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Fall Arts Guide 2010: Lit Listings

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September

thursday23

Nigel Barker plugs Nigel Barker's Beauty Equation: Revealing a Better and More Beautiful You.  Noon, Barbara's Bookstore, Macy's, 111 N. State, 312-781-3033.

Gwen Cooper presents her memoir, Homer's Odyssey: A Fearless Feline Tale, or How I Learned About Love and Life With a Blind Wonder Cat.  7:30 PM, Barnes & Noble, 55 Old Orchard Center, Skokie, 847-676-2230.

Glenda Hatchett presents her self-help book, Dare to Take Charge: How to Live Your Life on Purpose.  7 PM, Borders, 2210 W. 95th, 773-445-5471.

Karl Marlantes discusses Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War. Reservations requested. 6 PM, Pritzker Military Library, 610 N. Fairbanks Ct., 2nd fl., 312-587-0234.

Christopher McDougall signs Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen.  7 PM, Book Stall at Chestnut Court, 811 Elm, Winnetka, 847-446-8880.

Joe Meno reads from the new paperback edition of his story collection Demons in the Spring.  7 PM, Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln, 773-293-2665.

friday24

Danielle Dutton reads from her debut novel, Sprawl.  7:30 PM, Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark, 773-769-9299.

Matthew Gavin Frank reads from his food memoir, Barolo. 7 PM, Quimby's, 1854 W. North, 773-342-0910.

Richard Poplak presents The Sheikh's Batmobile: In Pursuit of American Pop Culture in the Muslim World.  7 PM, Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln, 773-293-2665.

Dawn Schiller signs her memoir, The Road Through Wonderland: Surviving John Holmes.  7:30 PM, Barnes & Noble, 55 Old Orchard Center, Skokie, 847-676-2230.

Scott Simon discusses his new book, Baby, We Were Meant for Each Other: In Praise of Adoption.  12:30 PM, Borders, 150 N. State, 312-606-0750; and 7 PM, the Cradle, 2049 Ridge, Evanston, 847-446-8880, thebookstall.com, $24 includes a signed copy of the book.

Kate Zambreno reads from her novel O Fallen Angel.  7:30 PM, Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark, 773-769-9299.

saturday25

Banned Books Week Read-Out Authors of the ten most challenged books of 2009 read from their work and "share their experiences as targets of censors."  Noon-3 PM, Washington Square Park, 901 N. Clark, 312) 255-3700, newberry.org.

Lincoln T. Beauchamp Jr. presents Blues Speak: Best of the Original Chicago Blues Annual.  3 PM, Borders, 1539 E. 53rd, 773-752-8663.

Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore's 20th-Anniversary Celebration Author panels through September. Featured at this panel: Jeanne M. Dams (Indigo Christmas), Jamie Freveletti (Running Dark), Henry Perez (Killing Red), Luisa Buehler (The Inn Keeper: An Unregistered Death), and Alzina Stone Dale (Mystery Reader's Walking Guide).  11 AM-1 PM, Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore, 7419 W. Madison, Forest Park, 708-771-7243, $2.

Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore's 20th-Anniversary Celebration Author panels through September. Featured at this panel: Clare O'Donohue (The Double Cross), Diane Gilbert Madsen (Hunting for Hemingway), Arnie Bernstein (Bath Massacre: America's First School Bombing), Tim Broderick (Cash & Carry), and Laura Caldwell (Red Blooded Murder).  2-4 PM, Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore, 7419 W. Madison, Forest Park, 708-771-7243, $2.

Global Voices Author Series Howard Reich discusses his book Let Freedom Swing: Collected Writings on Jazz, Blues, and Gospel; he'll be joined by flutist Nicole Mitchell.  2 PM, International House, University of Chicago, 1414 E. 59th, 773-753-2270.

Crystal V. Rhodes signs her novel Small Sensations.  6:30 PM, ETA Creative Arts Foundation, 7558 S. South Chicago, 773-752-3955.

sunday26

Anne Calcagno reads from her Chicago-set debut novel, Love Like a Dog.  4:30 PM, Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark, 773-769-9299.

Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore's 20th-Anniversary Celebration Author panels through September. Featured at this panel: Bryan Gruley (The Hanging Tree), Theresa Schwegel (Last Known Address), Kevin Guilfoile (The Thousand), Barbara D'Amato (Foolproof), and D.C. Brod (Getting Sassy).  11 AM-1 PM, Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore, 7419 W. Madison, Forest Park, 708-771-7243, $2.

tuesday28

Michele Norris discusses her memoir, The Grace of Silence.  7:30 PM, Unity Temple, 875 Lake, Oak Park, 708-386-9800, booktable.net, $5.

David Rakoff presents his new essay collection, Half Empty.  6 PM, Harold Washington Library Center, auditorium, 400 S. State, 312-747-4050.

Giuliana and Bill Rancic promote I Do, Now What? Secrets, Stories, and Advice From a Madly-in-Love Couple.  7 PM, Borders, 830 N. Michigan, 312-573-0564.

wednesday29

Joshua Ferris reads from his novel The Unnamed.  12:30 PM, Borders, 150 N. State, 312-606-0750.

Becca Klaver, Jaswinder Bolina Poetry readings.  5:30 PM, Columbia College Sherwood Conservatory, 1312 S. Michigan Avenue, colum.edu.

John C. McManus talks about Grunts: Inside the American Infantry Combat Experience, World War II Through Iraq.  6 PM, Pritzker Military Library, 610 N. Fairbanks Ct., 2nd fl., 312-587-0234.

thursday30

Joyland Joyland: A Hub for Short Fiction editors Emily Schultz and Brian Joseph are joined by Charles McLeod, Megan Stielstra, and others for readings from Joyland 2.  7 PM, Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln, 773-293-2665.

Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Heroines Author program with Audrey Niffenegger (Her Fearful Symmetry), Amina Gautier, Zoe Zolbrod (Currency), Emily Gray Tedrowe (Commmuters), Teri Coyne (The Last Bridge), and Deborah Siegel (Sisterhood, Interrupted).  7:30 PM, Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark, 773-769-9299.

Poetry Off the Shelf Pulitzer-winning poet Franz Wright (Walking to Martha's Vineyard) reads for a Poetry Foundation program.  6 PM, Art Institute of Chicago, Fullerton Hall, 111 S. Michigan, 312-787-7070, poetryfoundation.org.

Isabel Wilkerson discusses The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration.  6 PM, Harold Washington Library Center, auditorium, 400 S. State, 312-747-4050.

Dave Zirin (edgeofsports.com) presents Bad Sports: How Owners Are Ruining the Games We Love.  6 PM, 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th, 773-684-1300.

October

friday1

Artifice Magazine Launch party with readings by Fred Sasaki, Caroline Picard, David Welch, Craig Davis, Roxane Gay, Matt Seigel, and Tim Jones-Yelvington.  7 PM, Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln, 773-293-2665.

Diane Gilbert Madsen reads from her mystery Hunting for Hemingway.  6 PM, Hemingway Museum, 200 N. Oak Park, Oak Park, 708-524-5383, ehfop.org.

Audrey Niffenegger presents her new graphic novel, The Night Bookmobile.  7:30 PM, Barnes & Noble, 55 Old Orchard Center, Skokie, 847-676-2230,.

saturday2

Karyn Grice reads from her novel No Strings Attached.  2 PM, Borders, 1539 E. 53rd, 773-752-8663.

Audrey Niffenegger signs her new graphic novel, The Night Bookmobile.  4-6 PM, Chicago Comics, 3244 N. Clark, 773-528-1983.

Michael O'Flaherty reads from his novel Shiny Shiny.  4 PM, Quimby's, 1854 W. North, 773-342-0910.

sunday3

Suzanne Collins signs the final book in her Hunger Games series, Mockingjay.  7 PM, Book Stall at Chestnut Court, 811 Elm, Winnetka, 847-446-8880.

monday4

Jonathan Eig presents Get Capone: The Secret Plot That Captured America's Most Wanted Gangster.  7 PM, Sulzer Regional Library, 4455 N. Lincoln, 312-744-7616.

wednesday6

Bill Barnhart presents John Paul Stevens: An Independent Life.  6 PM, 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th, 773-684-1300.

R.A. Salvatore signs his latest fantasy novel, Gauntlgrym: Neverwinter, Book I.  Noon, Barnes & Noble, DePaul Center, 1 E. Jackson, 312-362-8792; and 7-9 PM, Chicago Comics, 3244 N. Clark, 773-528-1983.

thursday7

Sara Gruen reads from her new novel, Ape House.  7 PM, Highland Park Public Library, 494 Laurel, Highland Park, 847-432-0216.

Donald Stoker discusses The Grand Design: Strategy and the U.S. Civil War.  6 PM, Pritzker Military Library, 610 N. Fairbanks Ct., 2nd fl., 312-587-0234.

friday8

Michael Connelly reads from his latest Harry Bosch detective novel, The Reversal.  12:30 PM, Borders, 150 N. State, 312-606-0750.

Tucker Max promotes Assholes Finish First.  7 PM, Borders, 830 N. Michigan, 312-573-0564.

saturday9

Chris J. Hartley signs Stoneman's Raid, 1865.  Noon, Abraham Lincoln Book Shop, 357 W. Chicago, 312-944-3085.

Earl J. Hess signs Into the Crater: The Mine Attack at Petersburg.  Noon, Abraham Lincoln Book Shop, 357 W. Chicago, 312-944-3085.

Heather McDonald presents her memoir, You'll Never Blue Ball in This Town Again: One Woman's Painfully Funny Quest to Give It Up. 2 PM, Borders, 2817 N. Clark, 773-935-3909.

David Plowden signs his latest photo collection, Requiem for Steam: The Railroad Photographs of David Plowden.  4:30-6 PM, Book Stall at Chestnut Court, 811 Elm, Winnetka, 847-446-8880.

monday11

Jenny McCarthy signs Love, Lust & Faking It: The Naked Truth About Sex, Lies, and True Romance.  7 PM, Borders, 2210 W. 95th, 773-445-5471.

tuesday12

Global Voices Author Series Gurcharan Des (India Unbound) discusses The Difficulty of Being Good: On the Subtle Art of Dharma.  6 PM, International House, University of Chicago, 1414 E. 59th, 773-753-2270.

Edward McClelland talks about Young Mr. Obama: Chicago and the Making of a Black President.  6 PM, 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th, 773-684-1300.

Society of Midland Authors Author Stephen T. Asma (On Monsters: An Unnatural History of Our Worst Fears) is the featured guest.  7 PM, Cliff Dwellers Club, 200 S. Michigan, 22nd floor, 312-922-8080, midlandauthors.com, donations accepted.

wednesday13

America's Test Kitchen ATK editorial director Jack Bishop presents The America's Test Kitchen Healthy Family Cookbook.  7:30 PM, Unity Temple, 875 Lake, Oak Park, 708-386-9800, booktable.net, $5.

Mary Catherine Bateson presents Composing a Further Life: The Age of Active Wisdom.  7:30 PM, Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark, 773-769-9299.

Jonathan Eig presents Get Capone: The Secret Plot That Captured America's Most Wanted Gangster.  6:30 PM, Austin-Irving branch library, 6100 W. Irving Park, 312-744-6222,.

Kenneth Green signs his self-published memoir, I'm From Division Street.  7 PM, Barnes & Noble, DePaul Center, 1 E. Jackson, 312-362-8792.

Laura Kipnis presents How to Become a Scandal: Adventures in Bad Behavior.  6 PM, 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th, 773-684-1300.

Adam Langer reads from his new novel, The Thieves of Manhattan.  7 PM, Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln, 773-293-2665.

thursday14

Thomas Geoghegan presents Were You Born on the Wrong Continent? How the European Model Can Help You Get a Life.  6 PM, 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th, 773-684-1300.

Ben Greenman signs Celebrity Chekhov.  7 PM, Borders, 2817 N. Clark, 773-935-3909.

Nicole Hollander presents The Sylvia Chronicles: 30 Years of Graphic Misbehavior From Reagan to Obama.  6:30 PM, Lincoln-Belmont branch library, 1659 W. Melrose, 312-744-0166.

Bobby Hull signs his photographic autobiography, The Golden Jet.  Noon, Borders, 150 N. State, 312-606-0750.

Danbert Nobacon presents his debut YA book, 3 Dead Princes: An Anarchist Fairy Tale.  7 PM, Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln, 773-293-2665.

Poetry Day Frank Bidart (Watching the Spring Festival) reads for the 56th annual Poetry Day.  6 PM, Harold Washington Library Center, auditorium, 400 S. State, 312-787-7070, poetryfoundation.org.

friday15

Rex Ghosh signs his thriller Nineteenth Street NW.  3 PM, Borders, 150 N. State, 312-606-0750.

Blair Kamin signs Terror and Wonder: Architecture in a Tumultuous Age.  12:30 PM, Borders, 150 N. State, 312-606-0750.

sunday17

Gayle Soucek signs Marshall Field's: The Store That Helped Build Chicago.  6 PM, Barnes & Noble, DePaul Center, 1 E. Jackson, 312-362-8792.

Peter Yarrow presents The Peter Yarrow Songbook.  6 PM, Swedish American Museum, 5211 N. Clark, 773-769-9299, womenandchildrenfirst.com.

monday18

George Dohrmann presents Play Their Hearts Out: A Coach, His Star Recruit, and the Youth Basketball Machine.  6 PM, 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th, 773-684-1300.

tuesday19

One Book, One Chicago Keynote speech by novelist Toni Morrison (A Mercy). Tickets required (handling charge for phone and online orders).  7 PM, Orchestra Hall, Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan, 312-294-3000, cso.org.

The World Beyond the Headlines Talk by author Imtiaz Gul (The Most Dangerous Place: Pakistan's Lawless Frontier).  6 PM, International House, University of Chicago, 1414 E. 59th, 773-753-2270, ihouse.uchicago.edu.

wednesday20

Tracy Baim discusses Obama and the Gays: A Political Marriage.  7:30 PM, Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark, 773-769-9299.

Peter Lewis reads from his mystery Dead in the Dregs. 7 PM, Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln, 773-293-2665.

Nathan Rabin signs My Year of Flops: The A.V. Club Presents One Man's Journey Deep Into the Heart of Cinematic Failure.  7:30 PM, Barnes & Noble, 1441 W. Webster, 773-871-3610.

Rick Springfield signs his memoir, Late, Late at Night.  12:30 PM, Borders, 150 N. State, 312-606-0750.

Garry Wills signs Outside Looking In: Adventures of an Observer.  7 PM, Borders, 1700 Maple, Evanston, 847-733-8852.

thursday21

Bobby Flay promotes his latest cookbook, Bobby Flay's Throwdown! More Than 100 Recipes From Food Network's Ultimate Cooking Challenge.  Noon, Borders, 150 N. State, 312-606-0750.

Scott Kenemore signs The Code of the Zombie Pirate: How to Become an Undead Master of the High Seas.  6 PM, Barnes & Noble, DePaul Center, 1 E. Jackson, 312-362-8792.

Simon Mawer reads from his latest novel, The Glass Room.  6 PM, 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th, 773-684-1300.

Edward McClelland talks about Young Mr. Obama: Chicago and the Making of a Black President.  7 PM, Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln, 773-293-2665.

Tony Romano reads from his story collection If You Eat, You Never Die: Chicago Tales.  6:30 PM, Albany Park branch library, 5150 N. Kimball, 312-744-1933.

friday22

Ursula Bielski presents There's Something Under the Bed: Children's Experiences With the Paranormal.  7 PM, Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln, 773-293-2665.

Roger Ebert signs his new books The Pot and How to Use It: The Mystery and Romance of the Rice Cooker and The Great Movies III.  Noon, Borders, 150 N. State, 312-606-0750.

Allison Leotta reads from her debut suspense novel, Law of Attraction.  7:30 PM, Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark, 773-769-9299.

saturday23

David Hirsch and Dan Van Haften sign Abraham Lincoln and the Structure of Reason.  Noon, Abraham Lincoln Book Shop, 357 W. Chicago, 312-944-3085.

James Lander signs Lincoln and Darwin: Shared Visions of Race, Science, and Religion. Noon, Abraham Lincoln Book Shop, 357 W. Chicago, 312-944-3085.

sunday24

Chicago Humanities Festival Dozens of programs on this year's theme, "The Body."  10/24 and 11/2-11/14, multiple venues and prices, 312-494-9509, chicagohumanities.org.

Elizabeth Kostova reads from her novel The Swan Thieves.  4:30 PM, Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark, 773-769-9299.

monday25

Benjamin Percy reads from his debut novel, The Wilding.  7 PM, 1049 N. Marshfield, Unit 1, 773-752-4381, semcoop.indiebound.com.

James Swanson signs Bloody Crimes: The Chase for Jefferson Davis and the Death Pageant for Lincoln's Corpse.  7 PM, Borders, 2817 N. Clark, 773-935-3909.

tuesday26

Dinaw Mengestu reads from his new novel, How to Read the Air.  7 PM, Borders, 2817 N. Clark, 773-935-3909.

James Swanson signs Bloody Crimes: The Chase for Jefferson Davis and the Death Pageant for Lincoln's Corpse.  3:30 PM, Abraham Lincoln Book Shop, 357 W. Chicago, 312-944-3085.

wednesday27

Tracy Baim discusses Obama and the Gays: A Political Marriage.  6 PM, Harold Washington Library Center, auditorium, 400 S. State, 312-747-8184.

Eric Foner presents The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery.  6 PM, Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton, 312-255-3700.

Adam Levin reads from his debut novel, The Instructions.  7 PM, Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake, Oak Park, 708-697-6915.

Nathan Rabin signs My Year of Flops: The A.V. Club Presents One Man's Journey Deep Into the Heart of Cinematic Failure; he'll be joined by Onion columnist "Jean Teasdale" (A Book of Jean's Own!).  6 PM, Barnes & Noble, DePaul Center, 1 E. Jackson, 312-362-8792.

thursday28

Ina Garten promotes her latest cookbook, Barefoot Contessa: How Easy Is That?  Noon, Barnes & Noble, 55 Old Orchard Center, Skokie, 847-676-2230.

Poetry Off the Shelf John Balaban (Path, Crooked Path) and Le Pham Le (From Where the Wind Blows) read for a Poetry Foundation program.  6 PM, Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton, 312-787-7070, poetryfoundation.org.

Lee Sandlin presents Wicked River: The Mississippi When It Last Ran Wild.  7 PM, Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln, 773-293-2665.

friday29

Nora Titone presents My Thoughts Be Bloody: The Bitter Rivalry Between Edwin and John Wilkes Booth That Led to an American Tragedy.  6 PM, 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th, 773-684-1300.

Witty Women Writers Night With Stacey Ballis (Good Enough to Eat), Claire Zulkey (An Off Year), Wendy McClure (the forthcoming The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie), and Jen Lancaster (My Fair Lazy: One Reality Television Addict's Attempt to Discover If Not Being A Dumb Ass Is the New Black, or, a Culture-Up Manifesto). 7 PM, Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln, 773-293-2665.

saturday30

Ron Chernow discusses Washington: A Life.  Noon, Abraham Lincoln Book Shop, 357 W. Chicago, 312-944-3085.

November

tuesday2

Charles Burns & Chris Ware See Best Bet.  7:30 PM, Unity Temple, 875 Lake, Oak Park, 708-386-9800, booktable.net, $10.

wednesday3

Maud Lavin presents Push Comes to Shove: New Images of Aggressive Women.  6 PM, 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th, 773-684-1300.

Sam Shepard See Best Bet. 10 AM, Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan, 312-494-9509, chicagohumanities.org, $5-$15.

Ming Tsai signs his latest cookbook, Simply Ming: One-Pot Asian Meals.  12:30 PM, Borders, 150 N. State, 312-606-0750.

thursday4

Sian Beilock presents Choke: What the Secrets of the Brain Reveal About Getting It Right When You Have To.  6 PM, 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th, 773-684-1300.

Poetry Off the Shelf Naomi Shihab Nye (What Have You Lost?) reads for a Poetry Foundation program.  6 PM, Art Institute of Chicago, Fullerton Hall, 111 S. Michigan, 312-787-7070, poetryfoundation.org.

friday5

Katherine Leiner talks about Growing Roots: The New Generation of Sustainable Farmers, Cooks, and Food Activists.  7:30 PM, Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark, 773-769-9299.

saturday6

Chris Connelly) reads from his novel Ed Royal. 7 PM, Quimby's, 1854 W. North, 773-342-0910.

tuesday9

Daniel Ruddy signs Theodore Roosevelt's History of the United States: His Own Words, Selected and Arranged by Daniel Ruddy.  6 PM, Barnes & Noble, DePaul Center, 1 E. Jackson, 312-362-8792.

Society of Midland Authors Author Jonathan Eig (Get Capone: The Secret Plot That Captured America's Most Wanted Gangster) is the featured guest.  7 PM, Cliff Dwellers Club, 200 S. Michigan, 22nd floor, 312-922-8080, midlandauthors.com, donations accepted.

thursday11

Adam Bradley hosts a panel discussion on The Anthology of Rap.  6 PM, International House, University of Chicago, 1414 E. 59th, 773-753-2270.

friday12

Buddy Valastro promotes his memoir, Cake Boss: Stories and Recipes From Mia Famiglia.  Noon, Borders, 150 N. State, 312-606-0750.

saturday13

Amy Sedaris signs Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People.  3 PM, Borders, 830 N. Michigan, 312-573-0564.

sunday14

Joanna Fuhrman, Suzanne Buffam Poetry readings. A Renaissance Society program. 2 PM, Swift Hall, University of Chicago, 1025 E. 58th, 773-702-8670, renaissancesociety.org.

Joan Naper reads from her novel Beautiful Dreamer.  4:30 PM, Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark, 773-769-9299.

monday15

Lynda Barry speaks for SAIC's Visiting Artists Program and signs her new book, Picture This: The Near-Sighted Monkey Book.  6 PM, School of the Art Institute, auditorium, 280 S. Columbus, 312-899-5185, saic.edu/vap.

tuesday16

David Plowden signs his latest photo collection, Requiem for Steam: The Railroad Photographs of David Plowden.  6-8 PM, Columbia College Library, 624 S. Michigan, 312-369-8177, colum.edu.

David Sedaris reads from his latest collection, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary.  6 PM, Borders, 2817 N. Clark, 773-935-3909.

wednesday17

Live at Maxim's David Royko (Royko in Love: Mike's Letters to Carol) is the featured guest.  6:30 PM, Maxim's, 24 E. Goethe, 312-742-8497, explorechicago.org, $25.

thursday18

Roger Ebert signs his new books The Pot and How to Use It: The Mystery and Romance of the Rice Cooker and The Great Movies III.  7 PM, Barnes & Noble, 55 Old Orchard Center, Skokie, 847-676-2230.

Janet Zenke Edwards signs Diana of the Dunes: The True Story of Alice Gray.  2 PM, University of Chicago Bookstore, 970 E. 58th, 773-702-7712.

Maggie Kast talks about The Crack Between the Worlds: A Dancer's Memoir of Loss, Faith and Family.  6 PM, 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th, 773-684-1300.

Patrick Somerville reads from his new novel, The Universe in Miniature in Miniature. 21+.  Time TBD, Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, 773-227-4433.

sunday21

Kim Rosenfield, Karen Weiser Poetry readings. A Renaissance Society program.  2 PM, Swift Hall, University of Chicago, 1025 E. 58th, 773-702-8670, renaissancesociety.org.

tuesday30

Conversations in the Arts Singer-songwriter Patti Smith (Just Kids) is the featured speaker. Reservations required.  7 PM, Film Row Cinema, Columbia College, 1104 S. Wabash, eighth floor, 312-369-6815, colum.edu/conversations.

Jon Cotner presents Ten Walks/Two Talks, a "series of sixty-minute, sixty-sentence walks around Manhattan with a pair of roving dialogues."  6:30 PM, 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th, 773-684-1300.

Listings compiled by Jerome Ludwig

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