One thing you can say about Columbia College Chicago's Story Week Festival of Writers: It's worth the price of admission.
That's not to say it isn't worth paying for. There is loads of talent lined up for a week's worth of readings, panel discussions, performances, book signings and more, at several difference venues around the city, and yes, all are free and open to the public. The fest starts Sunday, March 15, and runs through Friday, March 20.
• An "all-ages show" at Metro on Thursday night is one of the highlights of the week. Dubbed "Literary Rock & Roll," the evening will feature authors Richard Price, Nami Mun (Miles From Nowhere) and Lydia Millet (How the Dead Dream). JC Brooks & the Uptown Sounds also will perform. When/where: 6 p.m. at Metro, 3730 N. Clark.
• Sunday's opening night festivities includes storytelling by CP Chang, Molly Each, Deb R. Lewis and Doug Whippo. Music by DJ White Russian and Seeking Wonderland. When/where: 7 p.m. at Martyrs', 3855 N. Lincoln.
Midweek, local authors will pay tribute to two of Chicago's literary icons, Nelson Algren and Studs Terkel.
• The Nelson Algren Tribute will feature readings by Stephanie Kuehnert, Billy Lombardo (The Logic of a Rose), Bayo Ojikutu (Free Burning) and J. Adams Oaks (Why I Fight). Nelson Algren Award winner Joe Meno (Demons in the Spring), serves as host for the evening and will talk to Algren photographer Art Shay. When/where: 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Harold Washington Library, Cindy Pritzker Library, 400 S. State.
• The Studs tribute, hosted by WGN's "Sunday Papers" host Rick Kogan, will also feature readings by Alex Kotlowitz (There Are No Children Here), Don De Grazia (American Skin) and Drew Ferguson (The Screwed Up Life of Charlie the Second). When/where: 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Spertus Museum of Jewish Studies, Feingold Theater, 610 S. Michigan.
There are events every day this week, morning, noon and night. For complete information, check out the Story Week site online: www.colum.edu/storyweek.