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If you're not exhausted by three nights and three days of literary events in Chicago, then the final night of the AWP Conference offers some blockbusting parties. If you are exhausted, the following may just be enough to revitalize you.

Remember, the bookfair is free and open to the public today. Peruse the journals and whims of over over 550 publishers laid out in a dizzying three-room bonanza at the Hilton (720 S. Michigan Ave). Consider this: lots of people came a long way with lots of boxes of books. They do not want to return with them. There will be discounts. There will be free journals.

The headlining event of all four days and nights has to be Story Week and Bath Spa Present--Literary Rock and Roll. The event in the International Ballroom at the Hilton features readings by Audrey Niffenegger (The Time Traveler’s Wife, Her Fearful Symmetry), Irvine Welsh (Trainspotting, Ecstasy), and National Book Award finalist Aleksandar Hemon (Love and Obstacles, The Lazarus Project). There will be music by Chicago blues guitarist Ronnie Baker Brooks, who, in my opinin, is the best of the blues-rock breed of bluesman on the Chicago circuit today. He's like a Stevie Ray Muddy Waters meld of awesomeness. Even though it is through AWP and at AWP, it is FREE and open to the public. 8:30 p.m.

There are other events off-site but they do not have Ronnie Baker Brooks. Or those other people.

AWP, get back to Chicago by 2017, if not sooner!

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