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Story Week Festival of Writers 

The ninth edition of Columbia College's annual literary festival, hosted by the school's fiction writing department, presents readings, signings, and panels with authors and Columbia faculty, this year under the theme "The Politics of Story." Events run Monday, March 21, through Saturday, March 26, at various venues as shown below. All are free. (A Story Week "epilogue" program, Ray Bradbury Day, will be held April 18.) For more info call 312-344-8559 or 312-344-7611 or see storyweek.colum.edu.

MONDAY 21

Sandra Cisneros (House on Mango Street, Caramelo) reads from her work and discusses her career with Booklist associate editor Donna Seaman. A book signing follows. Harold Washington Library Center, Winter Garden, 400 S. State. 6 PM

TUESDAY 22

"Stories at Work" Readings by fiction writing department grad students. Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College, 600 S. Michigan. 11 AM

"Censorship: The Menace of Story" Panel with F Magazine editors Tom Popp and Deb Lewis, faculty member Ann Hemenway, Irish novelist Jamie O'Neill (At Swim, Two Boys), professor emeritus John Schultz, and novelist Valerie Wilson Wesley (Playing My Mother's Blues); moderated by professor emerita Betty Shiflett. Columbia College, library, third floor, 624 S. Michigan. 1 PM

Open-Mike Reading with fiction writing department students. Columbia College, library, third floor, 624 S. Michigan. 3 PM

CC Jamie O'Neill Harold Washington Library Center, auditorium, 400 S. State. 6:30 PM

WEDNESDAY 23

"Getting It Out There" Panel with editors Alan Davis (New Rivers Press) and Ian Jack (Granta), Booklist associate editor Donna Seaman, agent Caren Johnson, ETA Creative Arts Foundation artistic director Runako Jahi, and self-published novelist Shelli Johnson; moderated by fiction writing department publishing lab director Jotham Burrello. Columbia College, residence hall, 731 S. Plymouth Court. 1 PM

Fiction Writing Department Full-Time Faculty Readings with Ann Hemenway, Gary Johnson, Antonia Logue, and Alexis Pride. Columbia College, residence hall, 731 S. Plymouth Court. 3:30 PM

"The Politics of Story: Literary Rock 'n' Roll" featuring readings by writer and McSweeney's publisher Dave Eggers (How We Are Hungry), novelist Kaylie Jones (Speak Now), and faculty member and novelist Joe Meno (Hairstyles of the Damned). With comedy by the Warm-Ups and music by the Scotland Yard Gospel Choir. Metro, 3730 N. Clark. All-ages; doors open at 6. 6:30 PM

THURSDAY 24

"Against the Mainstream" Other Voices editor Gina Frangello, publishing consultant Marcela Landres, Punk Planet editor Daniel Sinker, novelist Kaylie Jones, and faculty member and novelist Shawn Shiflett (Hidden Place) discuss "independent publishing in a mainstream marketplace"; moderated by fiction writing department chair Randall Albers. Columbia College, Ferguson Theater, 600 S. Michigan. 11 AM

"Shorty" Reading Open mike featuring fiction writing department full-time faculty; hosted by professor emerita Betty Shiflett. Columbia College, Ferguson Theater, 600 S. Michigan. 1 PM

"War, Protest, and Trial" Discussion with professor emeritus John Schultz, author of No One Was Killed: Documentation and Meditation Convention Week, Chicago, August 1968 and The Chicago Conspiracy Trial; he'll be joined by fiction writing department acting chair Gary Johnson. Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater, 78 E. Washington. 3 PM

Valerie Wilson Wesley (the Tamara Hayle mystery series, among other novels) reads from her work and discusses writing with faculty member Eric May. A book signing follows. Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater, 78 E. Washington. 6 PM

FRIDAY 25

"Submit! The Unofficial All-Genre Multimedia Guide to Submitting Short Prose" Video screening; with producer Jotham Burrello. Columbia College, Collins Hall, 624 S. Michigan. 10 AM

Fiction Writing Department Part-Time Faculty Open Mike Readings hosted by part-timer Marcia Brenner. Columbia College, library, third floor, 624 S. Michigan. 1 PM

Fiction Writing Department Alumni Open Mike featuring Dennis Foley (The Streets and San Man's Guide to Chicago Eats), Rea Frey (A Woman's Ring), and Shelli Johnson (Small as a Mustard Seed). Smart Bar, 3730 N. Clark. 21+ only. 5:30 PM

SATURDAY 26

Young Chicago Authors Awards Ceremony with 9th-12th grade winners of the 2005 Young Authors writing competition; hosted by faculty member and contest director Chris Maul Rice. Columbia College, Hokin Gallery, 623 S. Wabash. 1 PM

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