September 16: Rust Belt Chicago at Wicker Park Lit Fest; Volumes Bookcafe, 1474 N. Milwaukee Ave., 7:30 pm. Editor Martha Bayne with contributors Zoe Zolbrod, Andrew Cantrell, Wyl Villacres, Kari Lydersen, and cover artist Tony Fitzpatrick.
September 21: Lit Crawl Andersonville. Rust Belt Chicago pub quiz! With editor Martha Bayne, book designer Sheila Sachs, and contributors Paul Dailing, Mark Guarino, and Rob Miller. We’ll be in the upstairs room at the Hopleaf (from 7-8 pm.
October 1: Chicago Book Expo: Rust Belt Chicago reading with editor Martha Bayne and contributors Sharon Bloyd-Peshkin, Gretchen Lida, and Scott Wilson.
October 2: Censored! We Read Banned Books: An ACLU Benefit. Rust Belt Chicago contributors Bill Savage and Paul Dailing, along with many others, read from banned books across the decades, from Huckleberry Finn to Persepolis. Belt Publishing will have a table, with books for sale. It’s at Public House Theater, 3914 N. Clark, 7-9 pm. Tickets are $10 or pay what you can; net proceeds benefit ACLU.
October 15: Rust Belt Chicago reading at Open Books, 651 W. Lake,Chicago, with Andrew Hertzberg, Gina Watters, and Linda Garcia Merchant.