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SEPT. 21

• Poetry reading, featuring CM Burroughs (“The Vital System”) and Kristina Maria Darling (“The Moon and Other Inventions: Poems After Joseph Cornell”), 7:30 p.m. at Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark.

SEPT. 22

• Shannon Henry Kleiber will discuss and sign “On My Honor,” 11 a.m. at Anderson’s Bookshop, 123 W. Jefferson Ave., Naperville.

• A 75th anniversary celebration of “The Hobbit,” 2 p.m. at Anderson’s Bookshop, 123 W. Jefferson Ave., Naperville.

• A night of poetry and music, “And the Poet Sang,” featuring Beau O’Reilly, Jenny Magnus, Troy Martin, Matt Test adn Vicki Walden, 3 p.m. at the Poetry Foundation, 61 W. Superior.

SEPT. 23

• Curious George Part for kids 4-7 (and their parents), 4:30 p.m. at Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark.

• The Poetry Foundation presents “And the Poet Sang,” featuring The Crooked Mouth (Beau O’Reilly, Jenny Magnus, Troy Martin, Matt Test and Vicki Walden) performing poems from Blake, Whiman, Carroll, Yeats and others to music, 7 p.m. at the Poetry Foundation, 61 W. Superior. Free admission.

• Rebecca Skloot, author of the best-selling “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” will speak as part of Elmhurst College’s Science Technology and Society lecture series, 7 p.m. in Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel, 190 Prospect Ave., Elmhurst. Admission is $10; free for Elmhurst College students, faculty, staff and alumni. Information: (630) 617) 3390; elmhurst.edu/tix.

SEPT. 24

• James Dashner will discuss and sign “The Infinity Ring Book 1: A Mutiny in Time,” 4:30 p.m. at the Book Stall at Chestnut Court, 811 Elm St, Winnetka.

SEPT. 27

• Kevin K. Kumashiro will discuss and sign “Bad Teacher! How Blaming Teachers Distorts the Bigger Picture,” 7 p.m. at Revolution Books, 1103 N. Ashland.

• “Red, White and Blue: Poets on Politics,” featuring Suji Kwock Kim, Li-Young Lee, D. Nurkse and Alice Quinn, 7 p.m. at the Poetry Foundation, 61 W. Superior.

• Shannon Hale will discuss and sign “Princess Academy: Palace of Stone,” 7 p.m. at Anderson’s Bookshop, 123 W. Jefferson Ave., Naperville.

• Elinor Lipman will discuss and sign “Tweet Land of Liberty: Irreverent Rhymes From the Political Circus,” 7:30 p.m. at Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark.

• “Growing Up With Harry Potter” event includes refreshments, wizard readings, Harry Potter trivia and 20 percent off all used book purchases and pre-ordered copies of J.K. Rowling’s post-Potter novel, “The Casual Vacancy,” 8 p.m. at Open Books, 213 W. Institute Place. Space is limited, so RSVP to store@open-books.org.

SEPT. 28

• Susan Hahn will discuss and sign “The Six Granddaughters of Cecil Slaughter,” 7:30 p.m. at Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark.

SEPT. 29

• Steven Erikson will discuss and sign “Forge of Darkness,” 4 p.m. at Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave., Evanston.

SEPT. 30

• Maggie Stiefvater will discuss and sign “The Raven Boys,” 2 p.m. at Anderson’s Bookshop, 123 W. Jefferson Ave., Naperville.

• Steven Erikson will discuss and sign Gardens of the Moon, 2 p.m. at Anderson’s Two Doors East, 111 W. Jefferson Ave., Naperville.

• Sharon Creech will discuss and sign “The Great Unexpected, 2 p.m at Anderson’s Bookshop, 5112 Main St., Downers Grove.

OCT. 1

• Tony La Russa will discuss and sign “One Last Strike,” 7 p.m. at Anderson’s Two Doors East, 111 W. Jefferson Ave., Naperville.

• Patricia MacLachlan will discuss and sign “The Boxcar Children Beginning: The Aldens of Fair Meadow Farm” (the prequel to the Boxcar Children book series), 7 p.m. at Anderson’s Bookshop, 123 W. Jefferson Ave., Naperville.

OCT. 2

• Bobbi Brown and Sara Bliss will discuss and sign “Bobbi Brown’s Pretty Powerful,” 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 55 Old Orchard Center, Skokie.

• Naomi Wolf will discuss and sign “Vagina: A New Biography,” 7:30 p.m. at Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark.

• Joelle Charbonneau will discuss and sign “Skating on the Edge,” 7 p.m. at Anderson’s Two Doors East, 111 W. Jefferson Ave., Naperville.

• Libba Bray will discuss and sign “The Diviners,” 7 p.m. at Anderson’s Bookshop, 123 W. Jefferson Ave., Naperville.

• Children’s book author William Joyce will discuss his new book, “The Guardians of Childhood: Sandman,” 7 p.m. at Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave., Naperville. Purchase the book at at Anderson’s Bookshop to get event ticket. More information: (630) 355-2665.

OCT. 3

• John Katz will discuss and sign his first collection of short stories, “Dancing Dogs,” 7 p.m. at Anderson’s Bookshop, 123 W. Jefferson Ave., Naperville.

• Actor Bob Balaban will discuss and sign his children’s book for middle readers, “The Creature From the Seventh Grade,” 7 p.m. at Anderson’s Two Doors East, 111 W. Jefferson Ave., Naperville.

• St. Sukie De La Croix will discuss and sign “Chicago Whispers: A History of LGBT Chicago Before Stonewall,” 7 p.m. at Woodson Regional Library, 9525 S. Halsted.

• Reading Under the Influence featuring Mark R. Brand; Jeanie Chung, Jon Natzke and Jesse Jordan, 7-9 p.m. at Sheffieled’s (back room), 3258 N. Sheffield. Cover charge: $3.

• Bishop Gene Robinson will discuss and sign “God Believes in Love: Straight Talk About Gay Marriage,” 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 2335 N. Orchard.

OCT. 4

• Clara Orban will discuss and sign “Wine Lessons: Ten Questions to Guide Your Appreciation of Wine,” 6 p.m. at DePaul Barnes & Noble, 1 E. Jackson.

• Douglas Foster will discuss “After Mandela: The Struggle For Freedom in Post-Apartheid South Africa,” 6 p.m. in the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium at the Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State.

• Poetry magazine’s Centennial Celebration and release party for “The Open Door,” 7 p.m. at the Poetry Foundation, 61 W. Superior.

• Former NFL great Tim Green will discuss and sign “Unstoppable,” 7 p.m. at Anderson’s Bookshop, 123 W. Jefferson Ave., Naperville.

• Lois Lowry will discuss and sign “Son,” a sequel to “The Giver,” 7 p.m. at Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. Purchase the book at Anderson’s Bookshop to receive event ticket. More information: (630) 355-2665.

OCT. 5

• Snoozapalooza honors the 50th anniversary of Dr. Seuss’ “Sleep Book,” 7 p.m. at Anderson’s Bookshop, 123 W. Jefferson Ave., Naperville. Kids are encouraged to come in their pajamas for a special story time event.

• Ann Durkin Keating will discuss and sign “Rising From Indian Country,” 7 p.m. at Anderson’s Two Doors East, 111 W. Jefferson Ave., Naperville.

OCT. 6

• Bonnie Blue will discuss and sign “Emmett Till’s Secret Witness: FBI Confidential Source Speaks,” 1:30 p.m. at the Woodson Regional Library, 9525 S. Halsted.

• Jeffrey Brown will be on hand with his new book, “Darth Vader and Son,” during Star Wars Reads Day, where guests will meet costumed characters and particiapate in other “Star Wars”-related activities, 2 p.m. at Anderson’s Bookshop, 123 W. Jefferson Ave., Naperville.

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