Chicago’s annual literary festival, formerly known as Chicago Book Week, is now a monthlong event. This year’s edition runs through October 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 4 through 10; a complete schedule is available on-line at


Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame

Opening reception for this exhibit, which runs through November 1. 7 PM: Gerber/Hart Library, 1127 W. Granville. 773-381-8030.

Sandra Cisneros

The novelist reads from Caramelo. 7:30 PM: Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark. 773-769-9299.

Aleksandar Hemon

The local writer reads from a novel, Nowhere Man. 7:30 PM: Barnes & Noble, 1441 W. Webster. 773-871-3825.

Sarah Vowell

The This American Life contributor presents a book of essays, The Partly Cloudy Patriot. 7:30 PM: Art Institute, Rubloff Auditorium, Michigan and Adams. $20. 312-443-3680 or 312-575-8000 (for tickets).


Eleanor Taylor Bland

The mystery novelist reads from Whispers in the Dark. 2 PM: Woodson Regional Library, 9525 S. Halsted. 312-747-6921.

“Rare Book Appraisal”

Talk and free appraisals (limit of three per person) by expert Thomas Joyce. 2 PM: Chicago Public Library, Rogers Park branch, 6907 N. Clark. 312-744-0156.

Susan Power

The writer presents a story collection, Roofwalker. 3 PM: Barnes & Noble, 1441 W. Webster. 773-871-3825.


“Now Hear This”

WBEZ’s “Stories on Stage” presents dramatic readings of the winning stories from its 2002 competition. 3 and 7:30 PM: Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago. $15, $13 for students. 312-397-4010 (for tickets) or 312-832-3404.

F Magazine Release Party Featuring Irvine Welsh

Novelist Welsh reads from Porno and local writers read their contributions to the Columbia College fiction anthology; hosted by editor Don De Grazia. 6 to 11 PM: Metro, 3730 N. Clark. 312-344-7611.


“Reading the Book of Inner Beauty: Girls, Women, and Self-Esteem”

Marsha Dowd leads a discussion based on her book Appearances: In the Mirror and in the Mind’s Eye. 6 PM: DePaul University, student center, room 120, 2250 N. Sheffield. 773-325-7840.

Dave Hoekstra

The Sun-Times writer reads from Ticket to Everywhere: The Best of Detours Travel Column. 7 PM: Chicago Public Library, Edgebrook branch, 5331 W. Devon. 312-744-8313.

Charles J. Wheelan

The midwest correspondent for the Economist talks about Naked Economics: Undressing the Dismal Science. 7:30 PM: Barnes & Noble, 1441 W. Webster. 773-871-3825.


Steven Pinker

The MIT psychologist discusses The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature. 6 PM: Harold Washington Library Center, auditorium, 400 S. State. 312-747-4010.

Susan Power

The writer reads from Roofwalker, a story collection. 6 PM: Newberry Library, A.C. McClurg Bookstore, 60 W. Walton. 312-255-3700.

“Writers’ Block: Stories From Chicago’s Neighborhoods”

Readings by members of the Neighborhood Writing Alliance. 6 PM: Chicago Public Library, King branch, 3436 S. King Dr. 312-747-7543 or 773-684-4742.

Book Discussion

Ann Patchett’s novel Bel Canto is the topic. 7 PM: 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th. 773-684-1300.

Harold Kushner

A talk and book signing by the author of such works as Living a Life That Matters and Who Needs God. 7:30 PM: Temple Sholom, 3480 N. Lake Shore Dr. 312-642-5044.


Peter Temes

The educator and former Great Books Foundation president promotes Against School Reform and in Praise of Great Teaching. 12:30 PM: Borders Books & Music, 150 N. State. 312-606-0750 or 312-787-6262.

Mark Swartz

The Chicago native debuts a novel, Instant Karma. 5:30 PM: Harold Washington Library Center, Chicago Authors Room, 400 S. State. 312-747-4700.

“Writers’ Block: Stories From Chicago’s Neighborhoods”

Readings by members of the Neighborhood Writing Alliance. 6 PM: Chicago Public Library, Bezazian branch, 1226 W. Ainslie. 312-744-0019 or 773-684-4742.

Paul Auster

The writer reads from his novel The Book of Illusions. 7 PM: 57th Street Books. 773-684-1300.

Karen Kruse

The local author discusses Chicago Firehouse: Stories of Wrigleyville’s Engine 78. 7 PM: Chicago Public Library, Northtown branch, 6435 N. California. 312-744-2292.


Christy Turlington

The fashion model promotes Living Yoga: Creating a Life Practice. 12:30 PM: Borders Books & Music, 150 N. State. 312-606-0750.

Forrest Gander and C.D. Wright

The poets read. 5:30 PM: Columbia College, concert hall, 1014 S. Michigan. 312-344-8113.

Dan Stryk

The poet signs Taping Images to Walls. 6 PM: Gescheidle gallery, 300 W. Superior. 312-654-0600.

Carl Sandburg Literary Awards Dinner

Writer Joyce Carol Oates receives a lifetime-achievement award at the library’s annual fund-raiser. 7 PM (cocktails at 6 PM): Harold Washington Library Center, Winter Garden, 400 S. State. $250-$500. 312-201-9830. “Business attire” required.

“Indie Pub Crawl”

Local independent publishers sell books at various north-side pubs. 7 to 11 PM: Call Lake Claremont Press at 773-583-7800 for more info.

A. Manette Ansay

The novelist reads from Limbo, a memoir. 7:30 PM: Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark. 773-769-9299.

Jay Blakesberg

The Rolling Stone photographer presents Between the Dark and the Light: The Grateful Dead Photographs of Jay Blakesberg. 7:30 PM: Borders Books & Music, 2817 N. Clark. 773-935-3909.

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