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Chicago's second annual literary festival continues through October 14, featuring readings by local and national writers, poets, and scholars as well as discussions, lectures, workshops, exhibits, tours, and family and children's activities at locations throughout the city. Admission is free unless otherwise noted. See Movies for screenings of To Kill a Mockingbird at library locations in conjunction with "One Book, One City." For more information call 312-747-4300, see www.chicagopubliclibrary.org, or contact the sponsoring venue for specific events.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12

Ronne Hartfield

The arts educator discusses Another Way Home. 11 AM: Chicago Cultural Center, G.A.R Hall, 78 E. Washington. 312-922-0440, ext. 232.

Mother and Daughter Book Club

Girls 11 to 14 and their moms are invited to discuss Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird. 6 PM: Barnes & Noble, 1441 W. Webster. 773-871-3610.

"A Brief History of Design Binding"

Lecture by Barbara Korbel, director of book conservation at the Art Institute's Ryerson-Burnham Library. 6:30 PM: Columbia College, Center for Book & Paper Arts, 1104 S. Wabash. 312-344-6630.

Paule Marshall and Sharon Olds

Readings by novelist Marshall and poet Olds kick off the seventh annual Guild Complex Women Writers Conference. 7 PM: Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State. $12, $10 for students and seniors. 312-747-4300 or 773-227-6117.

J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Return of the King"

Play. 8 PM: Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood. $20, $16 for students and seniors. 773-761-4477.

Laura Day

The author discusses The Circle: How the Power of a Single Wish Can Change Your Life. 8:30 PM: Barnes & Noble, 1441 W. Webster. 773-871-3610.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13

Joyce Miller Bean

Storytelling for children. 10 AM: Chicago Public Library, Mount Greenwood branch, 11010 S. Kedzie. 312-747-2805 or 773-233-7633.

Paulette McDaniels

Storytelling for children. 10 AM: Barnes & Noble, 659 W. Diversey. 773-871-9004.

"Behind the Scenes at the Newberry"

Tour. 10:30 AM: Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton. 312-255-3700.

Literary Chicago Tour

Explore the literary history of the city's neighborhoods. 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM: Departs from Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. $25, $20 for seniors, students, and children. 312-742-1190.

Amy Krouse Rosenthal

The author and humorist talks about The Mother's Guide to the Meaning of Life. 10:30 AM: Conrad Sulzer Regional Library, 4455 N. Lincoln. 312-744-7616.

"The Writer's Journal"

Workshop. 10:30 AM: Chicago Public Library, Uptown branch, 929 W. Buena. 312-744-8400.

Book Discussion

Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird. 11 AM: Chicago Public Library, Near North branch, 310 W. Division. 312-744-0991.

Children's Storytime

Features books by Chicago authors and illustrators. For ages two to five. 11 AM: Barnes & Noble, 1441 W. Webster. 773-871-3610.

Antique Book Road Show

Appraisals of collectible books; discover if yours are "trash or treasure." Noon: Printers Row Fine & Rare Books, 715 S. Dearborn. 312-583-1800.

Gerber/Hart Library Open House

A behind-the-scenes tour of the library's archives and special collections. Noon to 4 PM: Gerber/Hart Library, 1127 W. Granville. 773-381-8030.

Poetry Reading

Readers to be announced; call for info. Noon: African American Images, 1909 W. 95th. 773-445-0322.

"Multilingual Fairy Tales"

Theatrical readings in English, French, German, and Spanish. 12:30 PM: Alliance Francaise, 810 N. Dearborn. 312-337-5473 or 312-263-0475.

Book Discussion

Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird. 11 AM: Chicago Public Library, South Shore branch, 2505 E. 73rd. 312-747-5281.

Becky Chavarria-Chairez

The children's book author (Magda's Tortillas and Magda's Pinata Magic) reads, followed by arts and crafts. 1 PM: Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum, 1852 W. 19th. $4, $3 for students and seniors. 312-738-1503.

William Fuller and Devin Johnston

The poets read their works. 1 PM: Harold Washington Library Center, Chicago Authors Room, 400 S. State. 312-747-4700.

"Julius Caesar" Theatrical Reading

Performance by the Shakespeare Project of Chicago. 1 PM: Harold Washington Library Center, auditorium, 400 S. State. 773-334-8771 or 312-747-4300.

"Puss in Boots"

Musical play for children. 1 PM: Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood. $8. 773-761-4477.

"Book Appraisals"

Expert Thomas Joyce discusses rare books. 2 PM: Chicago Public Library, Lincoln Park branch, 1150 W. Fullerton. 312-744-1926.

Children's Storytime

For all ages. 2 PM: Barnes & Noble, 659 W. Diversey. 773-871-9004.

"How to Write a Mystery Novel: The Tricks of the Trade"

Discussion with novelist Michael Raleigh. 2 PM: Chicago Public Library, Manning branch, 6 S. Hoyne. 312-746-6800.

"Pearl Hart and Valerie Taylor: A Chicago Love Story"

Talk by historian Marie Kuda. 2 PM: Gerber/Hart Library, 1127 W. Granville. 773-381-8030.

"Writers' Block: Stories From Chicago's Neighborhoods"

Readings of stories and poems by writers from the Journal of Ordinary Thought. 2 PM: Chicago Public Library, Hall branch, 4801 S. Michigan. 312-747-2541 or 773-684-2742.

Book Signing

Author to be announced; call for info. 2:30 PM: African American Images, 1909 W. 95th. 773-445-0322.

Sara Paretsky

The mystery novelist reads from Total Recall. 3 PM: Barnes & Noble, 1441 W. Webster. 773-871-3610.

"Puss in Boots"

Musical play for children. 3 PM: Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood. $8. 773-761-4477.

"In the Company of Readers: An All-Nighter for Educators at the Field Museum"

Chicago authors and educators "explore how reading great books in the presence of fascinating artifacts can deliver powerful experiences in learning." Call to register. 5:30 PM to 9 AM: Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr. $60. 312-665-7652.

J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Return of the King"

Play. 8 PM: Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood. $20, $16 for students and seniors. 773-761-4477.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14

"Behind the Story"

Tour led by Greg Holden, author of Literary Chicago. 9:30 AM to 1 PM: Chicago Historical Society, Clark at North. $40. 312-642-4600.

"Puss in Boots"

Musical play for children. 1 PM: Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood. $8. 773-761-4477.

"Tales From Ancient Egypt"

Storytelling by Judith Heineman. 1 to 4 PM: Oriental Institute Museum, 1155 E. 58th. 773-702-9507.

Emily Teeter

The museum curator discusses Egypt and the Egyptians. 1 PM: Oriental Institute Museum, 1155 E. 58th. 773-702-9507.

"An Afternoon With Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear"

Ballet performances of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and The Owl and the Pussycat. 2 PM: University of Chicago, Mandel Hall, 5706 S. University. $10, $5 for children. 773-536-8103.

"Let's Make Books!"

Workshop. 2 PM: Third Unitarian Church, 301 N. Mayfield. $5 donation. 773-626-9385.

Edward Ball

The National Book Award winner (Slaves in the Family) talks about The Sweet Hell Inside: A Family History. 3 PM: 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th. 773-684-1300.

David Spruance

The writer reads from his debut novel, Voices in the Blood. 3 PM: Barnes & Noble, 1441 W. Webster. 773-871-3610.

Elizabeth Berg

The novelist reads from Never Change. 5 PM: Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark. 773-769-9299.

J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Return of the King"

Play. 5:30 PM: Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood. $20, $16 for students and seniors. 773-761-4477.

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