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Chicago Book Festival--City of Big Readers

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Chicago's annual literary festival, formerly known as Chicago Book Week, is now a monthlong event. This year's edition runs through October 30, with readings and book signings by local and national writers, poets, and scholars as well as discussions, lectures, workshops, and children's activities at locations throughout the city. Admission is free unless otherwise noted. For more information call 312-747-4300, see www.chicagopubliclibrary.org, or contact the hosting venues.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25

Chicago Independent Book Festival

Dealers and publishing information. 10 AM to 5 PM: Chicago State University, Gwendolyn Brooks Center, 9501 S. King Dr. 773-995-4440.

"The Virtuoso: Ideals and Realities of Italian Renaissance Art"

Lecture. 11 AM: Art Institute, Morton Auditorium, Michigan and Adams. $14. 312-443-3680.

International Literary Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent

Induction ceremony. 6 to 9 PM: Chicago State University, Douglas Library, 9501 S. King Dr. Call for ticket info. 773-995-4440.

T. Cooper

The performance artist and writer reads from Some of the Parts. 7:30 PM: Barbara's Bookstore, 1350 N. Wells. 312-642-5044.

"The Milk of Almonds: Italian American Women Writers on Food and Culture"

Readings by contributors to the anthology. 7:30 PM: Barnes & Noble, 1441 W. Webster. 773-871-3825.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26

"One Book, One Chicago"

Discussion of Willa Cather's My Antonia. 10 AM. Chicago Public Library, Thurgood Marshall branch, 7506 S. Racine. 312-747-5927.

"Clifford, the Big Red Dog"

Story time for kids of all ages. 11 AM: Barnes & Noble, 1441 W. Webster. 773-871-3825.

"Fahrenheit 451"

Dramatization of the Ray Bradbury novel. 11 AM: Steppenwolf Theatre Company, 1650 N. Halsted. $10. 312-335-1650.

"Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel"

A play for children ages six and up. 1 and 3 PM: Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood. $8. 773-761-4477.

F Magazine

Readings by Andy Allegretti, Mike Curtin, Jeff Jacobson, John McNally, and John Schultz, contributors to the Columbia College fiction anthology; hosted by editor Don De Grazia. 3 PM: Barnes & Noble, 1441 W. Webster. 773-871-3825.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27

"Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel"

A play for children ages six and up. 1 PM: Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood. $8. 773-761-4477.

Cheryl Lynn Smith

The author reads from her debut novel, Attitude. 3 PM: Woodson Regional Library, 9525 S. Halsted. 312-747-6921.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 28

"NPR's Bases Loaded Tour"

Authors and National Public Radio commentators Neal Conan (Play by Play: Baseball, Radio, and Life in the Last Chance League), Frank Deford (An American Summer), and Scott Simon (Jackie Robinson and the Integration of Baseball) talk about books, baseball, and broadcasting. 6 PM: Harold Washington Library Center, auditorium, 400 S. State. 312-747-4010.

Ruth Berger

The Glenview author discusses They Don't See What I See: How to Talk With Loved Ones Who Have Crossed Over. 7:30 PM: Barbara's Bookstore, 1350 N. Wells. 312-642-5044.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29

Anita Diamant

The novelist reads from Good Harbor. 6 PM: Harold Washington Library Center, auditorium, 400 S. State. 312-747-4010.

Loyola University Library Book Club

American Elections: The Rules Matter by Robert L. Dudley and Alan R. Gitelson. Loyola professor Gitelson will lead the discussion. 6 PM: Loyola University, Rubloff Auditorium, 25 E. Pearson. 312-915-6948.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30

"Celebrate Halloween With Your Favorite Book Characters"

Story hour with "spooky tales." Costumes encouraged; all ages welcome. 4:30 PM: Children in Paradise Bookstore, 909 N. Rush. 312-951-5437.

Nina Corwin

The local poet reads from Conversations With Friendly Demons and Tainted Saints. 5:30 PM: Harold Washington Library Center, Chicago Authors Room, 400 S. State. 312-747-4700.

Fanny Howe

The poet reads recent work. 5:30 PM: Columbia College, concert hall, 1014 S. Michigan. 312-344-8113.

Derrick Bell

The legal scholar talks about Ethical Ambition: Living a Life of Meaning and Worth. 7 PM: University of Chicago, Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 E. 59th. 773-684-1300.

Ruth Berger

The Glenview author discusses They Don't See What I See: How to Talk With Loved Ones Who Have Crossed Over. 7:30 PM: Barnes & Noble, 1441 W. Webster. 773-871-3825.

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