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Chicago's annual literary festival continues through October 30, with readings and book signings by local and national writers, poets, and scholars as well as discussions, lectures, workshops, tours, and children's activities at bookstores, public libraries, and other venues. Some events feature the city's "One Book, One Chicago" selection, Tim O'Brien's National Book Award-winning novel The Things They Carried. Admission is free unless otherwise noted. For more information call 312-747-4300, see www.chicagopubliclibrary.org, or contact the hosting venues.

Following is the schedule through October 23; a complete schedule is available online at www.chicagoreader.com.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17

Mother and Daughter Jr. Book Club

Discussion of Eva Ibbotson's Which Witch? 6 PM: Barnes & Noble, 1441 W. Webster. 773-871-3825. Intended for girls ages seven to ten and their moms.

"The Songs They Carried"

Community song circle in tribute to Tim O'Brien's novel The Things They Carried. 6 to 8 PM: Old Town School of Folk Music, 909 W. Armitage. 312-747-1194.

Sara Paretsky

The mystery novelist reads from Blacklist. 7:30 PM: Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark. 773-769-9299.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18

"A Lesson Before Dying"

Dramatic presentation of Romulus Linney's play. 11 AM: Steppenwolf Theatre Company, 1650 N. Halsted. $10. 312-654-5639. See Theater listings for more info.

"Working With a Literary Agent"

Talk by agents Gerry and Janet Souter. Noon: Chicago Public Library, Lincoln Belmont branch, 1659 W. Melrose. 312-744-0166.

Ursula Bielski

The author of Chicago Haunts discusses local haunted history. 1 to 3:30 PM: Chicago Public Library, Rogers Park branch, 6907 N. Clark. 312-744-0156.

"The Deer Hunter"

Film screening. 1 PM: Harold Washington Library Center, auditorium, 400 S. State. 312-747-1194. See Movies for capsule review.

Bonnie Michaels and Michael Seef

The "work-life" consultants offer A Journey of Work-Life Renewal: The Power to Recharge and Rekindle Passion in Your Life. 2 PM: Savvy Traveller, 310 S. Michigan. $20 includes book. 312-913-9800. Reservations required.

Tracy L. Moss

The inspirational author signs Bring Them to Me. 2 PM: Woodson Regional Library, 9525 S. Halsted. 312-747-6921.

"Romance--Alive and Well in America!"

Discussion with local published romance novelists. 2 to 5 PM: Chicago Public Library, Roden branch, 6083 N. Northwest Hwy. 312-744-1478.

Fiction Writing Workshop

Presentation by Brandi Reissenweber of the Gotham Writers' Workshop. 3 PM: Barnes & Noble, 1441 W. Webster. 773-871-3825.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19

Midwest Bookhunters Fall Book Fair

Over 40 booksellers with collectible offerings. 10 AM to 5 PM: DePaul Student Center, 2250 N. Sheffield. $6, $4 for students. 708-418-5620.

"The Magic Carpet: Stories, Song, and Ancient Art"

Presentation by storyteller Judith Heineman and musician Daniel Marcotte. Noon to 4 PM: Oriental Institute Museum, 1155 E. 58th. 773-702-9507. For ages six and up.

Johnnie Mae Moore

The author presents When Prayer Is Not Enough. 2:30 PM: Woodson Regional Library, 9525 S. Halsted. 312-747-6921.

"Lewis and Clark Adventure"

Presentation by Janis Herbert, author of Lewis and Clark for Kids. 3 PM: Borders Books & Music, 1539 E. 53rd. 773-752-8663. For ages seven and up.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 20

Sandra Cisneros

The novelist reads from Caramelo. 6 PM: Harold Washington Library Center, auditorium, 400 S. State. 312-747-4080.

"'The Things They Carried': A Great 'Nonfiction Novel' About Vietnam"

Discussion with Vietnam vet writers and area scholars. 6 PM: DePaul Student Center, 2250 N. Sheffield, room 120. 312-747-1194.

Mitch Albom

The author of Tuesdays With Morrie signs a novel, The Five People You Meet in Heaven. 7 PM: Borders Books & Music, 830 N. Michigan. 312-573-0564.

"Eve's Diary"

Michelle LaRue presents a performance based on the works of Mark Twain. 7:30 PM: Chicago Public Library, Blackstone branch, 4904 S. Lake Park. 312-747-0511.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 21

Sharon Darrow

The writer discusses Through the Tempests Dark and Wild: A Story of Mary Shelly, Creator of Frankenstein and a novel for young adults, The Painters of Lexieville. 10 AM: Harold Washington Library Center, video theater, 400 S. State. 312-747-4780. For grades eight to ten.

Marco d'Eramo

The Italian journalist talks about The Pig and the Skyscraper: Chicago--A History of Our Future. 1 PM: Art Institute, Fullerton Hall, Michigan and Adams. 312-443-3680.

Haki Madhubuti, Michael Anania

Readings as part of the Poetry Center of Chicago's 30th-anniversary celebration. 6:30 PM: School of the Art Institute, ballroom, 112 S. Michigan. $10. 312-899-1229.

Diane Wood Middlebrook

The biographer discusses Her Husband: Hughes and Plath, Portrait of a Marriage. 7:30 PM: Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark. 773-769-9299.

"How to Create an Effective Writing Group"

Discussion with screenwriters and playwrights. 7 PM: Chicago Public Library, Lincoln Park branch, 1150 W. Fullerton. 312-744-1926.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22

James Bradley

The author of Flags of Our Fathers talks about Flyboys: A True Story of Courage. 12:30 PM: Borders Books & Music, 150 N. State. 312-606-0750.

"Campaign 2004: Ready or Not"

Discussion with Tribune political reporters. 6 PM: Harold Washington Library Center, auditorium, 400 S. State. 312-747-4080 or 312-527-8946.

"Secrets of a Successful Book Group"

Workshop with discussion leader Gary Schoepfel. 6 to 8:30 PM: Great Books Foundation, 35 E. Wacker, suite 2300. $20. 312-332-5870, ext. 282 or 259. Registration requested.

Mary Kinzie, Christian Wiman

Readings as part of the Poetry Center of Chicago's 30th-anniversary celebration. 6:30 PM: School of the Art Institute, ballroom, 112 S. Michigan. $10. 312-899-1229.

Maxim's "Mouthpiece"

Performance by the Poetry Band, featuring Richard Fammeree, Li-Young Lee, Elise Paschen, and Linnaeus. 6:30 PM: Maxim's, 24 E. Goethe. $10. 312-742-1748.

Mark Salzman

See Critic's Choice. 7:30 PM: Barbara's Bookstore, 1350 N. Wells. 312-642-5044.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23

"Jot It Down: Rogers Park to Bronzeville"

Members of the Neighborhood Writing Alliance read from the Journal of Ordinary Thought. 5:30 PM: Chicago Public Library, Rogers Park branch, 6907 N. Clark. 773-684-2742.

Tom Bissell

The journalist discusses Chasing the Sea: Lost Among the Ghosts of Empire in Central Asia. 6 PM: Savvy Traveller, 310 S. Michigan. 312-913-9800.

Frederic Brenner

The photographer presents Diaspora: Homelands in Exile. 6 PM: Harold Washington Library Center, auditorium, 400 S. State. 312-747-4080.

"The Writing Group and the Writing Process"

Discussion led by Lisa Rosenthal, author of The Writing Group Book. 6:30 PM: Chicago Public Library, Logan Square branch, 3255 W. Altgeld. 312-744-5295.

Jonathan Raban

The novelist reads from Waxwings. 7 PM: 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th. 773-684-1300.

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