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The final three days of the city-sponsored literary festival feature talks, tours, signings, and readings by local and national writers, poets, and scholars as well as discussions and family and children's activities at locations throughout the city and in the suburbs. Admission is free unless otherwise noted.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13

"The Great Books Capital of America: A Look at the Role of Chicago in the Great Books Movement"

Adam Rose of the University of Chicago's adult liberal education program presents a lecture and leads a book discussion. Noon to 2 PM: University of Chicago, Gleacher Center, room 60, 450 N. Cityfront Plaza Dr. 773-834-0157.

Story Hour

Stories in English and Spanish followed by a related arts and crafts project. Noon: Chicago Public Library, Toman branch, 4005 W. 27th. 312-747-8114.

David McCullough

The author, historian, and Carl Sandburg Literary Award winner is interviewed by Chicago Sun-Times columnist Steve Neal. A book signing follows. 12:15 PM: Harold Washington Library Center, lower-level auditorium, 400 S. State. 312-747-4080.

Vicki Quade

The journalist and playwright signs her book I Remember Bob Collins, a memoir of the late radio host. 12:30 PM: Marshall Field's, book department, 111 N. State. 312-781-4282.

Hollywood Bad Girls

Local writer Lottie Da presents a video based on her book Bad Girls of the Silver Screen. 2 PM: Chicago Public Library, Northtown branch, 6435 N. California. 312-744-2292.

Ingrid de Kok

The South African lyric poet speaks on her work. 3 PM: University of Chicago, Wieboldt Hall, room 403, 1010 E. 59th. 773-702-9027.

Carlos Monsivais and Elena Poniatowska

Cultural critic Monsivais, author of Mexican Postcards, and Poniatowska, author of the novel Tinisima and Guerreroviejo, a photo collection, read from and sign their books. Part of a tribute to Mexican writer Fernando Benitez. 6 PM: Art Institute of Chicago, Rubloff Auditorium, Michigan and Adams. 312-443-3680.

Marc PoKempner

Photographer and Reader contributor PoKempner signs copies of his recent collection, Down at Theresa's . . . Chicago Blues. 6 PM: School of the Art Institute of Chicago, ballroom, 112 S. Michigan. 312-443-3583.

Zahi Hawass

The archaeologist signs his book Valley of the Golden Mummies, about his 1996 discovery of more than 100 mummies in a 2,000-year-old tomb in Egypt. 6:30 PM: Field Museum of Natural History, 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr. $12, $10 for students and educators. 312-665-7400.

"Historical Structures and the Extraterrestrial Book"

Designer and "book craftsman" Timothy Ely discusses his work. 6:30 PM: Columbia College Center for Book and Paper Arts, 1104 S. Wabash. 312-344-6630.

Christine Hume and Sarah Blake

Local writers read from their work: Hume from her poetry collection Musca Domestica and Blake from her novel Grange House. 7 PM: 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th. 773-684-1300.

Art Shay

The local photojournalist signs his book Album for an Age: Unconventional Words and Pictures From the Twentieth Century and discusses his career. 7 PM: Powell's Bookstore, 2850 N. Lincoln. 773-248-1444.

Women Writers Conference VI Keynote Reading

Poets Lucille Clifton and Maxine Kumin read from their work to kick off the two-day conference. 7 PM: Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. $12, $10 for students. Entire conference is $50 in advance, $55 at the door; $40 in advance and $45 at the door for students and seniors. 773-296-1108, ext. 18. Reservations recommended.

The Silver Chair

Lifeline Theatre's adaptation of the fourth installment in C.S. Lewis's "The Chronicles of Narnia" (running weekends through December 10). 8 PM: Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood. $15-$18. 773-761-4477.

The Turn of the Screw

City Lit and Genesius theater companies present their stage adaptation of Henry James's short story (running weekends through November 12). 8 PM: City Lit Theater Company, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr. $20, $18 for students and seniors. 773-293-3682.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14

Women Writers Conference VI

Workshops and panel discussions with writers including Tracy Baim, Anida Esguerra, Deborah Epstein, Beatriz Badikian, Claudia Allen, and more. Presented by the Guild Complex. 10 AM to approximately 7 PM: Roosevelt University, 430 S. Michigan, second floor. See listing for Friday, October 13, for conference admission prices; tickets may also be purchased for individual events. 773-296-1108, ext. 18.

Jeff Brumbeau

The author of the children's book The Quiltmaker's Gift reads and signs his work. 10 AM: Sandmeyer's Bookstore, 714 S. Dearborn. 312-922-2104.

My Amazon River Day

Kris Nesbitt and photographer Edward G. Lines read and sign their children's book, published by the Shedd Aquarium, in conjunction with the exhibit "Amazon Rising." 10 AM to 2 PM: John G. Shedd Aquarium, 1200 S. Lake Shore Dr. 312-939-2438.

"Behind the Scenes at the Newberry Library"

An "all-access" tour of the library's collections of rare books, maps, music, and more. 10:30 AM: Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton. 312-255-3595.

"Chicago Writers, a Literary Tour"

Bus tour through the city's literary past, featuring the homes of local authors and places featured in their works. 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM: Bus leaves from Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-742-1190. Reservations required.

Family Read-Aloud

Led by local author Jane Hertenstein. 11 AM: Conrad Sulzer Regional Library, 4455 N. Lincoln. 312-744-7616.

Family Story Time

Featuring a visit from children's author Rosemary Wells's famous bunny Max. 11 AM: Borders Books & Music, 1144 Lake, Oak Park. 708-386-6927.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude

Book discussion. 11 AM: Chicago Public Library, Near North branch, 310 W. Division. 312-744-0991.

Junior Railroad Storytelling

The Inclusive Theatre presents stories, poems, and activities related to the Botanic Garden's Junior Railroad exhibit. 11 AM: Chicago Botanic Garden, 100 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe. 847-835-6808.

"Witches, Whales, and Dragon Tales"

Storytelling and songs. 11 AM to 3 PM: Grace Place, 637 S. Dearborn. 312-987-9896.

Kerry James Marshall

The local painter, photographer, and installation artist signs the book of his work, Kerry James Marshall. Noon: Art Institute of Chicago, museum shop, Michigan and Adams. 312-443-3583.

Parent Story Sharing Seminar and Demonstration

Discussion and demonstration of techniques of storytelling to preschoolers. Noon to 3 PM: Chicago Public Library, Chicago Lawn branch, 6120 S. Kedzie. 312-747-0639.

"To the Ends of the Earth: Exploring the Poles"

Guided tour of the Newberry Library exhibit of maps, drawings, photos, and rare books on this subject with first-person accounts. Noon: Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton. 312-943-9090.

"A Literary Tea"

A reading from Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre followed by an English tea. 1 PM: Chicago Public Library, South Shore branch, 2505 E. 73rd. 312-747-0391. Registration required.

The Story of Ferdinand

Lifeline Theatre's adaptation of the children's story by Munro Leaf (running weekends through December 10). 1 and 3 PM: Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood. $7. 773-761-4477.

Jim Benes

The morning news editor on WBBM AM signs his book Chicago Christmas: One Hundred Years of Christmas Memories. 1 PM: Marshall Field's, book department, 111 N. State. 312-781-4282.

Friends of Douglass Book Sale

Used book sale. 1 to 3 PM: Chicago Public Library, Douglass branch, 3353 W. 13th. 312-747-3725.

"Making Memory Books"

Children's workshop on making scrapbooks. 1:30 to 3 PM: Chicago Public Library, Uptown branch, 929 W. Buena. 312-744-8400.

Book Making Demonstration

Art Resources in Teaching presents a family workshop. 2 to 3:15 PM: Carter G. Woodson Regional Library, 9525 S. Halsted. 312-747-6900.

Chicago Authors Poetry Reading

Local writers Whitney Scott and Carolyn Paprocki read from their work, followed by an open mike. 2 PM: Chicago Public Library, Logan Square branch, 3255 W. Altgeld. 312-744-5295.

Sam Greenlee

The author of The Spook Who Sat by the Door and Blues for an African Princess discusses his work. 2 PM: Chicago Public Library, Hall branch, 4801 S. Michigan. 312-747-2541.

"Hooray for Harry Potter"

The main character of J.K. Rowling's hugely successful series presents "fun and magic." 2 PM: Chicago Public Library, Independence branch, 3548 W. Irving Park. 312-744-0900.

"How to Get Your Romance Novel Published"

Panel discussion with writers Sharon DeVita, Laura Renken (aka Lori Morgan), and Allie Pleiter (aka Allie Shaw). 2 to 4 PM: Chicago Public Library, Roden branch, 6083 N. Northwest Hwy. 312-744-1478.

"Tunes and Tall Tales"

Storytelling and songs from Micheal Offutt. 2 PM: Harold Washington Library Center, Thomas Hughes Children's Library, second floor, 400 S. State. 312-747-4628.

"The World's Largest Writing Workshop"

Writers discuss their craft at Barnes & Noble bookstores all over the country. Local participants include Jerry Cleaver (1441 W. Webster, 773-871-3825), Susan M. Brackney (659 W. Diversey, 773-871-9004), Julie Hill (1130 N. State, 312-280-8155), Linda Edelstein (1701 Sherman, Evanston, 847-328-0883), Elizabeth Berg (55 Old Orchard Center, Skokie, 847-676-2230), and Nancy Beckett (5405 Touhy, Skokie, 847-329-8460). 2 PM. Call stores for details.

Yolanda Joe

The author discusses her mystery Details at Ten, written under the name Ardella Garland. 3 PM: Barbara's Bookstore, 9500 S. Western, Evergreen Park. 708-423-3456.

Luis Gabriel Aguilera

The author discusses his memoir Gabriel's Fire, about his experiences as a Mexican immigrant in a Polish south-side neighborhood. 3 to 5 PM: Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State. 312-747-4600.

The Turn of the Screw

City Lit and Genesius theater companies present their stage adaptation of Henry James's short story (running weekends through November 12). 3 and 8 PM: City Lit Theater Company, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr. $20, $18 for students and seniors. 773-293-3682.

"Flip for Books!"

Family workshop on making flip-art books. 3:30 PM: Chicago Public Library, Walker branch, 11071 S. Hoyne. 312-747-1920. Registration required.

Printers Row Fine & Rare Books Opening

Reception for this new antiquarian bookstore. 4 to 7 PM: Printers Row Fine & Rare Books, 715 S. Dearborn. 312-583-1800.

Mark Doty

The writer reads from his memoir, Firebird. 7:30 PM: Barbara's Bookstore, 1350 N. Wells. 312-642-5044.

Book Fair

Used books for sale, plus a "book summit" for teenagers and bookbinding workshops. 10 AM to 3 PM: Chicago Public Library, Walker branch, 11071 S. Hoyne. 312-747-1920.

The Silver Chair

Lifeline Theatre's adaptation of the fourth installment in C.S. Lewis's "The Chronicles of Narnia" (running weekends through December 10). 8 PM: Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood. $15-$18. 773-761-4477.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15

Women Writers Conference VI

Workshops on writer's block/journaling with Carol LaChapelle at 10:30 AM, memoir with Francis Calloway Park at 1 PM, and fiction with Cris Mazza at 3:30 PM. Presented by the Guild Complex. Roosevelt University, 430 S. Michigan, second floor. See listing for Friday, October 13, for conference admission prices; individual workshops are $20 each. 773-296-1108, ext. 18.

"The Magic of Books"

Demonstration by magician John Railing, author of 10 Awesome Card Tricks and 10 Awesome E.S.P. Tricks. Noon: Sandmeyer's Bookstore, 714 S. Dearborn. 312-922-2104.

Artist Sketch Books

Family workshop on creating mini books for drawing and recording works of art in museums. 1 to 3 PM: Terra Museum of American Art, 664 N. Michigan. 312-664-3939.

"Improving Your Book Discussion"

Seminar on developing reading and listening skills for book clubs. Presented by Gary Schoepfel of the Great Books Foundation. 1 to 2:30 PM: Borders Books & Music, 830 N. Michigan. 312-573-0564.

My Amazon River Day

Kris Nesbitt and photographer Edward G. Lines read from and sign their book, published by the Shedd Aquarium, in conjunction with the exhibit "Amazon Rising." 1 PM: Chicago Cultural Center, shop, 78 E. Washington. 312-742-0079.

The Story of Ferdinand

Lifeline Theatre's adaptation of the children's story by Munro Leaf (running weekends through December 10). 1 PM: Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood. $7. 773-761-4477.

Charlotte Lyons

The food editor of Ebony signs her book The New Ebony Cookbook. 2 PM: Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State. 312-747-1616.

"Make an Egyptian Style 'Book'"

Children's workshop on creating a papyruslike scroll. 2 to 4 PM: Oriental Institute Museum, University of Chicago, 1155 E. 58th. 773-702-9507.

"Metropolitan Chicago, the Literary Heart of America: Mysteries"

Panel discussion with local mystery writers Barbara D'Amato, Jeanne M. Dams, Hugh Holton, Alex Matthews, Harriette G. Robinet, and Mark Richard Zubro. Moderated by the Chicago Sun-Times's Edward S. Gilbreth. 2 PM: Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore, 7419 W. Madison, Forest Park. 708-771-7243.

Raeburn Flerlage and Marc PoKempner

Local photographers Flerlage (Chicago Blues: As Seen From the Inside) and PoKempner (Down at Theresa's . . . Chicago Blues) sign and discuss their books. 3 PM: 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th. 773-684-1300.

The Turn of the Screw

City Lit and Genesius theater companies present their stage adaptation of Henry James's short story (running weekends through November 12). 3 PM: City Lit Theater Company, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr. $20, $18 for students and seniors. 773-293-3682.

The Silver Chair

Lifeline Theatre's adaptation of the fourth installment in C.S. Lewis's "The Chronicles of Narnia" (running weekends through December 10). 5:30 PM: Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood. $15-$18. 773-761-4477.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Marc PoKempner.

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