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A Very Literary Weekend

By Betsy Mikel in Arts & Entertainment on Jul 8, 2010 7:30PM

"The Madame" is one of the poetry.. er.. "whores" who will be up for sale at Saturday's Poetry Brothel.
AmperLanterProof Last Chance Literary Blast: The oil spill has reached Texas and 2012 is fast approaching. So Featherproof Books, Green Lantern Press and Ampersand Books have combined forces to kick off the approaching apocalypse. Join five writers from various publications and reading series, who will be reading pieces to celebrate the end of times.
Green Lantern Gallery, 2542 W Chicago Ave., July 9, 7 p.m., free

Chicago DeskSet Fundraiser for 826CHI: Chicago DeskSet, a newish group of Chicago-based librarians, library staff and literary types is holding a fundraiser on Saturday. The mission of Chicago DeskSet members is step beyond the walls of their libraries to support their communities and charities. So far, they’ve collected book donations for incarnated teens and raised money for local non-profit Open Books. They’ll be donating money from this upcoming social gathering and fundraiser to 826CHI, which runs free literary workshops and after-school tutoring for Chicago kids.
Goose Island Brewpub (Siebel Hall), 1800 N. Clybourn Ave., July 10, 3 - 5 p.m., $5, rsvp via facebook

Son of Science of Obscurity: Chicago Underground Library is hosting their annual celebration of literary experiments. The event features new, unpublished and in-progress works as science fair experiments. Since Chicago Underground Library is a champion of self-published work, you’ll find a diverse range of literary-related work here, including zines, magazines, chapbooks and textbooks. Also look for Speed Science Dating, video interviews with the CUL crew about favorite forgotten and under-recognized Chicago publishers and writers, and the much talked about Book Bike.
Jupiter Outpost, 1139 W. Fulton Market, July 10, 7 p.m. - 10 p.m., free

The Poetry Brothel Reading Series: The Poetry Brothel, which aims to increase interest in poetry through their performances, workshops and publications, is coming to Chicago with their reading series. It’s kind of like a mix between seduction and poetry, where poets offer private one-on-one readings for a price amidst absinthe, music, live art, fortune-tellers and gambling.
House of Blues Foundation Room, 329 N. Dearborn, July 10, 8 p.m., $15 or $10 with flier