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Little Squirrels Storytime

Every Saturday, 10:30 a.m.

The AWM is excited to welcome preschool-age children in its Children’s Literature Gallery every Saturday. Read books, play with other children, and hear a story from the museum’s dedicated volunteers.

Children’s Literature Gallery. Preschool-age children w/ caregiver.

February 19:

Surprise bookshelf series: Ross Gay in conversation with Eve Ewing

Tuesday, February 19, 6:30 p.m.

The winner of the NBCC Award for Poetry offers up a spirited collection of short lyric essays, written daily over a tumultuous year, reminding us of the purpose and pleasure of praising, extolling, and celebrating ordinary wonders.

Readers Hall. General public.

February 21:

Daryl Sanders: That Thin, Wild Mercury SOund

Thursday, February 21, 6:30 p.m.

That Thin, Wild Mercury Sound is the definitive treatment of Bob Dylan’s magnum opus, Blonde on Blonde, not only providing the most extensive account of the sessions that produced the trailblazing album, but also setting the record straight.

Readers Hall. General public.

February 25:

Surprise bookshelf series: Chicago By the book: how literature changed chicago

Monday, February 25, 6:30 p.m.

Join some of the editors and contributors behind Chicago by the Book: 101 Publications That Shaped the City and Its Image as they talk about the iconic authors, artists, and activists who influenced the city.

Readers Hall. General public.

February 26:

Resisting Hate with free speech: A Conversation with Nadine Strossen & Christie Hefner

Tuesday, February 26, 6:30 p.m.

In her new book HATE: Why We Should Resist it With Free Speech, Not Censorship, Nadine Strossen, former president of the American Civil Liberties Union, argues that expanding free speech, not limiting it, is the solution for changing hearts and minds.

This event takes place at The Standard Club, 320 S. Plymouth Ct. 

March 5:

Dave Eggers: The Monk of Mokha

Tuesday, March 5, 6:30 p.m.

RESCHEDULED: An evening at The Standard Club with bestselling author Dave Eggers and Mokhtar Alkhanshali, the subject of Eggers’ book. The Monk of Mokha is a heart-pounding true story that weaves together the history of coffee, the struggles of everyday Yemenis living through civil war, and the courageous journey of a young man

This event takes place at The Standard Club, 320 S. Plymouth Ct. 

March 7:

Eric Hoffman: Tearing the World Apart

Thursday, March 7, 6:30 p.m.

An examination of the postmillennial Bob Dylan by exploring three central records of the twenty-first century–“Love and Theft” (2001), Modern Times (2006), and Tempest (2012)–along with the 2003 film Masked and Anonymous.

Readers Hall. General public.

March 13:

Tom Chaffin: Frederick Douglass in ireland

Wednesday, March 13, 6:30 p.m.

In the first major narrative account of a transformational episode in the life of this extraordinary American, Tom Chaffin chronicles Douglass’s 1845-47 lecture tour of Ireland, Scotland, and England.

Readers Hall. General public.

March 15:

An Evening with jonathan lethem & Stacie Williams

Friday, March 15, 6:30 p.m.

A conversation between Jonathan Lethem, award-winning author of The Feral Detective & The Fortress of Solitude, and Stacie Williams, whose work Bizarro Worlds references Lethem’s characters and storylines to explore racism and gentrification.

Readers Hall. General public.

April 2:

Timothy Hampton: Bob Dylan’s Poetics

Tuesday, April 2, 6:30 p.m.

A leading scholar on the history of poetry presents this close examination of Bob Dylan’s songs that locates his transgressive style within a long history of modern (and modernist) art. Hampton offers a unique examination of both the poetics and politics of Dylan’s compositions.

Readers Hall. General public.

April 15:

Surprise bookshelf series: Sloane Crosley: Look Alive Out There

Monday, April 15, 6:30 p.m.

From the New York Times-bestselling author Sloane Crosley comes Look Alive Out There―a brand-new collection of essays filled with her trademark hilarity, wit, and charm. Crosley has certainly crafted something rare, affecting, and true.

Readers Hall. General public.


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