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Chicago's annual literary festival continues 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 bookstores, public libraries, and other venues. Some events feature the city's "One Book, One Chicago" selection, Tim O'Brien's National Book Award-winning novel The Things They Carried. Admission is free unless otherwise noted. For more information call 312-747-4300, see www.chicagopubliclibrary.org, or contact the hosting venues.

FIRDAY, OCTOBER 24

Frank Galati and John Mahoney

Goodman Theater associate director Galati and Steppenwolf Theatre Company ensemble member Mahoney read passages from Tim O'Brien's novel The Things They Carried. 5:30 PM: Harold Washington Library Center, auditorium, 400 S. State. 312-747-1194.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25

Dav Pilkey

The children's book author discusses Captain Underpants and the Big, Bad Battle of the Bionic Booger Boy, Part 1: The Night of the Nasty Nostril Nuggets. 10:30 AM: Barbara's Bookstore, Navy Pier, 700 E. Grand. 312-222-0890.

"A Lesson Before Dying"

Dramatic presentation of Romulus Linney's play. 11 AM: Steppenwolf Theatre Company, 1650 N. Halsted. $10. 312-654-5639. See Theater listings for more info.

"A Trip Through Oddball Illinois (and Beyond)"

Slide presentation by Jerome Pohlen, author of Oddball Illinois: A Guide to Some Really Strange Places. 12:30 PM: Chicago Public Library, Budlong Woods branch, 5630 N. Lincoln. 312-742-9590.

"Regret to Inform"

Film screening. 1 PM: Harold Washington Library Center, video theater, 400 S. State. 312-747-1194. See Movies for capsule review.

Mark Kendrick, Mark Roeder, and Josh Thomas

The novelists discuss their gay-themed writings. 2 PM: Gerber/Hart Library, 1127 W. Granville. 773-381-8030.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26

Timuel D. Black

The activist and historian discusses Bridges of Memory: Chicago's First Wave of Black Migration. 2 PM: Woodson Regional Library, 9525 S. Halsted. 312-745-2080.

Paul Johnson

The British historian presents Art: A New History. 2 PM: Art Institute, Fullerton Hall, Michigan and Adams. $10, $8 for students. 312-443-3680.

"Lewis and Clark Adventure"

Presentation by Janis Herbert, author of Lewis and Clark for Kids. 3 PM: Borders Books & Music, 1539 E. 53rd. 773-752-8663. For ages seven and up.

"An Afternoon With Books Ink and Friends"

Poetry readings by self-published authors, dramatic readings, and music. 4 to 6:30 PM: World Folk Music School, 1810 W. 103rd. $10. 773-445-9984.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 27

Scott Turow

The novelist and attorney discusses Ultimate Punishment: A Lawyer's Reflections on Dealing With the Death Penalty. 6 PM: Harold Washington Library Center, auditorium, 400 S. State. 312-747-4080.

"The Things They Carried"

Staged reading; a discussion with the audience follows. 6 PM: DePaul University, Student Center, room 120, 2250 N. Sheffield. 312-747-1194.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28

Kathleen Mackin Heenan

The author talks about St. Vincent's: An Orphanage That Shined. 7 PM: Chicago Public Library, Mount Greenwood branch, 11010 S. Kedzie. 312-747-2805.

Barbara Ransby

The historian discusses Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement: A Radical Democratic Vision. 5:30 PM: Harold Washington Library Center, Chicago Authors Room, 400 S. State. 312-747-4080.

Ursula Bielski

The author talks about Creepy Chicago: A Ghosthunter's Tales of the City's Scariest Sites. 7 PM: Chicago Public Library, Edgebrook branch, 5331 W. Devon. 312-744-8313.

David Guterson

The novelist reads from Our Lady of the Forest. 7 PM: 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th. 773-684-1300.

"The Writing Group and the Writing Process"

Talk by Lisa Rosenthal, author of The Writing Group Book. 7 PM: Chicago Public Library, Budlong Woods branch, 5630 N. Lincoln. 312-742-9590.

Pete Dexter

The novelist reads from Train. 7:30 PM: Barbara's Bookstore, 1350 N. Wells. 312-642-5044.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 29

Nathan Thompson

The Bronzeville preservation activist discusses Kings: The True Story of Chicago's Policy Kings and Numbers Racketeers. 6:30 PM: Woodson Regional Library, 9525 S. Halsted. 312-745-2080.

Sara Paretsky

See Critic's Choice. 7 PM: Borders Books & Music, 830 N. Michigan. 312-573-0564.

Daphne Gottlieb

The poet reads from Final Girl. 7:30 PM: Barbara's Bookstore, 1350 N. Wells. 312-642-5044.

"Jack the Ripper"

"Ripperologist" August Paul Aleksy discusses fact versus fiction in the literature on the famed serial killer. 7:30 PM: Chicago Public Library, Northtown branch, 6435 N. California. 312-744-2292.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30

Julie Otsuka

The novelist reads from When the Emperor Was Divine. 3 PM: Art Institute, Morton Auditorium, Michigan and Adams. 312-443-3680.

Tim O'Brien

The National Book Award winner reads from his novel The Things They Carried, this year's "One Book, One Chicago" selection. 6 PM: Harold Washington Library Center, auditorium, 400 S. State. 312-747-1194.

Susanna Moore

The novelist reads from One Last Look. 7:30 PM: Barbara's Bookstore, 1350 N. Wells. 312-642-5044.

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