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Chicago's annual literary festival, formerly known as Chicago Book Week, is now a monthlong event. This year's edition runs through October 30, with readings and book signings by local and national writers, poets, and scholars as well as discussions, lectures, workshops, tours, and children's activities at locations throughout the city. Admission is free unless otherwise noted. See separate listing in Readings & Lectures for "One Book, One Chicago" discussions of Willa Cather's My Antonia. For more information call 312-747-4300, see www.chicagopubliclibrary.org, or contact the hosting venues.

Following is the schedule for October 11 through 17. A complete schedule is available on-line at www.chicagoreader.com.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11

Joyce Carol Oates

The novelist, poet, and essayist, recipient of the library's 2002 Carl Sandburg Literary Award, discusses her career and signs her works. 12:30 PM: Harold Washington Library Center, auditorium, 400 S. State. 312-747-4010.

"A Sampling of Memorable Collectible Books"

Members of the Caxton Club talk about books in their collections. 12:30 PM: Bank One, 56th floor, 10 S. Dearborn. $25 includes lunch. 312-255-3710. Reservations required.

Rosellen Brown and Naomi Shihab Nye

Novelist Brown and poet Nye keynote the Guild Complex Women Writers Conference. 6:30 PM: Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State. $15, $12 for students and seniors. 773-227-6117.

DanceAfrica Chicago

Performance by storyteller Mama Edie and A Spiritual Journey Percussion Ensemble. For children ages two and up. 7 PM: Borders Books & Music, 2210 W. 95th. 773-445-5471.

Nicholas Boothman

The communications consultant presents How to Connect in Business in 90 Seconds or Less. 8:30 PM: Barnes & Noble, 1441 W. Webster. 773-871-3825.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12

Children's Stage

Readings by authors Jessica Hirschman, Katharine Holabird, Todd Parr, and Peter Sis along with appearances by costumed children's book characters. 10 AM to 6 PM: Marshall Field's, seventh floor, 111 N. State. 312-781-4483.

"Creating Pride: Take Your Picture With Your Favorite Book"

Children ages eight and up are invited to pose for photos. 10 AM: Chicago Public Library, Archer Heights branch, 5055 S. Archer. 312-857-0907.

Guild Complex Women Writers Conference

The eighth annual conference features performances and workshops. 10 AM to 6 PM: Roosevelt University, 430 S. Michigan. $80, $70 for students and seniors. 773-227-6117.

Literary Chicago Tour

"Explore the literary history of the city's neighborhoods." 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM: Departs from the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. $50, $45 for students and seniors; includes lunch. 312-742-1190.

"Fahrenheit 451"

Ray Bradbury's novel is dramatized. 11 AM: Steppenwolf Theatre Company, 1650 N. Halsted. $10. 312-335-1650. A discussion follows.

Jorge Ramos

The Univision newscaster signs No Borders: A Journalist's Search for Home. 1 PM: Libreria Giron, 1443 W. 18th. 312-226-2026.

Fredrick Chukwudi Nwankwo

The author discusses Nigeria: The Price of Corruption; The Contradictions of Democracy. 2 PM: Chicago Public Library, Rogers Park branch, 6907 N. Clark. 312-744-0156.

"Rare Book Appraisal"

Talk and free appraisals (limit of three per person) by expert Thomas Joyce. 2 PM: Chicago Public Library, Oriole Park branch, 5201 N. Oketo. 312-744-1965.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13

Children's Stage

Readings by authors Jessica Hirschman, Katharine Holabird, Todd Parr, and Peter Sis along with appearances by costumed children's book characters. Noon to 5 PM: Marshall Field's, seventh floor, 111 N. State. 312-781-4483.

"Tales From Ancient Egypt"

Storytelling with Judith Heineman and musician Daniel Marcotte. For children ages six and up. 1 PM: Oriental Institute Museum, 1155 E. 58th. 773-702-9507.

Karen E. Stark

The author presents First Natural, Then Spiritual: God's Image for You. 3 PM: Woodson Regional Library, 9525 S. Halsted. 312-747-6921.

Maxine Hong Kingston

The National Book Award winner (China Men) offers To Be the Poet. 5 PM: Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark. 773-769-9299.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 14

"Candy in Culture and Reading in Good Taste"

Program "partners the value of reading with candy . . . and an awareness of the global aspects of both." 11 AM to 4 PM: Garfield Park Conservatory, Sweet House, 300 N. Central Park. 815-439-3960.

Joan Allen

The actress reads from Willa Cather's My Antonia. 6 PM: Harold Washington Library Center, auditorium, 400 S. State. 312-747-1194. Tickets required.

Maxine Hong Kingston

The National Book Award winner (China Men) offers To Be the Poet. 6:30 PM: 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th. 773-684-1300.

"Writings of Willa Cather"

A screening from C-SPAN's American Writers series. 1 PM: Sulzer Regional Library, 4455 N. Lincoln. 312-744-7616. 6:30 PM: Woodson Regional Library, 9525 S. Halsted. 312-747-6900.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15

Peggy Post

The etiquette expert talks about The Gift of Good Manners: A Parent's Guide to Raising Respectful, Kind, Considerate Children. 12:30 PM: Borders Books & Music, 150 N. State. 312-606-0750.

"Get Graphic at Your Library"

Eric Thornton of Chicago Comics talks about graphic novels. For ages 11 through 18. 6 PM: Chicago Public Library, Roden branch, 6083 N. Northwest Hwy. 312-744-1478.

"My Antonia"

Discussion of the Willa Cather novel selected for "One Book, One Chicago." 6 PM: Museum of Contemporary Art, Puck's Cafe, 220 E. Chicago. 312-280-2660.

"Sharing Tales of the Season"

Program by the Chicago Storytelling Guild. 7:30 PM: Hyde Park Union Church, 5600 S. Woodlawn. 773-288-7217.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16

Robert Hughes

The Truman College English teacher talks about Running With Walker, a memoir of life with his autistic son. 2 PM: Truman College, library, 1145 W. Wilson. 773-907-4877.

Philip Appleman

The poet and editor signs New and Selected Poems: 1956-1996 and Darwin at a Caxton Club dinner program. 5 PM: Bank One Plaza, 56th floor, 10 S. Dearborn. $45. 312-255-3710. Reservations requested.

"My Antonia"

Film adaptation of the Willa Cather novel. A discussion follows. 6 PM: DePaul University, student center, room 120, 2250 N. Sheffield. 312-747-4300.

"African Ceremonies: A Celebration of Life"

A lecture by photographers Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher, based on their book African Ceremonies. 6:30 PM: Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr. $12, $10 for students. 312-665-7400.

Becky Bradway and S.L. Wisenberg

Bradway, from Normal, and local writer Wisenberg read from essay collections, Pink Houses and Family Taverns and Holocaust Girls: History, Memory, and Other Obsessions, respectively. 7 PM: 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th. 773-684-1300.

Bruce Feiler

The author of Walking the Bible follows with Abraham: A Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths. 7:30 PM: Barnes & Noble, 1441 W. Webster. 773-871-3825.

Patricia Henley

The novelist reads from In the River Sweet. 7:30 PM: Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark. 773-769-9299.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17

"Children's Books Past and Present"

Storytelling by author W. Nikola-Lisa. For children ages 4 to 12. 6 PM: Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton. 312-255-3553.

John Heskett

The IIT professor discusses Toothpicks and Logos: Design in Everyday Life. 6 PM: Chicago Cultural Center, fifth floor, 78 E. Washington. 312-595-4900.

"Willa Cather's Circle of Experience"

Discussion led by Cather scholar Susan J. Rosowski; moderated by CPL commissioner Mary Dempsey. 6 PM: Harold Washington Library Center, auditorium, 400 S. State. 312-747-4300.

Lawrence Ferlinghetti

The poet reads at a Poetry Center event. 6:30 PM: School of the Art Institute, ballroom, 112 S. Michigan. $15. 312-899-1229.

Kevin Baker

The novelist reads from Paradise Alley. 7 PM: Borders Books & Music, 830 N. Michigan. 312-573-0564.

Jay Dolan

The historian presents In Search of an American Catholicism: A History of Religion and Culture in Tension. 7 PM: 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th. 773-684-1300.

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