Weekend Spotlight: Literary Events You Should Visit in Chicago Area April 29-May 1

Weekend Spotlight: Literary Events You Should Visit in Chicago Area April 29-May 1

It's that time again! The weekend is fast approaching and it looks like it's going to be a dreary one. Outdoor activities are out of the question with temperatures in the low 50s and lots of rain. So now what do you do? How about a great book event! Take yourself or the family to one of these events being held near you this weekend!

1.For the Author Discussion Lover!

Are you the kind of reader who likes to meet the author and discuss his or her book in detail? Now's your chance! Author Robert Putnam, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis, will discuss his work this Friday, April 29th at 7 p.m. at Evanston Township High School, 1600 Dodge Ave., Evanston. This work is described as, "a groundbreaking examination of the growing inequality gap and an exploration of why fewer Americans today have the opportunity for upward mobility." For more information, visit http://shop.thebookstall.com/event/robert-putnam

Local author Christine Rice will launch her new book, Swarm Theory, this Friday April 29th at 7 p.m. at The Book Cellar, 4736–38 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. For information, visit http://www.bookcellarinc.com/event/christine-rice-swarm-theory

Author Andrew Solomon, Far and Away: Reporting From the Brink of Change, will discuss his work this Friday, April 29th at noon at The University Club, 76 E. Monroe St., Chicago. Luncheon tickets cost is $25. For more information, visit http://shop.thebookstall.com/event/andrew-solomon

2. For the White Sox Lover!

The White Sox have been off to a great start this season becoming the first team in Major League Baseball to win 15 games this season! What better way to celebrate (you know as long as you're a Sox fan) then to check out an author who has written four books about the team. Author Dan Helpingstine will appear this Saturday, April 30th between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. at Miles Books, 2189 Jewett Avenue in downtown Highland, IN (not exaaactly Chicago area but far South Siders can make it!) to sign copies. For more information, call Miles Books at (219) 838-8700.

3. For the Indie Book Lover!

It's Independent Bookstore Day this Saturday! Celebrate a nationwide party with story time, homemade baked goods made by booksellers, book giveaways all day and a book release of author T. Sean Steele's novella Tacky Goblin and readings from authors Halle Butler, James Tadd Adcox, Sarah Carson, and more! This event will be held this Saturday, April 30th from open to close at City Lit Books, 2523 N. Kedzie Blvd, Chicago.  For more information, visit http://www.citylitbooks.com/event/independent-bookstore-day-events-all-day

In celebration of Independent Bookstore Day, musician, author, and baker Freda Love Smith discusses and signs copies of her new memoir, Red Velvet Underground: A Rock Memoir With Recipes, and also offers samples of her baked goods. This event will be held this Saturday, April 30th at 12:30 p.m. at Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark Street, Chicago (Andersonville). For more information, visit http://www.womenandchildrenfirst.com/event

Chicago Zine Fest will be held this Friday, April 29–Saturday, April 30th at Plumbers Union Hall, 1340 W. Washington Blvd., Chicago. What is Chicago Zine Fest? It is "a celebration of small press and independent publishers. CZF’s mission is to showcase the culture and accessibility of zine-making through workshops, events, and an annual festival that welcomes artists and creators to share their stories, knowledge, and love of zines." A zine is "any self-published work of minority interest usually reproduced via photocopier on a variety of colored paper stock." All events are free! For more information, visit http://chicagozinefest.org/?page_id=1664

4. For the Garage Sale Lover!

Open Books (one of my favorite used bookstores!) will be hosting Open Books Pilsen's first Garage Sale! Kid’s books will be $1, all paperbacks $2, and all hardcovers $3. They even have a deal where you can fill up an entire box of books (35-40 books total) for only $40! This event will be held this Saturday, April 30th at 10 a.m. until May 1st at 4:00 p.m. at Open Books Pilsen, 905 W. 19th Street, Chicago (Pilsen). For more information, visit http://www.open-books.org/event/garage-sale-at-open-books-pilsen/

5. For the Poetry Lover!

For the spoken word poet just hiding in you, the Uptown Poetry Slam is the perfect event! Listen and groove at an open mic followed by featured performers, a live band, and the world-famous slam competition. The original poetry slam. The grandaddy of them all. Hosted by Marc Smith and J.W. Basilo. Cost is $7. This event will be held this Sunday (every Sunday!), May 1st at 7 p.m. at Green Mill, 4802 N. Broadway, Chicago. For more information, visit http://www.chicagoslamworks.com/uptown-poetry-slam/

Do you know of other literary events going on in the Chicago area this weekend? Let us know below! Follow me on Twitter @TheBookaholicBee for anything and everything about books!

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