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This annual festival, sponsored by the Columbia College Chicago fiction writing department, is themed "Culture, Class & Conflict" and features readings, panel discussions, and book signings with local and national authors. The festival runs Monday, March 25, through Friday, March 29; events take place at several Columbia College venues, the Adventurers' Club, the Harold Washington Library Center, and the Metro nightclub, and all are free. For more information call 312-344-7611.

Monday, March 25

Columbia College Faculty Reading

Mark Davidov, Patricia Pinianski (aka romance novelist Patricia Rosemoor), and Keturah Shaw-Poulos read from published works and works in progress. Hermann D. Conaway Multicultural Center, 1104 S. Wabash. 2 PM.

Columbia College Alumni Reading

Gloria Bowman reads from her novel, Human Slices; Greg Kishbaugh, Alexis Pride, and Chris Maul Rice read from works in progress. An open mike and reception follow. Adventurers' Club, 555 N. Franklin. 7 PM.

Tuesday, March 26

Columbia College Faculty Reading

Gary Johnson, Eric May, and Shawn Shiflett read from novels in progress; hosted by Columbia professor emeritus Betty Shiflett. Columbia College Residence Hall, 731 S. Plymouth. 2 PM.

"From Here to There: A Panel on Publishing and Promotion"

Discussion with HarperCollins senior

editor Dana Albarella, literary agent Gary Morris, Electronic Literature Organization director Scott Rettberg, Ballantine Books executive editor Dan Smetanka, and Midwest Media president Bill Young; moderated by Columbia professor emeritus John Schultz. Columbia College Residence Hall, 731 S. Plymouth. 3:30 PM.

John Edgar Wideman

The novelist, whose most recent work is the memoirish Hoop Roots: Basketball, Race, and Love, reads and signs his books. A reception follows. Harold Washington Library Center, auditorium, 400 S. State. 5:30 PM.

"Is There a 'Working-class' Fiction?"

Discussion with authors Edwidge Danticat, John McNally, Joe Meno, Dawn Turner Trice, Irvine Welsh, and John Edgar Wideman; moderated by Columbia writing teacher Don De Grazia (American Skin). Harold Washington Library Center, auditorium, 400 S. State. 7 PM.

Wednesday, March 27

Dawn Turner Trice

Conversation with the Chicago Tribune columnist and novelist (An Eighth of August). Columbia College Faculty Lounge, 11th floor, 624 S. Michigan. 12:30 PM.

A. Manette Ansay and Edwidge Danticat

Novelists Ansay, whose latest work is the memoir Limbo, and Danticat (The Farming of Bones, Krik? Krak!) read from and sign their books. A reception follows. Harold Washington Library Center, auditorium, 400 S. State. 5:30 PM.

"Writing After September 11"

Discussion with authors A. Manette Ansay, Edwidge Danticat, John McNally, Joe Meno, and Irvine Welsh; moderated by Columbia fiction writing department chair Randall Albers. Harold Washington Library Center, auditorium, 400 S. State. 7:30 PM.

Thursday, March 28

Columbia College Faculty Reading

Andy Allegretti, Don De Grazia, Ann Hemenway, John Schultz, Betty Shiflett, and others read fiction and creative nonfiction. Columbia College, Hokin Gallery, 623 S. Wabash. 2 PM.

"Troublemakers: Literary Rock & Roll"

Readings by Scottish novelist Irvine Welsh (Glue, Trainspotting), short-story writer John McNally (Troublemakers), and local novelist Joe Meno (How the Hula Girl Sings). "Spin Master" Welsh deejays afterward. Metro, 3730 N. Clark. 7 PM. Open to all ages.

Friday, March 29

Open Mike Reading

Sponsored by the fiction writing department student board. Columbia College, Hokin Gallery, 623 S. Wabash. 4:30 PM.

Readings in the Raw

The fiction writing department's graduate student reading series. Columbia College, Hokin Gallery, 623 S. Wabash. 7 PM.

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