Chicago’s annual literary festival, formerly known as Chicago Book Week, is now a monthlong event. This year’s edition runs October 1 through 30, with readings and book signings by local and national writers, poets, and scholars as well as discussions, lectures, workshops, tours, and children’s activities at locations throughout the city. Admission is free unless otherwise noted. See separate listing in Readings & Lectures for “One Book, One Chicago” discussions of Willa Cather’s My Antonia. For more information call 312-747-4300, see, or contact the hosting venues.

Following is the schedule for October 1 through 3; a complete schedule is available on-line at


Anna Quindlen

The journalist and novelist reads from Blessings. 6 PM: Harold Washington Library Center, auditorium, 400 S. State. 312-747-4010.

Ursula Bielski

The local author presents Chicago Haunts: Ghostlore of the Windy City. 7 PM: Chicago Public Library, Edgebrook branch, 5331 W. Devon. 312-744-8313.

Aleksandar Hemon

The Sarajevo-born Chicagoan debuts a novel, Nowhere Man. 7 PM: 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th. 773-684-1300.

Sunny Kobe Cook

The “Mattress Queen” discusses Common Things, Uncommon Ways: Proven Techniques to Grow Any Business Through Your Staff. 7:30 PM: Barnes & Noble, 1441 W. Webster. 773-871-3825.


Connie Briscoe

The novelist reads from P.G. County. 7:30 PM: Barbara’s Bookstore, 1350 N. Wells. 312-642-5044.


Joe Pantoliano

The Sopranos actor signs Who’s Sorry Now: The True Story of a Stand-up Guy. 12:30 PM: Borders Books & Music, 150 N. State. 312-606-0750.

Sandra Cisneros

The novelist premieres Caramelo at a reception as part of the Sor Juana Festival. 7 PM: Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum, 1852 W. 19th. $15. 312-738-1503.

Susan Power

The writer debuts a story collection, Roofwalker. 7:30 PM: Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark. 773-769-9299.

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