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Chicago's annual literary festival continues through October 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 bookstores, public libraries, and other venues. Some events feature the city's "One Book, One Chicago" selection, Tim O'Brien's National Book Award-winning novel The Things They Carried. Admission is free unless otherwise noted. For more information call 312-747-4300, see, or contact the hosting venues.

Following is the schedule through October 9; a complete schedule is available online at


Felicia Luna Lemus

The novelist reads from Trace Elements of Random Tea Parties. 7 PM: Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum, 1852 W. 19th. 312-738-1503.

April Reynolds

The novelist reads from Knee-Deep in Wonder. 7:30 PM: Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark. 773-769-9299.


Carole Levin

The historian (The Reign of Elizabeth I) lectures on "Power Politics and Sexual Intrigues Around the Virgin Queen: Elizabeth I and Her Courtships." 11 AM: Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton. 312-255-3691.

"Apocalypse Now Redux"

Film screening. 1 PM: Harold Washington Library Center, auditorium, 400 S. State. 312-747-1194. See Movies for capsule review.

Eleanor Taylor Bland

The author of the Marti MacAlister mysteries discusses her work. 2 PM: Chicago Public Library, Oriole Park branch, 5201 N. Oketo. 312-744-1965.

Bonnie Michaels

The "work-life" consultant offers A Journey of Work-Life Renewal: The Power to Recharge and Rekindle Passion in Your Life. 2 PM: Chicago Public Library, Edgewater branch, 1210 W. Elmdale. 312-744-0718.

Baya Ojikutu

The novelist reads from 47th Street Black. 2 PM: Woodson Regional Library, 9525 S. Halsted. 312-747-6921.


Gina Barge

The writer signs In Search of the G-Spot and Other Adventures in Dating. 2:30 PM: Woodson Regional Library, 9525 S. Halsted. 312-747-6921.


Pearl Cleage

The novelist reads from Some Things I Never Thought I'd Do. 7 PM: Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5757 S. University. 773-684-1300.


"A Conversation With Poetry"

Great Books Foundation discussion of Czeslaw Milosz's "A Song on the End of the World (Rescue)." 7 PM: Sulzer Regional Library, 4455 N. Lincoln. 312-332-5870, ext. 282 or 259.

Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson

The sci-fi writers present Dune: The Machine Crusade. 7 PM: Borders Books & Music, 830 N. Michigan. 312-573-0564.

Outrider Press

The publisher hosts readings from the anthology Family Gatherings. 7 PM: Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-6630.

Marilyn Pocius

The chef and culinary historian offers A Cook's Guide to Chicago. 7 PM: Chicago Public Library, Edgebrook branch, 5331 W. Devon. 312-744-8313.

Famous Door Theatre Book Club

Discussion of Mike Royko's Boss: Richard J. Daley of Chicago. 7:30 PM: Barnes & Noble, 1441 W. Webster. 773-871-3825.


"Bookmaking for Families"

Workshop presented by Art Resources in Teaching. 6 to 8 PM: Chicago Public Library, Mount Greenwood branch, 11010 S. Kedzie. 312-332-0355.

Sara Paretsky

The mystery writer reads from Blacklist. 6:30 PM: Woodson Regional Library, 9525 S. Halsted. 312-745-2080.

Edward P. Jones

The novelist reads from The Known World. 7 PM: 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th. 773-684-1300.


Carl Sandburg Literary Award Dinner

The Chicago Public Library Foundation's annual fund-raising event honors historian Robert A. Caro for lifetime achievement and fiction writer Elizabeth Crane as an emerging Chicago author. 6 PM: Harold Washington Library Center, Winter Garden, 400 S. State. $350-$500. 312-201-9830.

Jennifer Leo

The editor presents Sand in My Bra and Other Misadventures: Funny Women Write From the Road. 6 PM: Savvy Traveller, 310 S. Michigan. 312-913-9800.

Ursula Bielski

The author of Chicago Haunts discusses local haunted history. 6:30 PM: Chicago Public Library, Albany Park branch, 5150 N. Kimball. 312-744-1933.

Rose Love-Woolfolk

The RN talks about Easing the Pain. 6:30 PM: Woodson Regional Library, 9525 S. Halsted. 312-747- 6921.

Third World Press

Book-release celebration for In Montgomery and Other Poems by Gwendolyn Brooks. 6:30 PM: Woodson Regional Library, 9525 S. Halsted. 773-651-0700, ext. 25.

"A Conversation With Poetry"

See listing for Tuesday, October 7. 7 PM: Borders Books & Music, 2210 W. 95th. Also 7:30 PM: Barnes & Noble, 1441 W. Webster. 312-332-5870, ext. 282 or 259.

Esme Raji Codell

The author of Educating Esme discusses How to Get Your Child to Love Reading. 7:30 PM: Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark. 773-769-9299.

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