What we like to call a science fiction double feature, with a few other goodies too!~Liz

8/31: Either this was just posted or I wasn’t paying attention last week, because how could I have missed the Angry Robot Books Author Showcase? While Gwenda Bond (Blackwood), Adam Christopher (Seven Wonders), Kim Curran (Shift), and Chuck Wendig (Mockingbird)’s books may or may not involve peeved cyborgs, they are new releases from Angry Robot Books, and they’ll be temporary overlords of the BookCellar (3148 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL) starting at 7:00. Free, though you may be enslaved if you do not please the master.

It’s time for our favorite double-header of lit readings, Tuesday Funk and Two Cookie Minimum. Funk goes sci-fi in celebration of the WorldCon convention in Chicago, as Daryl Gregory, Rae Carson, Gregory A. Wilson, Adam Rakunas, and Rajan Khanna load their literary laser guns (that should totally be a thing). As always, Tuesday Funk is at Andersonville’s Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St, Chicago, IL, at 7:30  free and 21+.

Two Cookie Minimum stars busy literary bee Lauryn Allison Lewis (yes, she was in last week’s Lit Missives) along with Taylor Cowan, Bobby Evers, Brelyn Gerard, and Nicki Yowell. The readers and the cookies are always fresh, as is host Johnny Misfist. A sweet free treat at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W. Belmont, Chicago, starting at 9 pm.

There’s more, and we’ve got it! Theatre Oobleck has a new book out with five of their original plays. They’ll be performing snippets of those at the Hideout, and there will a klemzer band. I like these guys already.  1354 W. Wabansia, Chicago, IL, 7 pm, 21+.

9/5: I promised I would not forget RUI this month, so here we go. If you have something else to do this evening, too bad. Play “Truant” and come listen to Mary Beth Hoerner (co-host of The Chicago Way reading series), Naomi Huffman (New City Lit editor), Jill Winski, Danny Laloggia and JD Adamski read original and published work about skipping out. There’s trivia for drinks, so you too can be under the influence. $3 cover, Sheffield’s, 3258 N. Sheffield Ave, Chicago, IL. Get there at 7 p.m for a seat; readings start at 7:30.

9/7: Julia Keller may be the finest writer the Tribune continues to employ, and when she’s not slaving over newsprint, commenting on other folk’s novels, she writes her own. It’s worth paying $15 for this Printer’s Row Live event where Keller discusses her novel A Killing in the Hills. Tribune Tower, 435 N. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL, 6-8 pm. Tickets required, reception with Keller at 6:30 pm for Printer’s Row members.