Some of Chicago’s most popular lit events will be going on tonight and difficult decisions will have to be made. The lineup includes The Hideout’s Write Club, Moth StorySLAM at Martyrs’ and TallGrass Writers Guild open-mic at The Bourgeois Pig. Margot Livesey will be reading her Jane Eyre “reimagination,” The Flight of Gemma Hardy, at Women & Children first. Over at 57th Street Books, John Snyder will present his memoir, Hill of Beans, depicting the Depression-era Old South. Don’t forget to follow @ChiLitScene on Twitter for regular updates!
Write Club @ The Hideout (1354 W. Wabansia Ave.)
Finally! Write Club is back and onto Chapter 23: Class Warfare. The evening will include three bouts during which two writers assigned opposing ideas have 7 minutes each to win over the audience that will decide the victor. The event is $8 and begins at 7pm. This chapter’s challengers include: SAVE (Ali Weiss) vs. EARN (J.W. Basilo), BULL (Paul Turner) vs. BEAR (Megan Stielstra), ROBIN HOOD (Lindsay Muscato) vs. ROBBER BARON (Ian Belknap).
Write Club Facebook event page
The Hideout event page
Moth StorySLAM @ Martyrs’ (3855 N. Lincoln Ave.)
Brian Babylon will host this 21+ event. The fun begins at 8pm (doors open at 6pm) when performers will take the stage to read a 5-minute story on the theme, “Bosses.” Tickets can be purchased online or at the door for $16. The Moth launched in 1997 and has since become renowned for its theme-based story nights in standing-room-only venues worldwide.
The Moth event page
About The Moth
TallGrass Writers Guild @ The Bourgeois Pig (738 W. Fullerton Ave.)
At 7:30 pm, Lincoln Park’s beloved Bourgeois Pig Café will open its doors for the TallGrass Writers Guild open-mic and this week’s featured reader, poet Charlotte Hart. Entry is $6 ($5 for students).
About TallGrass Writers Guild
Bourgois Pig Cafe
Bourgeois Pig Cafe on Yelp
Margot Livesey @ Women & Children First (5233 N. Clark St.)
Livesey will read from her latest novel, The Flight of Gemma Hardy, a reimagination of Bronte’s Jane Eyre set in mid-twentieth century Scotland. Gemma Hardy, an orphan, “sets out on a journey to escape her oppressive upbringing, and finds independence—and love—on her own terms.”
The Flight of Gemma Hardy on Goodreads
Washington Post book review
Women & Children First
John Snyder @ 57th Street Books (1301 E. 57th St.)
Snyder will be presenting his memoir, Hill of Beans: Coming of Age in the Last Days of the Old South, from 6 to 7pm. Hill of Beans depicts the author’s experiences growing up in the Old South during the Depression among people changed by hard times.
57th Street Books event page
Hill of Beans on Goodreads
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.
Chicago Poetry Calendar event info
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