Nami Mun reads from her novel Miles From Nowhere.
Don Share, Emily Warn Joint poetry reading by Share (Squandermania) and Warn (Shadow Architect).
Lev Raphael l (The German Money) presents his memoir, My Germany: A Jewish Writer Returns to the World His Parents Escaped.
Thomas E. Ricks (Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq) talks about The Gamble: General David Petraeus and the American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2006-2008.
Mark Caro discusses The Foie Gras Wars: How a 5,000-Year-Old Delicacy Inspired the World’s Fiercest Food Fight.
Maryann Lesert reads from her debut novel, Base Ten.
Second City/Third Person Brian Costello hosts this series focusing on third-person stories. The featured readers are Kyle Beachy (The Slide), Zach Dodson, aka Zach Plague (Boring Boring Boring Boring Boring Boring Boring), and Alexis Thomas.
57th Street Children’s Book Fair With kids’ book authors/illustrators in attendance.
J. Adams Oaks reads from his YA novel Why I Fight; he’ll be joined by Gwendolyn Glover (Cast the First Stone).
J. Courtney Sullivan reads from her novel Commencement.
M. Glenn Taylor signs his novel The Ballad of Trenchmouth Taggart.
Bookslut Reading Series With Dave Reidy (Captive Audience) and Barry Schechter (The Blindfold Test). 21+.
Kurt Eichenwald (Conspiracy of Fools) presents The Informant: A True Story.
David Ellis reads from his latest thriller, The Hidden Man.
Local Author Night With Tasha Alexander (Tears of Pearl), Claire Zulkey (An Off Year), Scott Blackwood (We Agreed to Meet Just Here), and Joan Naper (Beautiful Dreamer).
Jian Ping discusses Mulberry Child: A Memoir of China for the Loyola Library Speaker Series.
Poetry Off the Shelf Juan Felipe Herrera (Half of the World in Light) reads for a Guild Complex/Poetry Foundation program.
Frank Portman reads from his YA novel King Dork.
Thomas Frank (What’s the Matter with Kansas?) presents The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Ruined Government, Enriched Themselves, and Beggared the Nation.
M. Glenn Taylor reads from his novel The Ballad of Trenchmouth Taggart.
Anita Diamant reads from her latest novel, Day After Night.
A.J. Jacobs (The Year of Living Biblically) presents The Guinea Pig Diaries: My Life as an Experiment.
Sara Paretsky reads from her latest V.I. Warshawski novel, Hardball.
Barbara J. Berg talks about Sexism in America: Alive, Well, and Ruining Our Future.
Jon Katz (Izzy & Lenore) presents Soul of a Dog: Reflections on the Spirits of the Animals of Bedlam Farm.
Richard Russo discusses his new novel, That Old Cape Magic, for the Writers on the Record series.
Maggie Kast talks about The Crack Between the Worlds: A Dancer’s Memoir of Loss, Faith, and Family.
Michael Norman and Elizabeth M. Norman present Tears in the Darkness: The Story of the Bataan Death March and Its Aftermath.
Steve Silverman signs Who’s Better, Who’s Best in Football? Setting the Record Straight on the Top 60 NFL Players of the Past 60 Years.
Joyland Readings by local contributors to Joyland, an online “hub for short fiction.”
Vicki Forman presents This Lovely Life: A Memoir of Premature Motherhood.
Ralph Nader talks about his new book, “Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us!”
James Ellroy reads from his latest novel, Blood’s a Rover.
Audrey Niffenegger reads from her new novel, Her Fearful Symmetry.
Audrey Niffenegger reads from her new novel, Her Fearful Symmetry. Tickets available from Women & Children First; book purchase required.
Kimberla Lawson Roby signs her latest novel, A Deep Dark Secret.
Clare O’Donohue signs her latest Someday Quilts mystery, A Drunkard’s Path.
Anita Okrent presents In the Land of Invented Languages: Esperanto Rock Stars, Klingon Poets, Loglan Lovers, and the Mad Dreamers Who Tried to Build a Perfect Language.
Laurie Sandell presents her illustrated memoir, The Impostor’s Daughter.
John Shors reads from his novel Dragon House.
Darrell Griffin Sr. presents his memoir, Last Journey: A Father and Son in Wartime.
William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer talk about The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope.
Michael A. Black signs his latest Leal and Hart mystery, Hostile Takeovers.
David Cross promotes his new book, I Drink for a Reason.
Women & Children First 30th Anniversary Gala With special guests Alison Bechdel (Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic) and Dorothy Allison (Bastard out of Carolina).
Conversations in the Arts: Media Arts in the 21st Century Talk by Twitter founder Biz Stone. Reservations required.
Marcus Sakey reads from his latest thriller, The Amateurs.
Jane Smiley signs her new YA novel, The Georges and the Jewels.
Madeleine Albright (Madam Secretary: A Memoir) signs Read My Pins: Stories From a Diplomat’s Jewel Box.
Bookslut Reading Series With Brian Evenson (Fugue State), Tod Goldberg (Other Resort Cities), and David Taylor (Soul of a People: The WPA Writers’ Project Uncovers Depression America). 21+.
Catherine Bowman (Notarikon) reads her poetry.
Kathy Griffin signs Official Book Club Selection: A Memoir According to Kathy Griffin.
Tracy Kidder (Mountains Beyond Mountains) presents Strength in What Remains: A Journey of Remembrance and Forgiveness. A benefit for Partners in Health.
Sara Paretsky Release party for Paretsky’s latest V.I. Warshawski novel, Hardball. Must show proof of the book’s purchase at any independent bookstore.
RUI: Reading Under the Influence “Because everyone needs a literary hangover.” This edition’s theme: Where the Wild Things Are. Featured readers Devon Polderman and John Flaherty are joined by RUI regulars Rob Duffer and Jesse Jordan.
Patrick Somerville reads from his novel The Cradle.
Madeleine Albright (Madam Secretary: A Memoir) presents Read My Pins: Stories From a Diplomat’s Jewel Box. A McCormick Freedom Museum program. Reservations required.
Tracy Baim and contributors discuss Out and Proud in Chicago: An Overview of the City’s Gay Community.
Richard Bessel (Nazism and War) presents Germany 1945: From War to Peace.
The World Beyond the Headlines Author David L. Bosco discusses Five to Rule Them All: The UN Security Council and the Making of the Modern World.
Rebecca Brown reads from her new essay collection, American Romances.
Eric Idle signs Monty Python Live!
The A.V. Club Editors for the Onion‘s A.V. Club promote Inventory: 16 Films Featuring Manic Pixie Dream Girls, 10 Great Songs Nearly Ruined by Saxophone, and 100 More Obsessively Specific Pop-Culture Lists.
Bookslut Reading Series With Laird Hunt (Ray of the Star). 21+.
Sara Paretsky reads from her latest V.I. Warshawski novel, Hardball.
Billy Lombardo reads from his novel How to Hold a Woman.
Walter M. Muyumba discusses The Shadow and the Act: Black Intellectual Practice, Jazz Improvisation, and Philosophical Pragmatism.
One Book, One Chicago Novelist Bayo Ojikutu (Free Burning) speaks on the topic “One Writer on Home.”
Richard C. Longworth (Global Squeeze) presents Caught in the Middle: America’s Heartland in the Age of Globalism.
Viktor Mayer-Schonberger (Governance and Information Technology) presents Delete: The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age.
Witty Women Writers With Amy Guth (Three Fallen Women), Stacey Ballis (The Spinster Sisters), and Jen Lancaster (Pretty in Plaid).
Jeremiah Workman presents his memoir, Shadow of the Sword: A Marine’s Journey of War, Heroism, and Redemption.
C.D. Wright (Rising, Falling, Hovering) reads for the 55th annual Poetry Day. A Poetry Foundation program.
Stephanie Kuehnert reads from her new novel, The Ballads of Suburbia.
Sister Spit: The Next Generation Touring writers Michelle Tea, Beth Lisick, Ariel Schrag, Rhiannon Argo, Sara Seinberg, Kirya Traber, and Ben McCoy.
Sean Deveney presents The Original Curse: Did the Cubs Throw the 1918 World Series to Babe Ruth’s Red Sox and Incite the Black Sox Scandal?
Columbia College Creative Nonfiction Week Featuring Luis Alberto Urrea, Laurie Lindeen, Chris Rose, and others.
John Besh promotes My New Orleans: The Cookbook.
Bookslut Reading Series With Mary Caponegro (All Fall Down) and Matthew Gavin Frank. 21+.
Barbara Ehrenreich (Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America) discusses Bright-sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America.
Joe Garden, Chris Pauls, and Anita Serwacki (The Dangerous Book for Dogs) present The New Vampire’s Handbook: A Guide for the Recently Turned Creature of the Night.
John Grogan (Marley & Me) presents his memoir The Longest Trip Home.
Arnie Bernstein (The Hoofs and Guns of the Storm: Chicago’s Civil War Connections) discusses Bath Massacre: America’s First School Bombing.
Libby Fischer Hellmann reads from her latest thriller, Doubleback.
Kari Lydersen talks about Revolt on Goose Island: The Chicago Factory Takeover, and What It Says About the Economic Crisis.
Sherman Alexie discusses his new story collection, War Dances, for the Writers on the Record series.
Tanya Biank presents Army Wives: The Unwritten Code of Military Marriage.
Charles Madigan discusses Destiny Calling: How the People Elected Barack Obama.
Sharon Fiffer signs her latest Jane Wheel mystery, Scary Stuff.
Scott Kenemore (The Zen of Zombie) signs Z.E.O.: A Zombie’s Guide to Getting A(Head) in Business.
One Book, One Chicago Carl Smith’s The Plan of Chicago: Daniel Burnham and the Remaking of the American City is the 2009 selection for the Chicago Public Library’s citywide book club. Here Smith discusses “Chicago: The American City.”
University of Chicago Humanities Day The 31st annual daylong festival offers programs on literature, language, religion, philosophy, history, music, art, and drama. Germanic Studies chair David Wellbery keynotes with “Who Is Faust?” at 11 AM in Mandel Hall. Registration required.
Evan I. Schwartz talks about Finding Oz: How L. Frank Baum Discovered the Great American Story. Reservations required.
Sarah Dunant reads from her novel Sacred Hearts.
One Book, One Chicago Writers Billy Lombardo (How to Hold a Woman), Gina Frangello (My Sister’s Continent), and Eric May read work on the topic “Parks, Squares, Lawns, Woods, and Dales: The Burghs of Fictive Chicago.”
George Wendt promotes Drinking With George: A Barstool Professional’s Guide to Beer.
Stephen T. Asma (Buddha for Beginners) presents On Monsters: An Unnatural History of Our WorstFears.
Augusten Burroughs (Running With Scissors: A Memoir) presents You Better Not Cry: Stories for Christmas. Ticketed event.
Newt Gingrich promotes To Try Men’s Souls: A Novel of George Washington and the Fight for American Freedom.
Aleksandar Hemon (The Lazarus Project, Love and Obstacles) is featured at the Loyola University Speaker Series.
James McManus (Positively Fifth Street: Murderers, Cheetahs, and Binion’s World Series of Poker) talks about Cowboys Full: The Story of Poker.
Dominic A. Pacyga (Chicago: City of Neighborhoods et al) presents Chicago: A Biography.
Hulk Hogan plugs his memoir, My Life Outside the Ring.
James Carl Nelson discusses The Remains of Company D: A Story of the Great War.
David Sax promotes Save the Deli: In Search of Perfect Pastrami, Crusty Rye, and the Heart of Jewish Delicatessen. (Event likely to be held at Manny’s Deli—to be confirmed.)
The World Beyond the Headlines Author Neil MacFarquhar presents The Media Relations Department of Hizbollah Wishes You a Happy Birthday: Unexpected Encounters in the Changing Middle East.
Archie Brown (Seven Years That Changed the World: Perestroika in Perspective) talks about The Rise and Fall of Communism.
“Cartoons: Why We Need Them” Discussion with cartoonist Ivan Brunetti and historian Teresa Prados-Torreira.
Michael Greenberg (Hurry Down Sunshine: A Father’s Story of Love and Madness) presents Beg, Borrow, Steal: A Writer’s Life.
Justine Larbalestier reads from her new thriller, Liar.
“An Ongoing Legacy: The Burnham Plan From the City Beautiful Movement to Daley’s Postmodernist Chicago” Talk by historian Dominic A. Pacyga (Chicago: A Biography).
Noah Andre Trudeau (Southern Storm: Sherman’s March to the Sea) signs Robert E. Lee: Lessons in Leadership.
Joan Waugh signs U.S. Grant: American Hero, American Myth.
Libby Fischer Hellmann signs her latest thriller, Doubleback.
Stephen L. Moore (War of the Wolf: Texas’ Memorial Submarine) presents Presumed Lost: The Incredible Ordeal of America’s Submarine POWs During the Pacific War.
Robert Schultz presents We Were Pirates: A Torpedoman’s Pacific War.
Poetry Off the Shelf Former U.S. poet laureate Billy Collins and current U.S. poet laureate Kay Ryan read and converse for a Chicago Humanities Festival/Poetry Foundation program.
Sandra Lim, Cecily Parks Joint poetry reading with Lim (Loveliest Grotesque) and Parks (Field Folly Snow).
Palabra Pura Rita Maria Martinez and Luis Tubens read for this Guild Complex bilingual poetry series.
Great Books Foundation The GBF presents its anthology Even Deadlier, the sequel to The 7 Deadly Sins Sampler.
Earl M. Maltz (Dred Scott and the Politics of Slavery) signs Slavery and the Supreme Court, 1825-1861.
Listings compiled by Jerome Ludwig