Literary events in Chicago this week are mostly confined to the first half of the week due to the Independence Day holday weekend. No matter, as the events we do have early in the week promise to deliver a week's worth of litty-goodness to tide us over until next week. I'll be at all these events, so do say hello!
Tonight, Monday, June 29th at 6pm, Henry Louis Gates Jr. sits down with Tribune writer Rick Kogan to discuss how personal stories inform our national narrative as part of the Chicago Public Library's
Land of Lincoln summer reading program. Harold Washington Library,
Cindy Pritzker Auditorium, 400 S. State Street. Free and all are
welcome. Make note, however, that doors open at 5pm, and my guess is
that there will be few, if any, seats available at 6pm, so plan to
Tuesday, June 30th, marks the final edition of the Powell's North Reading Series with featured guest Jenny Magnus with Chris Bower and Abbra Aducci at Powell's Bookstore, 2850 N. Lincoln Ave. Free and all are welcome.
On Wednesday, July 1st, Reading Under The Influence
returns (full disclosure: I co-host of this series, but don't let that
sway your decision. Reading + Drinking = We have a fun time.) with a
Lincoln-themed reading with featured guests Patrick Somerville and Jonathan Messinger as part of the CPL's
Lincoln celebration in RUI's usual location, the backroom at
Sheffield's, 3258 N. Sheffield. Doors at 7pm, reading begins promptly
at 7:30. $3 cover, 21+.