A lot of big names coming to Chicago this week, so we focused on that. We’ll get back to emerging writers soon!~Liz

9/10 The thesis of Paul Tough’s new book, How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character, is in the title. It’s a refreshing change from looking at success tangibly, and it should be a good conversation Tough has with Alex Kolowitz. 6 pm, Harold Washington Public Library auditorium, 400 S. State Street. Free, but seating is first come, first served. Read an excerpt of the book here.

9/12 Irvine Welsh likes to hang out in Chicago. Maybe something about it reminds him of hardscrabble Scotland? He’ll be reading at Smartbar from his new novel Skagboys, billed as (gasp!) the prequel to Trainspotting. 3730 N. Clark St, Chicago, IL, 21+. Warning: Welsh is usually unintelligible for a good portion of the piece, especially after a few drinks, but at least you can say you were there.If Junot Diaz is more your speed and you have some cash, Printer’s Row Live has him discussing his short story collection This is How You Lose Her. It’s $15, and is at the Chase Auditorium, 10 S. Dearborn St, Chicago, IL, 7-9pm.

9/14  Joanne Kyger’s delicate verses float up from the page.She’ll be reading at the Poetry Foundation, 61 W. Superior, at 6:30 pm. Free verse that’s absolutely free.