If you don’t know what Story Week is, then you’re missing out. This year’s Keynoter is Joyce Carol Oates, and it is a great chance to hear the latest work from some up and comers in the literary world. From the Story Week Web site:
Affectionately known as the “Lollapalooza of literary events,” Story Week 2010 offers a feast of free readings, conversations with authors, panels, performances, and book signings at venues across the city…Our theme for 2010, Genre Bending: The Faces of Fiction, reflects the increasingly porous boundaries between literary and genre fiction. Whether based in truth or pure fiction, this year’s featured authors use myriad fictional forms to shed light on the struggles, trials, and triumphs of the human race.
The events are scattered, but mostly held at Harold Washington Library and Columbia College’s Film Row, along with a few in bars on the North Side that are primarily music venues. The schedule is here, with events beginning today and running all week, and, in addition to JCO–who would be phenomenal to see, the fest also features Achy Obejas, who shows up in a few classrooms that I know of, on Tuesday night (6:30p) at the Harold Washington Library. Oh, yeah, one other thing: they’re all FREE. Love that.
If you have any students of a literary bent, these are great events to catch the book bug. They are not your grandparents’ book readings by a long shot.