Itching for a bit of dark humor to get you through the Chicago’s winter stretch? David Tabak will be reading from his collection of short stories, titled Lather Rinse Repeat, and fans of Kafka will delight in Tabak’s ridiculous tales and hearty rants. Wednesday, January 16th, 7 pm at The Book Cellar, 4736-38 N. Lincoln Ave.

Not quite your cup of tea? Salsa on over to La Bruquena restaurant, where Palabra Pura will be celebrating their 8th birthday and hosting a hot poetry reading in English, Spanish, or a mezcla of both! The event will include readings from authors like political activist and playwright Raul Dorantes and poet and director Coya Paz. Check out their youtube page of past readings. Wednesday, January 16th, 7:30 pm at La Bruquena, 2726 W. Division Street in Humboldt Park.

And who wouldn’t appreciate a more down-to-earth version of Abe after watching him hunt vampires? David Von Drehle will be reading from his book Rise to Greatness: Abraham Lincoln and America’s Most Perilous Year, a historical account of America at the height of the Civil War and a very human portrait of the leader that brought the nation through it. Saturday, January 19th, 12 pm at Abraham Lincoln Book Shop, 357 W. Chicago Ave in Old Town.

Of course, don’t forget to attend the readings Academy Chicago Publishers is hosting at The Book Cellar and Black Rock Pub, January 18th and 20th.