The Society of Midland Authors presents a panel discussion of the late Mayor Harold Washington's life and legacy tonight at the Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State St., at 6pm. The panel will feature Peter Nolan, Timuel Black, Salim Muwakkil and Robert Starks. Free.
George Saunders, author of In Persuasion Nation and The Braindead Megaphone, will be reading from his forthcoming short story collection Tenth of December tonight at 7pm at Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln Ave. The reading will be followed by a discussion with Chicago-based writer Adam Levin and a book signing. Tickets are $5, copies of Tenth of December $5 with ticket purchase. 21+.
If your new year's resolutions include going to see more live lit, come to This Much Is True at the Hopleaf (5148 N. Clark). Tonight's readers include TMIT regulars Scott Whitehair, Deanna Moffitt and Larry Kerns with special guests J.W. Basilo, Jason Kelleher, Arlene Malinowski, and the murder ballads of the duo known as Eileen (Becky Poole and Christine Stulik). Show starts at 7:30pm, and is free. A word to the wise: get there early for a seat, and bring cash - credit cards are not accepted in the upstairs bar. For more info visit This Much is True or Hopleaf.
Reading series Two Cookie Minimum is back in 2013, proclaiming it to be the year of the cookie. Featured readers include Grant Reynolds (comix artist, member of Self Publishers of Chicago), Collin Brennan (poet),
Thomas Simmons (stand-up comedian). Hosted by Johnny Misfit at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W. Belmont Ave., at 9pm. No cover, 21+.