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Chicago Book Festival: Week One

By Jess D'Amico in Arts & Entertainment on Oct 1, 2007 7:42PM

2007_10_crucible.jpgIf you were looking for some new books to cuddle up with for the oncoming winter, the Chicago Book Festival is here to help. There's an events booklet available at libraries and bookstores and a PDF online. Much of the information is on readings in the city that happen anyway, but we are excited about the extra discussions for this fall's One Book, One Chicago, Arthur Miller's The Crucible, which we haven't read since high school.

Our choices for this week are:

Karen Abbott discusses Sin in the Second City which we love despite the hype of being the next Devil in the White City.
Tuesday, October 2, 7 p.m., CPL Budlong Woods Branch, 5630 N. Lincoln Ave.

Harvard professor Steven Pinker gives us some brain food with his latest, The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature.
Wednesday, October 3, 6 p.m., International House, 1414 E. 59th St.

Fashion designer and author Cynthia Rowley reads from Slim: A Fantasy Memoir, which is part memoir, part fiction, part her original drawings.
Thursday, October 4, 6 p.m., Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Ave., Museum Theater.

Biologist Richard Dawkins puzzles over religion in his latest, The God Delusion.
Thursday, October 4, 6 p.m., International House, 1414 E. 59th St.

The next Crucible discussion includes Waldo Johnson of University of Chicago’s Center for Study of Race, Politics and Culture, and Sylvia Rivera, manager for Radio Arte.
Thursday, October 4, at 6 p.m., CPL Blackstone Branch, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave.