Evening Events

Special Evening Events During the Conference

Chicago is full of literary talent, and we want to celebrate it. We’ve set up two special evening events just for conferees and speakers, hosted by local live lit stars, Tuesday Funk and Essay Fiesta. Note: Events are free for conference attendees, but you must have a ticket to enter. Links to free tickets will be emailed to all attendees after September 7.

Tuesday Funk – Friday Evening, September 14, 2012

Tuesday Funk is an eclectic Chicago reading series bringing you a variety of fiction, poetry, and essays the first Tuesday of every month.  Conference Attendees can join us for a special Tuesday Funk (on a Friday!) at Open Books Bookstore.  The reading will kick off at 7:30. Arrive early to shop, mingle, and dine at the Samich Box food truck, parked outside Open Books.  Event is BYO.

Tuesday Funk Readers:

Patricia Skalka
William Shunn
Rachel Wilson
Patented Poem By Bill
M. Salahuddin Khan
Mary Robinette Kowal

Essay Fiesta – Saturday Evening, September 15, 2012


The Essay Fiesta monthly reading series brings together a cross-section of Chicago’s art and writing communities for a night of first-person, non-fiction essays and charity. Conference attendees may join us at Rock Bottom Brewery for a night of non-fiction, personal stories.

The bar will be open all night at Rock Bottom Brewery. The reading kicks off at 7:00; feel free to arrive early and eat dinner downstairs.

Essay Fiesta Readers:

Keith Ecker
Alyson Lyon
Patty McNair
Davis Scheiderman
Mike O’Mary
Mary Wagner
Ian Belknap