On Thursday, May 28th, before the weekend even arrives, yours truly will be at the fundraiser held by local publisher, Switchback Books at Irish Eyes (2519 N. Lincoln Ave.). Is there a reading taking place? No. Are tickets being sold in advance? Nope. Is there cover? Nay. The editorial staff of Switchback will be playing bartender for the evening, and it is up to us, readers dear, to fill their tip jars. Which I believe we can handle.
Then, it becomes a rather poetry-centered weekend around here. On Friday, May 29th, the semi-monthly Mercury Poetry Reading, hosted by Vitto Carli, starts at 7pm with Andrea Change, Terry Jacobus and Quraysh Ali Lansana. No cover, as per usual, but, do show the cafe some love and have a cup of something, and one of their peanut butter and chocolate Rice Crispie... things.
On Sunday, May 31st (Where did the month go, anyway?), the Myopic Poetry Series (1564 N. Damen) returns at 7pm with Luis Valdez and Megan Volpert.
Planning ahead, some solid bets for early next week include: Joe Meno at The Parlor Series on Monday, June 1st and the Cultural Center's conversation, The Future of the Book, with Aleksander Hemon and Jacob Weisberg (Hemon, I previously discussed here) on Tuesday, June 2nd.