Chicago's annual literary festival, formerly known as Chicago Book Week, is now a monthlong event. This year's edition runs October 1 through 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 locations throughout the city. Admission is free unless otherwise noted. See separate listing in Readings & Lectures for "One Book, One Chicago" discussions of Willa Cather's My Antonia. For more information call 312-747-4300, see www.chicagopubliclibrary.org, or contact the hosting venues.
Following is the schedule for October 1 through 3; a complete schedule is available on-line at www.chicagoreader.com.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1
The journalist and novelist reads from Blessings. 6 PM: Harold Washington Library Center, auditorium, 400 S. State. 312-747-4010.
The local author presents Chicago Haunts: Ghostlore of the Windy City. 7 PM: Chicago Public Library, Edgebrook branch, 5331 W. Devon. 312-744-8313.
The Sarajevo-born Chicagoan debuts a novel, Nowhere Man. 7 PM: 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th. 773-684-1300.
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The "Mattress Queen" discusses Common Things, Uncommon Ways: Proven Techniques to Grow Any Business Through Your Staff. 7:30 PM: Barnes & Noble, 1441 W. Webster. 773-871-3825.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2
The novelist reads from P.G. County. 7:30 PM: Barbara's Bookstore, 1350 N. Wells. 312-642-5044.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3
The Sopranos actor signs Who's Sorry Now: The True Story of a Stand-up Guy. 12:30 PM: Borders Books & Music, 150 N. State. 312-606-0750.
The novelist premieres Caramelo at a reception as part of the Sor Juana Festival. 7 PM: Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum, 1852 W. 19th. $15. 312-738-1503.
The writer debuts a story collection, Roofwalker. 7:30 PM: Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark. 773-769-9299.
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Rebecca Dallinger.