Literary Events This Week In Chicago

This week in Chicago, as we’re all still basking in literary warm-fuzzies from Printers Row Lit Fest this past weekend, we have plenty to do to keep it going:

The Little City Foundation Used Book Sale continues today through the 14th at Old Orchard in Skokie, with books, CDs, comics and the like all being sold to benefit the Little City Foundation.

Tonight, Tuesday June 9th, at 7:30pm, Mary Hamilton and Lindsay Hunter welcome Jac Jemc, Dave Reidy, Fred Sasaki, Scott Stealey, Steve Tartaglione and a secret guest to Quickies! Reading Series, at The Innertown Pub, 1935 W Thomas Street. Free, 21+.

Wednesday June 10th, from 7-8pm, Quimby’s, 1854 W. North Ave., in tandem with Drawn & Quarterly, hosts
Optic Nerve cartoonist Adrian Tomine and Palooka-Ville cartoonist Seth.
The two New Yorker illustrators will be celebrating their own new
releases – Tomine’s new editions of Shortcomings and 32 Stories and
Seth’s new graphic novel George Sprott, 1894-1975 as well as the
releases of the books they have edited and designed – Yoshihiro
A Drifting Life (edited and designed by Tomine) and The
Collected Doug: Canada’s Master Cartoonist
(edited and designed by
Seth). The two authors will discuss, take questions from the
audience and sign books. Free and open to all. 

Thursday, June 11th, the Kriti Festival starts, and runs through the 14th. The Kriti Festival celebrates south Asian literature and arts through
readings, panels, and performances ad includes featured authors Romesh
Gunesekera, Amitava Kumar, and Bapsi Sidhwa. See website for full schedule. Ticket prices vary by day and event.

Moving into the weekend, Second City/Third Person returns to Lincoln Square’s The Book Cellar,
4736 N. Lincoln, at 7pm, with featured guests James Kennedy, Megan Stielstra and David Peak and is hoted by Brian Costello. Free and open to all. 

And, planning ahead for early next week:

Tuesday, June 16th brings us Funny Ha-Ha: Tee Hee, comedic readings at The Hideout
1354 W. Wabansia, with Erin J. Shea, Steve Gadlin, Nathan Rabin, Dave Reidy, and Robbie Q. Telfer along with short film screenings by Steve Delahoyde. Hosted by Claire Zulkey. $5

And speaking of things funny ha-ha, my salute to Colonel Tribune popped up on The Windy Citizen this morning, as a side note.


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  • Amy, I really love your blog. The live streaming videos from Lit Fest were great. Keep up the good work!

  • Oh I would love to make it to the Funny Ha-Ha: Tee Hee, especially if there's a short film being shown. How often do the literary community interact with the film community here in Chicago. What a great pairing? It would be awesome if there were more events promoting both new authors and new short filmmakers. Can you imagine if there was a setup where these filmmakers where making shorts from these authors short stories. I would be in heaven :) Great blog, by the way.

  • Thanks, both of you!

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