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Chicago literature events, January 25-31

Some literary events to check out this week in Chicago.

Monday, January 25

Book Discussion – 6:00, Harold Washington Library Center, Cindy Pritzker Auditorium, 400 S. State St., Chicago, (312) 747-4300

Mika Brzezinski and her co-host, Joe Scarborough, of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” discuss Brzezkinski’s new book, All Things At Once.  Scarborough will also sign his book The Last Best Hope.

Tuesday, January 26

Book Signing – 6:00, Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago, (312) 280-2660

Local photographer, Jennifer Greenburg, will sign copies of her full-length photo book, The Rockabillies.

The Nervous Breakdown Literary Experience – 7:30, The Whistler, 2421 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, (773) 227-3530

Readings by Claire Bidwell Smith, Greg Boose, Justin Benton, and Billy Lombardo.  Hosted by Amy Guth and sponsored by Orange Alert Press

Tallgrass Writers Guild – 7:30, Bourgeois Pig, 748 W. Fullerton, Chicago, (773) 883-5282

This open mic reading features poet Allan Johnston.

Wednesday, January 27

Book Discussion – 6:00, Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton St., Chicago, (312) 255-3700

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Garry Wills discusses and signs his book Bomb Power: The Modern Presidency and the National Security State.

Book Reading – 7:30, Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark St., Chicago, (773) 769-9299

Local author, Margaret Hawkins, reads from her new book, A Year of Cats and Dogs.

Chicago Moth StorySLAM - 8:00, Martyrs', 3855 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, (773) 404-9869

This slam competition, hosted by Brian Babylon of WBEW-FM 89.5, allows contestants to enter their five minute stories about neighborhoods.

Book Promotion – 12:30, Borders, 150 N. State, Chicago, (312) 606-0750

Author Michael Gates Gill promotes his book How to Save Your Own Life: 15 Lessons on Finding Hope in Unexpected Places.

Danny's Reading Series – 7:30, Danny’s Tavern, 1951 W. Dickens, Chicago, (773) 489-6457

This night of poetry readings features Rob Schlegel and Catherine Theis.

Thursday, January 28

Chicago Review – 6:00, Goethe-Institut Chicago, 150 N. Michigan, suite 200, Chicago, (312) 263-0472

This bilingual poetry reading celebrates the Chicago Review’s most recent issue, “Seven Poets from Berlin.” The reading features poets Monika Rinck and Uljana Wolf.

Book Discussion, 7:00, Revolution Books, 1103 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago, (773) 489-0930

Author Kari Lydersen discusses her new book, Revolt on Goose Island: The Chicago Factory Takeover, and What It Says About the Economic Crisis. The book discusses the worker standoff after the Chicago’s Republic Window and Doors factory was closed under suspicious circumstances.

Saturday, January 30

Book Signing - 12:00, Abraham Lincoln Book Shop, 357 W. Chicago, Chicago, (312) 944-3085

Burrus M. Carnahan signs his book Lincoln on Trial: Southern Civilians and the Law of War.

Book Signing - 1:00, Barnes & Noble, 55 Old Orchard Center, Skokie, (847) 676-2230

Ozzy Osbourne signs his memoir, I Am Ozzy.

Book Reading - 7:00, Quimby's, 1854 W. North Ave., Chicago, (773) 342-0910

Author D.L. Russell reads from his collection of stories Hell Is an Awfully Big City: Spine-Tingling Tales of Horror and Suspense.

Sunday, January 31

Book Reading – 4:30, Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark St., Chicago, (773) 769-9299

Marquette University professor, Louise Cainkar, reads from her book Homeland Insecurity: The Arab American and Muslim American Experience After 9/11. Focusing her research on the Chicago-area, Cainkar argues that anti-Muslim and anti-Islamic ideology predated 9/11.



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