The city’s annual literary festival continues 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. 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 14; a complete schedule is available online at


“We Live in Chicago/Vivimos en Chicago” Mozart Elementary School students discuss their writing. Logan Square branch library, 3255 W. Altgeld, 312-744-5295. 3:30 PM


Regina Harris Baiocchi reads from her story collection Indigo Sound. Woodson Regional Library, 9525 S. Halsted, 312-747-6921. 2 PM

Kelly Norman Ellis reads poetry from Tougaloo Blues. Bezazian branch library, 1226 W. Ainslie, 312-744-0019. 2 PM

“Meeting the Muse” Writing workshop with poet Cynthia Gallaher. Oriole Park branch library, 7454 W. Balmoral, 312-744-1965. 2 PM

Ted Okuda talks about The Golden Age of Chicago Children’s Television. Edgewater branch library, 1210 W. Elmdale, 312-744-0718. 2 PM


Tony Lindsay reads from his novel Chasin’ It. Woodson Regional Library, 9525 S. Halsted, 312-747-6921. 2:30 PM


“The Mysterious Teen” Panel discussion on mystery fiction for tweens and teens. Northeastern Illinois University, Williams Library, 5500 N. Saint Louis, 773-442-4460. For ages 9 to 18 and librarians, parents, and teachers. 10 AM

Augusten Burroughs The memoirist (Running With Scissors) reads from Magical Thinking: True Stories. Borders Books & Music, 830 N. Michigan, 312-573-0564. 7 PM


Allegra Goodman The novelist (The Family Markowitz) discusses her work. A Nextbook Writers Series event. Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State, 312-747-4074. Reservations recommended. 6 PM

Shuli Eshel and Roger Shatz present Jewish Maxwell Street Stories. Northtown branch library, 6435 N. California, 312-744-2292. 7 PM

Christopher Lynch talks about Chicago’s Midway Airport: The First 75 Years. Budlong Woods branch library, 5630 N. Lincoln, 312-742-9590. 7 PM

“Where the Boys Are Buried: Prohibition-Era Figures and Their Burial Sites” Talk by Helen Sclair, the “Cemetery Lady.” Roden branch library, 6083 N. Northwest Hwy, 312-744-1478. 7 PM

Tara Bray Smith reads from her memoir, West of Then: A Mother, a Daughter, and a Journey Past Paradise. Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark, 773-769-9299. 7:30 PM


“Peace Tales Around the World” Presentation by Kidworks Touring Theatre Company. Harold Washington Library Center, lower-level multipurpose room, 400 S. State, 312-747-4200. For ages 3 and up. 10:30 AM

Art Spiegelman The Pulitzer-winning author-illustrator (Maus) signs In the Shadow of No Towers. Barbara’s Bookstore, 1218 S. Halsted, 312-413-2665. 12:30 PM

“In the Time of the Butterflies” DePaul faculty, including Latino Theater Festival director Henry Godinez, discuss the Julia Alvarez novel, this year’s “One Book, One Chicago” selection. DePaul Student Center, room 120, 2250 N. Sheffield, 773-325-7840. 6 PM

Anthony Bourdain presents Anthony Bourdain’s Les Halles Cookbook: Strategies, Recipes, and Techniques of Classic Bistro Cooking. Borders Books & Music, 830 N. Michigan, 312-573-0564. 7 PM

Neil deGrasse Tyson The Hayden Planetarium astrophysicist talks about Origins: 14 Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution. 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th, 773-684-1300. 7 PM


Oba William King The poet presents a storytelling program for families. Wrightwood-Ashburn branch library, 8530 S. Kedzie, 312-747-2969. 6:30 PM

“Creating an Effective Writing Group” Workshop with Lisa Rosenthal, author of The Writing Group Book. Damen branch library, 2056 N. Damen, 312-744-6022. 7 PM

“Get Published!” Discussion with Lake Claremont Press publisher Sharon Woodhouse and Edgewater authors Helen Cammuso, Dee Greenberg, and Jeff Libman. Edgewater branch library, 1210 W. Elmdale, 312-744-0718. 7 PM

Catherine Ingram presents her parenting handbook Stop It Now or Regret It Later. Woodson Regional Library, 9525 S. Halsted, 312-747-6921. 7 PM

Jon Lee Anderson The New Yorker staff writer discusses The Fall of Baghdad. Borders Books & Music, 830 N. Michigan, 312-573-0564. 7:30 PM

Michele Hoskins The local entrepreneur talks about Sweet Expectations: Michele Hoskins’ Recipe for Success. Borders Books & Music, 2210 W. 95th, 773-445-5471. 7:30 PM

Northwestern University’s Master’s in Creative Writing Author/Student Reading New work presented by faculty and students, including Elizabeth Crane (When the Messenger Is Hot) and Bridge magazine fiction editor Mike Newirth. Bridge gallery, 119 N. Peoria, 847-467-7854 or 312-421-2227. 8 PM

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