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The city'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, and children's activities at bookstores, public libraries, and other venues. All are free unless otherwise noted. For more information call 312-747-4300, see www.chicagopubliclibrary.org, or contact the hosting venues.

Following is the schedule through October 21; a complete schedule is available online at www.chicagoreader.com.

FRIDAY 15

Short Fiction Readings Open mike hosted by the Columbia College Fiction Writing Department. Columbia College Residence Hall, 731 S. Plymouth Ct., 312-344-7611. 5 to 8 PM

SATURDAY 16

Multilingual Fairy Tale Theatrical reading and mime performance of Jack and the Beanstalk in English, French, and Spanish. Alliance Francaise, 810 N. Dearborn, 312-337-1070. 9:30 AM

"The Social Protest Novel in Chicago, 1930-1960" Talk by literary scholar Alan Wald. Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton, 312-255-3700. 9:30 AM

Children's Reading Stage "Favorite children's books and stories step from the page to the stage at this magical event." Marshall Field's, kids department, fifth floor, 111 N. State, 312-781-4483. 10 AM to 3 PM

"Literary Chicago" Guided tour departing from the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington, 312-742-1190, $50. 10 AM to 3 PM

"Creating an Effective Writing Group" Workshop with Lisa Rosenthal, author of The Writing Group Book. Lincoln Park branch library, 1150 W. Fullerton, 312-744-1926. 11 AM

"The Social Novel Continued" Native Pilsen writers Stuart Dybek and Alexai Galaviz Budziszewski read from their works about Chicago's working class. Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton, 312-255-3700. 11 AM

Michele Feder-Nadoff The sculptor and Cuentos Foundation artistic director discusses Ritmo del Fuego/Rhythm of Fire: The Art and Artisans of Santa Clara del Cobre. Edgewater branch library, 1210 W. Elmdale, 312-744-0718. 2 PM

Seattle Sutton The diet guru offers The Seattle Sutton Solution. Borders Books & Music, 830 N. Michigan, 312-573-0564. 2 PM

"Women of Mystery: Three Writers Who Forever Changed Detective Fiction" Screening of a documentary on mystery novelists Sara Paretsky, Sue Grafton, and Marcia Muller. A discussion led by CPL librarians Megan McArdle and Annie Ayres follows. Budlong Woods branch library, 5630 N. Lincoln, 312-742-9590. 2 PM

Neal Samors and Richard Cahan present Real Chicago: Photographs From the Files of the Chicago Sun-Times. Barnes & Noble, 1441 W. Webster, 773-871-3610. 3 PM

MONDAY 18

Suzanne Strempek Shea reads from her novel Becoming Finola and her nonfictional Shelf Life: Romance, Mystery, Drama, and Other Page-Turning Adventures From a Year in a Bookstore. Robert Morris College, 401 S. State, 312-935-4810. Noon and 6 PM

Julia Alvarez discusses her novel In The Time of the Butterflies (this year's "One Book, One Chicago" selection) with writer Ana Castillo. Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State, 312-747-4080. 6 PM

Sean Astin (The Lord of the Rings) signs his memoir, There and Back Again: An Actor's Tale. Borders Books & Music, 830 N. Michigan, 312-573-0564. 7 PM

Dennis Foley offers The Streets and San Man's Guide to Chicago Eats. Oriole Park branch library, 7454 W. Balmoral, 312-744-1965. 7 PM

Daniel Johnson reads from his poetry collection How to Catch a Falling Knife. Budlong Woods branch library, 5630 N. Lincoln, 312-742-9590. 7 PM

Stephen Elliott talks about Looking Forward to It: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the American Electoral Process. Barbara's Bookstore, 1218 S. Halsted, 312-413-2665. 7:30 PM

TUESDAY 19

Julia Alvarez reads from her novel In the Time of the Butterflies (this year's "One Book, One Chicago" selection). Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum, 1852 W. 19th, 312-738-1503. Tickets required; must be picked up in person at the museum (call for availability). 7 PM

Robert Ledermann discusses Chicago's State Street Christmas Parade. Edgebrook branch library, 5331 W. Devon, 312-744-8313. 7 PM

"Sharing Fall Tales, Tall Tales With a Dash of Chill" The Chicago Storytelling Guild offers "stories of the season." For adults and older teens. Hyde Park Union Church, 5600 S. Woodlawn, 773-288-7217. 7:30 PM

WEDNESDAY 20

Audrey Niffenegger The Chicago Public Library Foundation's 2004 21st Century Award winner reads from her debut novel, The Time Traveler's Wife. Harold Washington Library Center, Chicago Authors Room, 400 S. State, 312-747-4080. 5:30 PM

D.A. Powell reads from his poetry collection Cocktails. Columbia College Library, 624 S. Michigan, 312-344-8139. 5:30 PM

Kim Campbell The former prime minister of Canada, author of the memoir Time and Chance, speaks on "Leading After Leaving." Harold Washington Library Center, auditorium, 400 S. State, 312-747-4080. 6 PM

"In the Time of the Butterflies" Screening of the film adaptation of the Julia Alvarez novel, starring Salma Hayek and Edward James Olmos. DePaul Student Center, room 120, 2250 N. Sheffield, 773-325-7840. 6 PM

F Magazine Book Party Contributors to Columbia College's fiction magazine read their work; hosted by editors John Schultz and Tom Popp. Columbia College Residence Hall, 731 S. Plymouth, 312-344-7611. 7:30 PM

THURSDAY 21

Stephen Greenblatt The historian discusses Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare. Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton, 312-255-3700. 6 PM

Robert Mankoff The New Yorker cartoon editor and contributing cartoonists present The Complete Cartoons of the New Yorker. Harold Washington Library Center, auditorium, 400 S. State, 312-747-4080. 6 PM

"Writing in Chicago" Members of the Neighborhood Writing Alliance share poems and stories about life in Chicago. Rogers Park branch library, 6907 N. Clark, 312-744-0156 or 773-684-2724. 6 PM

Jeff Libman discusses An Immigrant Class: Oral Histories From Chicago's Newest Immigrants. Edgewater branch library, 1210 W. Elmdale, 312-744-0718. 6:30 PM

Nell McClendon The inspirational author talks about Women Honoring Men. Woodson Regional Library, 9525 S. Halsted, 312-747-6921. 6:30 PM

Robert Olen Butler The Pulitzer-winning novelist (A Good Scent From a Strange Mountain) reads from his latest, Had a Good Time. Barbara's Bookstore, 1218 S. Halsted, 312-413-2665. 7:30 PM

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