It’s a quiet week for lit stuff. If you know of anything, feel free to comment below!

Sad news to pass along as another reading series shuts its doors. On 8/18, Neutron Bomb hosts its last reading at the soon-to-be-shuttered Cal’s Liquors, 400 S. Wells, Chicago, IL, at 8 pm. Co-hosted by Cool Dad. Readings by Jim Joyce (not James Joyce) of “Or Let It Sink” zine and Dan Terrill from Guns.com. Comedy by James Cardis. Music by Krayola. As always, it’s free and 21+. (And props to Chris Terry for writing an excellent sendoff post.)

8/22: Joyce Selander traded treasury bonds. Thirty years ago, in the pits at the Chicago Board of Trade, as the first woman ever to do so. She’s got a story to tell. Selander discusses and signs Joyce, Queen of the Mountain: Female Courage and Hand-to-Hand Combat in the World’S Largest Money Pit at the BookCellar, 4736 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL at 7 pm.

8/24: Expand your definition of storytelling with learning about its past. Mark Kater, storyteller extraordinaire, talks about the stories humans have told to explain animal behavior throughout the years in his presentation Through Animal Eyes: Why the World Works As It Does. It’s at a lovely small gallery and event space, Life Force Arts Center, 1609 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL, at 8 pm, with a $15 dollar suggested (but not required) donation.