Chicago's lit scene for the week of 2/13/12 includes poetry Slams, author discussions, readings and book signings, open-mics, reading series, benefits and more. (To take place at bars, cafes, bookstores, music venues, Columbia College Chicago) "Chicago Lit Scene's Weekend Edition" posted Friday morning will list events through Sunday. All addresses link to Google Maps for directions. For instant updates follow@ChiLitScene on Twitter or Facebook.
Tuesday, February 14th
This Much is True @ Hopleaf Bar (5148 N. Clark St.)
This month's edition of "Chicago's most intimate storytelling night" is free, as always, and will begin at 7:30pm. However, admission is limited so you may want to arrive around 6:45 when doors open. Don't worry, the wide selection of craft beers should keep you occupied until featured readers (Natasha Tsoutsouris, Paul Whitehouse, Shannon Cason, Carol LaChapelle) take the stage.
Safe Smiles @ Trace (3714 N. Clark St.)
Sign-up begins at 10pm for this open-mic event; readers take the stage at 10:30pm. Safe Smiles attracts some of Chicago's strongest twenty-something poets and acoustic musicians.
Wednesday, February 15th
In-One-Ear Poetry Night @ Heartland Cafe (7000 N. Glenwood)
In-One-Ear Poetry Night is a weekly open-mic at the Heartland Cafe featuring "5 minute spoken word, poetry, and music performances." Sign-up begins at 9pm, performers take the stage at 9:30pm. There is a $3 cover.
The open mic will begin at 7pm for poetry and performance art followed by featured artist Jason Covelli.
Story Lab Chicago: New Voices Telling New Stories @ Black Rock Pub (3614 N. Damen Ave.)
Doors open at 6:45pm if you have the time to enjoy a $5 burger before the 7:30pm show. Story Lab is "extending Valentine's Day this year, getting down and dirty with another night of hot stories and cold beer." Featured readers include Jen Daniels, Dana Marie Jerman, Louis Knapp, Kerry Maiorca, Mike Manship, and Black Richter.
University of Chicago Book Sale @ University of Chicago (5801 S. Ellis)
From 9:30am-12:30pm and 1pm-4:30pm duplicate books will be sold at $2/hardcover and $1/paperback in Regenstein Library Rm A10.
Local Author Night @ The Book Cellar (4736 N. Lincoln Ave.)
Newly published local authors Brendan Sullivan, Rick Kaempfer, David Heinzmann, and Jeff Mudgett will be reading.
Nothin' Less Open Mic @ Nothin' Less Cafe (2642 N. Milwaukee Ave.)
Every Wednesday at 8:30pm, Nothin' Less Cafe opens its doors for an all-age, community open mic for local poets and musicians. Hosted by Poet IasEL.
Thursday, February 16th
Gumbo Fiction Salon @ Galway Arms (2442 N. Clark St.)
Every 3rd Sunday of the month at 7:30pm (doors open at 7pm), Galway Arms opens its doors to Tina Jens as she hosts readings of genre and literary fiction from a featured guest. An open-mic session follows for those with ten minutes or less of their work. There is a $4 cover ($2 for students).
The Fattest Guy in the Room @ Barnes and Noble DePaul Center (1 E. Jackson)
Big Mike Sangiamo presents his account of life as a 32-year-old obese man in America. The free event will take place from 6pm-7:30pm.
Mona Scheuermann & Karen Doornebos @ The Book Cellar (4736 N. Lincoln Ave.)
This is "a night of "Jane Austen themed discussion and reading." Scheuermann will be reading from her book Reading Jane Austen and Doornebos from her novel, Definitely Not Mr. Darcy.
Mahmoud Saeed @ Columbia College Chicago (618 S. Michigan Ave., Stage 2: 2nd Floor)
The exiled Iraqi novelist now living in Chicago was once imprisoned for his writing under Saddam Hussein, including his novel Saddam City. At this free event, Saeed will discuss his latest novel, The World Through the Eyes of Angels. This is part of CCC's "Critical Encounters: Rights, Radicals, & Revolutions" program.
The Weekend Edition will be released Friday morning, keeping you up-to-date on Chicago's literary events throughout the weekend.
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