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* Sherman Alexie discusses his new story collection, War Dances, at Harold Washington Library. "Each piece asks a similar set of questions," writes Mick Dumke. "What's the point of all this? If there is a point, what's the point of that? And isn’t life really goddamn funny?
* University of Chicago law prof Martha Nussbaum discusses constitutional law and same-sex marriage at Center on Halsted.
* "An October Sort of City: Chicago Authors Talk Chicago" at Heartland Cafe features Joe Meno, Cristina Henriquez, Deb Olin Unferth, and Eula Biss (this one's not free, FYI).
* Essayist John D'Agata reads at Columbia College.