As the year comes to a close, lets take a look back on some of the best literary events of 2009. Missed any? Make it your New Year's resolution not to miss these must-sees in 2010!
RUI: Reading Under the Influence: 1st Wednesday of every month
This long standing series is a mix of reading, trivia, and of course, drinking. Featured readers take a shot, read a piece of published work, and then ask a few trivia questions before taking their second shot. Prizes include books and drink tickets, what better way to spend your Wednesday evening?
Local Authors Night at Book Cellar: 3rd Wednesday of most months
I've found this is one of the best ways to learn about new, local authors. Every month, the Book Cellar wrangles 3-4 Chicago authors to discuss their latest books. Guests have included Jamie Freveletti, Marcus Sakey, Libby Fischer Hellmann, Laura Caldwell, and the list goes on...
Homolatte: 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month
This queer performance series is the perfect combination of prose and music. Twice a month, host Scott Free invites a queer author or poet and queer musician to showcase their work. I've been introduced to many talented writers this way and I almost always walk out with the musician's CD.
2nd Story Festival: Multiple Ongoing Dates
Another great combination of prose and music, only at this reading, the two go together. Organized by the Serendipity Theater group, readers preform pieces of fiction set to music. Depending on the venue, a wine flight is also included in the ticket price.
Did I miss any must-sees? Feel free to comment!