The Preface Reading Series is a curated string of author readings occurring at different Uptown venues for the five nights preceding the Chicago Book Expo. Events include:

11/14 Ear Eater at Uptown Lounge (1136 W. Lawrence Ave.), 8:30-9:30pm Ear Eater is a semi-monthly series curated by MFA students at the University of Chicago and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Authors for Ear Eater #11 include Sara Levine (author of TREASURE ISLAND!!!), Adam Jameson (author of Amazing Adult Fantasy) and Zach Dodson (author of boring boring boring boring boring boring boring).

11/15 Two With Water at Annoyance Theatre (4830 N. Broadway Ave.), 6:30-7:15pm
Two With Water hosts the Rx Reading Series. Featured authors for Preface include James Tadd Adcox, Jacob Knabb, Muyassar Kurdi, Josh Sinason and Mike Smolarek, all who will perform short works on the theme "Take two with water." ($2 suggested donation goes to printing second issue of Two With Water.)

11/16 Neighborhood Writing Alliance at Bezazian Branch Library (1226 W. Ainslie St.), 6-8pm
Neighborhood Writing Alliance hosts their community writing workshop based on writing prompts at 6pm, and at 7pm attendees will read their work in a public setting. Both workshop and reading are free and open to anyone who wishes to attend.

11/17 Artifice Magazine at The SoFo Tap (4923 N. Clark St.), 7-8pm
Artifice Magazine hosts a reading with Kathleen Rooney (author of For You, For You I Am Trilling These Songs), Devin King (author of CLOPS), Andrew Farkas (author of Self-Titled Debut), Jen Besemer (work appears in REM Magazine, Pank and others) and Fred Sasaki (with work in Iowa Review, Pax Americana and others).

11/18 Write Club at Max's Place (4621 N. Clark St.), 7:30-8:30pm
Write Club is set up like a boxing match. The night usually features dueling writers who are assigned two opposing themes (e.g., Fate versus Free Will or Mind versus Body) and are given exactly seven minutes to expound on the topic, with proceeds going to the winners charity of choice. In this event, a special edition of Write Club settles on Uptown, with host Ian Belknap at the helm.

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