2nd Story (c) 2016

Tonight

The storytelling series Is This A Thing? presents, “Are You There God? It’s Me”; the event will take place at 7pm at O’Shaughnessy’s Public House (4557 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60640). Featured readers include Jill HoweKim Nelson, and Chicago Literati‘s own, Elena Colás// Free and open to the public // 21+ // 

Tuesday

Liesl Shurtliff will be reading from and signing copies of her new book, RED: The True Story of Red Riding Hood, tomorrow afternoon at 4pm at 57th Street Books (1301 E 57th St, Chicago, Illinois 60637). // Free and open to the public // All ages // 

Poetry off the Shelf will feature Alice Ostriker this Tuesday at 7pm; the event will take place at the Poetry Foundation (61 W Superior St, Chicago, Illinois 60654).
// Free and open to the public // All ages //

Celebrate the one-year anniversary of the prolific series, Sappho’s Salon, tomorrow night at 7:30pm at Women & Children First Bookstore (5233 N Clark St, Chicago, Illinois 60640); join hosts Eileen Tull and Liz Baudler and featured guests, Kathie BergquistJimmy Nails, and Niki Gee for a wonderful night. There will be a spread of Mediterranean dishes as well as a special cake. This is an event you won’t want to miss! // $7-$10 admission // 17+ // 

Two Cookie Minimum is back! Come out to the Comfort Station Logan Square (2579 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60647) tomorrow night at 8pm to kick off the 2016 season of this beloved series; featured headliners include Jeff ZwirkMegan Kirby, and Sung Yim.
// Donations will be accepted to benefit the CHI*PRC // 17+ // 

Wednesday

Author Rob Spillman will be in conversation with Rebecca Makkai this Wednesday at 7pm at The Book Cellar (4736-38 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60625); Spillman will be discussing his new memoir, ALL TOMORROW’S PARTIES. // Free and open to the public // 17+ //

Celebrate the five-year anniversary of ASYMPOTE JOURNAL at 7pm at the Chopin Theatre (1543 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60642); the event will include readings by Jason Grunebaum, Rey Andujar, and Kolin Jordan// Get tickets // 17+ // 

Flick Lit presents “The Musicals“, Wednesday night at 7:30pm at The Logan Theatre (2646 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60647); Trice Turner will wax poetic about PURPLE RAINJennifer Ann Coffeen will discuss the merits of FLASHDANCE, and there’ll be a love/hate debate over GREASE, don’t miss it!
// Donations are encouraged // 17+ //

Appetite for Rock n’ Roll Storytelling is back! Come out to The Elbo Room (2871 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60657) at 7:30pm to hear exclusive stories by Kevin KellamMark Anthony Child, and more. LeAnn Yops hosts. // Free and open to the public // 21+ // 

Author Domnica Radulescu will be reading from her new novel, COUNTRY OF RED AZALEAS, Wednesday night at 7:30pm at Women & Children First Bookstore (5233 N Clark St, Chicago, Illinois 6064); the novel charts the friendship between Lara and Marija as they navigate the unsettling landscape of the Serbian-Bosnian war. 
// Free and open to the public // All ages // 

Join host Alicia Swiz for the April installment of SlutTalk, this Wednesday at 8pm at the East Room (2354 N Milwaukee, Chicago, Illinois 60647); headliners include Lily BeElizabeth Gomez, and Shanna Shrum// Get tickets // 21+ // 

Thursday

Come out for the book launch party of THE HOUSEGUEST by Kim Brooks, this Thursday at 7:30pm at Women & Children First Bookstore (5233 N Clark St, Chicago, Illinois 60640).
// Free and open to the public // 17+ // 

LIES! Fiction Reading Series is back at Café Mustache (2313 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60647) Thursday at 8pmBen Tanzer is among the featured readers. 
// Free and open to the public // 17+ //

Saturday

A.O. Scott will be reading from his new book, BETTER LIVING THROUGH CRITICISM: How to Think About Art, Pleasure, Beauty, and Truth, this Saturday at 2pm at the Seminary Co-Op Bookstore (5751 S Woodlawn Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60637); Scott will be joined in conversation with renowned film critic Michael Phillips// Free and open to the public // 17+ // 

The GEEK PARENTING Book Launch Party will take place at The Book Cellar (4736-38 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60625) Saturday at 6pm; join co-authors Valya Dudycz Lupescu and Stephen H. Segal for a night of geeking out! // Free and open to the public // 17+ //

Chicago Zine Fest presents Not Dead, a new reading series premiering Saturday at 6pm; featured zinesters include Alex NallPaul Reilly, and Chloe GrahamBrad Rohloff and Matt Davis host. // $5 // Proceeds go to CZF // 17+ // 

Old School/New School will feature mother and son duo, Emily and Onam Lansana squaring off this Saturday at 8pm; the event will take place at Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro// Get tickets // 21+ // 

Sunday

Join host Sara Paretsky Sunday at 1pm for Murder at the Mic at 57th Street Books (1301 E 57th St, Chicago, Illinois 60637); featured readers include Tim ChapmanNancy Johnson, and more. // Free and open to the public // 17+ // 

Come out and support a great cause! The annual 2nd Story Fundraiser will take place at Revolution Brewery (2323 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60647) this Sunday at 6pm.
// Get tickets // 21+ // 

Join hosts Naomi Huffman and Leah Pickett at The Whistler (2421 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60647) for the April installment of The Marrow; featured readers include Amy Danzer and Sarah Sweeney// Free and open to the public // 21+ //

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