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Story Week 2009
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Story Week 2009

Writing on the Edge

March 15-20, 2009
(+ a special pre-festival event on Friday, February 13)

Free and Open to the Public

From Sunday, March 15, through Friday, March 20, the Columbia College Chicago Fiction Writing Department presents its 13th Annual Story Week Festival of Writers: Writing on the Edge. Held at venues throughout the city, Story Week offers readings, conversations with authors, panels, performances, and book signings that are free and open to the public.

Story Week 2009 features acclaimed authors Richard Price, Lush Life; Francine Prose, Goldengrove; Lydia Millet, How the Dead Dream; Nami Mun, Miles from Nowhere; and Israeli writer Etgar Keret, The Girl on the Fridge, in a series of readings and conversations. Other distinguished writers, panelists, artists, and performers will be presented throughout the week. We are also offering conversations and readings to celebrate the memory of two great Chicago literary legends: Nelson Algren (at the Harold Washington Library) and Studs Terkel (at the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies).

On Friday, February 13, at 8:30 pm, there will be a special pre-festival event held in conjunction with the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference in the Hilton International Ballroom North. Story Week Goes to AWP: Literary Rock and Roll, showcases readers Dorothy Allison, Bastard Out of Carolina; Joe Meno, Hairstyles of the Damned; ZZ Packer, Drinking Coffee Elsewhere; and music by circus punk band Mucca Pazza. A second Literary Rock & Roll, held during Story Week on March 19, 6 pm at Metro, will feature readings by Richard Price, Lydia Millet, and Nami Mun, a comedy performance by award-winning screenwriter Rick Cleveland, and music by funk-R&B band JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound.

For more information on these events, our featured guests, and sponsors, visit our sidebar links.

This program is partially supported by a grant from the ILLINOIS ARTS COUNCIL, a state agency. Story Week is sponsored in part by the Chicago Public Library and Metro.