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Events Wed Oct 08 2014

The Reader's Dilemma: Which Thursday Night Event to Attend

This Thursday, Oct. 9, is one of the more challenging nights of competing literary events in recent memory, as Michael Chabon, Ta-Nehisi Coates and Steven Pinker will all be appearing in different parts of the city.

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Coates, a senior editor and writer for The Atlantic and journalist-in-residence at City University of New York, wrote the controversial story "The Case for Reparations," which examined the cultural and economic issues surrounding violence in Chicago's mostly black neighborhoods. He'll discuss the article and the issue as a whole at 5pm in Roosevelt University's 10th floor library, 430 S. Michigan Ave.

At 6pm, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Chabon helps launch the One Book, One Chicago program with a conversation about his novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, this year's selection. Angel Ysaguirre, executive director of the Illinois Humanities Council, sits down with him in the Pritzker Auditorium at the Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State St. A large crowd is expected, so get there early.

Finally, Pinker, a New York Times best-selling author, two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist and the Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology at Harvard University, will read from and discuss his new book, The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century, at Loyola University's Crown Center for the Humanities, 1001 W. Loyola Ave., from 7pm to 9:30pm. The book applies insights from the sciences of language and mind to the challenge of crafting clear, coherent and stylish prose.

All three events are free and open to the public.

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Rita / October 8, 2014 2:59 PM

If you miss Ta-Nehisi Coates at Roosevelt, he'll be at the South Side's DuSable Museum on Nov. 13.

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