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Let's Kick-Off Columbia College's Story Week

By Maggie Hellwig in Arts & Entertainment on Mar 19, 2012 4:20PM

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Columbia College Chicago's Story Week—in which Chicago celebrates new, upcoming, and well-established creative talent—has fallen upon us. There are many free events going on at Columbia College and local participating venues. Like any festival, the bedlam has a tendency to get a tad overwhelming. The full schedule is available here, and we urge you to take a glimpse at it, but here are some events that caught our eye.

MONDAY: March 19

Who: Bonnie Jo Campbell.
What: Campbell will be reading from her novel Once Upon A River, answering some questions, and signing some books.
Where: The Harold Washington Library: 400 S. State St; in the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium.
When: 2:30 p.m, hosted by author Don De Grazia; and, again at 6:00pm, hosted by Senior Editor at Booklist Donna Seaman.

TUESDAY: March 20

Who: Columbia College Full-Time Faculty.
What: The full-time fiction writing faculty will be reading from their works, hosted by Professor Betty Shiflett.
Where: Columbia College: 618 S. Michigan Ave.; on Stage Two.
When: 1 p.m.

Who: Christine Sneed, author of Portraits of a Few of the People I've Made Cry; Nami Mun, author of Miles from Nowhere; Bonnie Jo Campbell, author of Once Upon a River; and Samuel Park, author of This Burns My Heart.
What: A reading and panel with these four talents female authors. The topic of discussion being "The Female in Contemporary Fiction." The event will be hosted by author Patricia Ann McNair.
Where: Harold Washington Library: 400 S. State St.; in the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium.
When: 6 p.m.


Who: Eli Horowitz, Editor and Book Designer at McSweeney's; Eleanor Jackson, Literary Agent at Markson Thoma; Tom Roberge, Publicity and Marketing Director at New Directions Publishing Corp.; Kathy Pories, Senior Editor at Algonquin Books.
What: Discussion of "What it Takes to get Published." The event is hosted by Donna Seamon of Booklist and co-sponsored by the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture--Publishing Industry Programs.
Where: Harold Washington Library: 400 S. State St.; in the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium.
When: 2:30 p.m.

Who: Author Dagoberto Gilb.
What: "A Conversation on Latino Literature," hosted by author Achy Obejas, with music from the Elastic Arts Foundation and food provided by Whole Foods.
Where: Logan Square Arts Center: 2800 N. Milwaukee Ave..
When: 7 p.m.

THURSDAY: March 22

Who: Zach Dodson, Art and Design at Featherproof Books; Heidi Durrow, author of The Girl Who Fell from the Sky; Professor and Photographer Jay Wolke; Audrey Niffenegger, author of Her Fearful Symmetry and The Time Traveler's Wife; Professor and Cartoonist Ivan Brunetti.
What: Discussion: "Text/Image: A Conversation on Seeing Narrative." The events will be hosted by Journalist and Author Sam Weller.
Where: Columbia College's Film Row Cinema: 1104 S. Wabash Ave.
When: 11 a.m.

Who: Heidi Durrow, author of The Girl Who Fell from the Sky; Patricia Anna McNair, author of Temple of Air; Jon Sayles, Independent Director and Author of A Moment in the Sun.
What: Literary Rock & Roll: readings and signings, along with music from Canasta.
Where: The Metro: 3730 N. Clark St.
When: 6 p.m.

FRIDAY: March 23

Who: The line-up includes many of the aforementioned individuals and, in addition: Kevin Coval, Director of Louder than a Bomb slam poetry festival and Author of L-Vis Lives; Steve Edwards, Content Development Director at WBEZ; Gina Frangello, author of Slut Lullabies; Brian Hieggelke, Editor/Publisher at New City; Jerome Ludwig, Managing Editor at the Chicago Reader; Bayo Ojikutu, author of Free Burning, and many more.
What: Presented by Tribune contributor and WGN radio host Rick Kogan, a huge group of members from Chicago's creative community will read from their favorite Chicago authors. While the event is free, reservations are recommended. Music will be performed by Paul Giallorenzo.
Where: The Museum of Contemporary Art: 220 E. Chicago Ave.
When: 6-8 p.m.