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Fall Arts Guide 2008, Listings, Readings & Lit

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September

thursday 9/11

Lori Andrews signs her latest Alexandra Blake thriller, Immunity. a 12:30 PM, Borders, 150 N. State, 312-606-0750.

Michael Harvey reads from his new Chicago-set crime novel, The Fifth Floor. See Lit Critic's Choice. a 5:30 PM, Barnes & Noble, DePaul Center, 1 E. Jackson, 312-362-8792.

Poetry Off the Shelf Peter Gizzi reads for the series. a 6 PM, Columbia College Ferguson Theater, 600 S. Michigan, 312-787-7070 or poetryfoundation.org.

Noah Andre Trudeau discusses Southern Storm: Sherman's March to the Sea. a 6 PM, Pritzker Military Library, 610 N. Fairbanks, 312-587-0234.

Bob Schwartz presents Never Put Ketchup on a Hot Dog. a 7 PM, Borders, 1144 Lake, Oak Park, 708-386-6927.

friday 9/12

Junot Diaz discusses his novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao for the series Writers on the Record With Victoria Lautman. a 6 PM, Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State, 312-747-4050.

saturday 9/13

Peter Cozzens signs Shenandoah 1862: Stonewall Jackson's Valley Campaign. a Noon, Abraham Lincoln Book Shop, 357 W. Chicago, 312-944-3085.

Noah Andre Trudeau signs Southern Storm: Sherman's March to the Sea. a Noon, Abraham Lincoln Book Shop, 357 W. Chicago, 312-944-3085.

sunday 9/14

Rita L. Frese and David M. Young sign From Lumber Hookers to the Hooligan Fleet: A Treasury of Chicago Maritime History. Young also signs Chicago Aviation: An Illustrated History. a 2 PM, Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore, 7419 W. Madison, Forest Park, 708-771-7243.

Will Byington presents his photo collection We Are Cubs Fans. a 5:30 PM, Barnes & Noble, DePaul Center, 1 E. Jackson, 312-362-8792.

Read Against Recession With novelists Irvine Welsh (Crime) and Stephanie Kuehnert (I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone). a 6 PM, Metro, 3730 N. Clark, 773-549-0203.

monday 9/15

Thomas Frank discusses The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Rule. a 6 PM, Experimental Station, 6100 S. Blackstone, experimentalstation.org.

tuesday 9/16

Carol LaChapelle presents Finding Your Voice, Telling Your Stories: 167 Ways to Tell Your Life Stories. a 6 PM, Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton, 312-255-3700.

Philip Roth Roth won't be here in person, but he will discuss his new novel, Indignation, via live webcast. a 7 PM, Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State, 312-747-4050.

33-1/3 Series Book Release Party With authors Bob Gendron (Gentlemen) and Jeffrey T. Roesgen (The Pogues' Rum, Sodomy & the Lash). a 6-8:30 PM, Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, 773-227-4433 or hideoutchicago.com.

wednesday 9/17

Harold G. Moore and Joseph L. Galloway present We Are Soldiers Still: A Journey Back to the Battlefields of Vietnam. a 6 PM, Pritzker Military Library, 610 N. Fairbanks, 312-587-0234.

Local Author Night With novelists Michael Harvey (The Fifth Floor; see Lit Critic's Choice), Keir Graff (One Nation, Under God), and Doug M. Cummings (Every Secret Crime). a 7 PM, Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln, 773-293-2665.

Frances de Pontes Peebles reads from her novel The Seamstress. a 7 PM, Book Stall at Chestnut Court, 811 Elm, Winnetka, 847-446-8880.

Oscar Hijuelos signs his new novel for young readers, Dark Dude. a 7:30 PM, Barnes & Noble, 55 Old Orchard Center, Skokie, 847-676-2230.

Palabra Pura Tomas Riley and Xenia Ruiz read for this Guild Complex bilingual poetry series. a 8 PM, California Clipper, 1002 N. California, guildcomplex.org, 21+.

thursday 9/18

Tim Reid and Tom Dreesen sign Tim and Tom: An American Comedy in Black and White. a 12:30 PM, Borders, 150 N. State, 312-606-0750.

Richard G. Clemens talks about Rescuing America: The Bipartisan Path. a 6 PM, McCormick Freedom Museum, 445 N. Michigan, 312-222-7871.

Kevin Davis discusses Defending the Damned: Inside a Dark Corner of the Criminal Justice System as part of Loyola's Library Speaker Series. a 6 PM, Loyola Univ., Rubloff Reception Room, 25 E. Pearson, 773-508-2641.

Brian Greene presents Icarus at the Edge of Time. a 6 PM, Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton, 312-255-3700.

Garrison Keillor reads from his latest Lake Wobegon novel, Liberty. a 7 PM, Borders, 830 N. Michigan, 312-573-0564

Stephanie Kuehnert reads from her debut novel, I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone. a 7 PM, Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake, Oak Park, 708-383-8200.

Marcus Sakey reads from his new crime novel, Good People. a 7 PM, Park Ridge Public Library, 20 S. Prospect, Park Ridge, 847-825-3123.

Tracy Baim promotes Out and Proud in Chicago: An Overview of the City's Gay Community. a 7:30 PM, Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark, 773-769-9299.

Harold G. Moore and Joseph L. Galloway present We Are Soldiers Still: A Journey Back to the Battlefields of Vietnam. a 7:30 PM, Barnes & Noble, 55 Old Orchard Center, Skokie, 847-676-2230.

Tim Reid and Tom Dreesen sign Tim and Tom: An American Comedy in Black and White. a 7:30 PM, Borders, 2210 W. 95th, 773-445-5471.

friday 9/19

Maurice York and Rick Spaulding present Natural History of the Intellect: The Last Lectures of Ralph Waldo Emerson. a 6 PM, 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th, 773-684-1300.

Daphne Beal signs her debut novel, In the Land of No Right Angles. a 7 PM, Book Stall at Chestnut Court, 811 Elm, Winnetka, 847-446-8880.

Danica Novgorodoff presents her graphic novel Slow Storm. a 7 PM, Quimby's 1854 W. North, 773-342-0910.

Susan Hahn reads from her latest poetry collection, The Note She Left. a 7:30 PM, Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark, 773-769-9299.

Garrison Keillor reads from his latest Lake Wobegon novel, Liberty. a 7:30 PM, Barnes & Noble, 55 Old Orchard Center, Skokie, 847-676-2230.

sunday 9/21

Scott Pomfret presents Since My Last Confession: A Gay Catholic Memoir. a 4:30 PM, Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark, 773-769-9299.

Myopic Poetry Series Mark Yakich (The Importance of Peeling Potatoes in Ukraine) is the featured reader. a 7 PM, Myopic Books, 1564 N. Milwaukee, 773-862-4882 or myopicbookstore.com.

monday 9/22

Neal Stephenson reads from his latest novel, Anathem. a 6 PM, International House, 1414 E. 59th, 773-753-2274.

Carol LaChappelle presents Finding Your Voice, Telling Your Stories: 167 Ways to Write Your Life Stories. a 7:30 PM, Barnes & Noble, 55 Old Orchard Center, Skokie, 847-676-2230.

tuesday 9/23

Alison Bechdel (The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For) lectures on her work. a 6 PM, School of the Art Insitute Auditorium 280 S. Columbus, 312-899-5185 or saic.edu/vap, $5

Poetry Off the Shelf Simon Armitage and Robin Robertson read for the series. a Loyola University Rubloff Auditorium, 25 E. Pearson, 312-787-7070 or poetryfoundation.org.

Naomi Wolf presents Give Me Liberty: A Handbook for American Revolutionaries. A McCormick Freedom Museum program. a 6 PM, Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State, 312-222-7871.

Sin: A Deadly Anthology Book-release party with contributors A.C. Frieden, Julia Borcherts, Alverne De'Jesus Ball, Jamie Freveletti, and Dana Kaye. a 7 PM, Quimby's 1854 W. North, 773-342-0910.

Kathleen Norris signs Acedia & Me: A Marriage, Monks, and a Writer's Life. a 7:30 PM, Barnes & Noble, 55 Old Orchard Center, Skokie, 847-676-2230.

wednesday 9/24

Jennet Conant presents The Irregulars: Roald Dahl and the British Spy Ring in Wartime Washington. a 6 PM, 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th, 773-684-1300.

Paul Theroux discusses Ghost Train to the Eastern Star: On the Tracks of the Great Railway Bazaar. a 6 PM, Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State, 312-747-4050.

Kimiko Hahn, Eugene Gloria Hahn (The Narrow Road to the Interior) and Gloria (Hoodlum Birds) read for a Poetry Center program. a 6:30 PM, School of the Art Institute, ballroom, poetrycenter.org. $8-$10.

Christine Blevins reads from her novel Midwife of the Blue Ridge. a 7 PM, Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln, 773-293-2665.

Candace Bushnell signs her new novel, One Fifth Avenue. a 7 PM, Borders, 830 N. Michigan, 312-573-0564.

Greg Mitchie presents City Kids, City Schools: More Reports from the Front Row. a 7:30 PM, Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark, 773-769-9299.

thursday 9/25

Lions and Typers Festival The Uptown Writer's Space presents TK readings and performances for its second annual festival. a TIME TK, the Wilde Pug, 4808 N. Broadway, 773-275-1000 or uptownwritersspace.com.

Howard Blum talks about American Lightning: Terror, Mystery, the Birth of Hollywood, and the Crime of the Century. a 6 PM, 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th, 773-684-1300.

Andrei Cherny presents The Candy Bombers: The Untold Story of the Berlin Airlift and America's Finest Hour. a 6 PM, Pritzker Military Library, 610 N. Fairbanks, 312-587-0234.

Joe Meno reads from his new story collection, Demons in the Spring. a 7 PM, Quimby's, 1854 W. North, 773-342-0910.

Arthur Nersesian reads from his new novel, The Sacrificial Circumcision of the Bronx. a 7 PM, Quimby's, 1854 W. North, 773-342-0910.

Fixx Reading Series With Jill Alexander Essbaum (Harlot), Gina Frangello (My Sister's Continent), and Reb Livingtson (Your Ten Favorite Words). a 8 PM, Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln, 773-293-2665.

friday 9/26

Randa Jarrar reads from her debut novel, A Map of Home. a 7 PM, Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln, 773-293-2665.

saturday 9/27

Tracy Baim promotes Out and Proud in Chicago: An Overview of the City's Gay Community. a Noon, Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted, 773-472-6469.

Banned Books Week Read-Out The American Library Association's annual celebration of banned books. "Several frequently challenged authors will join Chicago celebrities to read passages from their favorite banned and challenged books." a Noon-4:30 PM, Pioneer Court, 401 N. Michigan, 312-280-4223 or ala.orgbbooks.

C.K Williams reads for a Poetry Foundation Art Beyond Borders program. a Noon, Art Institute, Fullerton Hall, 111 S. Michigan, 312-787-7070 or poetryfoundation.org.

Marilyn Nelson reads for a Poetry Foundation Art Beyond Borders program. a 2 PM, Art Institute, Fullerton Hall, 111 S. Michigan, 312-787-7070 or poetryfoundation.org.

Clark Weber promotes Clark Weber's Rock and Roll Radio: The Fun Years, 1955-1975. a 3 PM, Barnes & Noble, 1441 W. Webster, 773-871-3610.

Lions and Typers Festival Day two of the festival. DETAILS TK. a TIME TK, the Wilde Pug, 4808 N. Broadway, 773-275-1000 or uptownwritersspace.com.

sunday 9/28

Sunday Salon Chicago Jane Hertenstein and Rebecca Leib are the featured readers. a 7:30 PM, Charleston Bar, 2076 N. Hoyne, sundaysalonchicago.com.

monday 9/29

T.D. Jakes promotes Before You Do: Making Great Decisions That You Wont Regret. a 7:30 PM, Borders, 2210 W. 95th, 773-445-5471.

tuesday 9/30

Bob Schieffer signs his essay collection, Bob Schieffer's America. a 12:30 PM, Borders, 150 N. State, 312-606-0750.

Dubravka Ugresic presents her essay collection, Nobody's Home. a 6 PM, 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th, 773-684-1300.

October

wednesday 10/1

Chicago Calling Arts Festival Local artists representing a range of disciplines present work made in collaboration with artists from other states and countries. aThrough 10/12, various times, prices, and locations. chicagocalling.org.

Tracy Baim promotes Out and Proud in Chicago: An Overview of the City's Gay Community. a 6 PM, Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State, 312-747-4050.

Obert Skye signs his YA fantasy novel Leven Thumps and the Wrath of Ezra. a 7 PM, Borders, 1144 Lake, Oak Park, 708-386-6927.

Rick Perlstein talks about Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America at a benefit for Literacy Works. a 7:30 PM, 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th, 773-334-8255 or litworks.org, $10.

thursday 10/2

Brendan Short reads from his debut novel, Dream City. a 12:30 PM, Borders, 150 N. State, 312-606-0750.

Annette Gordon-Reed presents The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family. a 6 PM, Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton, 312-255-3700.

Richard Russo discusses his novel Bridge of Sighs. a 6 PM, Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State, 312-747-4050.

Sin: A Deadly Anthology Patricia Rosemoor, A.C. Frieden, Dana Kaye, Alverne Ball, Darwyn Jones, and Julia Borcherts read their contributions. a 7 PM, Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark, 773-769-9299.

RM Johnson reads from his new novel, The Million Dollar Deception. a 7:30 PM, Borders, 2210 W. 95th, 773-445-5471.

friday 10/3

Chicago Humanities Festival See Best Bet. a Through 11/16, multiple venues, various prices, 312-661-1028 or chfestival.org.

And the Beats Go On . . . See Best Bet. a Through 11/30, multiple venues, colum.edu/beats.

Allen R. Millett (The War for Korea, 1945-1950: A House Burning) receives the 2008 Pritzker Military Library Literature Award. a 12:30 PM, Pritzker Military Library, 610 N. Fairbanks, 312-587-0234, reservations required.

Molly McNett reads from her story collection, One Dog Happy. a 7:30 PM, Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark, 773-769-9299.

saturday 10/4

Sherlock Holmes/Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Symposium Featuring Doyle collectors and scholars. a 9 AM-noon, Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton, 312-255-3700.

Rick Kogan The Tribune writer (Sidewalks: Portraits of Chicago et al) discusses his work in progress, "A Drinking Man's Guide to a Vanished Chicago." a 3 PM, Chicago Public Library, Bezazian Branch, 1226 W. Ainslie, 312-744-0019.

sunday 10/5

Tracy Baim promotes Out and Proud in Chicago: An Overview of the City's Gay Community. a 2 PM, Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore, 7419 W. Madison, Forest Park, 708-771-7243.

tuesday 10/7

Kevin Coval reads from his latest poetry collection, Everyday People. a 6 PM, 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th, 773-684-1300.

Patrick Rosenkranz talks about Rebel Visions: The Underground Comix Revolution. a 6 PM, School of the Art Insitute Auditorium 280 S. Columbus, 312-899-5185 or saic.edu/vap, $5

Josef Steiff and contributors discuss Battlestar Galactica and Philosophy. a 7 PM, Columbia College Film Row Cinema, 1104 S. Wabash, 8th fl., 312-369-6708.

Alan Jacobson signs his thriller The 7th Victim. a 7:30 PM, Barnes & Noble, 55 Old Orchard Center, Skokie, 847-676-2230.

Ana Castillo (Peel My Love Like an Onion) speaks for NEIU's Presidential Lecture Series. a 8 PM, Northeastern Illinois Univ. Recital Hall, 5500 N. Saint Louis, 773-442-4978.

wednesday 10/8

John McNally reads from his new story collection, Ghosts of Chicago. a 12:30 PM, Columbia College Hokin Annex, 623 S. Wabash, 312-344-7611.

Alonzo Mourning signs his memoir, Resilience: Faith, Focus, Triumph. a 12:30 PM, Borders, 150 N. State, 312-606-0750.

John McNally and contributos present the anthology Who Can Save Us Now? Brand-New Superheroes and Their Amazing (Short) Stories. a Columbia College Hokin Annex, 623 S. Wabash, 312-344-7611.

James Cuno The Art Institute director talks about Who Owns Antiquity? Museums and the Battle Over Our Ancient Heritage. a 6 PM, 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th, 773-684-1300.

Jon Katz presents Izzy & Lenore: Two Dogs, an Unexpected Journey, and Me. a 7:30 PM, Barnes & Noble, 55 Old Orchard Center, Skokie, 847-676-2230.

John McNally reads from his new story collection, Ghosts of Chicago. a 7:30 PM, Prairie Trails Library, 8449 Moody, Burbank, 708-430-3688.

thursday 10/9

Jeffrey Renard Allen reads from his new story collection, Holding Pattern. a 6 PM, 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th, 773-684-1300.

Lewis Sorley presents Honor Bright: History and Origins of the West Point Honor Code and System Bombers. a 6 PM, Pritzker Military Library, 610 N. Fairbanks, 312-587-0234.

Adam Zagajewski reads for a Poetry Foundation Art Beyond Borders program. a 6 PM, Art Institute, Fullerton Hall, 111 S. Michigan, 312-787-7070 or poetryfoundation.org.

Porter Shreve reads from his latest novel, When the White House Was Ours. a 7 PM, Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln, 773-293-2665.

John Everson reads from his debut novel, Covenant. a 7:30 PM, Borders, 2817 N. Clark, 773-935-3909.

friday 10/10

"Witty Women Writers" Conversation with Amy Guth (Three Fallen Women) and Stacy Ballis (The Spinster Sisters). a 7 PM, Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln, 773-293-2665.

friday 10/11

John McNally signs his new story collection, Ghosts of Chicago. a 10 AM-4 PM, Duke's Italian Beef Drive-In, 8115 S. Harlem, Bridgeview, 708-599-0576.

sunday 10/12

Jim Joyce presents The Bicycle Book: Wit, Wisdom & Wanderings. a 2 PM, Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln, 773-293-2665.

Myopic Poetry Series Beat poet David Meltzer (Beat Thing et al) and poet-editor Michael Rothenberg (David's Copy: The Selected Poems of David Meltzer) are the featured readers. Cosponsored by the Poetry Center. a 7 PM, Myopic Books, 1564 N. Milwaukee, 773-862-4882, myopicbookstore.com, or poetrycenter.org.

monday 10/13

David Sedaris reads from his latest, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, and other works. a 8 PM, Roosevelt Univ. Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress, 312-922-211 or ticketmaster.com, $25-$100.

tuesday 10/14

Dan Jiggetts signs "Then Ditka Said to Payton . . . ": The Best Chicago Bears Stories Ever Told. a 12:30 PM, Borders, 150 N. State, 312-606-0750.

Stephanie Kuehnert reads from her debut novel, I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone. a 7 PM, Forest Park Public Library, 7555 Jackson, Forest Park, 708-366-7171.

wednesday 10/15

Eric Bronsky signs The Rise of the Magnificent Mile. a Noon, Borders, 830 N. Michigan, 312-573-0564.

Paul Russell presents Acting—Make It Your Business: How to Avoid Mistakes and Achieve Success as a Working Actor. a 5:30 PM, Barnes & Noble, DePaul Center, 1 E. Jackson, 312-362-8792.

Palabra Pura Frances Treviño and Tony del Valle read for this Guild Complex bilingual poetry series. a 8 PM, California Clipper, 1002 N. California, guildcomplex.org, 21+.

thursday 10/16

Seth Lerer talks about Children's Literature: A Reader's History From Aesop to Harry Potter. a 6 PM, Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton, 312-255-3700.

Russell L. Peterson presents Strange Bedfellows: How Late-Night Comedy Turns Democracy Into a Joke. a 6 PM, 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th, 773-684-1300.

Tom Wolfe (The Right Stuff) discusses his career. A One Book, One Chicago program. a 6 PM, Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State, 312-747-11194.

Maureen McCormick signs her memoir, Here's the Story: Surviving Marcia Brady and Finding My True Voice. a 7 PM, Borders, 830 N. Michigan, 312-573-0564.

John McNally reads from his new story collection, Ghosts of Chicago. a 7 PM, Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln, 773-293-2665.

Carol LaChappelle presents Finding Your Voice, Telling Your Stories: 167 Ways to Write Your Life Stories. a 7:30 PM, Barnes & Noble, 1441 W. Webster, 773-871-3610.

friday 10/17

Hans Holzer signs Lincoln President-Elect: Abraham Lincoln and the Great Secession Winter 1860-1861. a 6 PM, Abraham Lincoln Book Shop, 357 W. Chicago, 312-944-3085.

Tom Piazza reads from his novel City of Refuge. a 6 PM, 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th, 773-684-1300.

Ursula Bielski shares tales from Chicago Haunts, More Chicago Haunts, and other titles. a 7 PM, Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln, 773-293-2665.

saturday 10/18

Eric Bronsky and Neal Samors present The Rise of the Magnificent Mile. a 3 PM, Barnes & Noble, 1441 W. Webster, 773-871-3610.

sunday 10/19

Myopic Poetry Series Brenda Iijima is the featured reader. Cosponsored by the Poetry Center. a 7 PM, Myopic Books, 1564 N. Milwaukee, 773-862-4882 or myopicbookstore.com.

monday 10/20

Sean Chercover signs his latest crime novel, Trigger City. a 5:30 PM, Barnes & Noble, DePaul Center, 1 E. Jackson, 312-362-8792.

Columbia College Creative Nonfiction Week Readings, panels, and discussions. Participating authors include Jonthan Kozol (The Shame of the Nation), Abraham Bolden (The Echo From Dealey Plaza), Julia Keller (Mr. Gatling's Terrible Marvel), Mark Harris (Grave Matters), and Philip Lopate (Getting Personal). a Through 10/23, Columbia College Film Row Cinema, 1104 S. Wabash, colum.edu/cnfw.

Alaa al Aswany discusses his novel Chicago for the series Writers on the Record With Victoria Lautman. a 6 PM, Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State, 312-747-4050.

Li-Young Lee (Behind My Eyes) reads for a Poetry Center program. a 6:30 PM, School of the Art Institute, ballroom, poetrycenter.org. $8-$10.

tuesday 10/21

Loren Ghiglione presents CBS's Don Hollenbeck: An Honest Reporter in the Age of McCarthyism. a 6 PM, 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th, 773-684-1300.

Louise Glück reads for the Poetry Foundation's annual Poetry Day. a Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State, 312-787-7070 or poetryfoundation.org.

Isaac Mizrahi touts How to Have Style. a 7 PM, Borders, 830 N. Michigan, 312-573-0564.

Rick Tramonto promotes his new cookbook, Osteria: Hearty Italian Fare from Rick Tramonto's Kitchen. a 7:30 PM, Barnes & Noble, 55 Old Orchard Center, Skokie, 847-676-2230.

wednesday 10/22

Terri Kapsalis presents The Hysterical Alphabet. a 6 PM, 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th, 773-684-1300.

David Macaulay talks about The Way We Work: Getting to Know the Amazing Human Body. a 6 PM, Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State, 312-747-4050.

Liza Mundy discusses Michelle: A Biography (the titular Michelle being Michelle Obama). a 7 PM, Borders, 2817 N. Clark, 773-935-3909.

Mary Buffett presents Warren Buffett and the Interpretation of Financial Statements. a 7:30 PM, Barnes & Noble, 55 Old Orchard Center, Skokie, 847-676-2230.

Jeff Henderson promotes Chef Jeff Cooks: In the Kitchen With America's Inspirational New Culinary Star. a 7:30 PM, Borders, 2210 W. 95th, 773-445-5471.

thursday 10/23

Lew Freedman promotes Chicago Bears: The Complete Illustrated History. a 12:30 PM, Borders, 150 N. State, 312-606-0750.

Poem Present Donald Revell reads for the series. A related discussion follows on 10/24, 1 PM. a 4:30 PM, University of Chicago Rosenwald Hall, room 405, poempresent.uchicago.edu.

Steve Coll discusses The Bin Ladens: An Arabian Family in the American Century. a 6 PM, Pritzker Military Library, 610 N. Fairbanks, 312-587-0234.

Sarah Vowell talks about The Wordy Shipmates. a 6 PM, Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State, 312-747-4050.

Jeremy Greenberg promotes Relative Discomfort: The Family Survival Guide. a 7 PM, Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln, 773-293-2665.

friday 10/24

John Grogan signs his memoir The Longest Trip Home. a 7 PM, Borders, 830 N. Michigan, 312-573-0564.

saturday 10/25

Humanities Day The University of Chicago's 30th annual celebration of the humanities offers dozens of free lectures, readings, film screenings, exhibits, performances, and more from U. of C. faculty. a 9 AM-4 PM, various venues on the Hyde Park campus, humanities.uchicago.edu.

Andrew C.A. Jampoler signs The Last Lincoln Conspirator: John Surratt's Flight From the Gallows. a Noon, Abraham Lincoln Book Shop, 357 W. Chicago, 312-944-3085.

Craig L. Symonds signs Lincoln and His Admirals. a Noon, Abraham Lincoln Book Shop, 357 W. Chicago, 312-944-3085.

John Green reads from his new novel, Paper Towns. a 7 PM, Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln, 773-293-2665

sunday 10/26

Chelsea Handler signs Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea. a 3 PM, Borders, 2817 N. Clark, 773-935-3909.

Sunday Salon Chicago Allison Amend (Things That Pass for Love), Mickey Hess (Big Wheel at the Cracker Factory), and Sharon Solwitz (Bloody Mary) are the featured readers. a 7:30 PM, Charleston Bar, 2076 N. Hoyne, sundaysalonchicago.com.

tuesday 10/28

Neil Harris signs The Chicagoan: A Lost Magazine of the Jazz Age. a Noon, Borders, 150 N. State, 312-606-0750.

Leslie S. Klinger presents The New Annotated Dracula. a 6 PM, Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton, 312-255-3700.

wednesday 10/29

Ted Okuda and Mark Yurkiw discuss Chicago TV Horror Movie Shows: From Shock Theatre to Svengoolie. a 7 PM, Austin-Irving branch library, 6100 W. Irving Park, 744-6222.

thursday 10/30

9/11 and the Constitution Graphic Novel Adaptations Program with Sid Jacobson (The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation) and Jonathan Hennessy (The United States Constitution: A Graphic Adaptation). a 6 PM, McCormick Freedom Museum, 445 N. Michigan, 312-2220-7871.

Fixx Reading Series With Robert Duffer (A Place to Call Home), Tim Hall (Full of It: The Birth, Death, and Life of an Underground Newspaper), and Ben Tanzer (Most Likely You Go Your Way and I'll Go Mine). a 8 PM, Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln, 773-293-2665.

November

tuesday 11/4

Tommaso di Carpegna Falconieri presents The Man Who Believed He Was King of France: A True Medieval Tale. a 6 PM, Italian Cultural Institute, 500 N. Michigan, suite 1450, 312-822-9545.

thursday 11/6

Poem Present Geraldine Monk and Alan Halsey read for the series. A related discussion follows on 11/7, 1 PM. a 4:30 PM, Univ. of Chicago Rosenwald Hall, room 405, poempresent.uchicago.edu.

David Hackett Fischer presents his biography Champlain's Dream. a 7 PM, Borders, 1700 Maple, Evanston, 847-733-8852.

sunday 11/9

Myopic Poetry Series Hugh Behm-Steinberg is the featured reader. Cosponsored by the Poetry Center. a 7 PM, Myopic Books, 1564 N. Milwaukee, 773-862-4882 or myopicbookstore.com.

monday 11/10

James McPherson signs Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief. a 6 PM, McCormick Freedom Museum, 445 N. Michigan, 312-222-7871

tuesday 11/11

Ina Garten promotes Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics: Fabulous Flavor From Simple Ingredients. a 12:30 PM, Barnes & Noble, 55 Old Orchard Center, Skokie, 847-676-2230.

Jay P. Dolan signs The Irish Americans: A History. a 7 PM, Borders, 830 N. Michigan, 312-573-0564.

wednesday 11/12

Tom Raworth (Caller and Other Pieces et al) reads for a Poetry Center program. a 6:30 PM, School of the Art Institute, ballroom, poetrycenter.org. $8-$10.

Palabra Pura Juan J. Morales reads for this Guild Complex bilingual poetry series. a 8 PM, California Clipper, 1002 N. California, guildcomplex.org, 21+.

thursday 11/13

John Kuenster signs Remembrances of the Angels: A 50th Anniversary Retrospective on the Fire No One Can Forget. a 5:30 PM, Barnes & Noble, DePaul Center, 1 E. Jackson, 312-362-8792.

Carlo D'Este talks about Warlord: A Life of Winston Churchill at War, 1874-1945. a 6 PM, Pritzker Military Library, 610 N. Fairbanks, 312-587-0234.

Alison Bechdel presents her comic collection The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For. a 7:30 PM, Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark, 773-769-9299.

sunday 11/16

Andy Austin signs Rule 53: Capturing Hippies, Spies, Politicians, and Murderers in an American Courtroom. a 2 PM, Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore, 7419 W. Madison, Forest Park, 708-771-7243.

Sara Paretsky signs her latest mystery, Bleeding Kansas, and her memoir, Writing in an Age of Silence. a 2 PM, Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore, 7419 W. Madison, Forest Park, 708-771-7243

monday 11/17

David Wroblewski discusses his novel The Story of Edgar Sawtelle for the series Writers on the Record With Victoria Lautman. a 6 PM, Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State, 312-747-4050.

tuesday 11/18

Adam Shepard presents his memoir, Scratch Beginnings: Me, $25, and the Search for the American Dream. a 6 PM, 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th, 773-684-1300.

John Stauffer signs Giants: The Parallel Lives of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. a 7:30 PM, Barnes & Noble, 55 Old Orchard Center, Skokie, 847-676-2230.

wednesday 11/19

Julie James reads from her novel Just the Sexiest Man Alive. a 7 PM, Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln, 773-293-2665.

thursday 11/20

Poem Present August Kleinzahler reads for the series. A related discussion follows on 11/21, 1 PM. a 4:30 PM, Univ. of Chicago Rosenwald Hall, room 405, poempresent.uchicago.edu.

Paul Muldoon reads for a Poetry Foundation Art Beyond Borders program. a 6 PM, Art Institute, Fullerton Hall, 111 S. Michigan, 312-787-7070 or poetryfoundation.org.

saturday 11/22

Bookamania The Chicago Public Library's annual celebration of Children's Book Week. a 11 AM-3 PM, Harold Washington Libary Center, Winter Garden, 400 S. State, 312-747-4050 or chipublib.org.

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