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This week in literary events

Check out these readings this week:

Tonight: Two Cookie Minimum, 9pm, The Hungry Brain (more info here)

Tuesday: WRITE CLUB, 7pm, The Hideout (more info here & here)

Wednesday: So You Think You Have Nerves of Steel, 8pm, The Empty Bottle (more info here)

Also Wednesday: The Encyclopedia Show, 7:30pm, Vittum Theater (more info here)

Friday: Waiting 4 the Bus, 7:30pm, Studio A (more info here)

Also Friday: Punk Rock Karaoke Benefit for the Chicago Zine Fest (ok, not a reading, but karaoke for a good cause), 9pm, Beauty Bar (more info here)

See you all there!

Pre-order Issue 50, vol. 2!

Our second volume of the Chicago Issue is now available to pre-order through the independent publisher Curbside Splendor. This edition of the magazine is a continuation of our 50th issue featuring local Chicago writers, including the work of Ben Tanzer, Tim Jones-Yevington, Zach Dodson, Fred Sasaki, Joe Meno, Natalie Edwards and Chris Bower, among others. The cost of each issue is $12, and will be mailed in February. Order your copy here now!

The beginning of the end

It's December 1, which means that a) it's time to shave, and b) it's the beginning of the end of the year reading compilations. Today, check out The New York Times's 10 Best Books of the year and The Millions's A Year in Reading Series. What do you love? What do you hate? What would you include on your own list?

Uncharted Books to open next month

Chicago Publishes talks to Tanner McSwain, owner of Uncharted Books, a new bookstore/workshop space to open in December in Logan Square. "We’re hoping to have writers’ workshops, open mics, and readings," McSwain told Claire Glass. I'm always a fan of new spaces for writing and art. Can't wait!

Literary Meccas

National Geographic ranks the top 10 literary cities of the world. The U.S. doesn't make it on the list until 7 (Portland, Oregon) and 8 (Washington, D.C.). While it's hard to argue with much of their reasoning, I still have to say it — no Chicago? Clearly they've never been to the Printers' Ball.

Sharpen the Saw: Free Writing Workshops

Hey Chicago writers, need some help breaking out of writer's block? Northwestern University creative writing graduate students are hosting free writing workshops on December 3 and December 4. Classes are 55 minutes long, and will be held on the Evanston campus. Interested participants can go here for more information on the classes, and for instructions on how to register. 

ACM & Curbside Splendor Publishing host a [pre]release celebration at the Uptown Book Expo!



ACM & Curbside Splendor host a reading of present and past contributors this Saturday, November 19th from 5-6pm, celebrating ACM's forthcoming Issue 50.2, the second in our all Chicago issue, Curbside Splendor's recent Issue 2, and Curbside Splendor's new book Chicago Stories: 40 Dramatic Fictions by Michael Czyzniejewski, coming out April 2012.

Readers include:

Chris Bower 

Philip Jenks

Natalie Edwards

James Tadd Adcox

Ben Tanzer

Ben Spies

Paul Luikart

Sondra Morin

Come to this, but more important, come to the Expo running all day Saturday Nov. 19 and Sunday Nov. 20. Support Chicago Independent Publishing! 

For more information about the Uptown Book Expo, click here!!!


On Marvellous Things Heard

Another Chicago Magazine chest-bumps our pals at Green Lantern on their newest release, Gretchen E. Henderson's On Marvellous Things Heard.

BFFL: Best Friends For Life

Check out Flavorwire's compilation of "Literary Characters Who Would Be Best Friends in Real LIfe." Got any you'd like to add?

In case you missed it

Daniel Sinker, author of the infamous @MayorEmanuel Twitter feed and teacher at Columbia College on his success as a "Twitterature" author at Huffington Post.