The 16th edition of Story Week kicked off yesterday and extends to Friday, March 23. Sponsored by the Fiction Writing Department at Columbia College Chicago, the literary dose of March madness features National Book Award Winner Bonnie Jo Campbell, legendary filmmaker and novelist John Sayles, Guggenheim winner Dagoberto Gilb and a dozen other prominent authors, editors, and critics. Most events from Monday-Thursday are slated at 11am, 1pm, 2:30pm, 6pm, peaking with the Literary Rock & Roll event at the Metro on Thursday night.
In this electoral season, the loose theme of the events and panels is "Surviving the American Dream." Department Chair and Story Week founder Randy Albers writes in his intro to Story Week, "As we are immersed in the rhetoric of an election year, it seems especially appropriate to ask questions about what the American Dream entails for our nation today."
Contradictory to the state of things, all events at Story Week are FREE and open to the public. In the spirit of disclosure and egrigious self-promotion, I'm a featured reader at the Adjunct Faculty Reading at 11am at the 1104 S. Wabash building, 8th floor.