Story Week Festival of Writers
Chicago Classics

  • Edlis Neeson Theater
    First Floor, Accessible via the Griffin Entrance on Pearson Street
    220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

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Story Week Festival of Writers: Rick Kogan
Photo: Butcher Walsh


Presented by Columbia College Chicago Fiction Writing Department in association with MCA Stage

Affectionately known as the “Lollapalooza of literary events,” Story Week Festival takes place across town over six days for readings, conversations, panels, performances, and book signings with acclaimed authors. Chicago Classics, the festival’s blockbuster reading party, which features some of Chicago’s own luminaries reading each other’s words, takes place at the MCA and is hosted by Rick Kogan. Cosponsored in part by the Chicago Public Library and Metro.

Doors open at 5:30 pm. Join us for a rare solo piano performance by composer and improviser Paul Giallorenzo. Book signings immediately follow the readings, by many of the featured writers including:

  • Regina Taylor, The Trinity River Plays (2011 premiere, Goodman Theatre); Magnolia (2009 premiere, Goodman Theatre); and Crowns (2002 premiere, McCarter Theatre)
  • Adam Levin, The Instructions (McSweeney’s, 2010), Hot Pink (McSweeney’s, 2012)
  • Elizabeth Berg, Once Upon a Time, There Was You: A Novel (Ballantine Books, 2011)
  • Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler’s Wife (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2003), Her Fearful Symmetry (Scribner, 2010)
  • Kevin Coval, Louder Than A Bomb Director; L-Vis Lives: Racemusic Poems (Haymarket Books, 2011)
  • Gina Frangello, the Rumpus, Sunday Editor; Slut Lullabies (Emergency Press, 2010)
  • Achy Obejas, journalist; Ruins (Akashic, 2009)
  • Bayo Ojikutu, Free Burning (Three Rivers Press, 2006)