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Gapers Block published from April 22, 2003 to Jan. 1, 2016. The site will remain up in archive form. Please visit Third Coast Review, a new site by several GB alumni.
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Wednesday, September 28

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Local Author Night @ Book Cellar

Tonight the Book Cellar welcomes Gail Lukasik, C.J. Westwick, Katherine Shonk and Marline Keesler for their monthly Local Author Night. Free at 7pm, 4736 N. Lincoln Ave. Call 773-293-2665 for more information.

Bookslut reading @ Hopleaf

Bookslut presents the latest in its series of monthly readings. Tonight's reading starts at 7:30 PM at the Hopleaf in Andersonville (doors open at 6:00), and features authors Chris Mooney (The Republican War on Science), Deborah Blum (Ghost Hunters), and Jenniffer Oullette (The Physics of the Buffyverse). The event is free and open to the public. See the Bookslut site for full details. Hopleaf: 5148 N. Clark Street.

Ralph Nader @ Borders

Author, activist and politician Ralph Nader appears at the Michigan Avenue Borders this evening to promote his new book The Seventeen Traditions. The event starts tonight at 7:00 PM, and is free and open to the public. Borders: 830 N. Michigan.

A History of Poetry in Letters @ Newberry

Joseph Parisi and Stephen Young talk about the the history of Poetry magazine during the second of the 20th century, and promote their new book, Between the Lines: A History of Poetry in Letters, 1962-2002. The event takes place at the Newberry Library at 60 W. Walton St. in Chicago. 6pm; Free. Call 312-255-3700 for more information, or visit

In One Ear @ Heartland Cafe

The "In One Ear" open-mic poetry event begins at 9pm every Wednesday night at the Heartland Cafe (7000 N. Glenwood Ave.) in Rogers Park. Be a part of one of the city's longest-running open-mic poetry series. Cover is $3. Must be 18+. Call 773-465-8005 or visit the website for more information.

Wine 101 w/ The Winediva @ Uncork it!

Learn the basics of wine from Drive Thru's own Winediva, Christine Blumer. For just $20, you'll taste six wines and learn to swirl, sniff, and sip like a pro. Wed Feb 21st at 7pm. Get more info here.

La Pena: Son de Madera

As part of the Old Town School's free Latin folk music and dance showcase, tonight La Pena showcases Son de Madera, performing Son Jarocho music and zapateado dance, from Vera Cruz, Mexico.Free, but reservations are recommended: call 773-728-6000. 8:30 PM, 4544 N Lincoln. For more information, visit the website.

Opus in a Minor Key @ Cultural Center

Chicago Scriptworks presents this staged reading of Stanley F. Werse's screenplay about a man "caught between his tragic past and dreams of a music career." In the Studio Theater, 78 E Washington. $5 donation requested; make a reservation by emailing rsvp [at] chicagoscriptworks [dot] org or call 312-264-0123. For more information, visit the website.

PJ O'Rourke @ Borders

Author, satirist and NPR game show panelist PJ O'Rourke appears at the State Street Borders this afternoon to promote his new book On The Wealth of Nations, a look at the classic Adam Smith text. The event starts at 12:30 PM, and is free and open to the public. Borders: 150 N. State. (312) 606-0750.

Basics of Pattern Design @ Chicago Tourism Center

Maybe you've got knitting down, but you harbor ambitions. In this workshop, Karen Clements of Knit 1 talks about how to create your own patterns as well as the basics of top-down knitting and symbolcraft. 6 PM. Free, but materials cost $15 and reservations are required: call 312-742-8497. 72 E Randolph. For more information, call 312-744-2400 or visit the website.



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