7/28 Patricia Ann McNair reads and signs The Temple of Air at Lincoln Park Barnes and Noble. It’s her debut story collection, though she’s been writing for years. The stories themselves: breaths of fresh air. Plus, she’s a sweetheart…and there’ll be snacks. 1441 W. Webster, Chicago, IL, 4 pm. Free. ~Liz

7/29 Lit Drag at Beauty Bar. A first-time event, the readers themselves will be draggin’, but not their pieces. With Debbie Fox, Ruby Dee, Tim Jones-Yelvington, Joyelle McSweeney, Johannes Goransson, Kathleen Rooney, Jac Jemc, and James Tadd Adcox. 1444 W. Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL, 7-10 pm. $10 door/$5 advance; proceeds go to the Crossroads Fund, promoting social justice causes in Chicago. ~Liz

7/29 175 Days to Love Chicago: Uptown Poetry Slam. For 25 years, Marc Smith has been the host of the Uptown Poetry Slam at The Green Mill Cocktail Lounge. The three hour shows include an open mic, featured performance, and of course, poetry slam! Come and share your writing, or listen to others read. The Green Mill: 4802 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640. 7-10 pm. 21+, $6 admission. ~Rachel

7/31 The Moth Radio Hour’s Chicago Story Slam at Martyrs. Their stories often appear on This American Life, but The Moth has its own radio hour, and this is where they get their material. 3855 N. Lincoln Ave. 21+. Doors open at 6 pm, stories start at 8 pm. $16 advance/$8 door, but seating is limited. ~Liz

7/31 Ron Tanner reads from his memoir, From Animal House to Our House at The Book Stall. An up-close and honest account of an impossible home rehab project, undertaken by Ron Tanner and his wife. Their rehab was featured in This Old House magazine in 2008! The Book Stall at Chestnut Court: 811 Elm Street, Winnetka, IL. 6:30 pm. ~Rachel