Taking Story Week authors out of the classroom and into the Metro, the annual “Literary Rock ‘n’ Roll” night is a festival tradition and always a big draw. This year’s guests are Dorothy Allison, Tom Perrotta, and Alexis Pride; Jon Langford provides the rock ‘n’ roll part. Allison, currently a visiting artist in Columbia College’s fiction department, is best known for her wrenching semiautobiographical debut, Bastard Out of Carolina, a 1992 National Book Award finalist; her latest novel, She Who, is forthcoming from Riverhead. Perrotta is the author of the suburban satire Little Children (2004), as well as Election, on which the 1999 movie starring Reese Witherspoon and Matthew Broderick was based. Alexis Pride is an author, playwright, and Columbia professor. Her first novel, Where the River Ends, inspired by the Chicago activist Mama Hawk, is due out in August. Langford–himself the recent author of Nashville Radio: Art, Words, and Music (Verse Chorus Press)–and his pop project Ship & Pilot wrap things up with selections from his new album, Gold Brick (ROIR). Thu 3/16, 6 PM, Metro, 3730 N. Clark.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photos/John Foley for Opal, Helen Tsatsos.