Hello, darling ravenous readers and wily writers! It’s almost the end of the year – have you got your resolutions written up and posted to your fridge yet? No? Yeah, neither do I. I find it more productive – not to mention less depressing (though I suppose that depends on what kind of year you’ve had, eh?) – to reminisce over the high points of 2012. Did you finish half a manuscript? Tackle the plot point that had your head sprouting white hairs for weeks on end? Read at least five new books? Did you, as author Francesca Lia Block did, write 30 days of unedited and untouched raw poetry that may or may not have had your fellow bloggers cringing – but who cares what everyone else thinks, right? Absolutamente right!

Anyway, let’s get down to events. What better way to start off a brand new year than with a healthy dose of literature? In your New Years Eve induced hangover you can straggle on over to Hopleaf for a beer, where Tuesday Funk will be featuring readings from emerging writers and poets such as Julie Ganey and the lyrical Sondra Morin. All you need to do it sit back, relax and enjoy the (absolutely free!) show! Tuesday, January 1st at 7:30 pm, Hopleaf located at 5148 N. Clark Street in Andersonville

Or perhaps you have a short story that you’re hankering to share? Head on over to the Story Club, and if you get there and sign up early enough you may just be picked to read. Another event that’s easy on the ol’ pocketbook. Thursday, January 3rd at 7:30 pm, Holiday Club located at 4000 N. Sheridan Road in Lakeview

But what I’m really looking forward to is hearing from author Rebecca Skloot on Mark Bazer’s The Interview Show at the Hideout. Winner of the 2010 Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for Nonfiction, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is a novel that gives identity to the virtually nameless woman whose reproduced cells were key to cultivating a deeper understanding of fertility treatments, polio, viruses and even cancer. Cool stuff, yes? I most definitely think so. But coolness has a price – $8, to be exact. Friday, January 4th at 6:30 pm, Hideout located at 1354 W. Wabansia Ave in Wicker Park/Bucktown

May the New Year find you safe and happy, with the warm flush of liquor brightening your merry cheeks. Because honestly, what greater pleasure could there possibly be?