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June 2019

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

June 9 from 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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The Sky Is A Curious Place: DJ Corchin, STAR

June 9 from 11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Center Stage, 632 S. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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The sky is a curious place. If you look real hard you can see wondrous things. You might even see lights flickering so bright, it’s almost as if they’re speaking to each other. Want to listen in on the conversation? Chicago-based award-winning author and illustrator DJ Corchin will debut his newest book, STAR, a story about choosing who you want to be at Printers Row Lit Fest. Join him as he shares this new, beautiful story, some of his other…

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Eve L. Ewing, 1919 in conversation with Carey Cranston presented by American Writers Museum

June 9 from 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
C-Span Stage, 731 S. Plymouth Ct
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Eve L. Ewing is a sociologist of education and a writer from Chicago. She is the author of 1919, Ghosts in the Schoolyard, and Electric Arches. She also writes the Ironheart series for Marvel Comics. She is an assistant professor at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration.   Carey is President of the American Writers Museum. Before that Carey worked in education administration and public relations. He has master’s degrees in literature and library science and has…

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Kim Brooks, Small Animals, Sophie Lucido Johnson, Many Love and Barrie Jean Borich, Apocalypse, Darling in conversation with Patrick Jehle

June 9 from 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm
Arts & Poetry Stage, 60 W. Polk Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and recipient of numerous fellowships, Kim Brooks is the author of Small Animals and the novel The Houseguest. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, New York Magazine, The Cut, and others. She lives in Chicago.   Sophie Lucido Johnson is a writer and illustrator whose work has been published in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Guardian, and other places. Her first book, Many Love, was released last year by…

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Chris Jones, Rise Up! in conversation with Hamilton Chicago Company’s Miguel Cervantes (Alexander Hamilton) and Jeremy McCarter

June 9 from 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
Center Stage, 632 S. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Chris Jones is chief theater critic and a Sunday arts columnist for the Chicago Tribune. He also covers Broadway for the New York Daily News and appears weekly on the CBS-2 morning news. For many years, he was a critic for "Variety." His new book is "Rise Up! Broadway and American Society from Angels in America to Hamilton," published by Bloomsbury's Methuen imprint.   Miguel Cervantes (Alexander Hamilton) is honored and humbled to be part of Hamilton. Dallas native, Emerson…

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The Human Toll of Gun Violence: An American Summer with Alex Kotlowitz in conversation with Shannon Heffernan, WBEZ Chicago

June 9 from 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
C-Span Stage, 731 S. Plymouth Ct
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Author and filmmaker Alex Kotlowitz spent the summer of 2013 researching how gun violence shapes the City of Chicago. In his most recent book An American Summer: Love and Death in Chicago, Kotlowitz, author of the national bestseller There Are No Children Here, chronicles the stories of individuals impacted by gun violence upending what we think we know about gun violence in America. Join WBEZ Chicago’s Shannon Heffernan for a conversation with the author and some of the individuals profiled…

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Poets with Class Poetry Slam & Open Mic

June 9 from 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Arts & Poetry Stage, 60 W. Polk Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Poets with Class is a teaching and touring ensemble from Chicago Poetry Center. They enter classrooms and grace festival stages alike with slam poetry inspired workshops and interactive performances!  To celebrate Chicago's legacy of being the birthplace of slam poetry, Poets with Class will host a Chicago-style poetry slam and open mic at 2019 Printers Row Lit Fest! Get involved! Arrive before the start time to sign up.

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Young and Restless: Samira Ahmed, Internment and Jasmine Warga, Other Words from Home in conversation with Rachel Strolle

June 9 from 1:30 pm - 2:15 pm
Harold Washington Library Center: Video/Theatre Room, 400 South State Street
Chicago, IL
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Samira Ahmed is the New York Times bestselling author of Love, Hate, & Other Filters and Internment. She was born in Bombay, India, and lived in New York, Chicago, and Kauai, where she spent a year searching for the perfect mango. Find her on Twitter and Instagram @sam_aye_ahm.   Jasmine Warga is the internationally bestselling author of My Heart and Other Black Holes and Here We Are Now. Her books have been published in over twenty-five countries and optioned for…

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Valerie Jarrett, author of Finding My Voice in conversation with Marilyn Katz

June 9 from 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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Valerie Jarrett was the longest serving senior adviser to President Barack Obama. She oversaw the Offices of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs and chaired the White House Council on Women and Girls. Before joining the White House, she served as the chief executive officer of The Habitat Company in Chicago, chairman of the Chicago Transit Board, commissioner of Planning and Development, and deputy chief of staff for Chicago mayor Richard M. Daley. Jarrett has received numerous awards and honorary degrees,…

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Steppenwolf Theatre – Excerpts from the stage adaption of I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daugther, author Erika Sánchez, playwright Isaac Gomez and Ensemble Members Sandra Marquez and Karen Rodriguez

June 9 from 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Center Stage, 632 S. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Ensemble member Sandra Marquez and Karen Rodriguez will read selected scenes from the play and discuss the process of bringing this book to the stage with playwright Isaac Gomez. This is a special opportunity to hear this Chicago story come to life for the first time.   Erika L. Sánchez is the New York Times bestselling author of a young adult novel, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter (Knopf Books for Young Readers) and Lessons on Expulsion (Graywolf).  …

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Josh Levin, The Queen in conversation with Elizabeth Taylor

June 9 from 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
C-Span Stage, 731 S. Plymouth Ct
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Josh Levin is the national editor at Slate and the host of the sports podcast Hang Up and Listen. He has written for Sports Illustrated, the Atlantic, GQ, and Play: The New York Times Sports Magazine. He lives in Washington, D.C.   Elizabeth Taylor, past president of the National Book Critics Circle, is co-author of American Pharaoh: Mayor Richard J. Daley - His Battle for Chicago and the Nation with Adam Cohen. Together they founded The National Book Review. She…

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Workshop: “Everything You Need to Know About Story Structure You can Learn from Where the Wild Things Are.” led by Janet Burroway

June 9 from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Harold Washington Library Center: Reception Hall, 400 S. State Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Everything you need to know about story structure you can learn from Where The Wild Things Are. On the surface this seems like a fairly simple children’s picture book, but Maurice Sendak is a sophisticated storyteller and you can take ten fundamental lessons from the way he structures his story. Janet Burroway, author of the best-selling Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft, will talk about these lessons and will share some of her own. Fiction writers of all ages…

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History of Comics in Chicago: Chris Ware, Anya Davidson and Tim Jackson moderated by Jessica Campbell

June 9 from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Harold Washington Library Center: Multipurpose Room, 400 S. State Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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From bringing the color newspaper press to North America; to operating one of the most significant African American newspapers (The Chicago Defender); to inventing the daily newspaper strip; to acting as a major locus for the contemporary graphic novel movement, Chicago has always held an important role in the development and history of comics. Cartoonists and comics historians Anya Davidson (Band for Life), Tim Jackson (Pioneering Cartoonists of Color) and Chris Ware (Building Stories) come together to discuss the unique…

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Poesía in the Midwest presented by contratiempo

June 9 from 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Arts & Poetry Stage, 60 W. Polk Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Join contratiempo for a reading from four distinct Latin American immigrant voices in today´s vibrant Spanish-language literary scene in Chicago.   Álvaro Hernando (Madrid, Spain) moved to the U.S. in 2013. His professional background in communications, social services and education took a new turn in 2016, when pushed by Illinois’ harsh winters, he decided to publish poetry as a way to stave off forgetting who inspired him in the first place. He published his first book of poetry, Mantras para…

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A staged reading of the theatrical adaptation of Lived Through This by Anne K. Ream

June 9 from 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Harold Washington Library Center: Cindy Pritzker Auditorium, 400 S. State Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Part personal history of writer Anne K. Ream’s experience rebuilding her life in the wake of sexual violence, part memoir of a multi-country journey spent in conversation with other survivors, the theatrical adaptation of Ream’s critically praised book, Lived Through This-- adapted for the stage by Ream, Marilyn Campbell-Lowe and Caity-Shea Violette, and directed by 16th Street Theater’s Ann Filmer-- is a play about lives after saying #MeToo, and the gorgeous, funny, outspoken, all-too-human women and men who are living…

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Elizabeth Todd-Breland, A Political Education and William Ayers, about Becoming A Teacher in conversation with Jennifer Johnson

June 9 from 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
C-Span Stage, 731 S. Plymouth Ct
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Elizabeth Todd-Breland is author of A Political Education: Black Politics and Education Reform in Chicago Since the 1960s and assistant professor of history at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She also organizes professional development workshops and develops curricula on African American history, urban education, and racial equity.   William Ayers, Distinguished Professor of Education (retired) at the University of Illinois at Chicago, has written extensively about social justice and education and teaching as an intellectual, ethical, and political enterprise.…

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“Sing-A-Little, Talk-A-Little”: Goodman Theatre’s The Music Man- Music Director Jermaine Hill and Ensemble members in conversation with Hedy Weiss

June 9 from 3:00 pm - 3:35 pm
Center Stage, 632 S. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Don’t miss a sneak peek of this summer’s smash sensation—Mary Zimmerman’s major revival of Meredith Willson’s The Music Man, coming to Goodman Theatre June 29. Join Music Director Jermaine Hill and cast members Geoff Packard (Harold Hill) and Monica West (Marian Paroo) for a taste of this joyous musical masterpiece for the whole family. Hailed as “one of the sunniest musicals ever” (New York Times), The Music Man includes memorable favorites “Goodnight My Someone,” “Seventy-Six Trombones,” “Gary, Indiana” and “Till There Was You.”   Jermaine…

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Poetry Reading: Ross Gay, Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude

June 9 from 3:15 pm - 3:45 pm
Arts & Poetry Stage, 60 W. Polk Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Ross Gay is the author of three books of poetry, including Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. His collection of essays, The Book of Delights, was released in 2019. Ross teaches at Indiana University.

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Biography- Telling Their Stories: Ron Rapoport, A. Brad Schwartz, Yuval Taylor and Sanford Horwitt moderated by Mary Wisniewski

June 9 from 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Harold Washington Library Center: Multipurpose Room, 400 S. State Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Ron Rapoport was a sports columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times and the sports commentator for NPR’s Weekend Edition for two decades.The winner of the 2015 Ring Lardner Award for excellence in sports journalism, he has written more than a dozen books about sports and entertainment.  Ron will be discussing his most recent book, Ernie Banks. "Let's Play Two: The Legend of Mr. Cub, The Life of Ernie Banks."   Co-author with Max Allan Collins of "Scarface and the Untouchable: Al…

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Susanna Calkins, Murder Knocks Twice and Renee Rosen, Park Avenue Summer

June 9 from 3:30 pm - 4:15 pm
Harold Washington Library Center: Video/Theatre Room, 400 South State Street
Chicago, IL
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Susanna Calkins writes historical mysteries--her first series is set in 17th c London, and her new Speakeasy Murders are set in 1929 Chicago. Holding a PhD in history, she is an educator at Northwestern University. Born and raised in Philadelphia, she lives outside Chicago now with her husband two sons. Renee Rosen is the bestselling author of historical fiction, including Park Avenue Summer, Windy City Blues, White Collar Girl, What the Lady Wants & Dollface. She lives in Chicago and…

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Paula Saunders, The Distance Home in conversation with Jennifer Day

June 9 from 3:30 pm - 4:15 pm
Harold Washington Library Center: Reception Hall, 400 S. State Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Paula Saunders is a graduate of Barnard College and the Syracuse University creative writing program. She was awarded a post-graduate Albert Schweitzer Humanities Fellowship at the State University of New York at Albany. Her first book, The Distance Home, was long-listed for The Center for Fiction’s 2018 First Novel Prize. Jennifer Day is the books editor for the Chicago Tribune and a native Midwesterner. She has been a journalist for 20 years.

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Howard Reich, The Art of Inventing Hope in conversation with Daniel Greene

June 9 from 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
C-Span Stage, 731 S. Plymouth Ct
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Howard Reich has written for the Chicago Tribune since 1978 and joined the staff in 1983. He is the author of six books and co-producer/writer of three documentary films. He has won an Emmy Award and holds two honorary doctorate degrees.   Daniel Greene teaches history at Northwestern University and is the curator of "Americans and the Holocaust," an exhibition that opened in April 2018 at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. Beginning in August 2019, he will…

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Power Lines: Remembering The Guild Literary Complex’s Anthology, 20 Years Later

June 9 from 4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Arts & Poetry Stage, 60 W. Polk Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Twenty years ago The Guild Literary Complex, Chicago's home for literary arts and activism, teamed up with Tia Chucha Press to publish Power Lines, an anthology featuring writers whose contributions to the Guild's innovative and integrative programming helped to make The Guild a grassroots cultural institution in its first decade. At the time Studs Terkel said, ""The Guild Complex is as natural to Chicago as its rivers and lakes." But where did those writers imagine The Guild flowing twenty years…

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Cabrini Green Echoes of History: Lookingglass Ensemble Member, J. Nicole Brooks and Ben Austen, High-Risers

June 9 from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Center Stage, 632 S. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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J. Nicole Brooks is a playwright, actor, director, social justice warrior and essayist born and raised in Chicago. She is author of Her Honor Jane Byrne, HeLa, Fedra, and Black Diamond. As an actor she works the stage and television with a recurring role on Showtime’s The Chi.   Ben Austen is the author of High-Rises: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing, a 2018 Booklist best book. A story consultant on the podcast The City and a senior fellow at the…

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Charlene Carruthers, Unapologetic: A Black, Queer and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements in conversation with Karen Hawkins

June 9 from 5:00 pm - 5:45 pm
C-Span Stage, 731 S. Plymouth Ct
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Charlene Carruthers is a strategist, writer and leading community organizer in today’s movement for Black liberation. She is the founder of the Chicago Center for Leadership and Transformation and author of Unapologetic: A Black, Queer and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements.   Karen Hawkins is interim co-editor in chief of the Chicago Reader, and the founder and owner of Rebellious Magazine for Women, a digital feminist media company.

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