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The tenth edition of Columbia College's annual literary festival, presented by the school's fiction writing department, offers readings, signings, and panels with authors and Columbia faculty and students, this year under the theme "Fighting Words: Stories of Risk and Rebellion." Events run Sunday, March 12, through Friday, March 17, at various venues as shown below. All are free. For more info call 312-344-8559 or 312-344-7611 or see storyweek.colum.edu.

SUNDAY 12

Alumni Panel Novelists Cris Burks, Brian Costello, Doris Hunt-Jorden, Jeff Jacobson, and Shawn Shiflett, Ray Bradbury biographer Sam Weller (The Bradbury Chronicles), and physician David Edelberg (The Triple Whammy Cure) discuss their publishing experiences. Smart Bar, 3730 N. Clark, 21+. 6 PM

Cris Burks reads from her latest novel, Neecey's Lullaby; an alumni open mike follows. Smart Bar, 3730 N. Clark, 21+. 7:30 PM

MONDAY 13

Part-time Faculty Reading Brian Costello (The Enchanters vs. Sprawlburg Springs), Jeff Jacobson (Wormfood), and Pat Pinianski, aka Patricia Rosemoor (Slater House), read from their new novels. Columbia College Ludington Bldg., 1104 S. Wabash, 8th floor. 11 AM

Shorty Reading Full-time fiction writing faculty open mike. Columbia College Ludington Bldg., 1104 S. Wabash, 8th floor. 1:30 PM

Studs Terkel, Stuart Dybek Venerable oral historian Terkel (And They All Sang: Adventures of an Eclectic Disc Jockey, et al) and short-story writer/novelist/poet Dybek (The Coast of Chicago, et al) discuss their work with Booklist associate editor Donna Seaman (Writers on the Air). Book signings follow. Harold Washington Library Center, auditorium, 400 S. State. 6 PM

Story Week Tenth-Anniversary Party Meet some Story Week authors from the last decade; DJ Kevin Freese spins Chicago blues. University Center, Great Room, 525 S. State. 8:30 PM

TUESDAY 14

Undergraduate Open Mike Reading Along with a release party for the Story Week Reader, an anthology of student work. Columbia College Ludington Bldg., 1104 S. Wabash, 8th floor. 11 AM

"Stories of War and Protest" Readings and discussion with professor emeritus John Schultz, MFA candidate Chuck Belanger, and alumnus Herb Jackson. Columbia College Ludington Bldg., 1104 S. Wabash, 8th floor. 1:30 PM

Edward P. Jones The Pulitzer-winning novelist (The Known World) discusses his work with "Writers on the Record" host Victoria Lautman. A book signing follows. Harold Washington Library Center, auditorium, 400 S. State. 6 PM

WEDNESDAY 15

Graduate Open Mike Reading Students respond to specific photos in the Museum of Contemporary Photography collection. Columbia College Ludington Bldg., 1104 S. Wabash, 8th floor. 11 AM

"Women as Writers, Women as Editors" Discussion with former Paris Review editor and novelist Elizabeth Gaffney (Metropolis) and Other Voices/OV Books editor and novelist Gina Frangello (My Sister's Continent). Columbia College Ludington Bldg., 1104 S. Wabash, 8th floor. 1:30 PM

Full-time Faculty Reading With department chair Randall Albers, Eric May, and Patricia Ann McNair. Columbia College Ludington Bldg., 1104 S. Wabash, 8th floor. 6 PM

"Stories of Risk and Rebellion" Adults-only readings by Columbia College fiction writers. Blackie's, main party room, 755 S. Clark. 8:30 PM

THURSDAY 16

"What Editors Want" Discussion with editorial consultant Marcela Landres. Columbia College Ludington Bldg., 1104 S. Wabash, 8th floor. 10 AM

"The Future of Publishing" Panel with Elizabeth Gaffney, Marcela Landres, Donna Seaman, Akashic Books publisher Johnny Temple, and W.W. Norton executive editor Robert Weil. Columbia College Ludington Bldg., 1104 S. Wabash, 8th floor. 11 AM

"Writing the Unlikable Character" Panel with fiction writing visiting artist Dorothy Allison (Bastard Out of Carolina, Cavedweller, the forthcoming She Who), novelist Tom Perrotta (Little Children, Election), and faculty members Antonia Logue (Shadow-Box) and Shawn Shiflett (Hidden Place). Columbia College Ludington Bldg., 1104 S. Wabash, 8th floor. 1:30 PM

c"Fighting Words: Literary Rock 'n' Roll" Metro, 3730 N. Clark, all-ages. 6-11 PM

FRIDAY 17

"Story to Stage" Panel with Chicago Dramatists resident playwright Lydia Diamond, ETA Creative Arts Foundation artistic director Runako Jahi, Steppenwolf Theatre Company director of new play development Edward Sobel, and Congo Square Theatre Company artistic director Derrick Sanders. Columbia College Ludington Bldg., 1104 S. Wabash, 8th floor. 11 AM

Staged Scenes Lydia Diamond reads from her plays, and Columbia artist in residence Tom Mula stages and directs scenes by other playwrights. Columbia College Ludington Bldg., 1104 S. Wabash, 8th floor. 1:30 PM

August Wilson Retrospective Harbor Lit Theater Company performs scenes from the late Pulitzer-winning playwright's work; Catherine Slade directs. Columbia College Ludington Bldg., 1104 S. Wabash, 8th floor. 3:30 PM

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