On Friday at 7 PM, it’s the first ever Naked Girls Reading Literary Honors, taking place at the Everleigh Social Club/Studio L’amour. Among the finalists for the $500 top prize is Chicagoan Patty Templeton (the other finalists hail from Seattle; Ontario, Canada; and Paris, France). It’s $20, $35 for two tickets. Reservations are required.
Also Friday at 7 PM, Joe Meno stops by the Book Cellar to read from the paperback edition of his story collection Demons in the Spring. Proceeds benefit tutoring center 826CHI. Presumably Meno will not read while naked.
And on Saturday at 7 PM at Northeastern Illinois University, the Chicago Writers Association presents the inaugural Chicago Literary Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Inductees include Nelson Algren, Saul Bellow, Gwendolyn Brooks, Lorraine Hansberry, Studs Terkel, and Richard Wright. It’s $45 to attend.