The city’s annual literary festival runs through October 30, with readings and book signings by local and national writers, poets, and scholars as well as discussions, lectures, workshops, and children’s activities at bookstores, public libraries, and other venues. Some events feature this year’s “One Book, One Chicago” selection, Julia Alvarez’s novel In the Time of the Butterflies. All are free unless otherwise noted. For more information call 312-747-4300, see, or contact the hosting venues.

Following is the schedule through October 7; a complete schedule is available online at


Carlos Eire discusses his 2003 National Book Award-winning memoir, Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy. Loyola University, Lewis Library, 25 E. Pearson, 312-915-6948, $10. 6 PM


“Libraries and Free Speech” Talk by American Library Association president Carol A. Brey-Casiano. Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton, 312-255-3700. 11 AM

Read-Out: The ALA’s 23rd Annual Banned Books Week Author Sara Paretsky, cartoonist Nicole Hollander, activist Jay Miller, and “ghost hunter” Richard Crowe join “other notable supporters of intellectual freedom” to offer readings from banned books. Washington Square Park, 901 N. Clark, 312-255-3700. 12:30 PM

Margaret Burroughs The artist, poet, activist, and cofounder of the DuSable Museum signs her autobiography, Life With Margaret. Woodson Regional Library, 9525 S. Halsted, 312-745-2080. 2 PM

“Getting a Life” Edgewater writers Helen Cammuso, A.J. Kelly, and Dee Greenberg read from their story collection. Edgewater branch library, 1210 W. Elmdale, 312-744-0718. 2 PM

J. Jermayne signs her novels Cleaning Out My Closet, The Grass Isn’t Always Greener, and Daddy’s Little Girl. Woodson Regional Library, 9525 S. Halsted, 312-747-6921. 2 PM

Jerome Pohlen discusses Oddball Illinois: A Guide to Some Really Strange Places. Oriole Park branch library, 7454 W. Balmoral, 312-744-1965. 2 PM

“Illinois 24/7” Local photography students discuss their work in conjunction with the release of a new book of photos from around the state. Barnes & Noble, 1441 W. Webster, 773-871-3610. 3 PM


Elaine Coorens talks about Wicker Park From 1673 Thru 1929 and Walking Tour Guide. Barnes & Noble, 1441 W. Webster, 773-871-3610. 3 PM

Pervis Spann The “Blues Man” talks about The 40 Year Spann of WVON. World Folk Music Company, 1808 W. 103rd, 773-779-7059. 3 PM


Kristin Gore Al Gore’s daughter, a comedy writer by profession, signs her debut novel, Sammy’s Hill. Borders Books & Music, 150 N. State, 312-606-0750. 12:30 PM

Molly Moynahan reads from her novel Stone Garden. A benefit for Literacy Works. Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark, 773-769-9299 or 773-334-8255, $10. 7:30 PM

Arthur Phillips reads from his novel The Egyptologist. Barbara’s Bookstore, 1218 S. Halsted, 312-413-2665. 7:30 PM


“The Encyclopedia of Chicago” A release party for this massive tome includes a trivia contest with “your favorite Chicago celebrities.” Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State, 312-747-4080. 6 PM

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie The Nigerian-born writer reads from her debut novel, Purple Hibiscus. Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark, 773-769-9299. 7:30 PM

Lucy Anderton and Josie Raney read their poetry for the Guild Complex’s Women Writers Series. Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division, 773-227-6117. 7:30 PM


Alex Kotlowitz discusses Never a City So Real: A Walk in Chicago. Harold Washington Library Center, auditorium, 400 S. State, 312-747-4080. 6 PM

Haki Madhubuti The founder of Third World Press reads poetry from his collection Run Toward Fear. Woodson Regional Library, 9525 S. Halsted, 312-745-2080. 6:30 PM

Cranston Knight reads from his poetry collection La Brigada: Spain (1933-1939). Edgewater branch library, 1210 W. Elmdale, 312-744-0718. 7 PM

Ralph Lopez presents Laugh Your Troubles Away: The Complete History of Riverview Park, Chicago, Illinois. Austin-Irving branch library,

6100 W. Irving Park, 312-744-6222. 7 PM

CC Cari Lynn Barnes & Noble, 1441 W. Webster, 773-871-3610. 7:30 PM

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