We apologize profusely for skipping one of our favorite literary events, RUI, last week. Luckily, it happens at 7:30 pm on the first Wednesday of nearly every month at Sheffield’s, 3258 N. Sheffield Ave, Chicago, IL. There’s stories, trivia, and slightly sloshed banter, all for a cool $3. Next month’s date will be September 5th, so we’ll try not to forget about it between here and now if you don’t!

This week is all about the Tuesday: three great reading series have chosen 8/7 as the date for their latest installment. It’d be a crime if you missed The Chicago Way, with Marcus Sakey (author of the Amateurs) and Sean Chercover. These suspicious characters are hanging out and reading at the Hidden Shamrock, 2723 N. Halsted St, Chicago, IL from 7-8:30. And it costs nuttin’.

If you find yourself further north at 7:30 pm on that fateful Tuesday, stop in at the series known for bringing the funk: Tuesday Funk. It’s at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St, and it’s got these hip folks on the stage: Stacy Bierlein (A Vacation on the Island of Ex-Boyfriends), Scott Smith, Jesse Jordan (Gospel Hollow), Holly McDowell, and Sara Ross Witt.  It’s free, but one note: it is 21+.

And if you really time it right, you can still make it to Two Cookie Minimum’s Two Year Anniversary! It’s at 9 pm, at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W. Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL.  Readers include Ben Spies, Natalie Edwards, L.B., Susie Kirkwood and Jill Summers. These folks don’t lie, either: there will indeed be cookies. Lots of cookies. And once again, it’s free.~Liz

Also: Tonight! (8/3)  Brion Poloncic with his novel Xanthous Mermaid Mechanics. Published this year by the Journal of Experimental Fiction, it is written in the voice of an unreliable but fascinating first-person narrator. Eckhard Gerdes is coming as well, so join the club with books (and their authors!) that are out of this world. Quimby’s Bookstore, 1854 W. North Ave, 7 pm.

And finally: 8/10 A trifecta in poetry at Women & Children First: Daniella Olszewska (author of cloudfang : : cakedirt), Melissa Severin (Brute Fact), and Stephanie Anderson (Particular Particular) will all be reading from their collections. An awesome (and free!) event at Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark St, 7:30 pm.~Rachel