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Listings are compiled by Heather Kenny from information available a week before publication. Admission is free unless otherwise noted. See Performance listings in this section for additional open mikes and spoken-word events.

Sam Abell

The National Geographic photographer presents a slide lecture and signs his book Australia: Journey Through a Timeless Land. Wednesday, June 14, 7:30 PM: Borders Books & Music, 2817 N. Clark. 773-935-3909.

"African-American Chicago, 1936"

Historian Timuel D. Black discusses athletics and the black community, in conjunction with the Spertus Museum's exhibit "The Nazi Olympics--Berlin, 1936"; a tour of significant south-side sites follows a look at the exhibit. Sunday, June 11, 10 AM to 5 PM: Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, 618 S. Michigan. $60. 312-665-7400.

"American Pharaoh"

Breakfast with journalists Elizabeth Taylor and Adam Cohen, authors of this new biography of Richard J. Daley. Sponsored by Brent Books & Cards and the City Club of Chicago. Monday, June 12, 8 AM: Chicago Athletic Association, 12 S. Michigan. $15. 312-565-6500. Reservations required. The authors will also discuss their book at a luncheon. Monday, June 12, 11:30 AM: Union League Club of Chicago, 65 W. Jackson. 312-551-9014. $17. Reservations and business attire required. Elizabeth Taylor discusses the biography. Wednesday, June 14, 7:30 PM: Barbara's Bookstore, 1100 Lake, Oak Park. 708-848-9140.

"American-Yiddish Literature and the Problem of the Color Line"

Talk with the University of Chicago's Scott Mendel. Thursday, June 15, 12:15 PM: Conrad Sulzer Regional Library, 4455 N. Lincoln. 312-409-1835 or 312-747-4050.

Nina Ananiashvili

Talk by the Bolshoi Ballet's prima ballerina. Saturday, June 10, noon: Chicago Cultural Center, Randolph Cafe, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-6630.

Ted Anton

The DePaul professor discusses and signs his book Bold Science: Seven Scientists Who Are Changing Our World. Saturday, June 10, 2 PM: Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore, 743 Garfield, Oak Park. 708-848-7243.

Art Institute of Chicago

Lectures: "In Morocco: Delacroix and Matisse," Friday, June 9, 12:15 PM. "Pop Art: Art for Everyone," Saturday, June 10, 11 AM. "Beautiful Decay: Ruins in European Art," Tuesday, June 13, 12:15 PM. Jane H. Clarke, associate director of the department of museum education, speaks on "A Work in Progress: The Art Institute of Chicago," Tuesday, June 13, 6 PM. "Maineri to Miro: The Regenstein Collection," Wednesday, June 14, 12:15 PM. • Talks on specific artworks: Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 1. James M.W. Turner's Fishing Boats With Huckster Bargaining for Fish, Friday, June 9. De Kooning's Excavation, Saturday, June 10, and Tuesday, June 13. • Talks on the collection: Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 1. "Old Masters," Sunday, June 11. "Religion and Ritual," Monday, June 12. "People in Art," Wednesday, June 14. "Ancient Worlds," Thursday, June 15. Art Institute of Chicago, Michigan and Adams. Free with museum admission, $8, $5 students, seniors, and children; Tuesdays free. 312-443-3600. Evening lectures do not require museum admission.

Marty Asher and Chip Kidd

Asher, writer and editor of Random House's Vintage imprint, and graphic designer Kidd discuss literature and publishing. Thursday, June 15, 7:30 PM: Barbara's Bookstore, 1350 N. Wells. 312-642-5044.

Jonette Rose Barras

The author of Whatever Happened to Daddy's Little Girl? The Impact of Fatherlessness on Black Women signs and discusses her book. Friday, June 9, 12:30 PM: Afrocentric Bookstore, 333 S. State. 312-939-1956.

Raymond Benson

The author discusses and signs his latest James Bond novel, Double Shot. Wednesday, June 14, 7 PM: Borders Books & Music, 830 N. Michigan. 312-573-0564.

"Blues Brunch"

Book signings by Nadine Cohodas (Spinning Blues Into Gold: The Chess Brothers and the Legendary Chess Records) and Reader contributing photographer Marc PoKempner (Down at Theresa's . . . Chicago Blues), accompanied by music from Jimmy Burns, Dave Specter, Lurrie Bell, and others. Rockin' Johnny hosts. Sunday, June 11, 10 AM: Jazz Record Mart, 444 N. Wabash. 312-222-1467.

"Bodies of Work"

Artists Paul Mullins, Michael K. Paxton, and Aristotle Georgiades discuss their contributions to this exhibit at its opening. Sunday, June 11, 1 PM: Evanston Art Center, 2603 Sheridan, Evanston. 847-475-5300.

Lucia Capacchione

The author discusses her book Visioning: Ten Steps to Designing the Life of Your Dreams. Thursday, June 15, 7 PM: Transitions Bookplace, 1000 W. North. 312-435-4548.

"Chicago's Lesbian History"

Slide lecture by historian and activist Marie Kuda. Sunday, June 11, 7 PM: Star Gaze Bar & Restaurant, 5419 N. Clark. 773-561-7363.

"Chicago's South Shore"

Author Charles Celander discusses his book on the neighborhood, which includes photos by his father. Tuesday, June 13, 5:30 PM: Brent Books & Cards, 316 N. Michigan. 312-920-0940.

Andrew Cohen

The founder of What Is Enlightenment? magazine speaks on spirituality. Saturday, June 10, 7 PM: Transitions Learning Center, 1750 N. Kingsbury. $15. 312-951-7323. Cohen will also lead a retreat at the center Sunday, June 11, 10 AM to 5 PM; $85.

College of Complexes

Lena Caref discusses "My Life Under Socialism in the USSR." Saturday, June 10, 8 PM: Lincoln Restaurant, 4008 N. Lincoln. $3 plus a food or drink purchase. 312-326-2120.

"Computer Technology for the Artist"

Panel discussion with artists Jane Stevens, Yvonne Gajewsky, Marjorie David, Jim Christensen, and Jody Lepinot. Wednesday, June 14, 11 AM: James R. Thompson Center, eighth-floor conference room, 100 W. Randolph. 312-814-1794 or 312-814-5321.

Scott Faingold

The author reads from his novel Kennel Cough. Experimental combo Paul Fox's Prompt provides accompaniment for part of the reading. Friday, June 9, 8 PM: Quimby's, 1854 W. North. 773-342-0910.

"Favorite Poem Project"

U.S. poet laureate Robert Pinsky, Roger Ebert, Studs Terkel, and others read their favorite poems. Wednesday, June 14: Harold Washington Library Center, lower-level auditorium, 400 S. State. 312-747-4700.

"Figures and Forms: Selections From the Terra Foundation for the Arts"

Gallery walk through this exhibit led by art historian Debra Mancoff. Tuesday, June 13, 6 PM: Terra Museum of American Art, 664 N. Michigan. 312-664-3939.

Raeburn Flerlage

The photographer signs his book Chicago Blues: As Seen From the Inside, featuring shots taken during the 60s and 70s. Friday, June 9, 3 PM: City of Chicago Store, Waterworks Vistor Center, 163 E. Pearson. 312-742-8811.

"From Immigrant to Ethnic: Italians in Chicago"

Dominic Candeloro presents a slide lecture based on his book Italians in Chicago. Thursday, June 15, 6 PM: Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton. 312-943-9090.

Jack Fuller

The author and jazz critic reads and discusses his novel about a fictional jazz musician, The Best of Jackson Payne. Thursday, June 15, 6 PM: Brent Books & Cards, 316 N. Michigan. 312-920-0940.

Bob Greene

The Chicago Tribune columnist reads from his book Duty: A Father, His Son, and the Man Who Won the War. Saturday, June 10, 4:30 PM: Barnes & Noble, 55 Old Orchard Center, Skokie. 847-676-2230.

Sam R. Hamburg

The author discusses and signs his book Will Our Love Last? Sunday, June 11, 2 PM: Barnes & Noble, 659 W. Diversey. 773-871-9004.

"Inventing Peace"

Reading and discussion about writing and living through war with Bosnian writer Aleksandar Hemon, Vietnamese poet Nguyen Duy, and writer and Vietnam veteran Larry Heinemann. Ted Anton hosts. Wednesday, June 14, 7:30 PM: Guild Complex, Chopin Theater, 1543 W. Division. $7. 773-296-1268, ext. 26.

Yoram Kaniuk and Yossi Harel

Discussion and signing of Commander of the Exodus, Kaniuk's book about Harel's delivery of 24,000 Holocaust survivors to Palestine between 1946 and 1948. Wednesday, June 14, 7:30 PM: Barnes & Noble, 55 Old Orchard Center, Skokie. 847-676-2230.

Bruce Koff

The former executive director of Horizons Community Services discusses his book Something to Tell You: The Road Families Travel When a Child Is Gay. Sunday, June 11, 5 PM: Women & Children First Bookstore, 5233 N. Clark. 773-769-9299.

"The Life and Work of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel"

Lecture by Susannah Heschel, professor of Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College. Monday, June 12, 7:30 PM: Anshe Emet Synagogue, 3760 N. Pine Grove. 773-868-5114.

Salvino and Margo Madonna

The local authors sign their cookbook A Pinch of This and a Pinch of That. Sunday, June 11, 10 AM: Signature Room at the 95th, 875 N. Michigan. 312-787-9596. Also noon to 3 at Borders Books & Music, 830 N. Michigan, where chef Robert Nava will prepare a recipe from the book. 312-573-0564.

"Many Worlds of Dance"

Anna-Marie Holmes, artistic director of the Boston Ballet, discusses her life and career in dance. Friday, June 9, 5:30 PM: Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton. 312-943-9090. Reservations required; call 312-255-3700.

"Maxwell Street: Yes It's Still There"

Lecture by Lori Grove, Chicago Architecture Foundation docent. Wednesday, June 14, 12:15 PM: Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 S. Michigan. 312-922-3432.

Martha Nussbaum

The philosopher discusses her book Women and Human Development: The Capabilities Approach. Thursday, June 15, 7:30 PM: Women & Children First Bookstore, 5233 N. Clark. 773-769-9299.

Shannon Olson

The author reads from her debut novel, Welcome to My Planet: Where English Is Sometimes Spoken. Thursday, June 15, 7:30 PM: Barbara's Bookstore, 1100 Lake, Oak Park. 708-848-9140.

"Olympia"

Lecture on Leni Riefenstahl's classic documentary of the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin with Steven Riess, editor of the anthology Jews in American Sports, and David Levin, professor of Germanic studies at the University of Chicago. Follows a screening of the movie's first part. Sunday, June 11, 2 PM (film begins at noon): Film Center at the School of the Art Institute, Columbus at Jackson. $7. 312-443-3733. See the movie listings in this section for more information.

"Opera With a French Accent"

Alfred Glasser, director of education emeritus of the Lyric Opera, discusses French opera from the baroque period to the 20th century. Thursday, June 15, 6:30 PM: Alliance Francaise, 810 N. Dearborn. $8. 312-337-1070.

"Out of Line: Drawings by Illinois Artists"

Discussion with exhibition curator Marianne Richter. Friday, June 9, 12:15 PM: Chicago Cultural Center, Sidney R. Yates gallery, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-6630.

"Saints and Scholars: A Dominican View of Humanism"

Art historian Gail Geiger conducts a slide lecture on Fra Angelico's frescos in conjunction with the exhibit "Florentine Humanism and the Church Fathers." Saturday, June 10, 11 AM: Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton. 312-943-9090.

Dan Savage

The Reader sex columnist discusses and signs his book The Kid: What Happened After My Boyfriend and I Decided to Go Get Pregnant--An Adoption Story. Thursday, June 15, 7 PM: Borders Books & Music, 830 N. Michigan. 312-573-0564.

David Sedaris

The author and frequent This American Life contributor reads from and signs his book Me Talk Pretty One Day. Friday, June 9, 7:30 PM: Unabridged Bookstore, 3251 N. Broadway. 773-883-9119. Also Saturday, June 10, 2 PM: Barbara's Bookstore, 1100 Lake, Oak Park. 708-848-9140.

Jeff Shaara

The author reads from his historical novel about the Mexican war, Gone for Soldiers. Thursday, June 13, 7:30 PM: Barbara's Bookstore, 1100 Lake, Oak Park. 708-848-9140.

Tom Sills

The author discusses and signs his book Science Fun in Chicagoland, a guide for parents and teachers. Saturday, June 10, 3 PM: Borders Books & Music, 2817 N. Clark. 773-935-3909.

"Simple Ways to Bond With Your Family"

Seminar led by Susan S. Kuczmarski, author of The Family Bond: Inspiring Tips for Creating a Closer Family. A book signing follows. Saturday, June 10, 1 PM: Barnes & Noble, 1130 N. State. 312-280-8155.

Jane S. Smith

The novelist reads from her novel Fool's Gold. Wednesday, June 14, 7:30 PM: Barnes & Noble, 1441 W. Webster. 773-871-3825.

Zadie Smith

The author reads from her debut novel, White Teeth. Tuesday, June 13, 7:30 PM: Women & Children First Bookstore, 5233 N. Clark. 773-769-9299.

Maurice Taylor and Seana McGee

The authors discuss their book The New Couple: Why the Old Rules Don't Work and What Does. Monday, June 12, 7 PM: Transitions Bookplace, 1000 W. North. 312-435-4548.

Larry Watson

The author reads from and signs his novel Laura. Saturday, June 10, 4 PM: Barnes & Noble, 1701 Sherman, Evanston. 847-328-0883.

"Wish You Were Here: The Postcard in American Tourism"

Katherine Hamilton-Smith, curator of the Lake County Museum's postcard collection (the world's largest), presents a slide lecture. Wednesday, June 14, 7 PM: Hit the Road, 3758 N. Southport. 773-388-8338.

Herman Wouk

The author presents a lecture, "My Life and Work: From The Caine Mutiny to The Will to Live On." Thursday, June 15, 7:30 PM: North Shore Congregation Israel, 1185 Sheridan, Glencoe. $15, $20 at the door. 847-675-2200.

"Writing With Spirit"

The second installment in a series on writing. Renny Golden reads from The Hour of the Furnaces. Patricia Monaghan hosts. Saturday, June 10, 8 PM: Transitions Bookplace, 1000 W. North. 312-435-4548.

Other

Barnes & Noble Book Fair

Benefits the Center Theater. Sunday, June 11, 9 AM to 11 PM: Barnes & Noble, 5405 Touhy, Skokie. 847-329-8460.

Brandeis Used Book Sale

The 42nd annual sale boasts 450,000 books this year. Saturday, June 10, 6 to 10 PM; Sunday, June 11, 10 AM to 10 PM; Monday, June 12, through Thursday, June 15, 11 AM to 9 PM; Friday, June 16, 11 AM to 5 PM; Saturday, June 17, 6 PM to 10 PM; Sunday, June 18, 10 AM to 5 PM: Old Orchard Center, west parking lot, Golf Rd. and Skokie Blvd., Skokie. $5 on Saturday, June 10; free at other times. 847-724-9715.

"Breathe"

The series featuring emerging poets and musicians presents spoken word and music with Year of the Dragons. Zeeshan Mohammed hosts. Tuesday, June 13, 9:30 PM: Guild Complex, Chopin Theater, 1543 W. Division. $5, $3 for open mike participants. 773-296-1268, ext. 26.

Friends of the River Forest Library Book Fair

Hardcover and paperback books for a pittance. Friday, June 9, 6 to 9 PM; Saturday, June 10, 9:30 to 4: River Forest Public Library, 735 Lathrop, River Forest. $5 on Friday, free on Saturday. 708-366-5205.

Goethe-Institut Book Sale

New, used, and donated books. Wednesday, June 15, 9 AM to 5 PM: Goethe-Institut, 150 N. Michigan, suite 200. 312-263-0472.

Poetry Slam

Weekly open mike. Monday, June 12, 7 PM: Sputnik Coffeehouse, 18067 Dixie Hwy., Homewood. 708-922-9950.

Twilight Tales

Talk with literary critic Gary K. Wolfe, plus a discussion on the business of writing. Monday, June 12, 8 PM: Red Lion Restaurant and Pub, 2446 N. Lincoln. $2. 773-348-2695.

"Urban Voices: A Showcase of Chicago Poets"

Performances by Carolyn Aguila, Barbara Bates, Richard Fammeree, Regie Gibson, Maria McCray, Chuck Perkins, and David Rubin, with appearances by Nina Corwin, Mars Gamba-Adisa, and Lawrence Tyler. Thursday, June 15, Friday, June 16, and Saturday, June 17, 8 PM: Boxer Rebellion Theater, 1257 W. Loyola. $12, $10 seniors, $8 students. 773-465-7325. Reservations requested.

"Women Out Loud"

Poetry and prose readings by Lucy Anderton, Tara Betts, Stephanie Costello, Anida Esguerra, Lola Huston, and Nikki Patin. An open mike follows. Sunday, June 11, 2 PM: Woman Made Gallery, 1900 S. Prairie. 312-328-0038.

Word Gourmet

Nina Corwin, Mars Gamba-Adisa, and Richard Fammeree host this weekly spoken-word event. Friday, June 9, 7 PM: Gourmand Coffeehouse, 728 S. Dearborn. Donation requested. 312-427-2610.

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