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The Columbia College fiction writing department's festival, "Crossing Borders/Pushing Boundaries," features readings, panel discussions, book signings, and conversations with local and national authors. The festival runs Monday, March 26, through Friday, March 30. Most events will be held at or near Columbia College, except for Thursday night's activities at Metro. All events are free. For more information call 312-344-7611.

Monday, March 26

Columbia College Faculty Reading

Novelists Aaron Roy Even (Bloodroot) and Joe Meno (Tender as Hellfire) and playwright Carson Becker (A Mislaid Heaven) read from their work. Columbia College, Ferguson Theater, 600 S. Michigan. 3 PM.

Columbia College Alumni Reading

Columbia fiction writing teacher Don De Grazia (American Skin), Geling Yan (The Lost Daughter of Happiness and the film Xiu Xiu: The Sent-Down Girl), and Sam Weller (Secret Chicago: The Unique Guidebook to Chicago's Hidden Sites, Sounds, and Tastes) are featured. There will also be an open mike and reception. Adventurers' Club, 555 N. Franklin. 7 PM.

Tuesday, March 27

Sheri Holman

A reading by the author of the novels The Dress Lodger and A Stolen Tongue. Columbia College, Residence Hall, Community Lounge, 731 S. Plymouth Court. 2 PM.

Publishing Panel

Participants include Amy Einhorn, editorial director for Warner Books; novelist Sheri Holman; Sam Jemielity, editor for Playboy.com; Joanna Pulcini of the Linda Chester Agency; and author Sam Weller. Moderated by Columbia professor emeritus John Schultz. Columbia College, Residence Hall, Community Lounge, 731 S. Plymouth Court. 3:30 PM.

Columbia College Faculty Reading

Andy Allegretti, Ann Hemenway, and Alexis Pride read from their short stories and essays. Hosted by Columbia professor emeritus Betty Shiflett. Columbia College, Residence Hall, Community Lounge, 731 S. Plymouth Court. 6:30 PM.

Wednesday, March 28

Dorothy Allison and Sherman Alexie

Novelist and essayist Allison (Cavedweller, Bastard Out of Carolina) and novelist, poet, and screenwriter Alexie (The Toughest Indian in the World, Smoke Signals) participate in an open conversation on the writing life. Moderated by festival director Patricia Ann McNair. A reception and book signings follow. Harold Washington Library Center, Winter Garden, 400 S. State. 4 PM.

Dorothy Allison

Allison reads from a novel in progress. Harold Washington Library Center, Winter Garden, 400 S. State. 6:30 PM.

Thursday, March 29

Geling Yan

The novelist and screenwriter reads from her work and leads a discussion on writing. Hermann D. Conaway Multicultural Center, 1104 S. Wabash. 10:20 AM.

Sherman Alexie, Hugh Holton, and Louise Meriwether

Alexie, Chicago cop and prolific suspense writer Holton (Time of the Assassins, the forthcoming Devil's Shadow), and novelist Meriwether (Shadow Dancing, Fragments of the Ark) read from their work. Hosted by Columbia fiction department chair Randall Albers. A performance by the band Bumpus follows. Metro, 3730 N. Clark. 7 PM.

Friday, March 30

Literacy Outreach

Columbia fiction writing professor Alexis Pride and author Louise Meriwether talk about the writing life. This program is intended for middle and high school students. Columbia College, Residence Hall, Community Lounge, 731 S. Plymouth Court. 10 AM to noon. Call 312-344-7092 for more on this event.

Open Mike Reading

Sponsored by the fiction writing department student board. Columbia College, Hokin Auditorium, 623 S. Wabash. 4:30 PM.

Readings in the Raw

The fiction writing department's graduate reading series. Columbia College, Hokin Gallery, 623 S. Wabash. 7 PM.

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

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