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The 11th annual Columbia College literary festival offers readings, signings, and panels with novelists and Columbia faculty, this year under the theme "Cities of Words." Events run Sunday, March 11, through Friday, March 16. All are free. For more info call 312-344-7611 or see colum.edu/storyweek.

sunDAY11

Story Workshop 40th Anniversary Celebration Professor emeritus John Schultz and professor emerita Betty Shiflett read their work and discuss the school's Story Workshop method of teaching writing. Smart Bar, 3730 N. Clark, 21+. 5:30 PM

Alumni Reading Todd Dills reads from his debut novel, Sons of the Rapture, which "explores the surly restlessness of youth, the repressed anger of a still-divided country, and the confused joy of perpetual drunkenness," and Marcus Sakey from his debut thriller, The Blade Itself, set in a Chicago uneasily strung between gritty old neighborhoods and gleaming new loft condos. Smart Bar, 3730 N. Clark, 21+. 7 PM

monDAY12

Part-Time Faculty Reading With Mort Castle (On Writing Horror), Deb R. Lewis, and James Sherman. Columbia College Ludington Bldg., 8th fl., 1104 S. Wabash. 11 AM

Shorty Reading Full-time fiction-writing faculty open mike. Columbia College Ludington Bldg., 8th fl., 1104 S. Wabash. 3 PM

Anchee Min (The Last Empress) is interviewed by Booklist associate editor and WLUW Open Books host Donna Seaman (Writers on the Air). Harold Washington Library Center, auditorium, 400 S. State. 6 PM

tuesDAY13

Undergraduate Open Mike Reading Columbia College Ludington Bldg., 8th fl., 1104 S. Wabash. 11 AM

Faculty Readings With Andrew Allegretti, John McNally (America's Report Card, in which the unlikely heroes Charlie and Jainey discover that there's a lot more at stake in the nation's standardized testing program than just college admissions), Lisa Schlesinger, and Shawn Shiflett (Hidden Place). Columbia College Ludington Bldg., 8th fl., 1104 S. Wabash. 3 PM

Graduate Student Reading and Open Mike Columbia College Ludington Bldg., 8th fl., 1104 S. Wabash. 6 PM

wednesDAY14

Staged Scenes Faculty members Tom Mula and Lisa Schlesinger present selections from students' scripts. Columbia College Ludington Bldg., 8th fl., 1104 S. Wabash. 11 AM

Conversation With the Authors Novelists Salman Rushdie (Midnight's Children) and Jonathan Lethem (You Don't Love Me Yet) discuss "Process and Place." Harold Washington Library Center, auditorium, 400 S. State. 3 PM

Salman Rushdie reads from his novel Shalimar the Clown. Harold Washington Library Center, Winter Garden, 400 S. State. 6 PM

thursDAY15

New York and Beyond Publishing panel with Milkweed Editions publicity manager Emily Cook, Bookslut.com founder and editor in chief Jessa Crispin, Soft Skull Press publisher Richard Nash, Sun-Times books editor Cheryl L. Reed, and Booklist associate editor and WLUW Open Books host Donna Seaman (Writers on the Air). Columbia College Ludington Bldg., 8th fl., 1104 S. Wabash. 11 AM

Conversation With the Authors Featuring Chris Abani (The Virgin of Flames), Geling Yan (The Banquet Bug), and Jonathan Lethem (You Don't Love Me Yet). Columbia College Ludington Bldg., 8th fl., 1104 S. Wabash. 3 PM

Literary Rock and Roll Readings by Chris Abani, Geling Yan, and Jonathan Lethem and music by Mr. Greenweedz. Martyrs', 3855 N. Lincoln. 6 PM

friDAY16

Hair Trigger Release Party Celebrating the release of issue 29 of the student anthology. Columbia College Hokin Gallery, 623 S. Wabash. 6 PM

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