Good morning, fellow bloggers! Despite single digit temperatures and blasting winds sure to make your fingers freeze into flesh popsicles, Chicago’s lit scene is more active than ever with all your favorite authors hopping around town. Take a look!

Start off your week with a talk given by Lois Leveen, author of the recently published historical fiction novel The Secrets of Mary Bowser. Mary Bowser was a real-life person who was born a slave in the town of Richmond and later worked as a spy for the Union in the Civil War. Even though there’s not much known about Mary Bowser’s life, Leveen has no problem stretching her imagination to suit the novel’s needs – and with surprisingly satisfactory results. A definite read if you’re a history buff, and a free event with a chance to meet the author to boot! Monday, January 28, 4 pm at the John T. Richardson Library, 2350 N Kenmore Ave, Room 300.

Next up is a chance to have a conversation with none other than Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jane Smiley, whose novel A Thousand Acres closely follows the plot line of Shakespeare’s King Lear – except that it’s set in 1970’s Iowa, on a farm. Read it, then watch it on the silver screen in its film adaptation. She’ll be having a book sale and signing at the Metropolis Performing Arts Center, so don’t miss out! Call the Arlington Heights Memorial Library to register. Tuesday, January 29, 7:30 pm at 111 W Campbell St., Arlington Heights, IL.

Ann Leary will be promoting her new book The Good House, a humorous novel about recovering alcoholic and real estate broker Hildy Good and her friendship with the new neighbor, Rebecca. Stop by The Book Cellar to hear her read and to purchase a signed copy of the book! Thursday, January 31, 7:00 pm at The Book Cellar, 4736-38 N. Lincoln Ave.

And last, but most certainly not least, Dave Eggers will be making an appearance at Unabridged Bookstore to sign copies of his novel A Hologram For the King, which features the all-too-familiar story of a failed businessman eager for one last chance to turn his life (not to mention his economic status) around – but, like all good plots, there’s a twist! Saturday, February 2, 2:00 pm at Unabridged Bookstore, 3251 N. Broadway.