Jhumpa Lahiri comes to Chicago, and other literary events not to be missed this week

Jhumpa Lahiri comes to Chicago, and other literary events not to be missed this week
(Image courtesy of Karaoke Idol! Chicago)

Monday October 7th

Don't miss out on Write Club Chicago Chapter 50: Hauling Ass tonight at Evanston SpaceChicago Literati's own Senior Editor Wyl Villacres is going head to head with Melinda McIntire and Write Club Founder and Overlord, Ian Belknap will be passing the emcee torch to Dave Stinton just for the night. 7pm, tickets are $10.

At Chicago Literati, we're always on the lookout for new reading series. That's why we were incredibly excited to hear about The ListMash World Premiere at the Haymarket Pub & Brewery. This reading series offers a whole new take on slam, blending comedy, poetry and other forms of storytelling together for one night of competition and bragging rights. Featured performers tonight include Erin Kahoa, Patrick Rowland and Kelsie Huff. Doors open at 7:30pm, show starts at 8pm. $8 cover. 

 Also happening tonight: Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore will be at Women & Children First in Andersonville promoting her provocative new book, The End of San Francisco at 7:30pm (free event) and Salonathon: The Callbox (An Untraditional Story Hour) invites you to gripe about adulthood with tonight's event Adult Bomb, at 9pm at Beauty Bar Chicago, free. 

Tuesday October 8th 

Angela Vela's amazing reading series, The Seven Deadly Sins will be having its October event at Cafe Mustache. This month's featured readers include Lily Be, Mike Turner and Erin Diamond. 8pm, free. 

Jhumpa Lahiri, author of The Namesake and Interpreter of Maladies, will be discussing her new novel The Lowland with Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Mary Schmich during a special event with Trib Nation at The Palmer House Hotel Grand Ballroom. 7:30pm, tickets are $25, or $52 with purchase of book

Also taking place on Tuesday night, Outloud and In Our Words presents Word Is Out, "a reading series of queers and company telling stories," and this month's edition is all about Dedications. Come out to The Hideout Inn to hear some heartwarming stories. 7pm, $5 admission fee. 

Wednesday October 9th 

Books A Million will be having a special book signing with author Jeff Jacobson. Jacobson is promoting his suspenseful new novel, Sleep Tight. In Sleep Tight, horror crime novelist Jeff Jacobson imagines Chicago under siege by an infestation of killer bedbugs carrying a fatal strain of the plague. Jacobson is also the author of Foodchain and Wormfood. 12pm, free. 

The cozy potluck reading series, A Month Of... wants you to Embrace The Boogeyman! Get ready for a night of great food and great stories. Come out to Stage 773 and witness the hosts of this reading series dish all about their worst fears. 7:30pm, $10 (free if you bring a dish to pass). 

Thursday October 10th

Wind down the week by going to Karaoke Idol! Chicago and get your Bill Murray on. Celebrity judges Amy Guth, Jacob Knabb and Mason Johnson want to know if you can bring it, and if you do bring it, you win glory, money and a (crappy) crown. 8pm sharp, $5 at the door.  

Got an upcoming literary event? Want us to help you promote it? Email us at chicagoliterati(at)gmail(dot)com with your press release, images from the event and a paragraph or two of context and we'll help get the word out. 

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