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Chicago area literature events, January 18-24

Here are some great ways to support Chicago artists or meet nationally touring authors this week. 

Monday, January 18

Essay Fiesta - 7:00 PM, Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, 773-293-2665

This monthly event at the Lincoln Square book and wine store benefits Howard Brown Health Center. The January featured artists are:Chicago-area comics Kelsie Huff, Bryan Bowden and Adam Guerino, L.A.-based comic Robert Buscemi, playwright Janna Sobel and author Mary T. Wagner.

Mental Graffiti – 8:00 PM, Butterfly Social Club, 722 W. Grand Avenue, Chicago, 312-666-1695

Mental Graffiti begins with an open mic poetry reading / slam and concludes with the featured artist of the month. The January artist is 2008 Urbana Grand Slam Champion Eboni Hogan.

Tuesday, January 19

Book Event – 6:00 PM, 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th Street, Chicago, 773-752-4381

University of Chicago students, Alexander Acimen and Emmit Rensin, will be signing their book, Twitterature, a rewriting of over 80 pieces of classical literature as a series of 140 character tweets.

Homolatte – 7:30 PM, Tweet, 5024 N Sheridan, Chicago, 773-728-5511

This week’s bimonthly, LGBT focused spoken word and music event features Jane Haldiman / Madsen Minax and the Homoticons

Book Event – 6:00, Harold Washington Library Center, Cindy Pritzker Auditorium, 400 S. State Street, Chicago, 312-747-4300

Animal scientist, Temple Grandin, discusses and signs her new book Animals Make Us Human: Creating the Best Life for Animals, which uses Grandin’s experience with autism to probe into the thought process of animals.

Wednesday, January 20th

Poetry Foundation – 6:00 PM, DePaul University, Richardson Library 400, 2350 North Kenmore Avenue, Chicago

Miles Harvey, author of Painter in a Savage Land: The Strange Saga of the First European Artist in North America, and Mark Turcotte, author of four collections of poetry,speak at DePaul University’s Poetry Foundation

Palabra Pura – 7:30 PM, Décima Musa, 1901 S. Loomis, Chicago, 312-243-1556

Palabra Pura is a monthly, bilingual Spanish-English spoken word event that begins with open mic and is followed by the featured artists. This month features Kristin Naca and Cristina Correa.

In One Ear Poetry – 10:00 PM, Heartland Cafe, 7000 N. Glenwood Ave., Chicago, 773-465-8005

Weekly open mic night for poetry, music, and comedy

Book Event –7:30 PM, Women and Children First, 5233 North Clark Street, Chicago, 773-769-9299

The feminist bookstore hosts a reading of local poet and writer Kathleen Rooney.

Local author event – 7:00 PM, Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625, (773) 293-2665

This monthly event features local Chicago authors Troy Taylor, Bryan Alaspa, and Ursula Bielski.

Thursday, January 21st

Book Event - 6:30 PM, Spertus Institute, 610 S. Michigan Avenue Chicago, 312-322-1700

Author Rebecca Goldstein will read from and sign her book 36 Arguments for the Existence of God: A Work of Fiction.

Friday, January 22nd

Book Signing - 12:30 PM, Borders,150 North State Street, Chicago, 312-606-0750 

Ex-NHL player, Theo Fleury, will sign his new book, Playing with Fire, a description of his years in the NHL and his impoverished upbringing.

Saturday, January 23

Sunday, January 24

Please send information about upcoming book / literature events to carliejwagner@gmail.com

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