Upcoming Events for Literary Folk

By Betsy Mikel in Arts & Entertainment on Feb 15, 2010 5:30PM

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Living Oprah: My One-Year Experiment to Walk the Walk of the Queen of Talk by Robyn Okrant.
Tonight: The Essay Fiesta reading series once again claims an impressive lineup of local talent. This month, Neo-futurist alumnus Andy Bayiates, comedian and writer Paul Luikart, Northwestern creative writer teacher Suzanne Clores, author Randy Richardson, and NewTown Writers member and performer Michael Kerckhove will be reading their work. Stick around afterwards for a raffle, which benefits the Howard Brown Health Center.
Book Cellar, 4736 North Lincoln Avenue, 7 p.m., free

Wednesday: Chicago Public Radio is collaborating with the Chicago Children's Museum to welcome families to "So Many Ways to Tell a Story!" Storyteller Oba William King, musician Justin Roberts, and Chicago’s Redmoon Theater will be workshopping with kids and their parents to write a story with accompanying songs, then will perform it all on stage.
Chicago Children's Museum, 700 East Grand Avenue, Suite 127, 6 p.m., $3-5

Friday: Robyn Okrant will be reading from her new book Living Oprah: My One-Year Experiment to Walk the Walk of the Queen of Talk. Okrant followed every piece of advice offered on The Oprah Winfrey Show, O: The Oprah Magazine, and Oprah.com. Her blog attracted enough attention to land her a book deal. Check out the Reader's 2008 story for a rundown on how Okrant's Oprah project came to be.
Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark St., 7:30 p.m., free

Saturday: TheLocalTourist.com and Ed Kane from Louis Glunz Beer will host AlphaBeer. Participants get to sample three-ounce beers from every letter of the alphabet. Check the lineup of beers here. It include beers from Brazil, Namibia, and the Czech Republic. AlphaBeer will donate 10% of proceeds to Chicago-based literacy organization Open Books.
The Globe Pub, 1934 W Irving Park Rd, 6 p.m., $49, 21+