Literary karaoke, Bookslut readings, Shelabrations: It's been quite a week for Chicago literary events. To keep the keep the bon temps, uh, rolling, here are Chicago Subtext's picks for great literary bets this weekend.
Friday, July 17th, from 5-8pm brings the opening reception for Audrey Niffenegger's mixed-media graphic novel, The Night Bookmobile, published in the Guardian last year, at Printworks
(311 W. Superior #105). Oh sure, the exhibit runs through August 22nd,
but there is something lovely about an opening night event that is,
I'll confess, hard to pass up.
Saturday, July 18th, Derek McCormack (The Show That Smells), Achy Obejas (Ruins) and Patrick Somerville (The Cradle) team up at Lincoln Square favorite, The Book Cellar (4736-38 N. Lincoln Ave.) to read at 7pm.
On Sunday, July 19th, check out Ernest Hemingway's would-be 110th birthday celebration at The Bottom Lounge (1375 W. Lake) from 2-8pm with readings from Hemingway works by Northwestern University lecturer Bill Savage (from In Our Time), Neo-Futurists Steve Mosqueda and Sean Benjamin (from Hemingway vs. Fitzgerald), and Delilah's owner Mike Miller (from The Sun Also Rises), a presentation by Allan Baldwin of the Ernest Hemingway Foundation,
and a special screening of Rivers to the Sea (2pm) and The Killers
(6pm). Oh, but wait, that's not all. The event will also feature demos
of the proper way to mix vintage Absinthe cocktails. Absinthe demo, people! Period Absinthe cocktails!
after the Absinthe wears off, rest up. There is some wonderfully fun
stuff in the week ahead, too. (I might even be doing a thing or two