Two Cookie Minimum bids farewell to the Hungry Brain, Story Club tackles horrible holidays, and more in this week’s Live Lit Roundup

Tomorrow 

RUI: Reading Under the Influence is back at Sheffield’s (3258 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60657) tomorrow night at 7:30pm. Featured readers tomorrow include Bill Hillmann, Tom Popp, Jasmine Neosh and Mike Meyer. Grab a beer and a burger and settle in for a great night of trivia and live lit.

// $3 cover // 21+ // Doors are at 7pm // Show starts at 7:30pm // 

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Tuesday Funk #76 will take place at Hopleaf (5148 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640) tomorrow night at 7:30pm. Featured readers include Clayton SmithJac JemcJames Gordon and more. Eden Robins and Andrew Huff host.

// Free event // 21+ // Doors open at 7pm // Show starts at 7:30pm // 

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Chicago Moth GrandSLAM presents Game Change, tomorrow night at 8pm at Park West (322 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60614). This reading series sponsored by WBEZ will feature 10 winners from previous StorySLAMs competing against each other with new, original stories and will be hosted by Brain Babylon.

// Get tickets // Doors open at 6pm // Stories begin at 8pm // 

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Join Two Cookie Minimum in bidding a fond farewell to the Hungry Brain (2319 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60618) tomorrow night at 9pm. Featured readers include Dave RocheNeil Brideau and Tim Yelvington Jones. Our resident cartoonist Alex Nall will also be sharing excerpts from his Cookie Crumbs series. Come for the cookies, stay for the company.

// $5 donation // 21+ // 

Wednesday 

Come out to Schubas (3159 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60657) for another installment of The God, Sex & Death Variety Hour, Wednesday night at 8pm. Featured readers include Jacob S. KnabbDaniel Shapiro and more.

// Free show // 21+ // 

Thursday 

WRITE CLUBWRITE CLUB has finally released its first highly anticipated anthology and overlord, Ian Belknap wants you to come out to The Book Cellar (4736-38 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60625) Thursday night at 7pm to help celebrate the launch of WRITE CLUB’s Bare-Knuckled Lit. Be sure to pick up a copy of the book and mingle with some of the contributors. A little birdie tells us Samantha Irby will be reading!

// Free event // 

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Gumbo Fiction Salon presents Frank Nielsen this Thursday at 7pm at The Galway Arms (2442 N Clark St, Chicago, Illinois 60614). Nielsen is a standup comedian/writer from the west side of Chicago. Those who wanted to read at the last Gumbo Fiction Salon but not given a chance should report to Kate R. Starling to add their names to the list. Don’t miss this great series!

// $4 general admission // $2 admission for students // 17+ venue // 

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Jen BosworthJared Crum and James Gordon open up about holidays gone horribly wrong for Story Club’s Happy Freakin’ Holdidays. this Thursday at 8pm at The Holiday Club (4000 N Sheridan Rd, Chicago, IL 60613). There are three open mic slots available for eight minutes each for those interested in sharing their disastrous holiday stories, will you share yours?

// $10 suggested donation // Doors and open mic signup start at 7:30pm // Show begins at 8pm //

Friday

Venture out to 826CHI (1276 N Milwaukee Ave Chicago, IL 60622) at 7pm for The Dissolve’s Entirely Film-Focused Holiday Gift Guide. The Dissolve is Pitchfork Media’s new online “playground” for cinephiles dedicated to opening up a healthy critique of all things film geek. Don’t miss this awesome event!

// Free admission with RSVP //

Saturday 

Come visit us at the 2014 Chicago Book Expo (1104 S Wabash, Chicago, Illinois 60605) from 11am to 5pm. Featured events at the expo include a special session on the black history of Chicago featuring Elaine HedgwoodAna Castilo and Cristina Henriquez in conversation, and book signings from your favorite local authors. Drop by and say hi to us and pick up one of our fancy bookmarks!

// Free and open to the public //

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The Marble Room Reading Series XIV will be at the Chicago Book Expo (1104 S Wabash, Chicago, Illinois 60605) at 2:30pm and will feature readings by Joshua YoungEugenia Leigh and more. Come hear some amazing literature!

// Free and open to the public //

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Jac Jemc will be reading from her new short story collection, A Different Bed Every Time, on Saturday at 5:30pm at Open Books (213 W Institute Pl, Chicago, Illinois 60610). Be sure to hear Jemc read and pick up a copy of her highly praised book.

// Free and open to the public //

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Our favorite off-beat reading series, Absinthe & Zygote, is back at Uncharted Books (2620 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60647) this Saturday at 7pm. Saturday’s show is dedicated to, “Form and Identity in Contemporary Innovative Poetry”, and will feature readings by Andra RotaruJennifer Karmin and more. Don’t miss it!

// Free and open to the public //