries like one-time NABA regional champ and 2009 Story Slam first runner-up Fernando Hernandez, it moves onto local writers and their tales. 1000 N. Milwaukee, 8pm. Free.

Jessica Baran reading @ Golden Age

St. Louis-based artist Jessica Baran reads from her newest publication of poetry, Remains to be Used, at local artist book shop Golden Age. The poems were written in response to aural, visual, and textual artifacts from notable figures such as Lewis Carroll and Sigmund Freud. A screening of Robert Altman's 1977 film, 3 Women, follows after the reading. The reading begins at 4pm. Golden Age is located at 119 North Peoria, #2D.

Don't Call Me Joe @ Catalyst Ranch

WBEZ invites you to Don't Call Me Joe, billed as a "traditional coffee cupping" at Catalyst Ranch (656 W. Randolph) featuring people from Intelligentsia Coffee serving coffee, and a slate of authors including Kyle Beachy, Paul Durica, Fred Sasaki, Sam Weller, and others presenting "Readings on Coffee". The event starts at 7pm; tickets are $15, $12 for WBEZ members, and $10 for students with ID. Full information at the WBEZ Website.

Quarantined Release Party @ The Comic Vault

The Comic Vault, located near Ashland and Montrose at 1530 West Montrose, will be hosting a release party for the new graphic novel Quarantined written by Mike Moreci with art by Monty Borror. The book focuses on a group of stranded survivors in Michigan's Upper Peninsula during an outbreak of a mysterious contagion that turns people into bloodthirsty killing machines.

The event begins at 5pm and lasts until 8pm. A second day of celebration commences on April 10th from 2pm to 6pm. Baked goods will be available, courtesy of Moreci's wife (a professional baker), alongside the creators of the book. Come on over and support local Chicago creators taking their first steps into the world of graphic fiction.

Dzanc Day Workshop @ May Street Cafe

What is Dzanc Day? Is it celebrated with folded pastries? No, but feel free to bring some and make new friends at this writing workshop sponsored by Dzanc Books. Today, Dzanc Books is sponsoring dozens of workshops throughout the country. These two-to-four hour sessions in fiction, poetry and nonfiction are led by professional writers, authors, and editors. Workshop fees partially go toward charitable endeavors, including the Dzanc Prize and their Writer in Residence Program, which places professional writers into classrooms to provide creative writing instructions in underserved communities. The workshop being held in Chicago is "Spontaneous and Anonymous," a short fiction workshop led by author and editor Charles Blackstone. May Street Cafe, 1146 W. Cermak, 3-5pm. $30.

The City in Which @ The Nightingale

Joshua Dumas and Christy LeMaster gave brand-spankin' new rolls of 16mm film to 12 Chicago-based experimental filmmakers, and then asked these filmmakers to respond to Chicago poet Li-Young Lee's "The City in Which I Love You," while adding in their own creative experiences in Chicago. The end result is The City in Which, a Chicago cine-poem, a short film made from splicing all of the filmmakers' work together. The film's premiere is tonight at 8pm, with a second showing tomorrow, April 9, at The Nightingale (1084 N. Milwaukee). Lee's poem will be read live to accompany the film, and a cine-poem program, curated by LeMaster, will follow.

Third Coast Listening Room: The Power of Voice @ Old Town School of Folk Music

Go out for an evening of memorable radio stories teeming with a wide range of voices -- from shrill to soothing, angry to joyful, animal to human. Third Coast directors Johanna Zorn and Julie Shapiro lead, with special guest musician Abraham Levitan (Baby Teeth, Shame That Tune) bringing his trademark razzle dazzle. The event is tonight at 7pm. Admission is $10 / $8 for students, seniors, children and Old Town School members. The Old Town School of Folk Music is located at 4544 N. Lincoln Avenue

Story Club @ Uncommon Ground

Story Club's show tonight at Wrigleyville's Uncommon Ground (3800 N Clark St) will feature Rites of Passage stories by Jen Bosworth (Stories at the Store) and JT Berg. There are also 5 open mic spots -- get there for open mic sign-up from 8 to 8:15pm. The event is free, but if you want to make sure you get a seat, call for dinner reservations (773/929.3680).

Tuesday Funk @ Hopleaf

It's the first Tuesday of the month, which means it's time for another installment of Tuesday Funk at the Hopleaf. Tonight's readers include Write Club Overlord Ian Belknap, Gapers Block's own J.H. Palmer, journalist and author Robert K. Elder, blogger Lisa Chalem, and Tuesday Funk host and author William Shunn. Hopleaf is located at 5148 N. Clark Street. Seating begins at 7pm, reading begins at 7:30pm, and admission is free.

Mary Karr @ The Art Institute

The Poetry Foundation's Poetry Off the Shelf welcomes Mary Karr to the Art Institute of Chicago, Rubloff Auditorium (230 S Columbus Dr) tonight at 6pm. Karr is an accomplished poet and memoirist (you may have heard of The Liars' Club), not to mention a winner of various awards and fellowships. Admission is free and first-come, first-served, so don't be late!

Playful Poetry @ Harold Washington Library Center

Heidi Bee Roemer will share poems from some of her children's stories and poems at this interactive program for ages 6 to 9 years old. It starts today at the Harold Washington Library Center (Thomas Hughes Children's Library, 400 S. State St) at 11am, and if you have a group of six or more, you need to make reservations by calling (312) 747-4200.

Tumblr Reads! @ Street Side Bar

Tumblr continues its city-based readings in Chicago with local writers (and Tumblr fanatics) Joe Erbentraut, Arianna Stern, Katherine Gilhooly, and Britt Julious. The meetup and reading begins at 7pm at Street Side Bar, 3201 West Armitage.

Edible Books & Tea

The Center for Book & Paper Arts' 12th annual Edible Books & Tea is this evening from 6pm to 8pm in the Columbia College Chicago Library, 624 S. Michigan Ave., 3rd Floor—North. All the books on display are made from edible materials -- and many will be devoured at this event. Admission is $10, $5 for members and Columbia students.

Author Showcase @ Centuries and Sleuths

It's budding author night in Forest Park tonight: Victor David Giron (Sophomoric Philosphy), Ben Tanzer (Most Likely You Go Your Way And I Go Mine), Mark Brand (Red Ivy Afternoon) and Jason Behrends, managing editor of Orange Alert Press will be at Centuries and Sleuths Bookstore, 7419 W. Madison, Forest Park, (708) 771-7243, 7pm.

The Moth Storyslam @ Martyrs

Martyrs and The Moth present the monthly story slam tonight at 8pm. Ten people picked from the audience will each tell a 5-minute story, with tonight's winner earning a place in the Grandslam Championships. Tickets are only available at the door, so show up REALLY early for this event. Martyrs: 3855 N. Lincoln. (773) 404-9494.

Josh Alan Friedman @ Quimby's

If you missed him at Bookman's Alley last weekend, Josh Alan Friedman (Black Cracker) will also be at Quimby's tonight. Black Cracker is the story of Friedman's childhood at New York's last segregated school in the early '60s. L.A. Weekly says "Friedman splits sides, breaks hearts and always remains ruthlessly honest about the real world, a place that doesn't conform to the politically correct wishes of liberals or conservatives." Friedman will also be performing on acoustic guitar. Quimby's, 1854 W. North Ave., 7pm.

Chicago Zine Fest @ Columbia College

A celebration of expression and sharing information through zines, self-publishing and the principles and practice of DIY, the Chicago Zine Fest is happening today at the Conaway Center (1st and 8th floor) of Columbia College (1104 S. Wabash Ave), between 10am and 5pm. There's a zine exhibition with a variety of authors and artists, a DIY film festival, workshops, lectures, and more! Free!

Al Burian & Aaron Cometbus @ Columbia College (Conaway Center)

Presented by Columbia College's Silver Tongue Reading Series and as part of the Chicago Zine Fest (now in its second year), Al Burian and Aaron Cometbus will discuss DIY publishing and punk culture this afternoon from 2pm to 4pm at the Conaway Center, 1104 S. Wabash Ave. Very exciting.

John Waters @ Lake Forest College

Missed John Waters in December? Well, now you can see him free (!) at Lake Forest College -- he's the keynote speaker for their Literary Festival. More discussion of camp and film than you can shake a pink flamingo at starts 7:30pm, Lily Reid Holt Memorial Chapel, 555 N. Sheridan Road, Lake Forest, Illinois 60045. For more information call (847) 234-3100.

Joe Meno Discussion (The Great Perhaps) @ Sheffield's

As we mentioned awhile back, the physical Book Club is not gone but changing forms: from a monthly, more traditional book club to a quarterly author discussion. We're excited to be kicking off this new format with local and national favorite Joe Meno and his latest novel, The Great Perhaps! There will be an author discussion and signing tonight, 7:30pm-9pm, at Sheffield's (3258 North Sheffield Avenue). Free!

David Sirota and Nathan Rabin @ UIC

Tonight at the UIC Student Center East Building, Cardinal Room (750 S. Halsted St), join bestselling author David Sirota and The Onion A.V. Club's Nathan Rabin at 7pm for a 1980s themed evening. Sirota just published Back to Our Future: How the 1980s Explain The World We Live In Now, and he and Rabin will try to stump you with '80s trivia and get you talking about how '80s culture still affects us today. Event is free, and a book signing will follow.

From the Gutters @ Oak Park Public Library

The Oak Park Public Library is getting in on the graphic novel scene! Their new From the Gutters series will meet on the fourth Wednesday of every month to discuss a particular graphic novel. The series kicks off March 23 at 7:30pm at the Main Library (834 Lake St, Oak Park) with Persepolis I & II by Marjane Satrapi. From the Gutters is open to anyone interested in reading and talking about books (and refreshments will be served!). Future graphic novels to be covered include Maus I & II by Art Spiegelman, Watchmen by Alan Moore, and The Dark Knight by Frank Miller.

Essay Fiesta @ The Book Cellar

Come to The Book Cellar (4736 N. Lincoln) tonight for the March installment of Essay Fiesta, a monthly reading series that supports Howard Brown Health Center. Tonight's readers include 2nd Story Curator Molly Each, standup comic Adam Guerino, comedian and writer Paul Luikart, Curbside Splendor publisher Victor David Giron, and writer and author Ted McClelland. As always, the show will be hosted by the effervescent Alison Lyon and Keith Ecker, and there will be a raffle with fantastic prizes, all proceeds benefiting Howard Brown Health Center. Show starts at 7pm, and is free. For more information visit Essay Fiesta.

A Free Mini-Writers' Conference

Authors of fiction, non-fiction and poetry speak about different aspects of the writing process. Saturday, March 19, 2011, 1:00 - 4:30 p.m., Beverly Library, 1962 W. 95th Street. Visit Chicago Writers Association for more details.

Mortified @ Beat Kitchen

The series known as Mortified, in which willing participants get onstage and read real diary entries, letters, poetry, and other ephemera from their youth returns to the Beat Kitchen tonight (2100 W. Belmont). With chapters in Chicago, L.A., NY, Boston, Austin, San Francisco, Berkeley, DC, Portland, and even Malmo, Sweden, the series draws people into it's so-bad-it's-good aesthetic with the punch of recognition that we all share when faced with the trials and tribulations of people who were once young and angst-ridden. Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 7:30pm, seating is first come, first served. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door, for info or tickets visit Beat Kitchen or Mortified.

Words That Kill @ creative lounge CHICAGO

In honor of Women's History Month, "Words That Kill," Lethal Poetry's monthly comedy and poetry showcase, will feature an all-female line-up. Scheduled to perform are comedienne Cameron Esposito, spoken word artist Shannon Matesky and multi-talented artist "Angee-O". Doors open at 7pm tonight at creative lounge CHICAGO, 1564 N. Damen. Admission is $5 or free with a canned goods donation. For more information, visit Lethal Poetry or contact (630) 201-2773.

Next Objectivists Poetry Workshop @ Mess Hall

The Next Objectivists is a free, open-to-the-public poetry & poetics workshop dedicated to the study & reproduction of the outside-real. Mess Hall's Winter/Spring seminar (tonight) focuses on the reproduction of specific aesthetic effects related to objectivism in modern & contemporary short fiction and poetry. We read together, write together & enjoy each others' company. Beginners are always welcome. Feel free to leave your expertise at the door!
Please visit nextobjectivists.blogspot.com for specific information about the workshop. This workshop is from 7 to 10 tonight at Mess Hall: 6932 N. Glenwood Ave.

Poetry Off the Shelf: Luis J. Rodriguez

A standout figure in the Chicago, Chicano, and national literary scene, award-winning poet Luis J. Rodriguez reads at Jane Addams Hull-House Museum (800 S. Halsted, Residents' Dining Hall). 5:30pm, free.

Story Lab @ Black Rock

Come back to the Black Rock Pub (3614 N. Damen) for the March installment of Story Lab Chicago, New Voices Telling New Stories. Join us for an intimate evening of storytelling in the cozy back room of one of Chicago's best pubs. Each month, an entirely different lineup of up-and-coming storytellers will share their freshest pieces. This month's lineup includes: Michelle Conrad; Erin Orr; Wendy Mateo; Lisa Scott; Tom Wolferman; and Adam Ziemkiewicz. Hosted by Scott Whitehair of the reading series This Much is True. Show starts at 7:30pm, and is free. For more information visit Black Rock Pub or Story Lab Chicago.

Luis J. Rodriguez @ Hull House

Tonight, Poetry Off the Shelf presents Luis J. Rodriguez at a reception and reading at Jane Addams Hull-House Museum (800 S. Halsted St). Rodriguez helped start Tia Chucha Press, a poetry publisher, that began in Chicago in 1989. He has since moved to L.A., and, as an activist in gang intervention, he published a 1993 memoir of gang life, Always Running: La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A., and is set to release It Calls You Back: An Odyssey through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing this fall. The reception will begin at 5:30pm, with Rodriguez doing a reading of his work at 6pm. Admission is free, but it's first-come, first-served, so don't be late!

Eileen Myles @ Gallery 400

Eileen Myles, author of Inferno: a poet's novel, will give a talk called "MYSELF (pornography)" this evening at Gallery 400, 400 S. Peoria, for the Upcoming Voices Lecture series. It will be at 5pm. It will be great. It is free.

"I Always Like Plenty of Napkins" @ Jane Addams Hull-House Museum

A reading and release party for the latest issue of the Journal of Ordinary Thought will take place tonight from 6 to 8pm at Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, Residents' Dining Hall (800 S. Halsted). This season's JOT, "I Always Like Plenty of Napkins," features reflections on food in poetry and prose, with photography by students at DePaul University. Admission is free and complimentary copies of the journal will be available!

Tabatha Coffey @ Barnes and Noble

The star of "Tabatha's Salon Takeover" comes to Barnes & Noble Lincoln Park (1441 W. Webster Ave.) to discuss her It's Not Really About the Hair: The Honest Truth About Life, Love, and the Business of Beauty. 7pm. Free! For more information, call (773) 871-3610.

Story Week: 2nd Story @ Martyrs

Martyrs plays host to the opening night of Columbia College's 15th annual Story Week festival. Tonight's event is 2nd Story, a showcase featuring authors Lott Hill, Eric May, Patricia Ann McNair and April Newman. Show starts at 7pm, doors open at 6:30pm. This event is free and open to the public. Martyrs: 3855 N. Lincoln. (773) 404-9494.

Good Evening Poetry Reading @ Mess Hall

The Good Evening Poetry Reading Series features ABI STOKES, TATIANA M. UHOCH, & BRIAN MORNAR. The open mic begins at 7pm and the featured readers at 7:45pm. Free & open to the public! BYOB! Mess Hall is located at 6932 N. Glenwood Ave.

Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas book signing at Kendall College

Founders of Alinea and all-around culinary superstars, Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas, will be on hand at Kendall College for a signing of their book, Life, On the Line: A Chef's Story of Chasing Greatness, Facing Death, and Redefining the Way We Eat, starting at 2pm today. The event costs $45 to attend and includes beer, wine and hors d'oeuvres and a signed book. RSVP today to events@kendall.edu or call 312-752-2196.

Zak Mucha @ Lozano Branch Library

Author and social worker Zak Mucha presents Heart Transplant , a graphic novel about bullying by Andrew Vachss and illustrated by Frank Caruso (Mucha contributed an essay). Lozano Branch Library, 1805 S Loomis St., 6pm.

Story Club @ Uncommon Ground on Clark

Story Club, a monthly storytelling series, combines the spontaneity of an open mic with featured readings at Uncommon Ground (3800 N. Clark). Tonight's featured readers are J.H. Palmer and Johanna Stein. Open mic sign-up at 8pm, go time at 8:30. This event is free. For more information visit Uncommon Ground or Story Club.

Mike Sacks Reading @ Quimby's

Writer Mike Sacks reads from and signs his new book, Your Wildest Dreams, Within Reason, tonight at Quimby's, 1854 W. North Ave., at 7pm. More info here. Free.

Luis Alberto Urrea @ UIC, Student Center East

Today author and UIC professor, Luis Alberto Urrea, will be presented with the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences distinguished professorship. At this time, Urrea will also give a presentation entitled, "Awakening to the World: From Tijuana to Here." Urrea is a UIC professor of English who teaches creative writing. He was born in Tijuana, Mexico, and has won awards for his writing, including the Lannan Literary Award and the Kiriyama Prize in fiction. Urrea's presentation will begin at 3pm at UIC, in Student Center East (750 S. Halsted St), Room 302. Admission is free!

Jeffrey Rasley @ Barbara's Bookstore - UIC

Tonight at Barbara's Bookstore - UIC (1218 South Halsted St), Jeffrey Rasley will be discussing his trek to a village in Nepal and his philanthropy there. For 15 years, Rasley has led Himalayan mountaineering treks, and he's in charge of fund raising for Basa Village Foundation, a Nepal-based non-governmental organization. He also wrote a book about his experiences, published in October: Bringing Progress to Paradise. Come to Barbara's at 7pm to see Rasley's slide show and hear about his good deeds in Basa village, which include finishing a school and a hydroelectric system.

This Much is True @ Hopleaf

This Much Is True returns to the Hopleaf (5148 N. Clark) for the March installment of the storytelling series that offers an intimate peek into each of their writer's lives, revealing the humorous, embarrassing and poignant moments that make up a life remembered. This month's featured readers are: Dorrie Ferguson, Marsha Harman, Shiow Jiau-Yung, Alyson Lyon, Larry Kerns, Michael Van Kerckhove, and Scott Whitehair. Show starts at 7:30pm and is free. For more info visit This Much is True or Hopleaf.

Audrey Niffenegger @ Cliff Dwellers Club

The Society of Midland Authors hosts a great monthly lecture series, all open to the public. Tonight, enjoy a talk by Audrey Niffenegger, author of novels Her Fearful Symmetry and The Time Traveler's Wife and the graphic novel The Night Bookmobile.

All programs are held at 7pm at the Cliff Dwellers Club, 200 S. Michigan Ave., 22nd floor, free. Complimentary snacks are served at 6pm, with a cash bar.

826CHI Prom @ Pulaski Park Fieldhouse

Tonight is 826CHI's annual prom fundraiser. This year's theme is Keep Promme and Carry On. The dress is second-hand formal and/or dress as a person, landmark or theme from England. Tickets include open beer bar, snacks, performance by Rod Stewart impersonator Steve Bobbitt (wow, he's a dead ringer), silent auction, music and dancing. Must be 21+, tickets are $40 in advance, $50 at the door. All proceeds go to 826CHI, which tutors students aged 6 to 18 in creative and expository writing skills. You can check out pics from prior years' proms here and order tickets here. Pulsaki Park Fieldhouse, 1419 W. Blackhawk, 8pm.

RUI @ Sheffield's

Last month their intrepid plans were foiled by the weather, so tonight is the re-boot of the Reading Under the Influence lineup originally scheduled for February. Featured readers are Christine Sneed, Geoff Hyatt, Scott Miles (editor of The Best Underground Fiction: Volume One), and Sean Rohwedder. The reading is a tribute to Ric Hess, the owner of Sheffield's, who passed away on January 17. There will be readings of his original work and trivia questions centered around the people and things Ric loved. Sheffield's, 3258 N. Sheffield Ave., $3 cover, readings begin at 7:30pm.

Tuesday Funk @ Hopleaf

It's the first Tuesday of the month, time for another edition of Tuesday Funk. Unlike last month's show, you shouldn't need arctic survival gear just to walk in the door. This month's readers are Keith Ecker, Maggie Kast, Steven H. Silver, Jenny Seay and Joe Weintraub. Hopleaf, upstairs lounge, 5148 N. Clark St, 7:30pm.

Buddy Wakefield @ 1104 Center, Columbia College

Buddy Wakefield is performing as a part of the noncompetitive events of Louder Than A Bomb. Tonight at 7pm at the 1104 Center, Columbia College (1104 S. Wabash Ave.), you're lucky enough to see him as an extended feature set of the Silver Tongue Reading Series. Admission is free!

2011 Windy City Story Slam Championships @ Double Door

Put the Oscars on DVR and head out to the Double Door for the 2011 Windy City Story Slam Championships. Columbia College instructor and Reading Under the Influence co-host Julia Borcherts breaks down the contestants in Metromix. Featured readers not duking it out are Joe Meno and Tony Fitzpatrick. Tickets are $7 or $25 for the "premium section" and are available here. Double Door, 1572 N Milwaukee, 8pm.

Bingo Night Fundraiser for Chicago Zine Fest @ Beauty Bar

Come by the Beauty Bar, 1444 W Chicago Ave, to join the folks of the Chicago Zine Fest for a night of bingo, prizes, music, and drinks as they celebrate one more month until zine fest! Open Bar starts at 7pm, bingo at 8 (with prizes from Quimby's, Renegade Homemade, and 826CHI), and music by DJ Steve Kane at 9. Send an email to register for the Open Bar hour. $5 donation.

2nd Story @ Steppenwolf

Tonight the popular 2nd Story reading series takes it up a notch with their Wine Tasting Series. In addition to storytellers (Jennifer Shin and Doug Whippo), the price of admission gets you a ticket to Laura Eason's play Sex With Strangers. A break-out hit at Steppenwolf's 2009 First Look Repertory, Sex with Strangers explores what happens when our online and offline identities intersect. Tomorrow's event is the third of five performances in conjuction with each of the five Steppenwolf Subscription Series plays in their 2010-2011 season. Steppenwolf Theater, 1650 N. Halsted Street, 6pm, play begins at 7:30pm. Tickets are $55, available online.

The Moth Storyslam @ Martyrs

Martyrs and The Moth present the monthly story slam tonight at 8pm. Ten people picked from the audience will each tell a 5-minute story, with tonight's winner earning a place in the Grandslam Championships. Tickets are only available at the door, so show up REALLY early for this event. Martyrs: 3855 N. Lincoln. (773) 404-9494.

Tamale Hut Cafe Presents @ Tamale Hut

Next installment of Tamale Hut Cafe Presents is tonight. Featured reader is Scott Blackwood, Director of Roosevelt University's MFA Creative Writing Program. His novel We Agreed To Meet Just Here is the winner of the 2007 AWP Award for the Novel. Contest judge Robert Eversz calls it "...a lyrical mystery about disappearance, told in precise and luminous prose. The absences are so keenly felt, in the drifting lucidity of the author's sentences, that every reappearance reads like a small miracle." Tamale Hut Cafe, 8300 W. Cermak Road (between 10th and 11th Ave.), North Riverside, IL, (708) 442-0948, 7pm. BYOB. Reading is free, but you'll want to bring money for Jaime's tamales. There's also an open mic, so bring stories, poems, essays or songs.

Patton Oswalt signs Zombie Spaceship Wasteland @ Reckless Records (Wicker Park)

Comedy legend Patton Oswalt will sign his book, Zombie Spaceship Wasteland at Reckless Records (1532 N. Milwaukee) today at 3pm. Covering everything from his time working at a Cineplex to eccentric family stories to what he did to procrastinate instead of finishing chapters, you'll be able to supplement the book with an unabridged audio CD version of it, courtesy of literary neighbors Quimby's -- perfect for a car trip, to work to, or just because his colorful, wonderfully strange and sarcastic stories take on a new dimension of funny when read aloud.

Elizabeth Bishop's Correspondence with The New Yorker @ University of Chicago

To celebrate Elizabeth Bishop's 100th birthday, tonight at 6pm, actors will read letters between Bishop and her New Yorker editors at the University of Chicago, Home Room, International House (1414 East 59th Street). As an added bonus, Joelle Biele, editor of Elizabeth Bishop and The New Yorker: The Complete Correspondence will be on hand to answer any questions you may have. Admission is free, but space is first-come, first-served, so make sure to get there early!

Story Lab Chicago @ Black Rock Pub

Last month's inaugural Story Lab Chicago, New Voices Telling New Stories, was standing room only, so get to the Black Rock Pub early if you want seats (3614 N. Damen). The series, started by Scott Whitehair of This Much Is True, is a showcase for new writers, and this month's lineup includes: Dominique Lewis, Jenna Marotta, Eric Paskey, Craig Rennak, Cynthia Shure, and Jacob Ware. Show starts at 7:30pm, and is free. For more information visit Black Rock Pub or Story Lab Chicago.

Literary Chat: The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family @ UIC

As part of Black History Month, University of Illinois at Chicago is hosting a book discussion about The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family, in which Annette Gordon-Reed explores four generations of history between the Hemings and the Jeffersons, and all the politics, social norms, and power struggles it entailed. 4pm. Room 605, Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted St. Free.

UX Book Club Chicago: Nick Disabato

Designer, and most recently Kickstarter-backed author Nick Disabato will discuss Cadence & Slang, his book about "a series of rules that advocate simplicity, consistency, and humanity in technology" -- the principles of interaction design. Join the UX Book Club at 6pm, 350 North LaSalle Street, Room TBD, and submit a question for Nick here beforehand. The event will be recorded and podcast.

Write Club @ Hideout

The Hideout plays host once again to Write Club, a display of literary pugilism. Three rounds of authors going head-to-head, each taking a contrary position and doing their best to defend their side. The show starts at 7pm, and admission is a suggested $8 donation (proceeds donated to charities of winners' choosing). Hideout: 1354 W. Wabansia. (773) 227-4433.

Anti-Valentine's Day Party @ Lincoln Hall

For those who would rather not listen to all 69 love songs alone this year, there is an Anti-Valentine's Day Party presented by the Chicago Reader, and the themes will be Twisted Tales of Love & Dating in the Windy City, featuring performances from 2nd Story, hosted by WBEZ's Alison Cuddy. You can even submit your "Best Bad Date" story here and if it is that bad, the Chicago Reader might select it for a performance! The event will take place at 8pm tonight at Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets are $14. 21+

The Paper Machete @ Ricochets

The Paper Machete is back this week at Ricochets Tavern (4644 N. Lincoln) with another knockout lineup: Neo-Futurist Bilal Dardai; arts & crafts aficionado Phil Dawkins; The History Girls, a.k.a. Katie Watson and Lindsay Harrington; Entertainment Weekly's Margaret Lyons; Susan Messing and Tim Baltz; Time Out Chicago's Christopher Shea; Second City's Steve Waltien; Mel Evans, a.k.a. Lincoln Square's most self-absorbed mommy, Elise Winston-Offenbeck. All this and music too! House band Drowsy, Pills and Hash are the musical guests this week. The Paper Machete starts at 3pm, and is free. For more info visit The Paper Machete.

The Good Evening Reading Series @ Mess Hall

The reading series tonight will feature K. Bradford, whose poems dabble in "the spectacle of drag, pageantry & disco balls." Sound intriguing? Come to Mess Hall (6932 N. Glenwood Ave. in Rogers Park) at 7:45pm to take it all in. If you wanna read your own stuff, come early for the open mic that starts at 7pm. And it's all free!

Tracy Kidder @ One Book One Northwestern

This afternoon Pulitzer Prize winning author Tracy Kidder will discuss his book Mountains Beyond Mountains, this year's One Book One Northwestern selection. Mountains tells the story of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Harvard-trained physician and infectious disease specialist. Farmer founded a hospital in Haiti and helped bring treatment of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis to Peru and Siberia, achieving cure rates comparable to those in the United States. The book gets its title from the Haitian proverb "beyond mountains there are mountains;" as you solve one problem, another problem presents itself, and so you go on and try to solve that one too. Author Stacey Schiff says "is there anything Tracy Kidder can't do? This is a beautiful book, and a masterful one. Even better, Mountains Beyond Mountains is a page-turner that will crack your conscience open." Northwestern University, Harris Hall, room 107, 1881 Sheridan Road, Evanston, 4:30pm. Please RSVP on Facebook or at onebook@northwestern.edu. Please note that an RSVP does not guarantee admission.

Story Club @ Uncommon Ground on Clark

Story Club, a monthly storytelling series, combines the spontaneity of an open mic with featured readings at Uncommon Ground (3800 N. Clark). Tonight's featured readers are Mimi Nguyen and Harz Sondericker. Open mic sign-up at 8pm, go time at 8:30. This event is free. For more information visit Uncommon Ground or Story Club.

Almighty Black P Stone Nation Book-signing @ 57th St. Books

Journalism Natalie Y. Moore and NEIU associate professor Lance Williams sign their new book, The Almighty Black P Stone Nation tonight from 6pm to 8pm at 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th St. Free.

Dil Pickle Club @ Hideout

The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, hosts a meeting of The Dil Pickle Club, the revival of Chicago's legendary arts society, tonight from 7pm til 2am. The evening will be presented in two acts on the theme of "LOVE/DEATH," followed by a DJ dance party. The first act will feature singer Melanie "George" Decelles, Faces of Death of Precious Moments Figurines by artist Jenny Benevento, and paintings by Ned Broderick; the second act will feature works by Sayward Schoonmake, Richard Lindberg and Jerry Boyle. A variety of other musical interludes and sideshows will be presented throughout the evening. Admission is $5-10, and entry will be through the alley for the evening -- look for the orange door with the green light. 21+

Elizabeth's Crazy Little Thing @ Phyllis' Musical Inn

Elizabeth's Crazy Little Thing brings poetry, music, comedy, performance art, "and whatever you can come up with" to Phyllis' Musical Inn the second Wednesday of every month. This months' feature is Kate Cullan (The Demented Kewpie Doll Manifesto), a fixture in the Chicago performance community for ten years. This month's theme is Love Sucks. Phyllis' Musical Inn, 1800 West Division Street, 10pm. Phyllis' is near the Division Blue Line stop and the #70 Division, #9 Ashland, and #50 Damen bus stops.

This Much Is True @ Hopleaf

This Much Is True returns to the Hopleaf (5148 N. Clark) for an evening of storytelling that offers an intimate peek into each of their writer's lives, revealing the humorous, embarrassing and poignant moments that make up a life remembered. This month's installment features readings by Jen Ellison, Dorrie Ferguson, Larry Kerns, Deanna Moffitt, Dana Norris, Dave Stinton, and Scott Whitehair. Show starts at 7:30pm and is free. For more info visit This Much is True or Hopleaf.

John Hagedorn @ Cliff Dwellers Club

The Society of Midland Authors hosts a great monthly lecture series, all open to the public. Tonight John Hagedorn, a UIC criminal-justice professor and author of A World of Gangs: Armed Young Men and Gangsta Culture, will discuss gangs in Chicago and other cities.

All programs are held at 7pm at the Cliff Dwellers Club, 200 S. Michigan Ave., 22nd floor, free. Complimentary snacks are served at 6pm, with a cash bar.

The Creative Process of Writing @ Victory Gardens Biograph Theater

Writers Anita Chandwaney, Jane Hamilton, Parneshia Jones, and Audrey Niffenegger explore the creative process at the Victory Gardens Biograph Theater (2433 N. Lincoln Ave) tonight, starting at 6pm. Be there as these four writers expose their ways of writing and give you a look into their processes through videos, discussions, and even real-time creation. General admission is $15, $12 for WBEZ members, and $10 for students. Buy tickets here.

Books: Reading Jennifer Homans: Apollo's Angels: A History of Ballet @ Newberry Library

Saw Black Swan recently, and want to know more about the history behind the drama? Don't care about the movie, but appreciate the tradition that's been swayed and dipped by the culture of the time, be it Renaissance and Classicism, the Enlightenment and Romanticism, Bolshevism, Modernism, or the Cold War? The Newberry Library hosts Jennifer Homans, author of Apollo's Angels: A History of Ballet , a rich history and exploration of ballet, a form dance that maintains traditions yet is very much of its time. 60 W Walton St, 1pm. Free.

Naked Girls Reading @ Everleigh Social Club

Tonight is the Naked Girls Reading Series featuring Michelle L'Amour and a rotating cast of burlesque performers. The February theme is (naturally) Love Stinks. The evening will feature readings from Harper Perennial's new book Great Philosophers Who Failed at Love by Andrew Shaffer. Martha Stewart Whole Living magazine (who knew they did book reviews?) says "if you're in Dutch with your valentine, give him Andrew Shaffer's book, which recounts the tortured love lives of 37 thinkers. Compared to them, you'll look as saintly as St. Thomas himself -- who, Shaffer tells us, once chased a prostitute out of his room with a hot poker." Throw a live reading from naked girls into the deal and you'll be "out of Dutch" and in the running for girlfriend of the year. Everleigh Social Club, 939 W. Randolph. Tickets are $20 or two for $35; available here. 7pm.

RUI @ Sheffield's

Reading Under the Influence, "because everyone needs a literary hangover," takes place tonight at 7pm at Sheffield's (3258 N. Sheffield). This month's theme is "Love, Baby!" Stop by to hear readings by Chicago writers, along with readings of Ric Hess's original works. Admission is $3.

Tuesday Funk @ Hopleaf

As Old Man Winter's fixin' to throw a hell of a fit, you probably aren't going anywhere but home tonight. If you're a hardy soul and Andersonville isn't too far, the monthly Tuesday Funk reading series is going on the Hopleaf. Tonight's readers include musicians, dildo slingers and accidental terrorists, oh my! The lineup: Jerry Schwartz (Pixels of a Young Mueller), Eden Robins (co-founder and co-editor of Brain Harvest magazine), UIC Ph.D. candidate Brooke Wonders, Karen Skalitzky (A Recipe For Hope: Stories of Transformation by People Struggling with Homelessness) and William Shunn (The Accidental Terrorist). Hopleaf, upstairs lounge, 5148 N. Clark St., 7:30pm.

Book Signing by Marissa Guggiana @ Butcher & Larder

Tonight at 7pm, Marissa Guggiana, author of Primal Cuts, will sign books and meet fans at new butcher shop Butcher & Larder (read more about the business in Drive-Thru). The Butcher & Larder is located at 1026 N. Milwaukee Ave. (773) 687-8280

Drinking & Writing Theater @ Haymarket Pub and Brewery

Haymarket Pub and Brewery (737 W. Randolph) wants to teach you how to get through your hangovers with their latest Drinking & Writing Theater -- Volume III: To Cure a Hangover. The show runs Saturdays at 4pm until February 5, so buy your ticket and join Sean Benjamin and Steve Mosqueda as they talk about some good ol' drinker-writers (John Cheever and Charles Bukowski anyone?) and possibly even provide you with some morning-after cures.

Write Club @ Hideout

The Hideout plays host to this month's bout of Write Club, a 3-round literary beatdown featuring some of Chicago's best literary & theatrical talent. Your host, as always, is the sparkling Ian Belknap. Write Club starts at 7pm, and admission is a suggested $8 donation (proceeds go to charities selected by the combatants). Hideout: 1354 W. Wabansia. (773) 227-4433.

First Car @ Schuba's

The Chicago Independent Radio Project (a.k.a. CHIRP Radio) presents their First Time reading series at Schuba's. Combining the written word with music, each piece read will reference a specific artist or piece of music followed by a live band performing the song. Tonight's theme is First Car. Featured readers are Josh Caterer, Susan Messing, Erin Shea, Jim DeRogatis, Matt Spiegel, James VanOsdol and Robbie Fulks. Tickets are $10; proceeds to benefit the CHIRP. Schuba's, 3159 N. Southport, 8pm.

The Moth Story Slam Grand Slam @ Park West

The Moth Story Slam presents their Grand Slam tonight, featuring the winners of the last 10 story slams. Tickets are $16, available at www.etix.com, by calling 1-800-541-ETIX (3849) or visiting the Park West box office. The Park West, 322 West Armitage, doors at 6pm, show at 8pm.

The Moth Story Slam @ Martyr's

The Moth Story Slam presents their popular monthly reading series at Martyr's. $8 at the door. Martyr's, 3855 N. Lincoln Ave., stories begin at 8pm.

Multiplex & Wonderella @ Chicago Comics

Gordon McAlpin, creator of Multiplex (and ex-GBer), and Justin Pierce, creator of The Non-Adventures of Wonderella, will be at Chicago Comics, 3244 N. Clark St., today from 3pm to 8pm signing their latest books. More info here.

William S. Burroughs Documentary @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre presents a screening of William S. Burroughs: A Man Within, a documentary on the life of the celebrated author. The director of the film, Yony Leyser, will be in attendance for tonight's screening. The film shows at 8pm. See the Music Box Website for more details. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Another Chicago Magazine Release Party

Another Chicago Magazine celebrates the release of its 50th issue tonight at Stop Smiling's storefront, 1371 N. Milwaukee Ave., starting at 8pm. The evening will feature readings by Dan Godston, Katie Hartsock, Quraysh Ali Lansana, Jennifer Steele, Kathleen Rooney, James Tadd Adcox,
Jill & Susie Summers, Simone Muench, Chris Gallinari, Mike Puican and Garin Cycholl. DJ Light Brigade will spin, and hootch will be served to those 21 and over. $5 suggested donation; $10 gets you a copy of the issue as well.

Story Lab Chicago @ Black Rock Pub

Join writer/performer Scott Whitehair in launching Story Lab Chicago, New Voices Telling New Stories, tonight at Black Rock Pub (3614 N. Damen). Story Lab Chicago is a monthly series featuring up and coming Chicago storytellers, with a different lineup every month. Story Lab Chicago's inaugural show is tonight, and will run on the third Wednesday of every month. Tonight's readers include: Kevin Gladish, Regan Davis, Erin Payton, Angela Benander, Michael Van Kerkhove, and J.H. Palmer. Show starts at 7:30pm, and is free. For more information visit Black Rock Pub or Story Lab Chicago.


Essay Fiesta @ The Book Cellar

Come to The Book Cellar (4736 N. Lincoln) tonight for the January installment of Essay Fiesta, a monthly reading series that supports Howard Brown Health Center. Tonight's readers include Barrel of Monkeys company member Matt Miller, host of Off the Eatin' Path and stand-up comic Monte LaMonte, writer and child psychologist Larry Kerns, playwright and poet Martha Reeves, and 2nd Story performer and writer Andrew Reilly. As always, the show will be hosted by the effervescent Alison Lyon and Keith Ecker, and there will be a raffle with fantastic prizes, all proceeds benefiting Howard Brown Health Center. Show starts at 7pm, and is free. For more information visit Essay Fiesta.

Chicago Poetry Brothel @ House of Blues

The Chicago Poetry Brothel is back to share more whiskey, burlesque, and poetry whores tonight at the House of Blues (329 N. Dearborn) Foundation Room. Pay $10 (or $5 if you're dressed Victorian), and take part in the brothel's latest: Dangerous Amusements.

Write-A-Thon @ Story Studio Chicago

Have a New Year's resolution to write more? Try Story Studio Chicago's Write-A-Thon this Saturday. Come and go as you please, caffeine, food and fellowship provided. Registration not required but recommended. $12 for non-members, $7 for members. Story Studio Chicago, 4043 N. Ravenswood, #222, 9am-7pm.

Facebook Me! book release party @ Neo-Futurarium

Local author, actor, playwright and bon vivant Dave Awl cordially invites you to the book release party for the second edition of Facebook Me!, his guide to using Facebook for people who want to socialize, promote their own projects, or navigate the notoriously difficult Facebook privacy filters. The event begins at 7:30pm with an interview with the author, followed by audience Q&A, book signing, and refreshments. The event happens at the Neo-Futurarium (5153 N. Ashland, at Foster). For more information see the Facebook Me! group on Facebook.

Poetry Off the Shelf @ Art Institute of Chicago

Poet and professor Matthea Harvey will be at Fullerton Hall at the Art Institute of Chicago (111 S. Michigan) for a reading at 6pm, presented by The Poetry Foundation and the Art Institute of Chicago. Admission is free.

The Beats @ 16th Street Theater

The Beats focuses on those well-known beat writers such as Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and Lawrence Ferlinghetti, among others. Adapted by Marilyn Campbell and directed by Ann Filmer, The Beats lets its actors dive right into everything involved in the beat culture. The first show is tonight at 7:30pm at the 16th Street Theater (6420 16th St). Tickets cost $18. Can't catch it? It also runs throughout Jan and Feb. Check here for specific dates.

This Much is True @ Hopleaf

Come out to the Hopleaf (5148 N. Clark) tonight for this month's installment of the reading series This Much is True. In addition to regulars Scott Whitehair, Larry Kerns, and Dorrie Ferguson, readers will include Don Hall, Jill Summers, Vinnie Lacey, and Johanna Stein. Show starts at 7:30pm and is free. For more info visit This Much is True or Hopleaf.

The History of Chicago's Mayoral Race @ Cliff Dwellers Club

The Society of Midland Authors hosts a great monthly lecture series, all open to the public. Tonight authors will discuss of the history of Chicago's mayoral race.

All programs are held at 7pm at the Cliff Dwellers Club, 200 S. Michigan Ave., 22nd floor, free. Complimentary snacks are served at 6pm, with a cash bar.

Chicago Nerds Book Club @ Noble Tree Cafe

The monthly meeting of the sci-fi/fantasy book club of The Chicago Nerds Social Club happens tonight from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at Noble Tree Cafe (2444 N. Clark). Tonight's book for discussion is the short story collectionMachine of Death. See the Chicago Nerds Website for full details on this event, and a link to download a free copy of the book. This event is also free.

The Paper Machete @ Ricochets

The Paper Machete returns to Ricochets Tavern (4644 N. Lincoln) with a stellar lineup of guests: film critic for The Onion Keith Phipps; Chicago Magazine writer Scott Smith; Time Out Chicago theater critic Caitlin Parrish (of the infamous Neil LaBute online meltdown last spring); New York sketch troupe Elephant Larry; Impress These Apes members Rob Anderson and Neil Arsenty; Green Mill slam poet Emily Rose; the cast of the Hypocrites' Pirates of Penzance; and musical guests Duck and Goose. The Paper Machete starts at 3pm, and is free. For more info visit The Paper Machete.

Diane Torr @ Women and Children First

Diane Torr will be at Women and Children First this Thursday to talk about Sex, Drag and Male Roles: Investigating Gender as Performance, co-written with Stephen J. Bottoms. Torr is a pioneer in the drag king scene and has been performing since 1976. She's been featured on HBO, BBC, and NPR and runs "Man for a Day" workshops internationally. Anna Burnside of living.scotsman.com says Torr "pok[es] a sharp feminist stick into issues of gender and identity, showing women that male superiority was as much of a construct as a fake willy." Women and Children First, 5233 North Clark Street,Thursday, January 6 at 7:30pm.

Story Club @ Uncommon Ground on Clark

Story Club, a monthly storytelling series, combines the spontaneity of an open mic with featured readings at Uncommon Ground (3800 N. Clark). Tonight's featured readers are Deanna Moffitt and Scott Whitehair, of the monthly reading series This Much Is True. Open mic sign-up at 8pm, go time at 8:30. This event is free. For more information visit Uncommon Ground or Story Club.

Back to School

Newcity's 2011 education issue is out.

Tuesday Funk @ Hopleaf

Now that the holidays are officially over, and you've resolved to go to more live readings, it's time to head over to Hopleaf for this month's installment of Tuesday Funk. Tonight's readers include Christopher Sweet, Alyson Lyon, Valerie Jupe, Cesar Tores, Suzanne Clores, and Mare Swallow, hosted by Sara Ross and William Shunn. Hopleaf is located at 5148 N. Clark Street. Seating begins at 7pm, reading begins at 7:30pm, and admission is free.

WordPlay 2.0 @ Young Chicago Authors

Tonight, Young Chicago Authors starts the new year off with WordPlay 2.0: A Young Chicago Authors Open Mic & Workshop. There's a writing and performing workshop at 6pm followed by an open mic and featured artist at 7. The series will run once a month until April with a new featured artist each month. January's featured artist is YCA Master Teaching Artist Idris Goodwin. At the YCA office, 1180 N. Milwaukee, 2nd Floor, 6pm.

2nd Story's New Year's Eve Party @ Morseland

Join 2nd Story tonight as they ring in the New Year at Morseland (1218 W. Morse Ave., 773-764-8900). Enjoy a complimentary drink, light buffet, live music by Mikhail Fiksel & Seeking Wonderland and four stories revolving around the New Year theme, told by Molly Each, Bobby Biedrzycki, Andrew Reilly and Megan Stielstra. A DJ will follow the performances until 2am. Doors open at 9:30pm. Tickets can be purchased ahead of time online at 2ndstory.com for $35 or at the door for $40. For more information information contact Nick Ward at nicholas@serendipitytheatre.org or visit www.2ndstory.com.

Hilary Wagner @ Beverly Arts Center

Still on holiday vacation? Fantasy author Hilary Wagner will be in Beverly tomorrow for an Author Afternoon. She'll be reading from her debut young adult novel Nightshade City, which tells the tale of an underground city of anthropomorphized rats living under a brutal dictatorship and the ragtag heroes that stage a coup. Author Medeia Sharif said "When I was reading it I thought to myself, 'if Dickens wrote about rats, he would have written Nightshade City.'" Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago, (773) 445-3838. $5 admission, $4 for center members. Wednesday, December 29 at 2pm.

The Moth Story Slam @ Martyrs

The Moth presents its monthly Story Slam event tonight at Martyrs (3855 N. Lincoln) at 8pm. Ten randomly selected storytellers get to expound on the evening's theme, with the winner chosen by a panel of judges. Tickets are $8 at the door. Arrive early, because this event packs the house.

You, Me, Them, Everybody LIVE @ The Hungry Brain

Visit The Hungry Brain tonight for a live podcast recording of "You, Me, Them, Everybody" hosted by Brandon Wetherbee and Esmeralda Leon. Writer, co-founder of the Chicago Underground Library, and comedian Emerson Dameron will perform. Known more for his zine writer, he's contributed to The 2nd Hand and Chunklet. He's also published many of his own zines including Wherewithal. There will also be a special solo set from Mike Pritchard, the lead singer of Otter Petter. Following YMTE Live! will be a screening of "A Proud Tradition" featuring Ned Hepburn, narration by Emerson Dameron and music by Daniel Knox. View the trailer here. 21+. No Cover. Doors open at 8pm and the show starts at 9. The Hungry Brain in located at 2319 W. Belmont Ave.

Last Sunday of the Month Reading @ Brewed Awakening

In the suburbs for the holidays (or year-round)? Brewed Awakening in Westmont, in conjunction with the Illinois State Poetry Society and the Westmont Area Friends of the Arts, hosts their last Sunday of the month poetry reading this weekend. Poetry from noon to 1:30pm, music from 1:30 to 2pm. Cover charge of $5 includes refreshments. Bring a few poems to share at the open mic. Brewed Awakening, 19 W. Quincy, Westmont.

Slam Poetry @ Green Mill

It's the weekly Uptown Poetry Slam at the Green Mill (4802 N. Broadway), from 7pm to 10pm. Hosted by the man who started slam, Marc Smith, with a $6 cover. Oh, and the Open Slam win is $10!

Spike Lee Booksigning @ Barbara's Bookstore

Spike Lee will be at Barbara's Bookstore at 4pm today signing his new book, Do The Right Thing. Barbara's Boostore is located at 1218 S. Halsted St. Contact the bookstore at 312-413-2665 for more information.

Write Club @ The Hideout

Write Club pits two opposing writers against each other, each given 7 minutes to argue their side, winner chosen by audience. This Wedneday is the first ever holiday-themed installment. Featured readings include Jesus (Ian Belknap) vs. Santa (Mike O'Connell), Naughty (Edward Thomas-Herrera) vs. Nice (John Pierson), and Give (Bilal Dardai) vs. Receive (Shannon Maney-Magnuson). The Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia, (773) 227-4433. Wednesday, December 22 at 7pm. $8.

Orange Alert Reading Series @ The Whistler

Orange Alert Press hosts their (almost) monthly reading series this time featuring: Victor David Giron (Sophomoric Philosophy), Sam Pink (Person and The Self-Esteem Holocaust Comes Home) Micah Ling (Sweetgrass) and Stephen Tully Dierks (Pop Serial) starting at 6pm Sunday, December 19 at The Whistler, 2421 N. Milwaukee Avenue. RSVP on Facebook.

Poetry and Prose @ Green Lantern Gallery

Green Lantern Gallery presents We Can Still Chill: Light Vibrations, an evening of poetry and prose. Green Lantern Gallery, 2542 Chicago Ave., December 18, 2010, 7-9:30pm.

Story Time With Santa @ The Book Cellar

Wind down after shopping and bring your kids down from their gingerbread highs at Story Time with Santa. Come in your jammies! The Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln, Friday, December 17, 7pm.

MAKE Magazine Issue 10 Release Party @ Stop Smiling Storefront

MAKE: A Chicago Literary Magazine is celebrating the release of their 10th issue--"At Play"--tonight at the Stop Smiling Storefront, 1371 N. Milwaukee Ave. Between 7:30 to 11:30pm, the event will feature: readings by Alvide Falck, Judith Goldman, Elizabeth Hildreth, Devin King, Fred Sasaki; music by TCB (Tiny Cover Band); a mini Chicago Ward Primer from Joe Drogos with the "top 5 things that are 5 things," as well as DJ Joel Craig and guests. A $10 donation will include complimentary PBR, wine, and holiday snacks. Magazine subscriptions and individual copies will be available at a discount. 21+

Check out the event page to see who will be there.

Joanna Wilson and Local Author Night @ The Book Cellar

Joanna Wilson, author of The Christmas TV Companion: A Guide to Cult Classics, Strange Specials and Outrageous Oddities and the forthcoming Tis the Season TV: The Encyclopedia of Christmas-Themed Episodes, Specials and Made-For-TV Movies, will visit The Book Cellar during her national, 12-city author tour.

It's also Local Author Night, featuring Thomas Crumm, David Berner (Accidental Lessons: A Memoir of a Rookie Teacher and a Life Renewed) and KJ Larsen (Liar, Liar: A Cat DeLuca Mystery). This all starts at 7pm tonight, at The Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln.

Chicago Nerds Book Club @ Noble Tree Cafe

The monthly book club meeting of The Chicago Nerds Social Club happens this evening at Noble Tree Cafe (2444 N. Clark). This evening's title is John Dies At The End by David Wong. The meetings starts at 6:30pm, and is open to the public.

Under Milk Wood @ Victory Gardens Richard Christiansen Theater

Did you miss The Second City founder Bernard Sahlins directing The Misanthrope in October? Don't despair, he's directing again! This time it's a staged reading of Dylan Thomas's Under Milk Wood (the radio play written by Thomas just a month before his death). Presented by Poetry Foundation at Victory Gardens Richard Christiansen Theater (2433 N. Lincoln), there will be two performances: tonight and tomorrow night, both at 7:30pm. Tickets are $10 ($5 for students) and can be purchased here.

Indie Lit Roadshow - Chicago @ The Green Lantern Gallery/The Paper Cave

You don't know about the Indie Lit Roadshow? Well, read up! The best indie lit comes together all over the nation this weekend, and the Chicago roadshow is today at The Green Lantern Gallery (2542 W. Chicago) from 10am to 10pm. Come on over to experience the best Midwest indie lit, random performances, AND a papier-mâché cave.

Reply All

Head to the Evil Olive tonight (1551 W. Division St.) for Reply All -- put on by Merge, a small group of community-minded AIGA Chicago members, it's "like a conference after-party without the long day of conferencing." 7pm-4am.

Edie Fake Celebrates Release of Gaylord Phoenix @ Quimby's

Gaylord Phoenix follows the danger-fraught journeys of the Gaylord Phoenix, a creature willing to sacrifice anything for lost love and hidden memories. Make a plan to pick up your copy of Edie Fake's newly collected volume in person, at Quimby's, 1854 W. North Ave, tonight at 7pm, and Edie Fake might hand you a homemade penis-shaped cookie, a limited-edition mix tape, and objets-de-arte.

More info here.

The Dil Pickle Club @ Nightingale

No, it's not a club for pickled cucumber fans. In the 1900s, the Dil Pickle Club was a speakeasy/caberet/theatre that became the center of the "Chicago Renaissance." Formed by Wobbly Jack Jones, and located in Tooker Alley (now Tooker Place), off of Dearborn downtown, the Dil Pickle Club was frequented by many activists, writers, and speakers, such as Clarence Darrow, Elizabeth Davis, Upton Sinclair, and Carl Sandburg. These "Dil Pickle Artisans" convened to promote arts, crafts, science, and literature, and the club was a place for debates and sharing ideas, as well as a spot for plays, opera, poetry readings, and jazz. Once the Great Depression hit, the club began to decline and finally shut down in 1934.
Well, tonight the Dil Pickle Club is coming back! From 7 to 11pm at the Nightingale (1084 N. Milwaukee), join a discussion group rife with prominent speakers and be prepared to delve into controversial, off-beat, and intellectual topics. Tonight's club emphasis will be on FIGHT/FLIGHT which will include:


  • How to Take a Punch by Bill Hillmann, with an interlude about Chicago Park District Boxers by Fred Sasaki and Jacob S. Knabb

  • Flight Painting by Peggy Macnamara and notes on Nathan Leopold's Warblers by Paul Genesius Durica

  • Rocket Launch by Nat Ward and Kenneth Morrison

  • And much, much more!

The Dil Pickle Club Revival is free and open to the public, and beverages will be available for sale. (Because you can't have the revival of a controversial club without beverages!)

See Me Improving @ Stop Smiling Storefont

Stop Smiling hosts the release party for See Me Improving, Travis Nichols' latest collection of poetry, tonight at its storefront at 1371 N. Milwaukee Ave. from 6:30pm to 9:30pm. The event will include found videos from seemeimproving.com and performances by Patrick Culliton, Jacob Knabb, Kathleen Rooney, Catherine Halley, Gretchen Kalwinski, Emerson Dameron, Monica Fambrough and more, plus a reading by Nichols from the book. Refreshments will be served. More info and RSVP on Facebook. Free.

So You Think You Have Nerves of Steel?

So You Think You Have Nerves of Steel?, a new "literary variety show" from THE2NDHAND, debuts tonight at 8pm at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont Ave. The evening will feature music by house band Good Evening, puppetry by Brandon Will, and performances by Natalie Edwards, Mary Hamilton and Lindsay Hunter; Matt Bell and Michael Czyzniejewski; and Michael Zapata with our own Ramsin Canon. Hosted by Harold Ray and Kate Duva. More info on Facebook. Free, 21+.

Poetry Theater @ Oracle Theatre

Tonight Kenning Editions, Oracle Productions, and The Poetry Foundation is proud to present an evening where six poets will present their work -- which they've come up with just yesterday. The poets met for the first time, conceived their brilliant ideas, and rehearsed on December 4 and tonight they'll perform for you at Oracle Theatre (3809 N. Broadway) starting at 6pm with a roundtable discussion, followed by the performance at 7:30pm. Admission is free but reservations are strongly recommended. Reserve your seat here.

Sad Brad Smith @ The Paper Machete

Sad Brad Smith is the musical guest this week at The Paper Machete, a weekly live magazine that takes place at 3pm most Saturdays at Ricochets Tavern (4644 N. Lincoln Avenue) Admission is free. For more information, check out The Paper Machete or Ricochets Tavern.

Young Chicago Authors Holiday Book Bash

Young Chicago Authors is turning 20 -- celebrate them being halfway through college and their founder, Dr. Robert Boone. Over 30 local authors will be in attendance, including Amy Dickinson (The Mighty Queens of Freeville), Blair Kamin (Terror and Wonder: Architecture in the Tumultuous Age), and David Royko (Royko in Love: Mike's Letters to Carol). 6pm-9pm, Egan Center at DePaul, 1 E. Jackson Blvd. Reserve your tickets ($20 and up) here.

Story Club @ Uncommon Ground on Clark

Story Club, a monthly open mic storytelling series, combines the spontaneity of an open mic with featured readings at Uncommon Ground (3800 N. Clark). Tonight's featured readers are Jennifer Peepas & Shannon Cason. Open mic sign-up at 8pm, go time at 8:30. This event is free. For more information visit Uncommon Ground or Story Club.

Vanessa Place and Jennifer Karmin @ Green Lantern Gallery

The Pilot Light reading series at Green Lantern Gallery brings together writers at varying stages of their career, each reading from their own work, then engaging in discussion. Tomorrow night's reading features Vanessa Place and Jennifer Karmin. Vanessa Place is a writer, a lawyer who works with sex offenders, and co-director of Les Figues Press. Jennifer Karmin co-curates the Red Rover Reading Series and is a founding member of the public art group Anti Gravity Surprise. She teaches creative writing to immigrants at Truman College and works as a Poet-in-Residence for the Chicago Public Schools. She is the author of Aaaaaaaaaaalice, a book of poetry. Green Lantern Gallery, 2542 Chicago Ave., 7:30pm

Funny Ha-Ha

Funny Ha-Ha returns to the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, tonight from 7 to 8:30pm. Claire Zulkey hosts readings by author and A.V. Club writer Nathan Rabin, Chicago magazine senior editor Cassie Walker, Second City's Joe Janes, Write Club overlord and Encyclopedia Show factchecker Ian Belknap, comedian Ken Barnard and short films by Joe Avella. $5 suggested donation benefits the Neighborhood Writing Alliance. 21+

Two Cookie Minimum Reading Series

The price is two cookies for an evening of readings by top-notch literary pupils from Columbia College's Fiction Writing Program at Fritz Pastry in Lakeview. Featured readers include: Jenele Anderson, Liz Baudler, Kate Kirk, Benny Kumming, Lauryn Allison Lewis, Frank Migacz, and John Wawrzaszek. Two Cookie Minimum promotes self publishers, new writers, and the Chicago zine scene. Free, but donations will be accepted towards the upcoming 2011 Chicago Zine Fest. Fritz Pastry is located at 1408 W. Diversey Pkwy (between Southport Ave & Janssen Ave). Two Cookie Minimum Reading starts at 4pm on Saturday, November 27.

2nd Story @ Morseland Tavern

The next installation of 2nd Story is tonight at the Morseland Tavern. 2nd Story is produced by the Serendipity Theater Collective and features well-rehearsed tales with musical accompaniment for maximum dramatic impact and audience engagement.Tonight's reading is a night of pre-holiday catharsis. The theme? Family. Tonight's featured storytellers are C. P. Chang, Whitney Dibo, and Aimee Perkins. Morseland Tavern, 1218 W. Morse Ave. Doors open at 7pm, music starts at 7:30pm, stories start at 8pm. Tickets are $10, available at the door or here.

Nikki Giovanni @ DuSable Museum

See world-renowned poet and writer Nikki Giovanni from 6pm-8pm tonight at the DuSable Museum of African-American History, 740 E. 56th Pl., as she discusses and signs copies of her latest book, The 100 Best African-American Poems, a compilation of poems by artists, including fellow poets Sonia Sanchez and the late Richard Wright and rapper Tupac Shakur. Admission is $10 for museum members and $15 for non-members. For more information, call (773) 947-0600.

Two With Water Rx Reading Series @Beauty Bar

Two With Water 's Rx Reading Series @Beauty Bar is the by-product of collaboration between Chicago literary magazine Two With Water and Curbside Splendor Publishing, a new, local small press.

This month's readings uses the theme of "b(u)y-product," or unconstrained interpretations of the approaching holiday decadence.

The evening begins with a brief open-mic- arrive early to sign-up for 5ish minute time slots.
Featured readers are Ben Tanzer, Luis Humberto Valadez, and Miranda Barnes.

Free. Doorbusters for the first 20 shoppers audience members to arrive.

Two With Water Rx Reading Series at Beauty Bar, 1444 W. Chicago Avenue, Sunday, November 21, 7pm. RSVP on Facebook.

Chicago Literary Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

On Saturday, Nov. 20, Chicago journalist and radio personality Rick Kogan will emcee the inaugural induction ceremony for the fledgling Chicago Literary Hall of Fame.

The ceremony will be honoring notable writers Nelson Algren, Saul Bellow, Gwendolyn Brooks, Lorraine Hansberry, Studs Terkel and Richard Wright for their contributions to local literature. Among those accepting the posthumous honors of their famous writer relatives will be Greg Bellow, Nora Brooks Blakely, Dan Terkell, Dana Smith (grandniece of Richard Wright) and Taye Hansberry (grandniece of Lorraine).

This special event takes place at Northeastern University auditorium at 3701 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. in Chicago and starts at 6pm. Tickets are $45 and can be ordered online here.

For more information, visit the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame website or contact the Chicago Writers Association.

Ntozake Shange @ DuSable Museum

Join authors and sisters Ntozake Shange and Ifa Bayeza for an evening of spoken word and music from 6pm-9pm tonight at the DuSable Museum of African-American History, 740 E. 56th Pl. Shange, author of the acclaimed For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf (and from which the recently-released film For Colored Girls is based) and Bayeza will read excerpts from their new novel Some Sing, Some Cry, with accompaniment by some of Chicago's finest musicians. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 773- 947-0600.

Joe Meno @ Book Cellar

Tonight, Columbia College professor Joe Meno presents the new paperback edition of his story collection Demons in the Spring. Booklist says of Demons, "Intriguing and eccentric, Meno's stories never distract with their surreal flights of fancy but instead draw the reader in deeper to their magical reconfiguration of the modern world." Each of the 20 stories, including the tale of a girl who discovers she is dying from the mysterious construction of a miniature city inside of her chest cavity, features an illustration from a prominent artist. Proceeds benefit tutoring center 826CHI. Free event. Book Cellar, 4736 N Lincoln Ave (773) 293-2665, 7pm.

Roger Ebert signing @ Old Orchard Shopping Center

Film critic Roger Ebert will be signing all of his books tonight at 7pm at the Old Orchard Shopping Center in Skokie. The event is free and open to the public.

The Universe in Miniature in Miniature Release Party @ The Hideout

Patrick Somerville's latest, The Universe in Miniature in Miniature, is out now from featherproof Books. And to celebrate, featherproof is hosting a release party at The Hideout (1354 W. Wabansia) tonight from 8 to 11:30pm. Entrance is free, and if you come dressed as your favorite alien, the first 15 aliens will receive a copy of the book! Other fun stuff: featherproof authors Benjamin Nugent and Hannah Pittard will put in an appearance, along with DJ Fabulette. There will also be an alien costume contest, judged by a surprise guest.

Christine Sneed's Book Release @ Women and Children First

Celebrate the release of Christine Sneed's short-story collection Portraits of a Few of the People I've Made Cry -- the first story in the collection, "Quality of Life, was included in the Salman Rushdie-edited The Best American Short Stories 2008. Women and Children First, 5233 N. Clark St., 7:30-9pm.

Rebecca Skloot @ Northwestern University (Chicago Campus)

Best-selling science author Rebecca Skloot discusses her latest work, The Immortal Life of HEnrietta LAcks, in which she explores the history of the HeLa cell line and the Lacks family. Presented by the Chicago Council on Science and Technology & Children's Memorial Research Center, it takes place at 375 East Chicago Ave., 6pm. $10 for members, $15 for non-members.

Lynda Barry Visits Chicago

Extraordinary, warm, bold, full of laugh-out-loud energy: Lynda Barry is -- and here I must copy and paste this list -- a painter, cartoonist, writer, illustrator, playwright, editor, commentator, and teacher. Her last book, What It Is, won the Eisner award. Tonight, she will make an appearance at Columbus Auditorium, 280 S. Columbus, at 6pm as part of SAIC's Visiting Artist Program. She is not to be missed.

Amy Sedaris @ Borders

Actress and writer Amy Sedaris will be at the Borders at 830 N. Michigan Avenue this afternoon at 3pm to discuss her new book Simple Times: Crafts For Poor People. For more information visit the Borders events page.

Every Person is a Philosopher Launch @ Intuit

The Neighborhood Writing Alliance is hosting a launch party for its new blog, "Every Person is a Philosopher," at Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art (756 N. Milwaukee) from 6-7:30pm. The free event will include hors d'oeuvres, giveaways, open discussion and short speeches from Journal of Ordinary Thought writers and others. The blog will "provide provocative dialogue, fresh writing, and Chicago-focused news and ideas in literary arts and social justice."

Little Red Leaves @ Open Books

Contributors to the online poetry journal Little Red Leaves will be reading their work at Open Books (213 W. Institute Place) tonight at 7pm. Come by (for free!) and watch some of LRL's finest do their thing.

Will Fellows @ Women and Children First

Tonight, writer and anthropologist Will Fellows reads from Gay Bar: The Fabulous True Story of a Daring Woman and Her Boys in the 1950s. Helen P. Branson, a savvy and tender mother hen type, owned and operated a gay bar in the 1950s, providing a rare safe haven for a marginalized community. Gay Bar is a meld of her true memoir (she notes she didn't use parentheses because her typewriter didn't have any) with Fellows' contemporary analysis. Windy City Times calls Gay Bar "a major contribution to gay history." Publishers Weekly says "this stimulating account of support for gay rights pre-Stonewall is an eye-opener." Women and Children First, 5233 N Clark St., (773) 769-9299. 7:30pm.

From Pullman to Albany Park: Great Walks in Chicago and Other Pursuits @ Sulzer Regional Library

Writer and explorer Max Grinnell talks about all things Chicago in a free discussion of his latest book, 24 Great Walks in Chicago. Find out more about Max and his book at TheUrbanologist.com. 7pm. Sulzer Regional Library, 4455 N. Lincoln Ave. (312) 744-7616.

Writing the Poetry of Your Dreams @ Near North Chicago Public Library

Tonight Krista Franklin will teach you how to channel your dreams into insightful, beautiful (and perhaps nightmarish) poems. Bring paper, a pen, and your creativity to Near North (310 W. Division) at 6:30pm. Free!

Jonathan Eig @ Cliff Dwellers Club

The Society of Midland Authors hosts a great monthly lecture series, all open to the public. Tonight journalist Jonathan Eig, author of Get Capone, will speak about Chicago's most famous gangster. (Capone has recently been brought back to life thanks to the HBO series Boardwalk Empire -- played by Stephen Graham, he's what Eig says is "maybe the best Capone I've ever seen," including De Niro!)

All programs are held at 7pm at the Cliff Dwellers Club, 200 S. Michigan Ave., 22nd floor, free. Complimentary snacks are served at 6pm, with a cash bar.

Chicago Nerds Book Club @ Noble Tree Cafe

The Chicago Nerds Social Club present their monthly book club meeting & discussion at Noble Tree Cafe (2444 N. Clark). The book for discussion this evening is The Space Merchants by Frederik Pohl and Cyril M. Kornbluth. The meeting runs tonight from 6:30pm to 8pm, and admission is free.

Gapers Block Book Club Meeting

The monthly GB Book Club meets for the last time at The Book Cellar, 4736-38 N. Lincoln Ave., to discuss The Cradle by Patrick Somerville. The meeting starts at 7:30pm; here are some discussion questions. Free.

Poetry and Prints Reading Series @ Spudnik Press Cooperative

Watch San Francisco, New York, and Chicago poets and artists -- and one musician -- perform tonight at the Spudnik Press Cooperative (1821 W Hubbard, Suite 308) from 8 - 11pm. $5 suggested donation.

Open Books Presents The Revelry: A Night Fair @ Salvage One

Award-winning literacy non-profit Open Books presents The Revelry: A
Night Fair
, a gala celebrating the organization's expansion and mission. Featuring music from The Flat Cats and entertainers like a magician, juggler, stilt-walker, and caricature artist, it's sure to be a night to remember. Drinks, hors d'oeuvres, and a silent auction are also included in the ticket price of $100, which can be purchased here. 7pm -10:30pm, 1840 West Hubbard Street.

Barbara Fairchild Book Signing @ Spice House

Barbara Fairchild, long-time editor of Bon Appétit, will be signing her new book Just Desserts, The Cookbook for All Things Sweet and Wonderful, at Spice House in Old Town (1512 N Wells) from 6-8pm tonight. The event will include samples from the new book, as well as treats from the French Pastry School and Callebaut Chocolate. Spice House will have books available for sale. Email spices@thespicehouse.com with the number of people attending to reserve a spot.

Chicago Poetry Brothel @ House of Blues

Tonight is the last Chicago Poetry Brothel of the year. Come to the House of Blues Foundation Room (329 N. Dearborn) at 8pm to see the them take a burlesque twist, featuring Columbia College's recent MFAs, as well as Chicago favorites such as Kathleen Rooney and Susan Slaviero. As always, admission is $5 if you're dressed Victorian and $10 if you're not. Don't miss out this time!

Story Club @ Uncommon Ground on Clark

Story Club, a monthly open mic storytelling series, combines the spontaneity of an open mic with featured readings at Uncommon Ground (3800 N. Clark). Tonight's featured readers are Gail Duberchin & Michael Van Kerckhove. Open mic sign-up at 8pm, go time at 8:30. This event is free. For more information visit Uncommon Ground or Story Club.

Naomi Shihab Nye @ Fullerton Hall

Self-proclaimed "wandering poet" Naomi Shihab Nye reads at Fullerton Hall (Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Ave.) at 6pm tonight.

RUI @ Sheffield's

It's the first Wednesday of the month, time once again for Reading Under the Influence. This month's theme seems especially cathartic: "I Hate My Family" (just in time for Thanksgiving). Featured readers are Robert McDonald (A Field Guide to Gay and Lesbian Chicago), Two Cookie Minimum reading series founder John Wawrzaszek, local writer Kristen Fiore and RUI's own Jesse Jordan. All read original short stories and host trivia segments related to this month's theme. In the back room at Sheffield's, 3258 N. Sheffield Ave., $3 cover. Get there by 7 for a seat (or earlier; it's popular show and seats are scarce). Readings begin at 7:30.

Charles Burns Discusses X'ed Out @ Quimby's

Charles Burns of Black Hole (Pantheon) is releasing X'ed Out this fall, the first volume of what has been called an epic masterpiece of graphic fiction in brilliant color. How exciting. He will appear at Quimby's Bookstore, 1854 W. North Ave., tonight at 7pm to discuss his new work. For more information, click here.

Nerves of Steel @ Hungry Brain

THE2NDHAND and King Coal present
"Nerves of Steel," an evening of readings at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W. Belmont Ave., tonight starting at 8pm. Writers Chris Bower and Tim Racine, Drowning Tuscon author Aaron Michael Morales and rogue advice columnist Naomi Des Moines read, Good Evening performs, and Kate Duva and Harold Ray host. No cover, 21+

Tuesday Funk @ Hopleaf

After you vote, grab a drink and take a break from election updates at November's installment of Tuesday Funk. Tonight's featured readers are novelist Lori Ann Stephens, novelist-in-progress Lauryn Allison Lewis , poet Kristin Lueke, poet Sondra Morin, and poet/Huffington Post blogger/rooftop gardener Dave Snyder. Upstairs at the Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., 7:30pm.

Playboy and the Making of the Good Life in Modern America @ Loyola University

Author and Loyola History professor Elizabeth Fraterrigo discusses her latest work, Playboy and the Making of the Good Life in Modern America, in which she researches and explores how the magazine influenced American life and culture. 6pm, 1032 West Sheridan, Richard Klarchek Information Commons, 4th Floor. Free.

Alex Ross @ Stop Smiling

Though he dislikes the term "classical music," 20th Century classical music likely has no greater champion than New Yorker music critic Alex Ross. Stop Smiling magazine calls him "perhaps the best music critic this nation has ever produced." Ross will be at the Stop Smiling storefront tonight to discuss his new book, Listen To This. The Chicago Reader says "[Listen To This] ping-pongs around from Mozart to Björk, recording technology to the history of a bass line. Ross offers a master class in music writing that will likely sell you not only on some music you never thought you'd like but on the importance of criticism to the form." Ross will be joined onstage in conversation with Chicago Sun-Times and WFMT music critic Andrew Patner. Stop Smiling storefront, 1371 N. Milwaukee. 6:30pm. RSVP to rsvp@stopsmiling.com.

Adam Levin @ Oak Park Library

Remember that mammoth, 1000+ page book about the 10-year-old who forms an army of misfits, by the Chicago author now being compared to David Foster Wallace? Yeah, he's reading from it tonight. Oak Park Library, 834 Lake Street, Oak Park. 7-9pm.

Works In Progress Night @ Quimby's

Got creative stuff you're fiddling around with - comics, zines, poetry, screenplays? Need some input or just tired of toiling in silence? Head out to Works In Progress at Quimby's tonight, or any last Wednesday of the month. They'll bring the snacks! Quimby's, 1854 W. North Ave., 7pm.

The Moth Storyslam @ Martyrs

Martyrs and The Moth present the latest in their series of Storyslam events tonight at 8pm. Ten randomly chosen people will compete to be the evening's winner and move on to the Grandslam Championships. The event starts tonight at 8pm. Tickets are $8 at the door. Martyrs: 3855 N. Lincoln Ave. (773) 404-9494.

Eileen Myles & Amira Hanafi @ The Green Lantern

Pilot Light: The Green Lantern Press and Dear Navigator Conversation Series presents Eileen Myles! Amira Hanafi! Tonight!

Eileen Myles is for real and she tried to run for president once and when she writes, she engages you with humor and humility and fun tangents that wind you up to who knows where, anywhere, and now she has a new book out called Inferno , a poet's novel, out from OR Books, which is exciting.

Amira Hanafi experiments with multiple research methods to gather material for her art and writing projects, and her current project is a collection of photos and stories reflecting upon a few "walks" in Cairo, Egypt. She teaches at the School of Art Institute at Chicago.

Come by The Green Lantern Gallery, 2542 Chicago Avenue, at 7:30pm.

The Misanthrope @ Victory Gardens Theater

Bernard Sahlins, the founder of The Second City, is directing two performances of The Misanthrope by Molière, presented by the Poetry Foundation. Intrigued? Then come see Chicago actors do a staged reading of the French satire, as translated by Richard Wilbur. Performances are tonight at 7:30pm and tomorrow, Oct. 25, at 7:30pm at the Richard Christiansen Studio, Victory Gardens (2433 N. Lincoln). Tickets can be purchased here for $20 ($10 for students).

Red Rover Series @ Outer Space Studio

The Red Rover series is back with Experiment #40, and this time they're doing Poetry TV. Come to the Outer Space Studio (1474 N. Milwaukee) at 7pm tonight to watch Red Rover do what it does best -- host a "reading that plays with reading." Participants include Carrie Olivia Adams, Justin Cabrillos, Laura Goldstein, Amira Hanafi, Kurt Heintz, Mark Jeffery, Judd Morrissey, and Marissa Plumb. (Donations suggested.)

Chris Lehmann Presents Rich People Things @ Stop Smiling Storefront

The editor of The Baffler and Book Forum and current contributor at Yahoo! News has a new book: Rich People Things explores the kinds of problems experienced by those of a certain tax bracket, the attitudes and circumstances behind them, and their effect on the not so wealthy (i.e. everyone else). Stop Smiling Storefront: 1371 N. Milwaukee Ave., 6:30pm. To attend, RSVP to rsvp@stopsmilingonline.com.

Scott Kenemore @ DePaul Center Barnes and Noble

Scott Kenemore, zombie enthusiast, reads from his new book, which combines two of everybody's favorite villains: The Code of the Zombie Pirate: How to Become an Undead Master of the High Seas. Join him at the DePaul Center Barnes and Noble, 1 E. Jackson Blvd., 6pm.

Ted McClelland @ Book Cellar

Occasional GB contributor Ted McClelland reads and signs his new book, Young Mr. Obama: Chicago and the Making of a Black President, tonight at 7pm at the Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln Ave. More details here.

Gurlesque @ Hokin Hall

When poet Arielle Greenberg says "Gurlesque," she means "an emerging Third Wave feminist aesthetic that foregrounds the girly in work that is subversive, carnal, performative, grotesque, and brash." And Greenberg, along with poet-critic Lara Glenum, have edited an anthology of Gurlesque work for everyone to enjoy. Tonight, hear them tell you what it's all about -- for free! -- at Hokin Hall, Room 109 (623 S. Wabash), at 5pm. Catherine Wagner will also be on hand to read some Gurlesque poems.

Mental Graffiti @ Butterfly Social Club

It's the third Monday of the month and that means you need to be at the Mental Graffiti poetry slam at Butterfly Social Club. Tonight's feature is two-time National Poetry Slam champ Kyle "El Guante" Myhre from St. Paul, MN. A quick Google search tells me "guante" means "glove or gauntlet." They'll be ready to throw down - will you? $5 cover, 21 and over. Butterfly Social Club, 722 W. Grand, 7:30pm.

Shakespeare Project of Chicago @ Newberry Library

The Newberry Library Center for Renaissance Studies presents its first Shakespeare Project of Chicago staged reading of the 2010-11 season. The center will perform a reading of Measure for Measure at 10am at the Newberry Library, 40 W. Walton St. The performance is free and will be followed by a discussion with the director and cast. No tickets required.

Robin Chapman @ Unity Temple

Tonight, the Unity Temple in Oak Park (875 Lake St., Oak Park, Il.) will host Madison, Wis., poet Robin Chapman. Open mic starts at 8pm (7:30pm sign-up) and Chapman goes on at 9pm. A $3-5 donation is suggested.

Order of Odd-Fish Dome of Doom @ Pritzker Park

Collaboraction is once again joining forces with local author James Kennedy (The Order of Odd-Fish) for a Dome of Doom Dance Party. Competitors of all ages will don costumes of their own making and jump into the battle zone where they'll have 60 seconds to show off their best dance moves and defeat their opponent. Anyone is welcome to join, even passersby, so costumes will be provided for those who have not brought one with them. 2pm-5pm in Pritzker Park at State and Van Buren.

Ben Greenman @ Borders Lincoln Park

New Yorker editor and short story author Ben Greenman is here to discuss his latest work, Celebrity Chekov, which takes an assortment of the famous Russian author's tales, and works modern-day celebrities into them in a way that has been described as "strange," "high-concept," "at once a tribute and travesty," and "rectangular." 2817 North Clark St., 7pm. Free.

Jason Rothstein and John Greenfield @ Quimby's

Bike on down to Quimby's tonight for readings from two of Chicago's "active transportation" experts. Jason Rothstein will read from and sign copies of Carless in Chicago. Greg Borzo, author of The Chicago L calls it "very timely, practical not preachy, up-to-date advice about thriving in the Windy City without owning a car. Rothstein coolly lays out some real benefits of selling your car: More cash and better health; more free time and less stress; a cleaner environment and a more human-scale city. This book that will change the way you think about cars. It might even change your life." Local journalist and occasional Gapers Block contributor John Greenfield will read from and sign copies of Bars Across America. It's the story of his 5,000-mile bike journey from Oregon to Maine and the 48 taverns visited along the way. Dave Glowacz, author of Urban Bikers' Tips and Tricks, says "as John spins his yarn across the U.S., you'll wish you'd gone along." As if that's not enough, John will also perform a few songs about cycling at this event. Ride on! Free. Quimby's, 1854 W. North, 7pm.

Poetry Day @ Cindy Pritzker Auditorium

Started by Robert Frost, the Poetry Day reading series has been around for 56 years. This year, spend your Poetry Day with poet Frank Bidart at the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium in Harold Washington Library Center (400 S. State St.) starting at 6pm -- for free!

Bill Bryson @ Harold Washington Library

Everybody's favorite travel writer, Bill Bryson, looks to the domestic sphere for his most recent book, At Home: A Short History of Private Life. Tonight, he speaks about At Home at Harold Washington Library. Free, 6pm, 400 S. State St.

Threadless Book Release @ MCA

Threadless celebrates the release of Threadless: Ten Years of T-shirts from the World's Most Inspiring Online Design Community at the Museum of Contemporary Art store, 220 E. Chicago Ave., tonight from 6pm to 8pm. Co-founder Jake Nickell will be on hand to sign books, and anyone who buys it will receive a limited edition shirt. The event is free; RSVP on Facebook.

POW-WOW Tuesday Series @ Jeffrey Pub

Rumored to be an "authentic alternative reading series," POW-WOW runs every Tuesday at Jeffrey Pub (7104 S. Jeffrey). For the $5 cover, you get food served at 7:30pm with an open mic at 8:30pm. Tonight, POW-WOW will celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Week with African drumming (with Yaounde Olu) + poetry readings. Come out in support of boobs! And poetry!

Chicago Nerds Book Club @ Noble Tree Cafe

The Chicago Nerd Social Club has its 14th Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club meeting tonight at Noble Tree Cafe (2444 N. Clark) at 6:30pm. Tonight's book is The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov (the 2001 Penguin Classics printing is recommended). This event is free and open to the public. For full details please see the Chicago Nerds Website.

Gapers Block Book Club Meeting

The GB Book Club meets tonight at 7:30pm at the Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln Ave. We'll be discussing Chicago: A Novel by Alaa Al Aswany. Free.

Mainstage Theatre's "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare" (Abridged) @ O'Malley Theatre

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare are long, so Mainstage Theatre presentsa 90-minute roller coaster of Shakespeare. The performance begins at 2 pm at O'Malley Theatre, 430 S. Michigan Ave. Tickets are $6 for students, $10 for adults.
Call (312) 341-3831 for reservations.

Mainstage Theatre's "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare" (Abridged) @ O'Malley Theatre

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare are long, so Mainstage Theatre presentsa 90-minute roller coaster of Shakespeare. The performance begins at 7:30pm at O'Malley Theatre, 430 S. Michigan Ave. Tickets are $6 for students, $10 for adults.
Call (312) 341-3831 for reservations.

Art Book Swap @ Art Institute Library

Bring art books you don't want and take home new titles that pique your interest at this swap organized by the New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) and Regency Arts Press, Ltd.. Leftover books will be donated to Urbana-Champaign Books to Prisoners. The swap runs from noon to 5pm in the Franke Reading Room of the Art Institute's Ryerson and Burnham Libraries. There is no charge, but participants must enter at the museum's Michigan Avenue entrance (111 S. Michigan Ave.), (312) 443-3671.

Mainstage Theatre's "The Complete Works of Willam Shakespeare" (Abridged) @ O'Malley Theater

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare are long, so Mainstage Theatre presentsa 90-minute roller coaster of Shakespeare. The performance begins at 7:30 pm at O'Malley Theatre, 430 S. Michigan Ave. Tickets are $6 for students, $10 for adults.
Call (312) 341-3831 for reservations.

Story Club @ Uncommon Ground

Story Club, a monthly open mic storytelling series, combines the spontaneity of an open mic with featured readings at Uncommon Ground (3800 N. Clark). Tonight's featured readers are Cheryl McPhilimy & Julie Danis. Open mic sign-up at 8pm, go time at 8:30. This event is free. For more information visit Uncommon Ground or Story Club.

Book Bike Fundraiser @ Empty Bottle

Heavemedia is proud to partner up with Gabriel Levinson of Book Bike to produce a fundraiser event. Though Book Bike hides away from the cold temperatures in its secret storage place, Gabriel and Heavemedia aren't ready to put the project to sleep.

Chicago musicians Sad Brad Smith, Adam Fitz, and Stephen Paul Smoker will be playing the event at the Empty Bottle (1035 N. Western Ave). Gabriel will also be bringing Book Bike out from storage to give away some free books during the show. Admission is only $5, with a portion of the proceeds going directly to Book Bike. Tickets can be purchased in advance here.

Mortified @ Beat Kitchen

If you'd be an Olympic athlete were laughing at yourself (or others) a sport, then find "personal redemption through public humiliation" this Thursday at the nationwide phenomenon Mortified. Since 2002, countless participants have willingly shared writing, art or media created before the age of 21 to exorcise their demons for laughs. The concept is such a hit they're making a movie and they've already published two books. Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont, 8:30pm. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door and can be purchased here.

RUI @ Sheffield's

The next installment of the lively Reading Under the Influence series is tonight. The theme? An offer you can't refuse: Gangsters. Featured readers are Get Capone author Jonathan Eig, Felipe Briceno, Jon Gugala, crime writer Ric Hess and RUI host Rob Duffer. As always the readings are interspersed with trivia questions and prizes. $3 cover. Sheffield's, 3258 N. Sheffield Ave., in the back room. Readings begin at 7:30pm. It gets pretty crowded so get there early for a seat.

PostSecret Live @ College of DuPage

The people behind the postcard confessionals of PostSecret appear at the McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage (Fawell and Park Boulevards. Glen Ellyn) tonight at 7:30pm. Tickets $10-20.

Tuesday Funk @ Hopleaf

Ready or not, here it comes: It's the first Tuesday of the month, which means Tuesday Funk at the Hopleaf. Tonight's featured readers are Connor Coyne, William Shunn and Jackie Adamski. Connor Coyne is a former Tuesday Funk host and author of the newly-published Hungry Rats, the story of a high school girl on the trail of a serial killer. Mostly Good Girls author Leila Sales says of Hungry Rats: "In confident, purposeful, evocative prose, Connor Coyne places you in a family where no one is watching out for you, and you had better watch your back." William Shunn's short fiction, essays, and poetry have appeared in Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine and Salon.com. He is the author of a memoir, The Accidental Terrorist, and co-author of the novella Cast a Cold Eye. Jackie Adamski holds a degree in Religious Studies and is a short story author and Reading Under the Influence contributor. Free. Hopleaf, upstairs room, 5148 N. Clark St., 7:30pm.

History, Violence, Disquiet @ MCA Theater

Featuring a reading by local author Aleksandar Hemon, a conversation with members of performance group Superamas, and a conversation with artist Luc Tuymans led by curator and writer Hamza Walker, this afternoon symposium explores how artists confront the often fragmented narratives of violence prevalent in mass-media. A book signing takes place following the program. "History, Violence, Disquiet" takes place at 1pm in the MCA Theater, located at 220 E Chicago. Tickets are $12, $8 for students and are available at the MCA Box Office or by phone at 312-397-4010.

Switchback Books Salon & Fundraiser @ 4745 N. Beacon St.

Help Switchback Books promote women and poetry! Come to their salon and fundraiser at 4745 N Beacon St. #3S at 7pm -- salon starts at 8pm. $10 will get you a Switchback Book, but $20 will get you a book and all-you-can-drink! Enjoy some music, some lit, some food, and oh yeah -- some readings by Arielle Greenberg, Becca Klaver, Dolly Lemke, and Sarah Carson. (And there's talk of an 18-liter bottle of wine!)

The Night Kite Revival @ Chopin Theatre

Robbie Q. Telfer and students from Young Chicago Authors will join forces with Anis Mojgani, Derrick Brown, and Buddy Wakefield to bring you "the ultimate uplift spoken word party experience"! Come to the Chopin Theatre (1543 W Division) at 4pm for the Poetry Revival's latest and greatest tour. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students at the door.

Twenty Four Hour Comics Day @ Various Locations

NaNoWriMo. The Three Day Novel Contest. The 48 Hour Film Project. If camaraderie and ridiculously demanding deadlines get your creative fires burning, this week there's one for comic book artists. Today is Twenty Four Hour Comics Day, which challenges participants to produce 24 consecutive comic book pages in 24 hours. Three Chicago stores are participating: Challengers Comics at 1845 N. Western Ave. 2R, The Comic Vault at 1530 W. Montrose and Graham Crackers Comics at 5443 N. Broadway. 11 am-11pm. Event is free; contact individual stores for registration information

Third Coast Listening Room @ Chicago Urban Art Society

The Third Coast International Audio Festival has been celebrating audio documentary work of all styles since 2000. Their work can be heard weekly on Re:sound on NPR. They also host Listening Room events, a bit like a pre-recorded reading (not because anyone has stage fright, but to take full advantage of the audio possibilities). Tonight's Listening Room features winners from the Book Odds challenge, in which participants were asked to produce a short audio story (up to three minutes) inspired by (and named after) song titles from The Books' newly-released record The Way Out. There will also be "guest doodlers" on hand to see how radio inspires art. Hosted by Third Coast Festival's Julie Shapiro and WBEZ's Alison Cuddy. Free. Chicago Urban Art Society, 2229 S. Halsted. Doors open at 6pm, show starts at 7pm.

The First Time: "Back to School"

The Chicago Independent Radio Project presents The First Time, a reading series focusing on first times of all sorts, tonight at 8pm at The Spot, 4437 N. Broadway Ave. Local bloggers, writers and performers will read original pieces referencing the monthly theme -- this round the theme is "Back to School" -- and a piece of music, and a live band will perform said music directly afterward. Admission is $10, with proceeds benefiting CHIRP. 21+

The Encyclopedia Show and Silver Tongue @ The Conway Center

The Encyclopedia Show is a variety show that has its participants perform pieces on encyclopedia topics. Silver Tongue is Columbia College Chicago's student-run reading series. Watch them come together tonight at The Conway Center (1104 S Wabash) at 7pm and define the topic "bears" with poetry, film, music, and anything else they can think of. Admission is free!

Cooking For Geeks @ Pumping Station: One

Pumping Station: One, the Chicago hackerspace, proudly presents Jeff Potter, author of the recently released Cooking For Geeks. Jeff will be speaking tonight about the book, and why geeks are interested in food preparation. The event happens tonight at 8:30pm at Pumping Station: One (3354 N. Elston); admission is free, but you can also pre-purchase a copy of the book for the signing portion of the evening. RSVP for this event at Eventbrite.

Funny Ha-Ha

Funny Ha-Ha returns to the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., tonight at from 7pm to 8:30pm. Claire Zulkey hosts readings and performances by author Wendy McClure, "Curb Your Enthusiasm" actress Johanna Stein, 2nd Story's Megan Stielstra, blogger Meghan Haynes, comedy act "Mark and Homer Like This," and filmmaker Steve Delahoyde. $5 admission, benefitting the Neighborhood Writing Alliance. 21+

David Rakoff @ Harold Washington Library

Author and This American Life contributor David Rakoff reads from his forthcoming book Half Empty today at noon at the Harold Washington Library (400 S. State Street). Admission is free and open to the public.

Michal Pawel Markowski on Polish Literature @ UIC

If asked to name as many Polish novelists as I can think of, I might only be able to come up with one. But the University of Illinois at Chicago can help save me from my ignorance: they've hired world-renowned scholar of Polish literature and culture Michal Pawel Markowski as the inaugural Stefan and Lucy Hejna family chair in Polish language and literature.

Tonight at UIC, join Markowski as he answers the question "What is Polish Literature?" Room 302 in Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted St., 5-7pm.

NOIR Anti-Gala @ Joone Studios

Criminal Class Press is a literary collective founded in 2008, publishers of the literary journal Criminal Class Review. They sum up their aesthetic as "where the scumbag's voice is making a genre for itself" and "real life in the trenches. The punks and broads that the rest of us are. And if it's not you, it's looking for you, so watch out." Watch out, indeed; they're kicking off a five city East Coast tour on October 19. If you don't care 'cuz you read Gapers Block to find Chicago hell to raise, then listen up, punk: Tonight they'll be hosting NOIR, An Anti-Gala, to raise funds for the tour. Featured readers are Jim Goad, Gint Aras, Deb Lewis, Nicollette Kittinger, Brian Murphy, Julia Borcherts, and Windy City Story Slam's Bill Hillman. There will be featured artwork by Ricardo Cozzolino, Tim Piggott, Jansen Sterba, Joe Chavez, Jason Adams and more. $15 gets you all that raucous entertainment, plus drinks and food by Big Bite Catering. Tickets can be purchased here. NOIR will be held at Joone Studios, 1372 N. Ashland, 6pm; readings start at 8pm. $15 cover. Afterparty at Cobra Lounge, 235 N. Ashland.

Banned Books Week Readout @ Bughouse Square

Celebrate your freedom to read this year with the kick-off to Banned Books Week! The Banned Books Week Readout will feature the authors of the ten most challenged books of 2009, who will read excerpts from their challenged works and do book signings. Admission is free! Just come to Bughouse Square (located across Walton Street from the Newberry Library). You can also check out more planned events and ideas for creating your own events on the Banned Books Week website.

Stir Frying to the Sky's Edge @ Kendall College

The Culinary Historians of Chicago are gonna wok and roll (hee hee) at this morning's lecture at Kendall College, 900 North Branch, at 10am. Author Grace Young will be talking about her book (of the same title of this lecture), along with giving a cooking demo and book signing afterward. Tickets $3-5; parking free. RSVP here.

Danielle Dutton and Kate Zambreno @ Women & Children First

Two recent books "ponder the banality" of contemporary, suburban American life through absurd, engaging narratives. Danielle Dutton, author of S P R A W L, and Kate Zambreno, author of O Fallen Angel, will read tonight at Women and Children First, 5233 N. Clark St., at 7:30pm. For more information, click here.

Chicago Poetry Brothel @ House of Blues

It's first event over the summer was a success (really, poetry + brothel -- who wouldn't love it?!), so the Chicago Poetry Brothel is here to stay. Check out their second costume party/poetry reading/performance art tonight in the Foundation Room at the House of Blues (329 N. Dearborn), starting at 8pm. Tickets at the door are $10, unless you "come dressed Victorian," then you only have to shell out $5.

Community, Culture, Resistance: From the Crescent City to Chi-town

Chicago publisher Haymarket Books is celebrating the release of their new book Floodlines, on resistance in post-Katrina New Orleans. In addition to hearing from the book's author, Jordan Flaherty, there will be art, poetry, a DJ, and readings by inmates from the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center. It's at 2229 S. Halsted at 8pm, with a $5 suggested donation (free for students).

Write Club @ The Hideout

Write Club takes the concept of a slam competition and makes it more personal, pitting two people head to head. Tonight there will be three bouts: Rock vs. Roll (improvOlympian Katie Rich vs. New Colony's Whit Nelson), Work vs. Play (Write Club host Ian Belknap vs. Neo-Futurist alum Chloe Johnston) and Land vs. Sea (performance poet John Paul Davis vs. Gapers Block's own Lindsay Muscato). Each contestant has seven minutes, winner chosen by the audience. $8 donation; proceeds go to charity of winner's choice. The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, 7pm.

Essay Fiesta @ The Book Cellar

It's the third Monday of the month, which means Essay Fiesta time as the Book Cellar. Featured readers are Write Club host Ian Belknap, Neo-Futurist alum Noelle Krimm, 2nd Story ensemble member Andrew Reilly, Comedian/author/teacher Rebecca Rine-Stone and former Playboy.com editor Scott Smith. Raffle to benefit Howard Brown Health Center. The Book Cellar, 4736-38 N Lincoln Ave., 7pm.

Waiting 4 the Bus @ Cafe Ballou

Cafe Ballou, 949 N. Western Ave., hosts Waiting 4 the Bus's open mic night from 7:30pm to 10pm. Singer-songwriters and poets will perform up to three pieces apiece. Might that include you? Free.

Sappho's Salon @ Women & Children First

Women & Children First's (5233 N. Clark St.) monthly Sappho's Salon: A Provocative Night of Lesbian Diversions takes place tonight. Your $7-10 (sliding scale fee), will get you wine, food, and the spoken work of Nikki Patin, the comedy and overall punk-rockishness of Sissy Van Dyke, and Sappho's house DJ SpinNikki's tracks. The "diversions" start at 7:30!

The Zines On Toast Show @ Quimby's

Portland zinester Alex Wrekk is the author of the popular Stolen Sharpie Revolution, a guide how to get started with zines, as well as her long-running zine, Brainscan. She is joined on tour by five zinesters from the UK. Tonight, they will share accounts of UK zine culture, London Zine Symposium, and more at Quimby's Bookstore, 854 West North Avenue, beginning at 7pm. For more information, visit this event page.

Gordon McAlpin Book Signing

Gordon McAlpin signs copies of Multiplex: Enjoy Your Show, the first collection of his webcomic, today at Third Coast Comics, 6234 N. Broadway, from 4pm to 7pm. He'll also be a special guest at Chicago Comic Book Meetup, which starts at 7pm in the comic shop.

A Night With Continuum's 33 1/3 Series @ Quimby's

Two Pitchfork editors and an NIU English instructor will read and discuss their books from Continuum's 33 1/3 Series tonight at Quimby's Bookstore, 1854 West North Avenue. The lineup of discussion includes AC/DC's Highway to Hell, Flaming Lips' Zaireeka, and Belle & Sebastian's If You're Feeling Sinister. The event is free and begins at 7pm. For more information, visit this page.

Real Talk Live @ Real Talk Avenue

How do poetry slam champs spend their down time? Why, they keep the fires burning with salons, darling. Real Talk Live is a monthly reading series featuring poetry, music, comedy and dance. Tonight they bid adieu to their current home (it's literally in someone's home). Featured performers are poet Krista Franklin, co-founder of the artists' collective Tres Colony and 2nd Sun Salon; and The Gringo Choir, a championship squad of performance poets from New England. Also featured is the artwork of Angela Davis Fegan. Will you really be welcome in a strangers' home? Well, they fully intend to keep the show going at a new (TBD) location, there's a $5 door charge and cash bar that goes toward paying features and keeping the show going, so hell yes, you will! (Plus, I asked). Real Talk Live at "Real Talk Avenue," a.k.a. 4520 N. Monticello, $5 cover, 18+, 7pm-midnight.

Audrey Niffenegger Reading

Author Audrey Niffenegger reads from her latest, The Night Bookmobile, at the Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State St., tonight at 6pm. The event is free, but space is limited and admission is first come, first served.

Lotería Reading @ Columbia College

If you love art, poetry and a good writing prompt, check out an evening of poetry "in conversation with" the exhibit Mano/Mundo/Corazón: Artists Interpret La Lotería. Featured reader is Roddy Lumsden; two dozen Chicago-based writers will also perform. Presented by Poetry magazine, contratiempo, and the Center for the Book & Paper Arts at Columbia College (where the reading is held). Ludington Building, 1104 South Wabash Street, 6pm.

Tao Lin @ Quimby's

With all the internet buzz about Tao Lin's upcoming novel, Richard Yates, his reading tonight at Quimby's, 1854 West North Avenue, will be worth checking out. The event is free and begins at 7pm.

Sci Fi & Fantasy Book Club @ Noble Tree Cafe

The Chicago Nerds Social Club holds their latest sci fi & fantasy book club this evening from 6:30pm to 8pm at Noble Tree Cafe (2444 N. Clark). The evening's book is a classic: Larry Niven's Ringworld from 1970. The event is free; see the Chicago Nerds Website for details.

GB Book Club Meeting

The GB Book Club meets tonight at 7:30pm at the Book Cellar, 4736-38 N. Lincoln Ave., to discuss Young Lonigan by James T. Farrell. The meeting is open to anyone; here are some discussion questions to get you started. Free.

Reading With Pictures Workshop @ Sulzer Regional Library

Got a budding Stan Lee in your family? Head out to the Sulzer Regional Library for a Reading With Pictures workshop. Comic writer Trevor Mueller, marketing director of Reading With Pictures and author of the webcomic series "The Temple of a Thousand Tears" will teach kids the basics of storytelling, how to write dialogue, and how to make their own comics. There will also be a reading from his latest all-ages story "Albert the Alien is New in School," published in the Reading with Pictures anthology (copies will be available for purchase). For children ages 6 and up. It's the same weekend as Lincoln Square's German American Fest, so public transportation is recommended (by this local, anyway). Sulzer Regional Public Library, 4455 N. Lincoln Ave., 11am-11:45am. Free. Call (312) 744-7616, extension 3 to register.

William "Upski" Wimsatt @ Chicago Urban Art Society

William "Upski" Wimsatt first got his name out in the world as a graffiti tagger on the South Side. Growing up in Hyde Park he was entranced by African-American hip hop culture from an early age. As he told the New York Times, "I saw it as my job to get white people to talk about race." In 1993 he published an influential article on "wiggers" in The Source. His books include 1994's Bomb The Suburbs and 2000's No More Prisons. Tupac Shakur declared Bomb The Suburbs "the best book I read in prison" and No More Prisons won the 2000 Firecracker Alternative Book Award for Politics. (Incidentally, "bomb" is slang for "to cover a surface with graffiti"). Wimsatt puts his activist money where his mouth is: In 2003 he founded the League of Young Voters, and he's the Chief Executive Officer of All Hands On Deck, a political, organizational and communications consulting firm designed to organize unlikely voters. His latest book, Please Don't Bomb The Suburbs, comes out this October. Tonight his book tour stops at Chicago Urban Art Society, 2229 South Halsted Street, 6-11pm.

PDBTS Book Signing & Reading @ Chicago Urban Art Society

In Please Don't Bomb the Suburbs, graffiti artist-turned-organizer Billy Wimsatt charts the rise and future of Obama movement, hitting the road for a book tour through twelve swing states. Equal parts hip-hop memoir, razor-sharp analysis of the current political climate, and self-help manual for the progressive movement, Please Don't Bomb the Suburbs: A Midterm Report on My Generation and the Future of Our Super Movement (Akashic) will hit bookstores in September.
Limited Edition designed PDBTS screen printed posters designed and signed by Erik RISK DeBat available. For more information about Please Don't Bomb the Suburbs or Wimsatt's Swing State Book Tour, please visit http://www.akashicbooks.com/pleasedont.htm. This event is tonight from 6 to 11pm at Chicago Urban Art Society: 2229 South Halsted Street.


William "Upski" Wimsatt @ 57th Street Books

William "Upski" Wimsatt first got his name out in the world as a graffiti tagger on the South Side. Growing up in Hyde Park he was entranced by African-American hip hop culture from an early age. As he told the New York Times, "I saw it as my job to get white people to talk about race." In 1993 he published an influential article on "wiggers" in The Source. His books include 1994's Bomb The Suburbs and 2000's No More Prisons. Tupac Shakur declared Bomb The Suburbs "the best book I read in prison" and No More Prisons won the 2000 Firecracker Alternative Book Award for Politics. (Incidentally, "bomb" is slang for "to cover a surface with graffiti"). Wimsatt puts his activist money where his mouth is: In 2003 he founded the League of Young Voters, and he's the Chief Executive Officer of All Hands On Deck, a political, organizational and communications consulting firm designed to organize unlikely voters. His latest book, Please Don't Bomb The Suburbs, comes out this October. Tonight his book tour stops at 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th Street, at 6:30pm.

Story Club @ Uncommon Ground

Story Club, a monthly open mic storytelling series, combines the spontaneity of an open mic with featured readings at Uncommon Ground (3800 N. Clark). Tonight's featured readers are Kelly Anchors & Evan Clossin. Open mic sign-up at 8pm, go time at 8:30. This event is free. For more information visit Uncommon Ground or Story Club.

Tuesday Funk @ Hopleaf

Tonight is Tuesday Funk at Hopleaf. Featured readers are Gina Frangello, Shannon Morley Milliken and Zoe Zolbrod. Hear some great stories, make a dent in the extensive beer list and welcome new host Sara Ross. Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark Street, upstairs room, 7:30pm.

RUI @ Sheffield's

Next edition of RUI: Reading Under the Influence is at Sheffield's tonight. Featured readers include JD Adamski, Brandon Will, John Flaherty and RUI's most frequent guest reader, Darwyn Jones. An evening of original short stories and trivia questions with prizes for you! Food menu available as well as drinks. This month's theme is "Sloth." So overcome your inertia and head on out to RUI at Sheffield's, 3258 N. Sheffield Ave, 7pm, $3 cover.

Bars Across America Reading @ Lush

Today from 1 to 2pm, occasional GB contributor John Greenfield will be signing copies of his book, Bars Across America: Drinking and Biking from Coast to Coast, at Lush Wine and Spirits, 1257 S. Halsted St. If you stop into the new Rapid Transit Cycle Shop at 1305 S. Halsted, you can get a free Rapid Transit pint glass, which Lush will fill with free Half Acre beer at the reading.

Hunger Games Fan Fest

Celebrate the release of Mockingjay, the third and last installment of of the popular and acclaimed young-adult series Hunger Games at State St. Borders (150 North State St.), 4pm.

Etgar Keret Luncheon @ Greenberg Traurig LLP in the Loop

Israeli author Etgar Keret -- who, on August 22, begins a two-week stint as an artist-in-residence at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign -- is the guest-of-honor today at this luncheon. Free, but reservations required. 11:45am, Greenberg Traurig LLP,
77 W. Wacker Dr., Suite 3100. RSVP by August 22.

Knee-Jerk Magazine Anniversary Party @ Fill In The Blank Gallery

Tonight Knee-Jerk magazine hosts a one year anniversary party in north Lincoln Square. Featured readers of the evening include contributors
Billy Lombardo, Zoe Zolbrod and Michael Czyzniejewski. Free beer, raffles, music and a chance to win dinner and a movie with Knee-Jerk's editors. Proceeds benefit debut print issue. Suggested donation: $5. Fill In the Blank Gallery, 5038 N. Lincoln Ave., (773) 878-1750, 8-11pm.

Etgar Keret @ SAIC Auditorium

Israeli author Etgar Keret -- who, on August 22, begins a two-week stint as an artist-in-residence at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign -- gives a lecture at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago tonight, moderated by UIUC Hebrew-literature professor Rachel Harris. Free, School of the Art Institute auditorium, 280 S. Columbus Dr., (312) 899-5185.

Poem as Dream @ Mess Hall

Lose yourself in the "outsidereal" with The Next Objectivists at Mess Hall (6932 North Glenwood) in Rogers Park. Starting at 7pm, you'll talk about your dreams, poems about dreams, and do a bit of writing together. The workshop is free and open to the public.

Summer Storm @ Doc Films, U of C

Doc Films presents a screening of Summer Storm, Douglas Sirk's first feature from 1944. A dangerous love story and a dangerous crime fill this story based on a novel by Chekhov. Screenings are at 7pm, and 9:15pm. Doc Films, University of Chicago, 1212 East 59th Street. $5.

Tamale Hut Reading Series @ Tamale Hut Cafe

Head on out to the near west suburbs tonight for the Tamale Hut Reading Series. Columbia MFA candidate Jenny Seay hosts this always welcoming, roughly monthly event. This Saturday's featured reader is Andrew Reilly, an ensemble member of 2nd Story. Visitors encouraged to get scribblin' and participate in the open mic. Tamales are buy two, get one free, and the event is BYOB, making for a cheap date. About three miles from Brookfield Zoo, so make a day of it. Tamale Hut Cafe, 8300 W. Cermak Road, North Riverside, 7pm.

Sappho's Salon @ Women and Children First

Tonight Women and Children First hosts Sappho's Salon: A Provocative Night of Lesbian Diversions. This month's installement features humorist Fay Jacobs, author of As I Lay Frying and Fried and True: Tales from Rehoboth Beach, collections of newspaper columns chronicling life in the gay-friendly resort town of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Singer Ellen Rosner brings the voice Windy City Times describes as "a young Chrissie Hynde, Chris Isaak or Melissa Etheridge." DJ SpinNikki plays eclectic music between sets to keep things rollin'. Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark St., 7:30pm. Cost is $7-$10 sliding scale, food and wine included. Door proceeds to benefit the artists and the Women's Voices Fund.

Daredevils' Hamlet Preview @ Neo-Futurarium

The Neo-Futurists kick off their 2010-11 series with Daredevils' Hamlet, a combination of the Shakespeare play and the Neos' 2005 show Daredevils, which featured a cast going through a series of physical and emotional stunts & challenges. Daredevils' Hamlet is in previews tonight, and opens on Saturday, August 21. Shows are at 8pm on all nights. Tickets are $15, $10 for students/seniors with ID, or pay-what-you-can on Thursday nights. The show runs at the Neo-Futurarium through September 25. See the Neo-Futurists' Website for full details and to purchase tickets. Neo-Futurarium: 5153 N. Ashland (at Foster). (773) 275-5255.

Michael Sandler @ REI Lincoln Park

Barefoot running is apparently a thing: Michael Sandler, author of Barefoot Running: How to Run Light and Free by Getting In Touch with the Earth , speaks at REI Lincoln Park to give tips on how barefoot running can, from the press release, "help you run lighter, faster and more injury-free than you've ever imagined." Register for the event at www.rei.com/lincolnpark. REI Lincoln Park, 1466 N. Halsted St., second floor community room, 7-8pm.

Prose and Poetry Karaoke @ Jak's Tap

UIC's literary journal, Packingtown Review, is hosting a fundraiser at Jak's Tap (901 W. Jackson) tonight, 7-10pm. Stop by for readings from Chicago writers and a book sale, not to mention a drawing. Oh, and take part in a Prose and Poetry Karaoke contest: bring your poem or short prose work to be read by a randomly selected reader, and if the judges select your piece, you win a prize! The suggested donation is $10, and if you want to take part in karaoke, it's $5. All proceeds go to Packingtown Review's third issue.

Essay Fiesta @ The Book Cellar

The monthly reading series Essay Fiesta returns to The Book Cellar (4736 N. Lincoln). Tonight's lineup includes: host of The Paper Machete, Christopher Piatt; improviser and puppeteer Kristen Studard; actor and Second Story contributor John Wilson; Impress These Apes producer Paul Luikart; and stand-up comedian John Barry. Reading begins at 7pm. This event is free, raffle tickets will be sold, with 100% of the proceeds going to Howard Brown Health Center. For more info visit Essay Fiesta or The Book Cellar.

Chicago Antiquarian Book Fair @ Plumbers Union Hall

Hunt for what's missing from your collection or bring your own first edition family heirlooms to the Chicago Antiquarian Book Fair. Over 40 dealers from the United States, Canada and the UK will be displaying portions of their stock and many will be delighted to answer questions and make arrangements to appraise or even purchase collections of books (especially if signed!). Prices seldom fall under $20, but there will be a few bargain book tables as well as author readings and glimpses of rare books seldom seen outside academic libraries. Sponsored by the Midwest Antiquarian Booksellers Association. Plumbers Union Hall, 1340 W. Washington, August 13 from 3-8pm and August 14 from 10am-4pm. Admission is $6.

Chicago Antiquarian Book Fair @ Plumbers Union Hall

Hunt for what's missing from your collection or bring your own first edition family heirlooms to the Chicago Antiquarian Book Fair. Over 40 dealers from the United States, Canada and the UK will be displaying portions of their stock, and many will be delighted to answer questions and make arrangements to appraise or even purchase collections of books (especially if signed!). Prices seldom fall under $20, but there will be a few bargain book tables as well as author readings and glimpses of rare books seldom seen outside academic libraries. Sponsored by the Midwest Antiquarian Booksellers Association. Plumbers Union Hall, 1340 W. Washington, 3-8pm and tomorrow from 10am-4pm. Admission is $6.

Carlos Cortez Birthday Party @ Carlos & Dominguez Fine Arts

Celebrate the life of the late Carlos Cortez (1923 - 2005) tonight! Starting at 6:30pm, Carlos & Dominguez Fine Arts (1538 W Cullerton) in Pilsen is hosting his 87th birthday party with readings, speakers, and a book and poetry sale. Admission is free.

Story Club @ Uncommon Ground on Clark

Story Club, a monthly open mic storytelling series, combines the spontaneity of an open mic with featured readings at Uncommon Ground (3800 N. Clark). Tonight's featured readers are Alyson Lyon and Keith Ecker of Essay Fiesta. Open mic sign-up at 8pm, go time at 8:30. This event is free. For more information visit Uncommon Ground or Story Club.

Fillet of Solo Festival @ The Artistic Home

Lifeline Theater (6912 N. Glenwood) and Live Bait Theater (3914 N. Clark Street) change venues with week 3 of the Fillet of Solo Festival, moving south to The Artistic Home (3914 N. Clark). At 7pm Julie Ganey performs The Half-Life of Magic and Matt Miller performs Sea World. At 8:30pm, Rett Lowell performs The Second Boat, Anthony Zoccoli performs Wiggerlover [whiteboy + blackdad = grey areas], and Deb R. Lewis performs Darkness, then Light. Performances are $10 each, and runn Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. for more information call (773) 761-4477 or visit Lifeline Theater.

This Much Is True @ The Hopleaf

Head to the upstairs lounge at the Hopleaf tonight for an evening of "the humorous, embarrassing and poignant moments that make up a life remembered" with This Much Is True Chicago. A monthly series, August's edition features regulars Dorrie Ferguson, Deanna Moffitt, and Scott Whitehair, with special guests Jennifer Bosworth, Don Hall, Jessica McCloud, and Jill Summers. The Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark, 7:30pm.

Chicago Nerds Sci Fi & Fantasy Book Club @ Noble Tree Cafe

The Chicago Nerd Social Club presents its 12th sci fi & fantasy book club meeting this evening at Noble Tree Cafe (2444 N. Clark). Tonight's book is Daemon by Daniel Suarez. The event runs from 6:30pm to 8pm, and admission is free. See the Chicago Nerds Website for full details.

Fillet of Solo Festival @ Lifeline Theater

Lifeline Theater (6912 N. Glenwood) and Live Bait Theater (3914 N. Clark Street) move into the second week of their 14th annual Fillet of Solo festival with a 7pm performance by Dorothy Milne entitled "Grown Up", followed by 8:30pm performances by Julie Ganey, performing her piece The Half-Life of Magic, and Caitlin Parrish, performing Strapped. Tickets are $10 for each performance, for more information call 773-761-4477 or visit Lifeline Theater.

Fillet of Solo Festival @ Lifeline Theater

Lifeline Theater (6912 N. Glenwood) and Live Bait Theater (3914 N. Clark Street) move into the second week of their 14th annual Fillet of Solo festival with a 7pm performance by Dorothy Milne entitled "Grown Up", followed by 8pm readings by 2nd Story writers Kim Morris, Doug Whippo and John Wilson. Tickets are $10 for each performance, for more information call 773-761-4477 or visit Lifeline Theater.

John Presta @ Borders

Tonight John Presta discusses and signs his book Mr. and Mrs. Grassroots: How Barack Obama, Two Bookstore Owners and 300 Volunteers Did It at the Evanston Borders. A first-person account of the early days of Obama's political career, the "Mr. and Mrs." of the title refers to Presta and his wife, owners of the (now closed) Reading on Walden bookstore in Beverly, whom Obama called his "Southwest Side powerhouses." Dan Shomon, former campaign manager and political director for Senator Barack Obama says "Michelle and John Presta were really there at the beginning. They were true grassroots organizers, and John's memory and the intimate details of this book provide a true picture of the real story of Barack Obama's meteoric rise. It was people like Michelle and John who really made it happen and stuck their neck out for the skinny guy with the funny name. There are many Michelle and Johns out there, and I hope they all decide to write their stories like John did." Borders, 1700 Maple Ave., Evanston, at 5pm

Gerry and Janet Souter @ Barnes and Noble

Next weekend, the air fills with majestic Blue Angels aerobatics as the 52nd annual Chicago Air and Water Show comes to the lakefront. Learn more about the history of the show this tonight when aviation buffs Gerry and Janet Souter visit the downtown Barnes and Noble to discuss their book The Chicago Air and Water Show: A History of Wings Above the Waves. Barnes and Noble, 1 E. Jackson Blvd., (312) 362-8792, 6-7pm.

Reading Under the Influence @ Sheffield's

The monthly reading series Reading Under the Influence takes over Sheffield's (3258 N. Sheffield) with tonight's theme: "Gods". Readers include local authors Josh Wilker, Marc Paoletti, and Simon Smith, as well as Windy City Story Slam all-city champion Alex Bonner. Original pieces will be read, as well as trivia segments related to the theme, with prizes. Doors open at 7pm, reading starts at 7:30pm, $3 cover charge. For more info call 773-281-4989, or or visit Reading Under the Influence or Sheffield's.

Bughouse Square Debates

The 25th annual Bughouse Square Debates, the Newberry Library's annual celebration of Washington Square Park's history of soap box speeches and debates. This year, the main debate will feature Otis McDonald, plaintiff in the Supreme Court case that struck down Chicago's handgun ban. More than a dozen other soapbox speeches follow, emceed by Tribune columnist Rick Kogan. The even runs from 1pm to 4pm in Washington Square Park, 901 N. Clark St. Free.

The Printers' Ball: Print <3 Digital

The annual Printers' Ball is tonight from 6pm to 11pm at Columbia College's Ludington Building, 1104 S. Wabash Ave. Join independent publishers -- both print and digital, as per this year's theme -- for a celebration of words and images. Pick up free books, magazines, newspapers, stickers, buttons and other fun stuff, plus a special display of Chicagoland's online lit sites. Enjoy food, drinks and music, too. Free.

Birute Regine @ Barbara's Bookstore UIC

Developmental psychologist Birute Regines reads from from her 2010 book Iron Butterflies: Women Transforming Themselves and the World, which tells the stories of 60 successful women from all over the world -- doctors, artists, educators, housewives, even a Nobel laureate. Free wine and cheese. Barbara's Bookstore, 1218 S. Halsted, 312-413-2665, 7:00pm. Free and open to the public.

Fillet of Solo Festival @ Lifeline Theater

Lifeline Theater (6912 N. Glenwood) and Live Bait Theater (3914 N. Clark Street) kick off the 14th annual Fillet of Solo festival in conjunction with 2nd Story. The series runs through August 21. Tonight's performance features readings by Kim Morris, Doug Whippo and John Wilson at 7pm, and a performance by The Sweat Girls are A-Gaga at 8:30pm. Tickets are $10 for each performance, for more information call 773-761-4477 or visit Lifeline Theater.

2nd Story @ Morseland

2nd Story continues their monthly live storytelling series at Morseland (1218 W. Morse Ave.) tonight featuring Julia Ganey, Khanisa Foster, and Margot Bordelon. Live music by The Homoticons. Doors open at 7, music begins at 7:30pm, storytelling starts at 7:45. Tickets are $10, available online or at the door. For more information visit 2nd Story or Morseland.

TallGrass Writers Guild @ Bourgeois Pig

TallGrass Writers Guild is an independent, largely self-supporting arts guild that's been around since 1980, open to all who write seriously at any level. Since 1996 they've published annual anthologies in conjunction with Outrider Press. They host readings and events throughout the year across Chicagoland. Tonight, as they do the fourth Tuesday of every month, they host their open mic at the Bourgeois Pig. Featured reader is Catherine Fitzpatrick. Bourgeois Pig, 738 W. Fullerton Ave., 7:30pm, $6.

Audrey Niffenegger @ Women and Children First

Time Traveler's Wife author Audrey Niffeneger will be at Women and Children First tonight. She'll be reading from her latest, Her Fearful Symmetry, just out in paperback. A story of ghosts, twins, London cemeteries and OCD, The New York Times calls it "mature, complex and convincing - a dreamy yet visceral tale of loves both familial and erotic, a search for Self in the midst of obsession with an Other." Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark St., 7:30pm.

Nathan Rabin @ Women and Children First

Tonight Onion AV Club head writer Nathan Rabin reads from The Big Rewind: A Memoir Brought to You by Pop Culture, just out in paperback. It's a confessional bio told through the lens of the pop culture that kept him sane through a childhood of parental abandonment and mental institutions. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, for example, taught him "if you're going to be stuck in this movie, the point is to be Jack Nicholson, not one of the gargoyle-faced character actors stumbling around in a Klonopin haze." The New York Times says "Rabin has packed [The Big Rewind], like a cannon, full of caustic wit and bruised feelings. The result is a lo-fi, sometimes crude book that is nonetheless more effective (and affecting) than it has any right to be." Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark St., at 7:30pm.

Ernest Hemingway Birthday Lecture @ Ernest Hemingway Museum

Today is Ernest Hemingway's 101st birthday. To celebrate, the Ernest Hemingway Museum is having an open house at 3:30pm, then at 7:30pm Thomas J. Putnam, Director of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum will present the lecture Treasures from Hemingway's Trunk: Highlights from the Ernest Hemingway Collection at the John F. Kennedy Library. Ernest Hemingway Museum, 200 N. Oak Park Avenue, Oak Park. Admission is $20; $10 for Foundation members, seniors and students. Phone: (708) 848-2222 or email ehfop [at] sbcglobal.net for reservations.

Write Club @ Hideout

The Hideout plays host tonight to the mighty return of WRITE CLUB, where two opposing writers are given 7 minutes to write on a specific topic, and then the audience picks the winner. Three bouts are scheduled: Mind vs. Body, Heaven vs. Hell, and Fight vs. Flight. The artists scheduled to fight: Write Club host Ian Belknap; Emily Rose; Edward Thomas-Herrera; Ali Weiss; Steve Heisler; and David Kodeski. The show runs from 6pm to 7:30. Hideout: 1354 W. Wabansia. (773) 227-4433.

Tesco Vee @ Quimby's & The Abbey Pub

Tesco Vee, front man of The Meatmen and Tesco Vee's Hate Police will be at Quimby's (1854 W. North Avenue) today at 7pm to promote Touch and Go - The Complete Hardcore Punk Fanzine 1979-83, a compilation that includes all 22 issues of the zine. Tesco Vee will be performing later at The Abbey Pub (3420 W. Grace) with the Hate Police, White Flag and Fester. Doors open at 8pm, show starts at 9pm, the first 50 in the door will receive a free copy of the DVD Meatmen - Devils in Detail. Tickets are $12 in advance, $14 at the door. For more info call 773-478-4408 or visit The Abbey Pub.

Sappho's Salon @ Women & Children First

Women and Children First, 5233 N. Clark, hosts Sappho's Salon: A Provocative Night of Lesbian Diversions tonight at 7:30pm, featuring ragtime artist Sabrina Chap and writer Megan Milks with music by DJ SpinNikki. Admission is $7-10 (sliding scale) and includes food & wine. Proceeds will benefit the artists and the Women's Voices Fund. For more details on the event, click here.

StoryStudio Chicago Writer's Retreat in Lake Forest

The annual StoryStudio Chicago Writers Retreat is a full weekend of writing, classes, socializing, and communing with nature at the famous Ragdale Foundation in Lake Forest. From today through the 18th, class sessions will focus on honing your craft and getting deeper into your characters and stories. The theme this year is "Writing the Land", and will take advantage of Ragdale's five acres of natural beauty.

Price: Overnight: $595.00 (StoryStudio Members: $575.00)
Day-tripper: $295.00 (StoryStudio Members: $285.00)

Email info@storystudiochicago.com or call (773) 477-7710 for more information.

David Masciotra @ Revolution Books

I can still remember blasting Born To Run in my sister's bedroom, the room filling with blue collar poetry and soaring, bittersweet optimism. David Masciotra must have similar memories. Tonight he'll be at Revolution Books reading from Working on a Dream: The Progressive Political Vision of Bruce Springsteen. "What really draws me to his music and makes me come back to it from a political perspective is, [in] his (lyrical) world, he places everyday people at the front and center," Masciotra said. "He views the world through their lens, and that's a very powerful and important message in a democracy." Revolution Books, 1103 N. Ashland Ave., 7pm.

Quickies! @ Innertown Pub

Hie thee to the Innertown Pub tonight for a quickie. Several, actually. Mary Hamilton and Lindsay Hunter host the monthly Quickies! flash fiction reading series. Each reader has four minutes to read a complete work of prose. "No poetry. No excerpts. No cheating." This month's series features readings by James Tadd Adcox, Alex Bonner, Chris Bower, Jason Bredle (Standing In Line for the Beast), Barry Graham (The National Virginity Pledge: Short Stories and Other Lies), Allison Gruber, Elizabeth Ellen (Before You She Was A Pitbull), Devin King (Clops), Davis Schneiderman (Drain), Rebekah Silverman and Jill Summers. The Innertown Pub, 1935 W. Thomas; free, 21 and over, 7:30pm

Gapers Block Book Club Meeting

Join the Gapers Block Book Club tonight for a discussion of Dave Eggers' The Wild Things. 7:30pm at The Book Cellar, 4736-38 N. Lincoln Ave. Discussion questions here. Free, new members welcome.

Author Talk: Michelle Alexander @ The Black Star Project

Michelle Alexander, former director of the Racial Justice Project of the ACLU in Northern California, has just finished a book entitled The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. She will be giving a lecture on this topic at 3:30pm at Hartzell United Methodist Church, 3330 S. King Dr., where books will be available for purchase and autographs. Free to the public, but RSVP to (773) 285-9600 and consider sponsoring the event -- The Black Star Project is offering special prizes for patrons.

Paul is Undead Reading @ Quimby's Bookstore

In Alan Goldsher's Paul is Undead: The British Zombie Apocalypse, Mick Jagger is a zombie-hunter tracking down the Beatles, now a crew of zombies led by a ninja version of Ringo Starr. Free at 7pm. Quimby's Bookstore, 1854 W North Ave.

The Poetry Brothel @ House of Blues Foundation Room

The Poetry Brothel, a poets/artists/designers organization, is setting up shop in the House of Blues Foundation Room (329 N. Dearborn) tonight from 8pm to midnight. This event series incorporates a bit of performance art as the showcased poets...well...seduce you. Tickets are $15 at the door, $10 if you bring along the flier. Stop by and enjoy poetry + absinthe + music + anything else you may expect at a brothel.

The Interview Show @ Hideout

Mark Bazer once again brings The Interview Show to the Hideout tonight. Special guests include: Chef Graham Elliot Bowles, singer-songwriter Matthew Santos, author Robert K. Elder and see short films by Steve Delahoyde! $5 6:30pm. The Hideout is located at 1354 W. Wabansia.

Story Club @ Uncommon Ground

Story Club, a monthly open mic storytelling series, combines the spontaneity of an open mic with featured readings at Uncommon Ground (3800 N. Clark). Tonight's featured readers are Harz Sondericker & JT Berg. Open mic sign-up at 8pm, go time at 8:30. This event is free. For more information visit Uncommon Ground or Story Club.

Mary Karr @ The Book Stall

Tonight The Book Stall welcomes poet and memoirist extraordinaire Mary Karr. She'll be reading from Lit, her memoir of recovery from alcoholism and conversion to Catholicism. The Washington Post says "her acute self-awareness conquers any hint that hers is the only version of this story." Susan Cheever of the New York Times says "in a gravelly, ground-glass-under-your-heel voice that can take you from laughter to awe in a few sen­tences, Karr has written the best book about being a woman in America I have read in years." Lit was just released in paperback this month. The Book Stall at Chestnut Court, 811 E. Elm, Winnetka, (847) 847-446-8880, 7pm.

I Love My Job; I Hate My Job @ Black Rock Bar

The Reconstruction Room reading event is an art, lit, and performance "theme party" that takes place monthly at Black Rock Bar (3614 N. Damen). Starting at 8pm, tonight's theme is all about jobs, and will feature poems, stories, performances (and much more) focusing on what we do to pay our bills. Fortunately, this event is free, so save your hard-earned money for the drinks!

Sam Weller @ The Book Cellar

Tonight The Book Cellar welcomes Sam Weller, reading from his recently released Listen to the Echoes: The Ray Bradbury Interviews.
Weller's The Bradbury Chronicles was the winner of the Society of Midland Authors award for best biography in 2005. Weller is a local journalist, Columbia College professor and highly sought after lecturer on the life and works of celebrated science fiction author Ray Bradbury. Julia Keller of The Chicago Tribune calls Listen "a book that's feisty and that charges full-speed ahead, a book that practically levitates out of your hands as you turn the pages - there is that much energy in it, that much love for life and for books and for the people who make and read them." Ray Bradbury himself says "Sam Weller knows more about my life than I do." The Book Cellar, 4736 North Lincoln Avenue, (773) 293-2665, 7pm.

2nd Story @ Morseland

2nd Story continues their monthly live storytelling series at Morseland (1218 W. Morse Ave.) tonight featuring Kim Morris, Deb Lewis, and Doug Whippo. Live music by Los Peregrinos. Doors open at 7, music begins at 7:30pm, storytelling starts at 7:45. Tickets are $10, available online or at the door. For more information visit 2nd Story or Morseland.

Moth Story Slam @ Martyr's

Tonight is the next edition of the Moth Story Slam, held the last Tuesday of every month. Tonight's theme is "Scars." Martyr's, 3855 North Lincoln Avenue. Stories start at 8pm (get there early to ensure seating). Cost: $7 at the door.

Alan Goldsher and Jeffrey Brown @ Quimby's

Tonight Quimby's features Alan Goldsher & Jeffrey Brown, the writer and artist who collaborated on Paul Is UnDead - The British Zombie Invasion. Publishers Weekly says "are readers ready for a world in which the Beatles just wanna eat your brains? Roughly paralleling the real-world career of the Beatles, this alternate history reimagines successes, failures, and rivalries with over-the-top bizarro charm." Quimby's Bookstore, 1854 W North Ave., (773) 342-0910, 7pm.

Orange Alert Reading Series @ The Whistler

Tonight is the Orange Alert Reading Series. Orange Alert is a blog and book publisher whose mission is "to support the independent arts and to introduce, inform, interact, and instigate ideas." Sunday's reading features John Cotter,
Martin Seay, Kathleen Rooney and Stephen Markley. The Whistler, 2421 N. Milwaukee Ave., (773) 227-3530, 6pm.

The Neo-Futurists Present The Paper Machete: Special Pride Edition 2010

The Neo-Futurists team up with the local weekly performance series The Paper Machete for a special Pride edition this evening at 7:30pm at the Neo-Futurarium (5153 N. Ashland at Foster). Hosted by Neo-Futurist alumnus Dave Awl, the evening will feature readings and live performances from plenty of artists, some of whom are former & current Neo-Futurists. Admission is a suggested $10; proceeds go to Test Positive Aware Network (TPAN). For more information on the event, please see the event's Facebook page.

Anthony Bourdain @ Harold Washington Library

Anthony Bourdain, host of No Reservations and foodie extraordinaire, will discuss and sign copies of his latest book, Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook, the long awaited follow-up to Kitchen Confidential. Medium Raw tracks Bourdain's professional journey from his early days