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Chicago Book Week--City of Big Readers

The first city-sponsored literary festival, October 9 through 15, features talks, tours, signings, readings, discussions, and family and children's activities by local and national writers, poets, scholars, and more at locations throughout the city and in the suburbs. Admission is free unless otherwise noted. Events taking place next Friday, Saturday, and Sunday will be listed in the October 13 issue.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 9

Reading in the Field

Teachers and storytellers read from favorite children's books in the museum's galleries. 9 AM to 5 PM: Field Museum of Natural History, 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr. $8, $4 for seniors, students, and children. 312-407-0006, ext. 122.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude

Book discussion. 11 AM: Chicago Public Library, Near North branch, 310 W. Division. 312-744-0991.

The Chocolate Library

Sharon Burdick discusses her collection of books on the history of the confection as part of the Drake's "Brownies & Tea" event. 12:30 PM: Drake Hotel, Drake Room, 140 E. Walton. $15, $8 for children. 312-440-8439. Reservations suggested.

Bob Greene

The Chicago Tribune columnist signs his book Duty: A Father, His Son, and the Man Who Won the War. 12:30 PM: Marshall Field's, book department, 111 N. State. 312-781-4282.

Andrea Barnwell

The Art Institute educator lectures on race in art in conjunction with the recent publication of African Americans in Art: Selections From the Art Institute of Chicago. 2 PM: Art Institute of Chicago, Morton Auditorium, Michigan and Adams. 312-443-3673.

"Finding a Publisher"

Panel discussion with Other Voices magazine managing editor Gina Frangello, Northwestern University Press editor in chief Susan Harris, poetry publisher Devin Johnston, writer and Third World Press publisher Haki Madhubuti, and writer Cris Mazza. 4 PM: Harold Washington Library Center, Chicago Authors Room, 400 S. State. 312-747-4080.

Teen Rappers

Teenagers present raps and essays based on books from the Summer Read 'n Rap program. 4 PM: Chicago Public Library, Brainerd branch, 1350 W. 89th. 312-747-6291.

Great Books Discussion

Tom O'Shea of the Great Books Foundation leads a talk on Sherwood Anderson's The Other Woman and Robert Frost's The Road Not Taken. 5 PM: Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State. 312-747-4700.

"Chicago Between the Pages: Exploring Literature About Chicago"

Discussion of books by local authors or about the city. 6 PM: Chicago Public Library, Kelly branch, 6151 S. Normal Blvd. 312-747-8418.

Pat Conroy's Beach Music

Book discussion. 6:15 PM: Chicago Public Library, Mayfair branch, 4400 W. Lawrence. 312-744-1254.

Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility

Book discussion. 6:30 PM: Chicago Public Library, Albany Park branch, 5150 N. Kimball. 312-744-1933.

"Chicago's Southeast Side: The Pictures That Didn't Make the Book"

Slide presentation of photographs from the archives of historian and author Rod Sellers. 6:30 PM: Chicago Public Library, Vodak/East Side branch, 10542 S. Ewing. 312-747-5500.

Alice McDermott's Charming Billy

Book discussion. 7 PM: Chicago Public Library, Independence branch, 3548 W. Irving Park. 312-744-0900.

Sebastien Japrisot's A Very Long Engagement

Book discussion. 7 PM: Chicago Public Library, Oriole Park branch, 5201 N. Oketo. 312-744-1965.

"Sweet Home or City on the Make: Chicago's 20th-Century Literary Tradition"

Lecture by Bill Savage of Northwestern University. 7 PM: Conrad Sulzer Regional Library, 4455 N. Lincoln. 312-744-7616.

Open Mike

With a "special guest reader." Presented by River Oak Arts. 7:30 PM: Healy's Westside, 7217 W. Madison, Forest Park. $2. 708-524-8725.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10

Caldecott Marathon

A marathon reading and discussion of children's books that have won the Caldecott Award. 9:30 to 11 AM, 3:30 to 4:30 PM: Chicago Public Library, Brainerd branch, 1350 W. 89th. 312-747-6291. For kids in preschool through fourth grade.

"Let's Make Books!"

Artist Laura Evonne Steinman leads a workshop on different styles of bookmaking. 9:30 to 11:30 AM: Department on Aging, Northwest Regional Center, 3160 N. Milwaukee. 312-744-6681.

"Let's Read"

Storytelling for preschoolers. 10 AM: Chicago Public Library, McKinley Park branch, 1915 W. 35th. 312-747-6082.

"A Child's Voice"

Bill and Chris Buczinsky present poetry for kids. 10:15 AM: Harold Washington Library Center, lower-level multipurpose rooms, 400 S. State. 312-727-4628. For children ages 9 to 13. Preregistration required.

"Books on the Fly"

Readings from children's books featured in the Chicago Children's Museum exhibit "Kids on the Fly." Presented by the Great Books Foundation. 11 AM to 1 PM: O'Hare International Airport, terminal two. 773-868-3555.

Susan Vreeland

The novelist signs and discusses Girl in Hyacinth Blue. noon: Borders Books & Music, 830 N. Michigan. 312-573-0564.

E-book Demo

A presentation on "checking out" electronic books on the Internet and using the Chicago Public Library's Rocket E-books. noon: Harold Washington Library Center, CPL Express, first floor, 400 S. State. 312-745-0966.

Dempsey J. Travis

The civic leader and writer signs his book J. Edgar Hoover's FBI Wired the Nation. 12:30 PM: Marshall Field's, book department, 111 N. State. 312-781-4282.

Pat Conroy's Beach Music

Book discussion. 5:30 PM: Harold Washington Library Center, seventh floor, 400 S. State. 312-747-7400.

Olivia Gude and Jeff Huebner

Gude and Reader contributor Huebner discuss their book Urban Art Chicago: A Guide to Community Murals, Mosaics, and Sculptures with members of the Chicago Public Art Group at a reception. 6 PM: Chicago Cultural Center, GAR Rotunda, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-6630.

"Listening to a Good Book"

An introduction to books on tape. 6 PM: Chicago Public Library, Bee branch, 3647 S. State. 312-747-6872.

Aleksandar Hemon

Journalist Mara Tapp interviews the local author, a Bosnian exile, who reads from and signs his debut, The Question of Bruno. 6 PM: Harold Washington Library Center, auditorium, 400 S. State. 312-747-4080.

Ernest Gaines's A Lesson Before Dying

Book discussion. 6 PM: Chicago Public Library, South Chicago branch, 9055 S. Houston. 312-747-8065.

E. Donald Two-Rivers

The local poet, playwright, and performance artist reads from his work. 6:30 PM: Chicago Public Library, Bezazian branch, 1226 W. Ainslie. 312-744-0019.

L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Family book discussion. Presented by the We Love Books Club. 6:30 PM: Chicago Public Library, Independence branch, 3548 W. Irving Park. 312-744-0900.

Young Chicago Authors

A poetry slam for high schoolers, followed by improv games led by Anna West. 6:30 PM: Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division. 773-278-1500.

Alice McDermott's Charming Billy

Book discussion. 7 PM: Chicago Public Library, Beverly branch, 2121 W. 95th. 312-747-9673.

David Cowan

The local author discusses To Sleep With Angels, his book documenting the 1958 fire at Our Lady of Angels School. 7 PM: Chicago Public Library, Garfield Ridge branch, 6348 S. Archer. 312-747-6094.

Michael Patrick MacDonald

The author discusses his memoir of growing up in Boston, All Souls: A Family Story From Southie. 7 PM: 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th. 773-684-1300.

Sebastien Japrisot's A Very Long Engagement

Book discussion. 7 PM: Chicago Public Library, Roosevelt branch, 1101 W. Taylor. 312-746-5656.

"Today's Chicago Novel"

Writer and Columbia College teacher Don De Grazia (American Skin) moderates a reading from the fourth issue of the literary anthology F Magazine. 7 PM: Columbia College Residents Center, community lounge, 731 S. Plymouth Ct. 312-663-1600.

Gerber/Hart Library Reception and Tour

Introduction to the library, which boasts books on gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender culture as well as historical memorabilia. 7 PM: Gerber/Hart Library, 1127 W. Granville. 773-381-8030.

Candace Bushnell

The author of Sex and the City reads from her new collection of novellas, Four Blondes. 7:30 PM: Barbara's Bookstore, 1350 N. Wells. 312-642-5044.

Alternative Spirituality Book Group

Book discussion. 7:30 PM: Borders Books & Music, 1144 Lake, Oak Park. 708-386-6927.

"Learning at Loyola"

Adult students from the Loyola Literacy Center will read from their work and discuss their experiences learning English. 7:30 PM: Loyola University, 6576 N. Sheridan. 773-508-2330.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11

Family Story Time

Stories, picture books, and a short movie. 10:30 AM: Chicago Public Library, Logan Square branch, 3255 W. Altgeld. 312-744-5295. For children ages three to five.

"Books on the Fly"

Readings from children's books featured in the Chicago Children's Museum exhibit "Kids on the Fly." Presented by the Great Books Foundation. 11 AM to 1 PM: O'Hare International Airport, terminal two. 773-868-3555.

Jon Pounds and Jeff Huebner

Pounds, director of the Chicago Public Art Group, and Reader contributor Huebner sign copies of Urban Art Chicago: A Guide to Community Murals, Mosaics, and Sculptures, by Huebner and Olivia Gude. 12:30 PM: Marshall Field's, book department, 111 N. State. 312-781-4282.

"Defining Treasures: A New Look at the Collections of the Art Institute of Chicago"

Talk by art historian Debra Mancoff in conjunction with the publication of the book Treasures From the Art Institute of Chicago. 2 PM: Art Institute of Chicago, Morton Auditorium, Michigan and Adams. 312-443-3673.

Arthur Story Hour

Readings from Marc Brown's Arthur books for children, plus Arthur mask and puppet making. 3:30 PM: Chicago Public Library, Pullman branch, 11001 S. Indiana. 312-747-2033. Preregistration required. For kids in the first through fourth grades.

Beatriz Badikian

The poet performs her work. 5:30 PM: Harold Washington Library Center, Chicago Authors Room, 400 S. State. 312-747-4705.

"Women of Mystery"

Filmmakers Pamela Beere Briggs and Bill McDonald and local mystery writer Sara Paretsky discuss the documentary Women of Mystery: Three Writers Who Forever Changed Detective Fiction at its premiere. 5:30 PM: Northwestern University, Rubloff Building, Thorne Auditorium, 750 N. Lake Shore Dr. 312-422-5580. Reservations requested.

Wayne Miller

The author presents a slide lecture and signs his book of photographs, Chicago's South Side: 1946-1948. 6 PM: School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 280 S. Columbus. 312-443-3583.

"An East Side Biography"

Beatrice Lumpkin, author of Always Bring a Crowd! The Story of Frank Lumpkin, Steelworker, discusses the life of her husband, a leader of the labor movement in Chicago. 6:30 PM: Chicago Public Library, Vodak/East Side branch, 10542 S. Ewing. 312-747-5500.

"We Are the Stories We Tell"

Carol LaChapelle leads a workshop on keeping a journal as a writing aid. 6:30 PM: Chicago Public Library, Lincoln Park branch, 1150 W. Fullerton. 312-747-1926.

Liz Smith

The gossip columnist discusses and signs her autobiography, Natural Blonde. 7 PM: Borders Books & Music, 830 N. Michigan. 312-573-0564.

Michael Patrick MacDonald

The author discusses his memoir of growing up in Boston, All Souls: A Family Story From Southie. 7 PM: Borders Books & Music, 2210 W. 95th. 773-445-5471.

"Metropolitan Chicago, the Literary Heart of America: Non-fiction"

Discussion with local nonfiction writers David Cowan, Ulrich Danckers, Richard Lindberg, Jim Ritter, Jane Meredith, John Toops, and Laura Toops. 7 PM: Centuries and Sleuths Bookstore, 7419 W. Madison, Forest Park. 708-771-7243.

Jan Karon's At Home in Mitford

Book discussion. 7 PM: Conrad Sulzer Regional Library, 4455 N. Lincoln. 312-744-7616.

Sebastien Japrisot's A Very Long Engagement

Book discussion. 7 PM: Chicago Public Library, West Lawn branch, 4020 W. 63rd. 312-747-7381.

"Library Skills for Adult Learners"

Presentation on and introduction to using on-line catalogs and the Internet to find books and other materials at the library. 7 PM: Loyola University, Cudahy Library, 6525 N. Sheridan. 773-508-2627.

"Writer to Writer: Four Poets"

The journal Writer to Writer hosts a reading by local poets Carol Gloor, Susanna Lang, Sharon Durnberg-Lee, and Norman Hane. 7 PM: Chicago Public Library, Independence branch, 3548 W. Irving Park. 773-279-8652.

Lyric Opera Lecture: The Great Gatsby

Lyric Opera lecturers Howard and Mary Robins speak on John Harbison's opera adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel, scheduled to run at the Civic Opera House through November 3. 7 PM: Gerber/Hart Library, 1127 W. Granville. $5. 773-381-8030.

"Chicago's Intellectuals: Cultural Criticism"

Baffler editors Thomas Frank and Dave Mulcahey discuss the 14th issue and celebrate its release. Frank also discusses his book One Market Under God. 7 PM: Powell's Bookstore, 2850 N. Lincoln. 773-248-1444.

Beth Loffreda

The author discusses her book Losing Matt Shepard. 7:30 PM: Barbara's Bookstore, 1350 N. Wells. 312-642-5044.

John-Roger and John Morton

John-Roger, author of Spiritual Warrior and Loving Each Day, and Morton, author of The Blessings Already Are, present a seminar. 7:30 PM: Borders Books & Music, 2817 N. Clark. 773-935-3909.

Open Mike for All Ages

Poems, essays, and songs. 8 PM: Borders Books & Music, 1144 Lake, Oak Park. 708-386-6927.

Stephen Carter

The Yale law professor discusses and signs his book God's Name in Vain: The Wrongs and Rights of Religion in Politics. 7 PM: 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th. 773-684-1300.

THURSDAY,OCTOBER 12

Afrocentric Bookstore Ten-Year Anniversary

A daylong celebration of Chicago's first black bookstore includes a book signing with photographer Wayne Miller, author of Chicago's South Side: 1946-1948, at 12:30 PM and one with Dawn Turner Trice, local author of the novel An Eighth of August, at 5:30 PM. Afrocentric Bookstore, 333 S. State. 312-939-1956.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Chicago Playworks presents a stage adaptation of the classic book by Roald Dahl. 10 AM: Theatre School, DePaul University, Merle Reskin Theatre, 60 E. Balbo. $7. 312-922-1999. For children over age six.

"Little Red Riding in the Hood"

Magical Fairytales on the Go presents a modern twist on the tale. 10:15 AM: Harold Washington Library Center, lower-level multipurpose rooms, 400 S. State. 312-747-4628. Preregistration required. For children ages five to eight.

E-book Demo

A presentation on "checking out" electronic books on the Internet and using the Chicago Public Library's Rocket E-books. noon: Harold Washington Library Center, CPL Express, first floor, 400 S. State. 312-745-0966.

"To the Ends of the Earth: Exploring the Poles"

Guided tour of the Newberry Library exhibit of maps, drawings, photos, and rare books on this subject with first-person accounts. noon: Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton. 312-943-9090.

"Let's Make Books!"

Artist Laura Evonne Steinman leads a workshop on different styles of bookmaking. 12:30 to 2:30 PM: Department on Aging, Northwest Regional Center, 3160 N. Milwaukee. 312-744-6681.

Richard Roeper

The Chicago Sun-Times columnist and cohost of Ebert & Roeper & the Movies signs his book Urban Legends: The Truth Behind All Those Deliciously Entertaining Myths That Are Absolutely, Positively, 100% Not True. 12:30 PM: Marshall Field's, book department, 111 N. State. 312-781-4282.

"Behind the Scenes at the Newberry Library"

An "all-access" tour of the library's collections of rare books, maps, music, and more. 3 PM: Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton. 312-255-3595.

"Flights of Fantasy: Hispanic Tales of Magical Realism"

Storytelling for families to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. 4 PM: Chicago Public Library, Independence branch, 3548 W. Irving Park. 312-744-0900.

Bei Dao and Clayton Eshleman

Poetry readings by Chinese dissident Bei Dao and poet and translator Clayton Eshleman. 5:30 PM: Columbia College, Herman Conaway Performance Center, 1104 S. Wabash. 312-344-8100.

Ingrid de Kok

The South African lyric poet reads from her work. 5:30 PM: University of Chicago, Department of Classics, room ten, 1010 E. 59th. 773-702-9027.

"Introduction to Maya Glyphs"

Lecture on the Mayan writing system and their books, or "codices." 6 PM: Chicago Public Library, Back of the Yards branch, 4650 S. Damen. 312-747-8367. Preregistration required.

Lost Chicago

David Lowe presents a slide lecture based on his book and signs the revised edition. 6 PM: Prairie Avenue Bookshop, 418 S. Wabash. 312-922-8311.

"Haunted Chicago"

Talk by "paranormal expert" Ursula Bielski, author of Chicago Haunts: Ghostly Lore of the Windy City and Graveyards of Chicago. 6:30 PM: Eli's Cheesecake World Cafe and Visitors Center, 6701 W. Forest Preserve Dr. 312-744-6222. Preregistration required.

Kazuo Ishiguro

The author of The Remains of the Day reads from and signs his novel When We Were Orphans. 6:30 PM: Newberry Library, A.C. McClurg Bookstore, 60 W. Walton. 312-255-3520.

Carlos Cumpian

The poet reads from his work and writings by young poets, followed by a discussion. 6:30 PM: Chicago Public Library, Marshall Square branch, 2724 W. Cermak. 312-747-0061.

Urban Art Chicago: A Guide to Community Murals, Mosaics, and Sculptures

Authors Olivia Gude and Reader contributor Jeff Huebner present a slide lecture based on their book. 7 PM: Conrad Sulzer Regional Library, 4455 N. Lincoln. 312-744-7616.

Mary Karr

The author of The Liar's Club discusses and signs her latest memoir, Cherry. 7 PM: Borders Books & Music, 830 N. Michigan. 312-573-0564.

"Chicago's Southeast Side: The Pictures That Didn't Make the Book"

Slide presentation of photographs from the archives of historian and author Rod Sellers. 7 PM: Chicago Public Library, Hegewisch branch, 3048 E. 130th. 312-747-0046. Preregistration required.

Anita Shreve's The Pilot's Wife

Book discussion. 7 PM: Chicago Public Library, Lincoln Park branch, 1150 W. Fullerton. 312-747-1926.

"The Literature of AIDS at the Start of the 21st Century"

Gay Chicago magazine columnist Michael Lloyd moderates a roundtable with writers Paul Monette, David Feinberg, and Manual Dreuihle. 7 PM: Gerber/Hart Library, 1127 W. Granville. 773-381-8030.

"Chicago's Intellectuals: Architecture"

Jay Pridmore signs his book A View From the River: The Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise, which features photographs from the Hedrich-Blessing company. Hedrich-Blessing president Michael Houlahan will also be present. 7 PM: Powell's Bookstore, 2850 N. Lincoln. 773-248-1444.

Andrew Vachss

The writer discusses his new book, Dead and Gone. The Son Seals Blues Band also performs. 7:30 PM: Barbara's Bookstore, 1350 N. Wells. 312-642-5044.

David T. Whitaker

Discussion and book signing with the editor of the oral history Cabrini-Green: In Words and Pictures. 7:30 PM: Barbara's Bookstore, 1100 Lake, Oak Park. 708-848-9140. A portion of the proceeds from the sales of the book will go to a Cabrini-Green tutoring program.

Henry James's "The Turn of the Screw"

Book discussion. 7:30 PM: Borders Books & Music, 2817 N. Clark. 773-935-3909.

"The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"

A dramatic reading of Washington Irving's short story by Mayfair Park's Children's Theater. 7:30 PM: Mayfair Park, 4550 W. Sunnyside. 312-742-7610.

"Inside Chicago: The Story of a Chicago Author"

Local writer, illustrator, and journalist Robert Workman discusses his career. 7:30 PM: Chicago Public Library, Mount Greenwood branch, 11010 S. Kedzie. 312-747-2805.

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