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June 2019

Greg Borzo and Doug Sohn, Lost Restaurants of Chicago

June 8 @ 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Center Stage, 632 S. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Greg Borzo is an award-winning writer whose books include The Chicago “L,” Where to Bike Chicago, Chicago’s Fabulous Fountains and Lost Restaurants of Chicago. Borzo has worked at the American Medical Association, Field Museum and University of Chicago. He conducts tours for the Chicago History Museum and lives in Printers Row.   Doug Sohn has held at least 4 or 5 jobs in the food industry. One day a friend of his ate a bad hot dog, resulting in the…

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Bette Howland, Lost Chicago Genius, Found: A Celebration of Howland’s First Book in 30+ Years, Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, With special guests: Frank Howland, Booklist’s Donna Seaman, her editors, Reginald Gibbons and Brigid Hughes

June 8 @ 1:30 pm - 2:15 pm
Harold Washington Library Center: Cindy Pritzker Auditorium, 400 S. State Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Frank Howland is John W. Bachmann/Edward Jones Chair In Economics And Leadership at Wabash College. He is the co-author (w/ Humberto Barreto) of Introductory Econometrics. His current research project compares the thought of Adam Smith and Alexis de Tocqueville on economic inequality and political economy.   Brigid Hughes is the founding editor of A Public Space. Previously, she worked at the Paris Review with George Plimpton, succeeding him as editor in 2003. She teaches at Columbia University. A graduate of…

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“Celebrating The Eloquent Poem” with Elise Paschen, Calvin Forbes, Christina Pugh and Tony Trigilio

June 8 @ 1:45 pm - 2:30 pm
Arts & Poetry Stage, 60 W. Polk Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Please join us to celebrate the publication of The Eloquent Poem: 128 Contemporary Poems and Their Making with the anthology editor Elise Paschen and contributors Calvin Forbes, Christina Pugh and Tony Trigilio. The Eloquent Poem is a ground-breaking anthology of 128 never-before-published poems by more than 100 contemporary poets, divided into fourteen chapters by poetic approach and including illuminating micro-essays on the genesis of each poem. Elise Paschen is the author of The Nightlife, Bestiary, and Infidelities (Roerich Prize). Her…

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This is What it Feels Like to Exist // 826CHI Teen Writers Studio Chapbook Release Party

June 8 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Grace Place (2nd Floor), 637 South Dearborn
Chicago, IL 60605
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Join 826CHI's Teen Writers Studio in releasing This is What it Feel Like to Exist their latest chapbook of poems and stories on identity and love! The Teen Writers Studio is a group of high-school writers from across the city who have met at 826CHI twice a month throughout the school year to explore their personal styles, expand their knowledge of genre, and write with professional authors. This reading is free and open to the community. All ages welcome. 826CHI…

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Rachel Louise Snyder, No Visible Bruises in conversation with Eve Ensler

June 8 @ 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
C-Span Stage, 731 S. Plymouth Ct
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Rachel Louise Snyder’s work has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, and the Washington Post. No Visible Bruises was awarded the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award. An associate professor at American University, Snyder lives in Washington, D.C.   Eve Ensler is a Tony Award-winning playwright, author, performer, and activist. Her international phenomenon The Vagina Monologues has been published in 48 languages and performed in more than 140 countries. Her latest book The Apology is out now…

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Emcee: Joe Gray

June 8 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Center Stage, 632 S. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Joe Gray is the Food & Dining Editor of the Chicago Tribune, overseeing coverage for online and in print and directing the Tribune test kitchen.

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Cooking Demo: Rick Bayless, Mexican Everyday

June 8 @ 2:15 pm - 2:45 pm
Center Stage, 632 S. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Most people know Rick Bayless from winning the title of Bravo’s Top Chef Masters, besting the competition with his authentic Mexican cuisine. His highly rated public television series, Mexico: One Plate at a Time, is broadcast coast to coast and his nine cookbooks have earned multiple high- profile accolades. Located in Chicago, Rick's Frontera Grill and Topolobampo have each received the “Outstanding Restaurant” designation from the James Beard Foundation — an unprecedented feat for side-by- side restaurants. His wildly popular fast-casual Xoco has been around…

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Workshop: The Voices and Faces Project presents “Our Stories Are Our Power” led by Marline Johnson and Caity-Shea Violette

June 8 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Harold Washington Library Center: Reception Hall, 400 S. State Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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The Voices and Faces Project, an award-winning storytelling project, travels across North America and Africa to bring its immersive, two-day “Stories We Tell writing program to communities across the globe. At this year’s Lit Fest, they’ll debut “Our Stories Are Our Power,” a one-hour mini-workshop geared toward youth (ages 13 - 25) who want to use their personal stories to create political change. Poets, fiction writers, spoken word artists, aspiring playwrights and any youth with a powerful story to tell…

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Steve Dolinsky, Pizza City USA in conversation with Nick Kindelsperger

June 8 @ 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Center Stage, 632 S. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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STEVE DOLINSKY is a Chicago-based food reporter. He appears regularly on Chicago's WLS-TV as "the Hungry Hound" and is a regular contributor to National Public Radio's daily program The World. He is also a regular feature writer for the Chicago Tribune and Canada's Globe and Mail, has won thirteen James Beard Awards, and cohosts The Feed Podcast with celebrity chef Rick Bayless.   Nick Kindelsperger is a food and dining reporter for the Chicago Tribune. He’s known for his deep dives…

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Fiction: Epic Storytelling: Deborah Shapiro, Frances de Pontes Peebles and Abby Geni in conversation with Thea Goodman

June 8 @ 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Harold Washington Library Center: Multipurpose Room, 400 S. State Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Deborah Shapiro's most recent novel is The Summer Demands. Her first novel, The Sun in Your Eyes, was selected as an Editors’ Choice by The New York Times Book Review. She lives with her husband and son in Chicago.     Frances Peebles is the author of the novel The Seamstress, which was translated into nine languages and won the Elle Grand Prix for fiction, the Friends of American Writers Award, and the James Michener-Copernicus Society of America Fellowship. Born…

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Daniel Immerwahr, How to Hide an Empire in conversation with Deborah Cohen

June 8 @ 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
C-Span Stage, 731 S. Plymouth Ct
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Daniel Immerwahr is an associate professor of history at Northwestern University. He is the author of How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States. He's written for The Nation, The Guardian, Slate, and the Washington Post.   Deborah Cohen is Peter B. Ritzma Professor of the Humanities and Professor of History at Northwestern University. She is writing a book about American foreign correspondents who reported from interwar Europe and Asia, including John Gunther, Vincent Sheean, Dorothy…

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Break Free & Step Into Your Power: Linda Kay Klein, Pure and Jamia Wilson, Step Into Your Power in conversation with Alisa Roadcup

June 8 @ 3:15 pm - 4:00 pm
Grace Place (2nd Floor), 637 South Dearborn
Chicago, IL 60605
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Jamia Wilson, author of Young Gifted and Black, Step Into Your Power: 23 Lessons on How to Live your Best Life, and co-author of Roadmap for Revolutionaries: Resistance, Activism, and Advocacy for All, and Linda Kay Klein, author of Pure: Inside the Evangelical Movement that Shamed a Generation of Young Women and How I Broke Free and founder of Break Free Together discuss the importance of claiming yourself, your body, and your power, moderated by Alisa Roadcup, Chicago-based advocate for…

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Eve Ensler, The Apology in conversation with Natalie Moore

June 8 @ 3:30 pm - 4:15 pm
Harold Washington Library Center: Cindy Pritzker Auditorium, 400 S. State Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Eve Ensler is a Tony Award-winning playwright, author, performer, and activist. Her international phenomenon The Vagina Monologues has been published in 48 languages and performed in more than 140 countries. Her latest book The Apology is out now from Bloomsbury.   Natalie Y. Moore is a journalist at WBEZ. She is author of The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation, The Almighty Black P Stone Nation: The Rise, Fall and Resurgence of an American Gang and Deconstructing…

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Cooking Demo: Anupy Singla, The Indian Slow Cooker

June 8 @ 3:45 pm - 4:15 pm
Center Stage, 632 S. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Anupy Singla is the author of the bestselling titles The Indian Slow Cooker, Vegan Indian Cooking, Indian for Eveyone all of which have been among the top-selling cookbooks since their release. She is the co-founder and CEO of Indian as Apple Pie. She lives in Chicago.

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The BreakBeat Poets featuring Kevin Coval, Britteney Black Rose Kapri, Raych Jackson, Diamond J. Sharp, and E’mon Lauren

June 8 @ 3:45 pm - 4:30 pm
Arts & Poetry Stage, 60 W. Polk Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Kevin Coval is the author of Everything Must Go: The Life & Death of an American Neighborhood & many other collections, anthologies & chapbooks. He is the editor of The BreakBeat Poets series on Haymarket Books, Artistic Director of Young Chicago Authors, & founder of Louder Than a Bomb. Britteney Black Rose Kapri is a poet, teaching artist, and an alumna turned Teaching Artist Fellow at Young Chicago Authors. Her debut poetry collection, Black Queer Hoe, was published in September…

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Kathleen Belew, Bringing the War Home in conversation with Carlos Lozada

June 8 @ 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
C-Span Stage, 731 S. Plymouth Ct
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Kathleen Belew, author of Bring the War Home: The White Power Movement and Paramilitary America, uncovered the lives of white power militant subjects over the course of a decade. She is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Chicago and has appeared on Fresh Air, Weekend Edition, and CBS.   Carlos Lozada is The Washington Post nonfiction book critic and the winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism. He was also named a Pulitzer finalist in 2018 and…

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Cooking Demo: Todd Richards, Soul

June 8 @ 4:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Center Stage, 632 S. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Chef Todd Richards is an award-winning chef known for his contemporary cooking style rooted in Soul and Southern cuisine. A native of Chicago and based in Atlanta he is a two time James Beard Award semifinalist. SOUL has been nominated for numerous awards including IACP Award for American Cookbook.

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Chicago Quarterly Review

June 8 @ 4:45 pm - 5:45 pm
Arts & Poetry Stage, 60 W. Polk Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Robert Kerwin’s celebrity profiles, essays, short stories, and travel and op-ed pieces have appeared in Playboy, Cosmopolitan, Travel & Leisure, Ellipsis, So It Goes, Chicago Quarterly Review, Catamaran,  The New York Times, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune Magazine, and Los Angeles Times Calendar, among others. Born in Chicago, he now lives in northern California, and most re­cently has been working on a memoir,  Another World, Another Time. Linda Downing Miller leads creative writing classes at Chicago’s Newberry Library and the Center for Life and…

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Justin Driver, The Schoolhouse Gate in conversation with Noam Scheiber

June 8 @ 5:00 pm - 5:45 pm
C-Span Stage, 731 S. Plymouth Ct
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Justin Driver is the Harry N. Wyatt Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School. A graduate of Brown, Oxford, and Harvard Law School, Driver clerked for Supreme Court Justices Stephen Breyer and Sandra Day O'Connor. He lives in Chicago.        

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Rescuing Jesus for the ‘Religious Left’: Author/journalist Deborah Jian Lee “In Conversation” with the Rev. Amity Carrubba, rector of Grace Episcopal Church/Grace Place

June 9 @ 10:00 am - 11:15 am
Grace Place (2nd Floor), 637 South Dearborn
Chicago, IL 60605
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In today's fractured political and religious climate, what role could -- and should -- progressive communities of faith play in addressing America's most important challenges, from immigration and economic inequality to race and LGBTQ+ issues, and beyond? Chicago author and journalist Deborah Jian Lee, author of Rescuing Jesus: How People of Color, Women and Queer Christians are Reclaiming Evangelism, sits "in conversation" with the Rev. Amity Carrubba during Grace Church's 10 a.m. service. Afterward, join Deborah downstairs inside Grace Place,…

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Near South Planning Board presents Young Authors Ceremony featuring Evan Roberts

June 9 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Center Stage, 632 S. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Evan J. Roberts is a children's picture book author and educator. He also writes fiction and non-fiction for teens. Mr. Roberts' interest in writing was influenced by his experiences as an educator. He has mentored youth for the past ten years emphasizing self-education, literacy, and achieving excellence in life.

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TallGrass Writers Guild

June 9 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Arts & Poetry Stage, 60 W. Polk Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Selected local and national contributors to LOON MAGIC and Other Night Sounds will present cuttings from their poetry, fiction and nonfiction in this 24th in the 'black-and-White series of annual anthologies. Grand prizes of $500 each will be presented to the winner in the poetry and prose categories.

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Dorothy Butler Gilliam, Trailblazer in conversation with Jenn White

June 9 @ 10:00 am - 10:45 am
C-Span Stage, 731 S. Plymouth Ct
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Dorothy Butler Gilliam is a journalist and author who made history as the first African American female reporter hired by The Washington Post. She has been a reporter of, and advocate for, civil rights, media diversity, and social change throughout her life.   Jenn White is host of WBEZ's Morning Shift. She is also the host of the podcasts and radio specials “Making Oprah”, “Making Obama”, and “Sixteen Shots: The Police Shooting of Laquan McDonald”.   Introduced by, Maudlyne Ihejirika  

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Young Adult Fiction: Who Am I Anyway?- Jessie Ann Foley, Stephanie Kate Strohm and Caleb Roehrig in conversation with Stacy St. Clair

June 9 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Arts & Poetry Stage, 60 W. Polk Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Young Adult novelists talk about what makes a good YA novel, and the ways they reward their readers, adult or teen.   Jessie Ann Foley is the award-winning author of the YA novels The Carnival at Bray, Neighborhood Girls, and Sorry for Your Loss (out June 2019). She lives with her family in Chicago, where she was born and raised. Find her on Instagram at @jessieannfoley.   Stephanie Kate Strohm is the author of It's Not Me, It's You; The…

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Colin Asher, Never A Lovely So Real and Mary Ann Cain, South Side Venus in conversation with Rick Kogan

June 9 @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am
C-Span Stage, 731 S. Plymouth Ct
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Colin Asher is an award-winning writer whose work has been featured in the Believer, the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Boston Globe, and the San Francisco Chronicle. An instructor at CUNY, he was a 2015/2016 Fellow at the Leon Levy Center for Biography.   Mary Ann Cain is the author of South Side Venus: The Legacy of Margaret Burroughs. She is currently a professor of English at Purdue University Fort Wayne where she teaches fiction, creative nonfiction, rhetoric, and…

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