Live Lit Roundup for the week of March 16th, 2015

Today 

Don’t miss Memoir & Fiction at 2pm at the Harold Washington Library (400 South State Street, Chicago, IL 60605). This event features Megan StielstraGarnett Kilberg Cohen and Amina Gautier and is hosted by Patricia Ann McNair// Free and open to the public // All ages // 

Edwidge Danticat will be reading from Claire of the Sea Light at the Harold Washington Library (400 South State Street, Chicago, IL 60605) tonight at 6pm. She will be joined in conversation with Booklist editor, Donna Seaman. // Free and open to the public // All ages // 

Come out to The Book Cellar (4736-38 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60625) for another edition of Essay Fiesta at 7pm. Featured readers include You’re So Talented creator, Samantha BaileyJen Bosworth and Amanda Claire Buckley// Free and open to the public // All ages // 

Tomorrow 

The best and the brightest will be reading at Columbia College Chicago’s Undergraduate Reading/Open Mic tomorrow morning at 11am. This special event hosted by Shawn Shiflett (author of Hidden Place) will feature a diverse range of emerging authors and will take place on the third floor of the Columbia College Library (624 S Michigan Ave Chicago, IL 60605). // Free and open to the public // 

Audrey Niffenegger, Jay Bonansinga and C.S.E. Cooney will be in conversation with Mort Castle tomorrow at 2pm. This special Sci-Fi/Fantasy panel will take place at Columbia College Chicago’s Film Row Cinema (1104 S Wabash Ave Chicago, IL 60605) and is co-sponsored by the Gumbo Fiction Salon. // Free and open to the public // All ages // 

WRITE CLUB Chicago is back at The Hideout (1354 W Wabansia, Chicago, Illinois 60622). Ready for another round of cutthroat live lit? Join Overlord Ian Belknap and  timekeeper, Lindsay Muscato as they celebrate a St. Paddy’s Day edition of this beloved Chicago reading series. Featured readers facing off include Heidi Siegrist vs. Jonathan Messinger and Peter Byrnes vs. Julia Weiss// $10 admission, ATM on premises // 17+ //

Cyn VargasSusan Hope Lanier and Arnie Bernstein will be reading from their books at Columbia College Chicago’s Grad Reading, tomorrow night at 6pm. This event will be hosted by Danielle Wilcox and will take place at Columbia College Chicago’s Film Row Cinema (1104 S Wabash Ave Chicago, IL 60605). // Free and open to the public // All ages // 

Wednesday 

From 9am until 4:30pm, various editors, managers and writers will help show you the ropes in Publishing Bootcamp. For more info on this event, click here// Free and open to the public // All ages // 

Fighting Violence: The Power of Words will take place at the Pritzker Auditorium at the Harold Washington Library (400 South State Street, Chicago, IL 60605) at 2pm and will feature Kevin Coval, Mitchell S. Jackson and Audrey Petty in conversation with Miles Harvey// Free and open to the public //

Don’t miss another installment of Chicago GrandSLAM at Park West (322 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60614) Wednesday night at 6pm// Get tickets // 17+ // 

The famous Literary Rock & Roll will take place Wednesday night at The Metro (3730 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60613) at 6pm. Readings by Chris Abani, Garnett Kilberg Cohen, Samantha Irby and Marlon James, will take place. // Doors open at 5:30pm // Free and open to the public // All ages // 

Guts & Glory is back at Schubas (3159 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60657) Wednesday night at 7pm. Join Keith Ecker and Samantha Irby for another night of live lit goodness featuring Danette ChavezWyl Villacres, Tamale Sepp and more. // Free and open to the public // 21+ // 

Story Lab Chicago is where you want to be, this Wednesday at 7:30pm at The Black Rock Pub & Kitchen (3614 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60618). Featured readers include Amanda Claire BuckleyAllison Kelley, Christine Sisson and more. // Free and open to the public // 21+ //

Thursday 

Publishing Bootcamp will help you find the literary agent of your dreams. Come up to Stage Two Second Floor (618 S Michigan Ave Chicago, IL 60605) Thursday at 10:45am to have Regina Brooks of Serendipity Literary Agency enlighten you on how to land an agent. // Free and open to the public // All ages // 

Readings/Conversation with Playwrights will feature Kia Corthron and Regina Taylor in conversation with Lisa Schlesinger, Thursday at 11am at Stage Two Second Floor (618 S Michigan Ave Chicago, IL 60605). // Free and open to the public // All ages //

Young Adult Fiction: Into Darkness and Back Again will feature Jessie Ann FoleyDaniel Kraus and Stephanie Kuehnert in conversation with Laurie Lawlor at 2pm at the Harold Washington Library (400 South State Street, Chicago, IL 60605). // Free and open to the public // All ages // 

Publishing Bootcamp continues with Stephanie Kuehnert discussing how to promote your book through social media. This event will take place at 5:15pm the Columbia College Chicago Library Reading Room (624 S Michigan Ave Chicago, IL 60605). // Free and open to the public // All ages // 

Turning Issues into Story will feature Marlon JamesT. Geronimo Johnson and Bernice L. McFadden in conversation with Johnny Temple. This event will take place at the Harold Washington Library (400 South State Street, Chicago, IL 60605) at 6pm. // Free and open to the public // All ages //

Friday 

Mix and mingle at the Chicago Classics Pre-Event at the Chicago Cultural Center Millennium Park Room (78 E Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602) from 5pm to 6pm. Then join Rick Kogan as he presents such literary luminaries as Bill Hillmann,  Kevin Koval, , Regina Taylor, Linda Bubon, Eric May, Patty McNair, Mitchell Jackson, Donna Seaman and more. // Free and open to the public // All ages // 

Folk You! the round-robin concert series hosted by Larry O. Dean, is back at Silvie’s Lounge (1902 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago, Illinois 60613) this Friday at 7:30pm. Don’t miss it! // Free and open to the public // 17+ // 

Saturday

Story Week presents Chicago City of Learning Young Author Playlist at 2pm at the Harold Washington Library (400 South State Street, Chicago, IL 60605) featuring Cyn Vargas and hosted by Christine Rice// Free and open to the public // All ages // 

The Paper Machete will feature Katie Rich from SNL this Saturday at 3pm at The Green Mill (4802 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL 60640). Christopher Piatt hosts. // Free and open to the public // 21+ //

2nd Story presents “Talking About A Revolution: Stories of Returning, Rebelling & Reflecting” at 6pm at Revolution Brewing (2323 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60647). // Get tickets // 21+ // 

Did we miss something? Email us at chicagoliterati(at)gmail(dot)com to have your reading series added to our Live Lit Roundup!