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August 13: Rust Belt Chicago: An Anthology release party at The Hideout, 6pm; free and open to the public.

Join Belt Publishing in celebrating the release of Rust Belt Chicago, a collection of essays, journalism, poetry, and fiction edited by Martha Bayne. The pieces in this collection tell the vibrant and culturally rich history of this great city, all together singing a forlorn love song to a place similarly marked, if less evident, by deindustrialization and economic decline as Rust Belt sister cities. Featuring drink specials, brief readings by Britt Julious, Kathleen Rooney, Paul Durica, Toni Nealie, Rayshauna Gray, Zoe Zolbrod, David Isaacson, and Yana Kunichoff, plus a DJ set by Jake Austen.

August 23: Rust Belt Chicago editor Martha Bayne at The Conversation at Women and Children First, 5233 N. Clark, Chicago.

August 30Rust Belt Chicago reading at 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th Street, Chicago.

September 7Rust Belt Chicago reading at Women and Children First, 5233 N. Clark, Chicago.

October 15: Rust Belt Chicago reading at Open Books, 651 W. Lake, Chicago.

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