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Friday, September 18

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Bookslut @ Hopleaf

The Bookslut Reading Series returns once again for another evening of author readings at Hopleaf (5148 N. Clark). Scheduled to read tonight: Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz (Words in Your Face: A Guided Tour Through Twenty Years of the New York City Poetry Slam), Kristy Bowen (The Fever Almanac) and Kristy Odelius (Strange Trades). The reading starts tonight at 7:30pm and is free and open to the public.

Big Read: Sam Weller on Ray Bradbury @ Columbia College

Sam Weller, author of Ray Bradbury's biography, The Bradbury Chronicles, and Columbia College faculty, will provide his unique insight into the author and his work. Free and open to the public from 7pm-9pm at 1104 S. Wabash in Columbia College's Film Row Center, 8th floor. For questions, email Kim Hale at khale[at]colum[dot]edu.

Sandra Cisneros @ Harold Washington Library

Sandra Cisneros, author of this season's One Book, One Chicago selection The House on Mango Street, will be at the Harold Washington Library to discuss what has become her seminal work and her career since its publication. A book signing will follow. Free and open to the public at 6pm at 400 S. State St. in the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium. Call 312-747-8191 for questions and information.

Off the Cuff Screening

Off the Cuff, a mockumentary about the CUFF improv festival, screens tonight Sonotheque, 1444 W. Chicago, as part of a program of locally produced indie films. Doors open at 6pm, the shorts Mandrake and They Can Sleep screen at 7pm and Off the Cuff starts at 7:30pm. Admission is $12; more info here.

Karen Abbott @ Chicago History Museum

Karen Abbott, author of the bestselling Sin the Second City will be at the Chicago History Museum to discuss her research and the famous brothels of Chicago's levee district. 7pm at 1601 N. Clark St. $10 for the general public and $8 for members; tickets can be purchased online. Call 312-642-4600 for more information.

Re-Thinking Soup @ Hull House

Soup and discussion about the topics of the day are on the menu at Hull-House Kitchen's Re-thinking Soup series. Today (and every Tuesday) from 12-1:30pm at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum Residents' Dining Hall (800 South Halsted) come in for a hearty meal and a chat. Event is free, but donations are accepted.



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