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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 18 through 24. A complete schedule is available on-line at www.chicagoreader.com.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18

"The Virtuoso: Ideals and Realities of Italian Renaissance Art"

Lecture. 11 AM: Art Institute, Morton Auditorium, Michigan and Adams. $14. 312-443-3680.

Paul McComas

The Evanston writer signs a novel, Unplugged. 7 PM: Gescheidle gallery, 300 W. Superior. 312-654-0600.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19

Patricia Rosemoor

The local romance writer reads from Someone to Protect Her. 10 AM: Chicago Public Library, Lincoln Belmont branch, 1659 W. Melrose. 312-744-0166.

"Fahrenheit 451"

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

"Writings of Willa Cather"

A screening from C-SPAN's American Writers series. 11 AM: Harold Washington Library Center, video theater, 400 S. State. 312-747-4300.

Writing Workshop

Presentation by local writers. Noon to 4 PM: Chicago Public Library, South Shore branch, 2505 E. 73rd. 312-747-5281.

"Little Red Riding Hood"

Children's program of theatrical readings in English, French, German, and Spanish. 12:30 PM: Instituto Cervantes, John Hancock Center, suite 2940, 875 N. Michigan. 312-335-1996.

Tony Lindsay

The suspense novelist reads from Prayer of Prey. 2 PM: Woodson Regional Library, 9525 S. Halsted. 312-747-6921.

"Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel"

A play for children ages six and up. 1 and 3 PM: Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood. $8. 773-761-4477.

Sharon Promislow

The author of Making the Brain-Body Connection follows with Putting Out the Fire of Fear. 3 PM: Barnes & Noble, 1441 W. Webster. 773-871-3825.

"The Diaries of Adam and Eve"

A dramatic reading from the work by Mark Twain. 4 PM: After-Words, 23 E. Illinois. 312-464-1110.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20

"Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel"

A play for children ages six and up. 1 PM: Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood. $8. 773-761-4477.

Her Mark Datebook Release Party

Readings by contributing poets and viewing of artwork featured in the 2003 edition. 2 PM: Woman Made Gallery, 1900 S. Prairie. 312-328-0038.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 21

Pat Conroy

The novelist reads from a memoir, My Losing Season. 6 PM: Harold Washington Library Center, auditorium, 400 S. State. 312-747-4010.

Dan Savage

The "Savage Love" sex columnist talks about Skipping Towards Gomorrah: The Seven Deadly Sins and the Pursuit of Happiness in America. 7 PM: Borders Books & Music, 830 N. Michigan. 312-573-0564.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22

"How to Run a Successful Book Group"

Workshop. 6 PM: Great Books Foundation, 21st floor, 35 E. Wacker. 312-332-5870. Registration requested.

Thomas Steinbeck

The cinematographer and photojournalist (and son of guess who) debuts a story collection, Down to a Soundless Sea. 6 PM: Harold Washington Library Center, auditorium, 400 S. State. 312-747-4010.

Pat Conroy

The novelist reads from a memoir, My Losing Season. 7 PM: Borders Books & Music, 830 N. Michigan. 312-573-0564.

Betsy J. Green

The local historian talks about Discovering the History of Your House and Your Neighborhood. 7 PM: Chicago Public Library, Northtown branch, 6435 N. California. 312-744-2292.

Dale Kaczmarek

The author gives a slide lecture based on Windy City Ghosts. 7 PM: Chicago Public Library, Lincoln Belmont branch, 1659 W. Melrose. 312-744-0166.

Bonnie Jo Campbell

The writer debuts a novel, Q Road. 7:30 PM: Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark. 773-769-9299.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23

"Nurturing a Love of Literature"

Author Eloise Greenfield and Chocolate Chip Theatre Company founder Nora Brooks Blakely present a program for elementary school students. 10 AM: Chicago State University, student union, 9501 S. King Dr. 773-995-4440.

Karen Kruse

The local author talks about A Chicago Firehouse: Stories of Wrigleyville's Engine 78. 7 PM: Chicago Public Library, Austin-Irving branch, 6100 W. Irving Park. 312-744-6222.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24

Chicago Independent Book Festival

Dealers and publishing information. 10 AM to 5 PM: Chicago State University, Gwendolyn Brooks Center, 9501 S. King Dr. 773-995-4440.

Michael Connelly

The thriller writer reads from Chasing the Dime. 12:30 PM: Borders Books & Music, 150 N. State. 312-606-0750.

Thomas E. Chavez

The historian discusses Spain and the Independence of the United States: An Intrinsic Gift. 5:30 PM: Harold Washington Library Center, video theater, 400 S. State. 312-747-4791.

Brenda Maddox

The journalist and biographer talks about Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA. 5:30 PM: Harold Washington Library Center, Chicago Authors Room, 400 S. State. 312-747-4010.

Literacy Chicago Trivia Challenge

Teams of three compete for prizes. 6 PM: Harold Washington Library Center, Winter Garden, 400 S. State. 312-236-0341.

Joseph Parisi and Stephen Young

The editors of Chicago-based Poetry magazine present Dear Editor: A History of Poetry in Letters and The Poetry Anthology, 1912-2002. 6 PM: Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton. 312-255-3700.

"How to Get Into and Pay for College"

Workshop by Gen and Kelly Tanabe, authors of Accepted! 50 Successful College Admission Essays and Money-Winning Scholarship Essays and Interviews. 7:30 PM: Barnes & Noble, 1441 W. Webster. 773-871-3825.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/David G. Spielman.

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