Live-Lit Roundup for the week of February 27th, 2017

We Did That: Unapologetically Excellent (c) 2017


Author Renee Rosen, bestselling author of White Collar Girl, will be reading from her latest novel, Windy City Blues, tonight at 6:30pm at The Book Stall (811 Elm St, Winnetka, Illinois 60093). // Free and open to the public // All ages //

The Conversation: Civil Disobedience and Confrontation will take place at Women & Children First Bookstore (5233 N Clark St, Chicago, Illinois 60640) tonight at 7:30pm. This special panel will feature the talented minds of Rebecca Glenberg of the ACLU, Chris Abani, and Aleksandar Hemon// Free and open to the public // All ages //

Literate Ape presents Identity Flip: Generations tonight at 8pm. Featured performers include Dan TerkellErin Vogel, and Emilie Modaff. In a unique twist, performers belonging to the Baby Boomer generation will be reading first-hand experiences of what it’s like to be a Millennial and vice versa. This reading series event will take place at the GMan Tavern (3740 N Clark St, Chicago, Illinois 60613). // $10 admission // 21+ // 


Come out to the Swedish American Museum (5211 N Clark St, Chicago, Illinois 60640) in Andersonville for a Book Party with Donna Seaman tomorrow night at 7pm. Seaman will be celebrating the release of her latest book, Identity Unknown. There’ll be an author reading, Q&A, signing, live music, wine, and much more! 
// Free and open to the public // 21+ //


The Harriet Reading Series will feature poet francine j. harris this Thursday at 7pm at the Poetry Foundation & Magazine (61 W Superior St, Chicago, Illinois 60654). harris is a recipient of the PEN Open Book Award and is a Cave Canem fellow.
// Free and open to the public // All ages //

We Did That: Unapologetically Excellent will feature the extraordinary poetry of Vita E. and Kayla Weeden this Thursday at 7:30pm at Women & Children First Bookstore (5233 N Clark St, Chicago, Illinois 60640). Don’t miss it!
// Free and open to the public // All ages //

Story Club North Side proudly presents Family Matters this Thursday at 7:30pm at The Holiday Club (4000 N Sheridan Rd, Chicago, Illinois 60613). Carly Oishi of the hit reading series Miss Spoken will be reading alongside Angela Benander of That’s All She Wrote and Clarence Hogan of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation. Enjoy three extraordinary performances and be happy to know that portion of all donations from Thursday’s show will be going toward the Chicago Women’s Health Center.
// $10 suggested donation // 21+ // 


Funny Ha Ha presents Warm + Fuzzy this Friday at 6:30pm at The Hideout Inn (1354 W. Wabansia, Chicago, Illinois 60642). Producer and host, Claire Zulkey invites you out for a night of much needed laughs featuring Second City’s, Pat ReidyThe Onion‘s creative marketing director, Hassan S. Ali, and many more talented performers. Don’t miss it!
// $10 suggested donation // Proceeds will be donated to Sit Stay Read // 21+ // 

Poets Ari Banias, Lara Mimosa Montes, Erika Sánchez, and T Clutch Fleischmann will be united for a special evening of poetry at Women & Children First Bookstore (5233 N Clark St, Chicago, Illinois 60640) this Friday at 7:30pm. This event will be co-sponsored by Columbia College Chicago’s Creative Writing Department.
// Free and open to the public // All ages // 


Come out to the majestic Harold Washington Library (400 S. State St, Chicago, Illinois 60605) for the launch of Kevin Coval‘s highly anticipated new book, A People’s History of Chicago. The festivities kick off at 5pm, don’t be late! 
// Free and open to the public // All ages //

If the recent news cycle is gutting your faith in humanity and you need a good laugh, we would highly suggest you spend your Saturday night with The Secret Club at the CHI*PRC (858 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60620). In the latest installment of this refreshingly eccentric reading series, The Secret Club will reinterpret the early-aught nautically themed Fatal Attraction sendup, Swimfan, starring that dude from Bring It On and a doe-eyed, winsome Shiri Appleby prior to her days on the binge-worthy UnReal. Join Danette Chavez of The AV ClubMegan KirbyNight Plumber (featuring Hillary and Erica Stone) for a night crazy fun. Music, dancing, poetry will be had. Turd Maccio hosts. // Free and open to the public // All ages // 


It’s with a heavy heart that Chicago bids farewell to Angela Benander and JH Palmer‘s unique reading series, That’s All She Wrote. Come out to Great Lakes Tattoo (1148 W Grand Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60642) for one last hurrah this Sunday at 8pm. This sad but special goodbye show will feature readings by Jennifer PeepasRukmini GirishEric May, and Turi Ryder. Thanks for the stories, That’s All She Wrote! 
// Free and open to the public // All ages // 

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