Readings | Book Review | Chicago Reader

Sign up for our newsletters Subscribe




Joe Meno | Quimby's Bookstore

The local writer reads from the new paperback edition of his novel Tender as Hellfire; he'll be joined by Mickey Hess (Is Hip-Hop Dead?) and Gretchen Kalwinski. | 773-342-0910


Judith Martin | Book Cellar

"Ms. Manners" promotes her travelogue No Vulgar Hotel: The Desire and Pursuit of Venice. | 773-293-2665

Stephen Holmes |

Harold Washington Library Center

The NYU law prof discusses The Matador's Cape: America's Reckless Response to Terror. | 312-747-4050


Gerald Nicosia |

Columbia College Film Row Cinema

Kerouac biographer Nicosia (Memory Babe) speaks on "Fifty Years on the Road: Kerouac Then, Now, and Right Here." | 312-344-7611


"On the Medical Frontlines" |

Harold Washington Library Center

This American Life host Ira Glass interviews Doctors Without Borders executive director Nicolas de Torrente and surgeon Mary Ann Hopkins | 312-747-4050

Gioia Diliberto |

Women & Children First

Local writer Diliberto reads from her new novel, The Collection. | 773-769-9299

Local Author Night | Book Cellar

With novelists Silvia Foti (The Diva's Fool), Julia Buckley (Madeline Mann), Robert Rodi (When You Were Me), and Stacey Ballis (The Spinster Sisters). | 773-293-2665


Kurt Elling | 57th Street Books

Jazz singer Elling signs Lyrics, a collection of all his recorded writing. | 773-684-1300

Melissa Fay Greene |

Barnes & Noble in Evanston

Greene (Praying for Sheetrock) presents There Is No Me Without You: One Woman's Odyssey to Rescue Africa's Children. | 847-424-0848

Luis Alberto Urrea |

Lozano branch library

UIC prof Urrea discusses his novel The Hummingbird's Daughter and his nonfiction best seller The Devil's Highway. | 312-746-4239 or 312-747-4050

Tim Weiner | Pritzker Military Library

The Pulitzer-winning New York Times correspondent presents Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA. | 312-587-0234


Naomi Klein | Experimental Station

Klein (No Logo) discusses The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism. | 773-752-4381


Ragad | Quimby's Bookstore

The local lit zine hosts "Intersections: A Reading From the Streets" with local writers Ben Tanzer (Lucky Man), Pete Coco, Scott Stealey, C.T. Ballentine, and Nick Ostdick. | 773-342-0910


Wangari Maathai |

Rockefeller Memorial Chapel

The Nobel Peace Prize winner discusses her memoir, Unbowed, for a Chicago Humanities Festival program. |


Bookslut Reading Series |

Hopleaf Bar

Featuring cartoonist Emily Flake (These Things Ain't Gonna Smoke Themselves) and poet Troy Jollimore. |


Michael Gates Gill |

Borders on State

Gill discusses his memoir, How Starbucks Saved My Life. | 312-606-0750

Nicole Hollander |

Women & Children First

The cartoonist (Sylvia) offers Tales of Graceful Aging From the Planet Denial. | 773-769-9299

John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt |

International House

U. of C.'s Mearsheimer and Harvard's Walt discuss The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy. | 773-753-2270

Jonathan Messinger | Hideout

Release party for local writer Messinger's new story collection, Hiding Out. | 773-227-4433


Banned Books Week Read Out! | Newberry Library

Authors Chris Crutcher, Carolyn Mackler, and Robie Harris are joined by "local Chicago celebrities" in reading passages from their favorite banned books. | 312-255-3700


Edwidge Danticat |

Lookingglass Theatre

Victoria Lautman interviews novelist Edwidge Danticat about her new memoir, Brother, I'm Dying, as part of WFMT's Writers on the Record series. | 312-832-6789

Sunday Salon Chicago |

Charleston Bar

With fiction writers Rudolph Delson (Maynard & Jennica), Jennifer Harris (Pink), and others. | 773-489-4757



Ira Glass | Barnes & Noble in Evanston

This American Life host Glass introduces The New Kings of Nonfiction. | 847-424-0848

Beth Kohl |

Book Stall at Chestnut Court

The local writer presents Embryo Culture: Making Babies in the Twenty-first Century. | 847-446-8880


Steven Pinker | International House

The Harvard psychology prof discusses The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window Into Human Nature. | 773-753-2270


Bookslut Reading Series |

Hopleaf Bar

Featuring fiction writers Benjamin Percy (Refresh, Refresh) and Porochista Khakpour (Sons and Other Flammable Objects) and poet George Murray (The Rush to Here). |

Richard Dawkins |

International House

The evolutionary biologist talks about The God Delusion. | 773-753-2270

Cynthia Rowley |

Museum of Contemporary Art

The fashion designer signs Slim: A Fantasy Memoir. |

Glenn Stout |

Barnes & Noble DePaul Center

The sportswriter presents The Cubs: The Complete Story of Chicago Cubs Baseball. | 312-362-8795


Midwest Literary Festival |


More than 50 authors gather for workshops, book signings, panel discussions, and more. Also Sunday 10/7. |

Todd Oldham |

Museum of Contemporary Art

The designer signs Charly Harper: An Illustrated Life and Handmade Modern: Mid-Century Inspired Projects for Your Home. |


Achy Obejas |

Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore

Local writer-editor Obejas presents Havana Noir: Mystery Tales of Havana, Cuba. | 708-771-7243

Sisters in Crime 20th-Anniversary Celebration |

Women & Children First

Mystery writers Sara Paretsky, Barbara D'Amato, and Libby Fischer Hellmann present the story anthology Sisters on the Case: Celebrating Twenty Years of Sisters in Crime. | 773-769-9299


Susan Faludi | Women & Children First

Faludi (Backlash) presents The Terror Dream: Fear and Fantasy in Post-9/11 America. | 773-769-9299

Eboo Patel | International House

Patel discusses his memoir, Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation. | 773-753-2270


Wesley Clark | Borders on Michigan

Clark signs his memoir, A Time To Lead: For Duty, Honor and Country. | 312-573-0564

Kathleen Flinn |

Barnes & Noble DePaul Center

Flinn discusses her memoir, The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry: Love, Laughter, and Tears at the World's Most Famous Cooking School. | 312-362-8795

Nelson Peery | 57th Street Books

Peery presents his memoir Black Radical: The Education of an American Revolutionary, 1946-1968. | 773-684-1300

Katha Pollitt |

Women & Children First

The Nation columnist discusses her essay collection Learning to Drive: And Other Life Stories. | 773-769-9299


Erik Larson |

Barnes & Noble DePaul Center

Larson (The Devil in the White City) signs his latest, Thunderstruck. | 312-362-8795

Andrew Vachss |

Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore

Vachss signs his new thriller, Terminal. | 708-771-7243


Richard King | Borders on Michigan

The local sportscaster discusses his memoir, My Maggie. | 312-573-0564

Gale Sayers | Barnes & Noble Skokie

The Hall of Fame Chicago Bear running back signs Sayers: My Life and Times. | 847-676-2230


Erik Larson |

Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore

Larson (The Devil in the White City) signs his latest, Thunderstruck. | 708-771-7243


Ken Follett |

Borders on State, Barnes & Noble Skokie

Follett signs his new novel, World Without End. | 312-606-0750, 847-676-2230

A.J. Jacobs | Barbara's Oak Park

Jacobs (The Know-It-All) presents The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible. | 708-848-9140

Ann Patchett | Newberry Library

The novelist reads from her latest, Run. | 312-255-3700


The Literary Gangs of Chicago | Museum of Contemporary Art

Novelist-artist Audrey Niffenegger (The Time Traveler's Wife, The Three Incestuous Sisters) is the featured reader. |

Cass Sunstein | 57th Street Books

The U. of C. law prof presents 2.0. | 773-684-1300

Jamie Trecker |

Barnes & Noble DePaul Center

The local sportswriter signs Love and Blood: At the World Cup With the Footballers, Fans, and Freaks. | 312-362-8795


Elisabeth Squires |

Women & Children First

Squires promotes Boobs: A Guide to Your Girls. | 773-769-9299

A. Van Jordan, Tyehimba Jess |

School of the Art Institute

Poets Jordan (Rise) and Jess (Leadbelly) read their work. |


Keir Graff | After-Words Bookstore

Release party for local writer Graff's new novel, My Fellow Americans. | 312-464-1110

Benjamin Percy | 57th Street Books

Percy reads from his story collection, Refresh, Refresh. | 773-684-1300


Civil War Saturday |

Pritzker Military Library

With historians Chandra Manning (What This Cruel War Was Over: Soldiers, Slavery, and the Civil War) and Donald A. Davis (Stonewall Jackson). | 312-587-0234

Geoffrey Stone | 57th Street Books

The U. of C. law prof presents Top Secret: When Our Government Keeps Us in the Dark. | 773-684-1300


Andrea Barrett |

Lookingglass Theatre

Victoria Lautman interviews novelist Andrea Barrett (The Air We Breathe) as part of WFMT's Writers on the Record series. | 312-832-6789

Libby Fischer Hellmann |

Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore

The local mystery writer signs Chicago Blues: A New Collection of Short Stories About the Real Windy City. | 708-771-7243

Cathy Wilkerson |

Women & Children First

Wilkerson discusses her memoir, Flying Close to the Sun: My Life and Times as a Weatherman. | 773-769-9299


Garrison Keillor |

Oak Park Public Library

Keillor reads from his latest novel, Pontoon. | 708-383-8200

Kenneth J. Saltman |

57th Street Books

Saltman (Schooling and the Politics of Disaster) talks about Capitalizing on Disaster: Taking and Breaking Public Schools. | 773-684-1300


Shalom Auslander | Abbey Pub

Auslander discusses his new memoir, Foreskin's Lament. |

Bookslut Reading Series |

Hopleaf Bar

Featuring novelist Matthew Eck (The Farther Shore). |

Marc Falkoff | 57th Street Books

The local attorney presents Poems From Guantanamo: The Detainees Speak. | 773-684-1300


Cave Canem | Art Institute

Members of the poetry collective read from their new anthology, The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South. |

Frank Warren |

Barnes & Noble DePaul Center, Barbara's University Village

The creator of offers A Lifetime of Secrets. | 312-362-8795, 312-413-2665

Friday 26

Dahr Jamail | International House

The journalist presents Beyond the Green Zone: Dispatches From an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq. | 773-753-2270


Chicago Humanities Festival |

Multiple Venues

See sidebar | Through 11/11 |

Scott Kenemore |

Barnes & Noble on Webster

The local writer promotes his humor book, The Zen of Zombie: Better Living Through the Undead. | 773-871-3610


Sunday Salon Chicago |

Charleston Bar

Local novelist Samuel Park (Shakespeare's Sonnets) is the featured reader. | 773-489-4757



Paula Kamen |

Barbara's University Village

The local writer talks about Finding Iris Chang: Friendship, Ambition, and the Loss of an Extraordinary Mind. | 312-413-2665


Bookslut Reading Series |

Hopleaf Bar

Featuring Shalom Auslander with his new memoir, Foreskin's Lament. |

Fightin' Words: The Literature of War |

School of the Art Institute

Poets Brian Turner (Here, Bullet) and Bruce Weigl (Song of Napalm) read their work. |


Julie M. Fenster |

Pritzker Military Library

The historian discusses The Case of Abraham Lincoln: A Story of Adultery, Murder, and the Making of a Great President. | 312-587-0234

Bobby Flay | Borders on Michigan

The restaurateur promotes Bobby Flay's Mesa Grill Cookbook. | 312-573-0564


John Theodore | 57th Street Books

Theodore presents Evil Summer: Babe Leopold, Dickie Loeb, and the Kidnap-Murder of Bobby Franks. | 773-684-1300


Ann Packer |

Lookingglass Theatre

Victoria Lautman interviews novelist Ann Packer (Songs Without Words) as part of WFMT's Writers on the Record series. | 312-832-6789


Paul Budnitz |

Museum of Contemporary Art

The Kidrobot founder lectures and signs I Am Plastic: The Designer Toy Explosion. |

Peter Cole |

School of the Art Institute

The poet and translator discusses The Dream of a Poem: Hebrew Poetry From Muslim and Christian Spain 950-1492 |


Jeffrey Wasserstrom |

International House

The historian discusses China's Brave New World--And Other Tales for Global Times. | 773-753-2270


Sunday Salon Chicago |

Charleston Bar

Local novelist Cris Mazza (Waterbaby) is the featured reader. | 773-489-4757


Ralph Peters |

Pritzker Military Library

Peters discusses Wars of Blood and Faith: The Conflicts That Will Shape the Twenty-first Century. | 312-587-0234 Abbey Pub 3420 W. Grace |

After-Words Bookstore 23 E. Illinois | 312-464-1110

Art Institute of Chicago Michigan and Adams | 312-443-3600 |

Barbara's Bookstore 1218 S. Halsted | 312-413-2665 |

Barbara's Bookstore 1100 Lake | Oak Park | 708-848-9140 |

Barnes & Noble DePaul Center | 1 E. Jackson | 312-362-8795 |

Barnes & Noble 1441 W. Webster | 773-871-3610 |

Barnes & Noble 1630 Sherman, Evanston | 847-424-0848 |

Book Cellar 4736 N. Lincoln | 773-293-2665,

Book Stall at Chestnut Court 811 Elm | Winnetka | 847-446-8880 |

Bookslut Reading Series at Hopleaf Bar 5148 N. Clark | 773-334-9851 |

Borders 2817 N. Clark | 773-935-3909 |

Borders 830 N. Michigan, 312-573-0564 |

Borders 150 N. State, 312-606-0750 |

Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore 7419 W. Madison | Forest Park | 708-771-7243 |

Charleston Bar 2076 N. Hoyne | 773-489-4757

Chicago Humanities Festival at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel University of Chicago | 5850 S. Woodlawn | 312-494-9509 |

Columbia College Film Row Cinema 1104 S. Wabash | 8th fl. | 312-344-7611 |

Experimental Station 6100 S. Blackstone | 773-241-5458

57th Street Books 1301 E. 57th | 773-684-1300 |

Harold Washington Library Center 400 S. State | 312-747-4050 |

Hideout 1354 W. Wabansia | 773-227-4433 |

International House, University of Chicago 1414 E. 59th | 773-753-2270

Lozano branch library 1805 S. Loomis | 312-746-4239 |

Museum of Contemporary Art 220 E. Chicago | 312-280-2660 |

Myopic Books 1564 N. Milwaukee | 773-862-4882 |

Newberry Library 60 W. Walton | 312-255-3700 |

Oak Park Public Library 834 Lake | Oak Park | 708-383-8200 |

Pritzker Military Library 610 N. Fairbanks | 312-587-0234,

Quimby's Bookstore 1854 W. North | 773-342-0910 |

School of the Art Institute 37 S. Wabash |

Women & Children First 5233 N. Clark | 773-769-9299 |

Writers on the Record at Lookingglass Theatre 821 N. Michigan | 312-832-6789,

Support Independent Chicago Journalism: Join the Reader Revolution

We speak Chicago to Chicagoans, but we couldn’t do it without your help. Every dollar you give helps us continue to explore and report on the diverse happenings of our city. Our reporters scour Chicago in search of what’s new, what’s now, and what’s next. Stay connected to our city’s pulse by joining the Reader Revolution.

Are you in?

  Reader Revolutionary $35/month →  
  Rabble Rouser $25/month →  
  Reader Radical $15/month →  
  Reader Rebel  $5/month  → 

Not ready to commit? Send us what you can!

 One-time donation  → 

Add a comment