A reading series featuring the "best established and rising Chicago authors reading new and published stories." New stories each half hour from 6 to 8:30 PM.http://detzner.com/brendan/theater.php
Local writers present original pieces of fiction and nonfiction. Hosted by Jeff Phillips and Jeremy Solomon.http://pungentparlour.tumblr.com
The celebrity chef and author offers tips from his latest book on homemade meals, Marcus Off Duty: The Food I Cook at Home. $20http://chicagohumanities.org
Chicago author Lindsay Hunter, whose debut novel, Ugly Girls (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), is out November 4, loves fall because it creates so many opportunities to snuggle up with a book. Continue reading >>
This is one of our Fall Arts Best Bets for literature.
Rutgers University English professor Cheryl Wall discusses the legacy of writer Zora Neale Hurston. $12http://chicagohumanities.org
Lansdale, author of Cold in July, signs copies of his work.
Long before the Twilight and True Blood crazes took hold, Anne Rice was the master of the vampire story. Proving she's still got it, the novelist discusses her new one, Prince Lestat: The Vampire Chronicles, with her longtime editor Victoria Wilson. Part of the Chicago Humanities Festival. $20http://chicagohumanities.org
Osterman discusses and signs copies of her book.
Garrett Caples, author of Quintessence of the Minor: Symbolist Poetry in English and Retrievals, reads from his work and discusses surrealism.
Pashman discusses his book Eat More Better: How to Make Every Bite More Delicious.
The author of Fast Food Nation discusses his new book, Command and Control, exploring the issues surrounding nuclear weapons. $20 for book and one ticket, $25 for book and two ticketshttp://chicagohumanities.org
The author discusses his work The Slow Regard of Silent Things: A Kingkiller Chronicle Novella.
Readings from Keesha Beckford, Tom Haley, Maggie Jenkins, Melinda McIntire, and former co-host William Shunn.http://tuesdayfunk.org
Unless you're a connoisseur of small literary magazines, you won't just stumble across any stories by Jac Jemc, a Chicagoan who's also the author of the 2013 novel My Only Wife. And that's a damned shame. Jemc's stories bear very little resemblance to the early-20th-century classics you may remember studying in junior high in preparation for the greater challenges of the novel, with their tidy situation-conflict-climax/epiphany-denouement structure and neatly isolated literary elements. (Can you identify the paradox at the end of O. Henry's "Gift of the Magi"?) They're not much like the embryonic novels that appear in the New Yorker, either. In fact, there's very little conventional narrative at all in Jemc's new collection A Different Bed Every Time. Her fiction is highly experimental. It relies less on plot to tell a story than on mood, metaphor, and language. The 42 stories here are short: most don't last more than two or three pages. They feel as surreal as dreams—though when you're immersed in them, they make perfect sense, as dreams tend to do. It's telling other people about them afterward and trying to explain what they mean that's the hard part. Continue reading >>
At this Humanities Fest event, the editor of the New York Times's Modern Love column discusses it with some of his Chicago contributors. $20http://chicagohumanities.org