Story Week kicks of on the 13th for the literary crowd not headed to SXSW. This is the 15th annual event, and theme this year is Class Act. As it has for the last 15 years, Story Week 2011 will offer six days jam-packed with readings, conversations with authors, panels, performances, and book signings at venues throughout Chicago--all free and open to the public. It is co-sponsored in part by the Chicago Public Library and Metro.
You can find the schedule of events here, and the highlights include Irvine Welch, Gina Frangello, Jennifer Eagan, and Karen Tei Yamashita. There will be readings at 2nd Story and a cool event hosted by Rick Kogan called "Chicago Classics," with members of Chicago's literary community reading works by their favorite Chicago authors at Lincoln Hall.