Seven venues plus the world and beyond: Wicker Park and West Town Lit Fest


In its second year Wicker Park and West Town Lit Fest is providing a wealth of opportunities to submerge one's self into culture and fun at seven different locations. They are celebrating neighborhoods' literary past and present.

Events run from Friday night through Sunday at these venues:

  • Myopic Books - 1564 N. Milwaukee Ave.
  • Volumes Bookcafe - 1474 N. Milwaukee Ave.
  • Reckless Records - 1379 N. Milwaukee Ave.
  • The Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co. - 1276 N. Milwaukee Ave.
  • Quimby's - 1864 W. North Ave.
  • Subterranean - 2011 W. North Ave.
  • The Wicker Park Farmer's Market - 1425 N. Damen Ave.

A complete list describes the specific events. 

Myopic Books and Volumes open the Friday activities with events. 
The Myopic Poetry Series , curated by Larry Sawyer, opens with Basil and Martha King. Basil is an artist and poet associated with the Black Mountain School. His art has been exhibited across the country. Martha is a prose writer & poet who has recently completed her memoir (publisher TBD). They've raised a large family and have lived in the same house in Brooklyn for over 30 years. It will run from 7 to 10 p.m. and is free for attendees.

Bill Ayers, author of soon to be released Demand The Impossible!, urges us to imagine a world beyond what this rotten system would have us believe is possible. 

In critiquing the world around us, insurgent educator and activist Ayers uncovers cracks in the system, raising our sights for radical change, and envisioning strategies for building a movement to create a more humane, balanced, and peaceful world. 

Ayers is a social justice activist, teacher, Distinguished Professor of Education (retired) at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and author of two memoirs, Fugitive Days and Public Enemy. 

There will even be an event in the Wicker Park Farmers Market space on Sunday

As part of the weekend culture, Rebecca George, co-owner of Volumes, said to, "Look down as you walk." There is supposed to be a series of chalk drawings throughout the area.

Lit Fest planning partners include Quimby’s Bookstore, Volumes Bookcafe, Chicago Publishers Resource Center, Young Chicago Authors, BookClub, 826CHI, Impossible Industries, Myopic Books, and Guild Literary Complex. Other neighborhood partners include Reckless Records, Subterranean, Wicker Park Farmer’s Market, and Chicago Public Library.


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