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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 16; a complete schedule is available online at


Artists' Book Slide Presentation

Artists Emily Reiser and Jill Summers show how their books are made. Noon: Mid-day Club, Bank One Plaza, 10 S. Dearborn, 56th floor. $25 (includes lunch). 312-255-3710. Reservations required.

Mother and Daughter Book Club

Discussion of T.H.White's The Once and Future King. 6 PM: Barnes & Noble, 1441 W. Webster. 773-871-3825. Intended for girls ages 13 to 15 and their moms.


Children's Reading Stage

Stories for kids ages two through ten. 10 AM to 4 PM: Marshall Field's, ninth floor, 111 N. State. 312-781-4483.

"Literary Chicago"

Tour exploring the literary history of Chicago's neighborhoods. 10 AM to 3 PM: Departs from Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. $50, $45 for seniors, students, and children (includes lunch). 312-742-1190.

Multilingual Fairy Tale Reading and Performance

Alliance Francaise and Instituto Cervantes copresentation in French, Spanish, and English. With mimes. 10 AM: Alliance Francaise, 810 N. Dearborn. 312-337-5473.

"A Lesson Before Dying"

Dramatic presentation of Romulus Linney's play. 11 AM: Steppenwolf Theatre Company, 1650 N. Halsted. $10. 312-654-5639. See Theater listings for more info.

"Meet Ramona Quimby"

"Notable Chicagoans" read from Beverly Cleary's "Ramona Quimby" books. Harold Washington Library Center, Thomas Hughes Children's Library, 400 S. State. 312-747-4200.


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

Barbara Ransby

The historian talks about Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement. 2 PM: Chicago Public Library, Coleman branch, 731 E. 63rd. 312-747-7760.

Ciara Wimby

The romance novelist reads from Off the Hook. 2 PM: Woodson Regional Library, 9525 S. Halsted. 312-747- 6921.

Margaret T.G. Burroughs

The founder of the DuSable Museum of African American History signs her autobiography, Life With Margaret. 3 PM: Woodson Regional Library, 9525 S. Halsted. 312-747- 6921.


Children's Reading Stage

See listing for Saturday, October 11. 11 AM to 3 PM: Marshall Field's, ninth floor, 111 N. State. 312-781-4483.

Eric B. Grant

The poet reads from Poetry Journal. 2:30 PM: Woodson Regional Library, 9525 S. Halsted. 312-747- 6921.

Rita Coburn Whack

The WYCC writer and producer reads from a debut novel, Meant to Be. 2:30 PM: Woodson Regional Library, 9525 S. Halsted. 312-747-6921.

"Lewis and Clark Adventure"

Presentation by Janis Herbert, author of Lewis and Clark for Kids. 3 PM: Borders Books & Music, 1539 E. 53rd. 773-752-8663. For ages seven and up.


"Candy in Culture & Reading in Good Taste"

Candy College Library interactive all-ages event. 11 AM to 3 PM: Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park. 630-455-0822.


Ingrid de Kok, Yvette Christianse

The South African poets read their work. Hosted by the Guild Complex. 6 PM: Harold Washington Library Center, auditorium, 400 S. State. 773-227-6117.

"The Songs They Carried"

Community song circle in tribute to Tim O'Brien's novel The Things They Carried. 8 to 10 PM: Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln. 312-747-1194.


Thomas Slaughter

The historian talks about Exploring Lewis and Clark at a Caxton Club dinner. 5 to 9 PM: Mid-day Club, Bank One Plaza, 10 S. Dearborn, 56th floor. $45. 312-255-3710. Reservations required.

Jewish Book Club

Discussion of Arthur Hertzberg's A Jew in America. 5:30 PM: Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, 618 S. Michigan. $10. 312-322-1769. Reservations required.

Rebecca Goldstein

"Nextbook" literary series discussion with the novelist (Properties of Light). 6 PM: Harold Washington Library Center, auditorium, 400 S. State. 312-747-4074.

Denis L. Heyck

The Loyola Spanish professor (Surviving Globalization) discusses the impact of globalization on local cultures. 6 PM: Loyola University, 13th-floor ballroom, 820 N. Michigan. 312-915-6948.

"Eve's Diary"

Michelle LaRue presents a performance based on the works of Mark Twain. 7 PM: Chicago Public Library, Lincoln Belmont branch, 1659 W. Melrose. 312-744-0166.

"Writing a Woman's Story: Using Passion to Tell the Tale"

Talk by Holly Hayes, author of Threads of Passion. 7 PM: Borders Books & Music, 830 N. Michigan. 312-573-0564.

Christopher Benson

The writer discusses Death of Innocence: The Story of the Hate Crime That Changed America, coauthored with the late Mamie Till-Mobley. 7:30 PM: Borders Books & Music, 2210 W. 95th. 773-445-5471.

Amy Bloom

The psychotherapist discusses Normal: Transsexual CEOs, Crossdressing Cops, and Hermaphrodites With Attitude. 7:30 PM: Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark. 773-769-9299.


Georgie Ann Geyer

The Universal Press Syndicate foreign correspondent discusses her career with journalist Bill Kurtis. 6 PM: Harold Washington Library Center, auditorium, 400 S. State. 312-747-4080.

Christopher Lynch

Slide lecture by the author of Midway Airport: The First 75 Years. 6:30 PM: Chicago Public Library, Albany Park branch, 5150 N. Kimball. 312-744-1933.

Christopher Benson

See listing for Wednesday, October 15; with journalist Vernon Jarret. 6:30 PM: Woodson Regional Library, 9525 S. Halsted. 312-747-2080.

Jill Ciment

The novelist reads from Teeth of a Dog and other works. 6:30 PM: Columbia College, Conaway Center, 1104 S. Wabash. 312-344-7611.

"Eve's Diary"

See listing for Wednesday, October 15. 7 PM: Chicago Public Library, Archer Heights branch, 5055 S. Archer. 312-747-9241.

Tracy K. Smith

Poetry readings from The Body's Question. 7:30 PM: Barbara's Bookstore, 1350 N. Wells. 312-642-5044.

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