Upcoming Events

All the SF/F & related book-discussions on Positron's radar, as well as other related events. Same information is also available on the Google Calendar; this format might be a little easier for book-hunting or mobile viewing. You can also see the calendar integrated with a map, so you can see both when & where things are happening.

If you're on Facebook, check out Positron's Facebook Events Listing—we toss a lot of events in there, including things that are not-quite-book-based, or not-quite-SFF, that don't make it onto this page.

Please note that the dates/times/selections below are updated to the best of Positron's abilities, but we may miss changes--it's a good idea to check the links provided or the groups' pages if you plan on attending. Some groups will require you to join their Facebook, Meetup, etc. before disclosing locations details. (Events in parentheses lack firm web confirmation, check in with the venue or group to be sure.)


June 2017

Wed. 6/28- "Fated" by Benedict Jacka
Lisle SF & F: 7pm @ Lisle Library, 777 Front Street, Lisle IL

Wed. 6/28- "Altered Carbon" by Richard Morgan
Weird & Wonderful: 6:30pm @ City Lit Books, 2523 North Kedzie Boulevard


July 2017

Tue. 7/4- "The Winged Histories" by Sofia Samatar
Bonus film discussion: "Night Watch" dir. Timur Bekmambetov
Unreal World: 7pm @ (Taco Grill & Salsa Bar, 111 Ogden Ave), Westmont, IL

Wed. 7/5- "All the Birds in the Sky" by Charlie Jane Anders
EPL SF/F Club: 7pm @ Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave, Evanston, IL

Thur. 7/6- "The Man Who Folded Himself" by David Gerrold
Classic Sci-Fi Meetup: 7pm @ Red Lion Pub, 2446 North Lincoln Ave.

Fri. 7/7- Bad Grammar Theatre @ Volumes, 1474 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Sunday 7/9- "Dune" by Frank Herbert
Chicago Literary Leadership Club: 11am @ TBD

Sun. 7/9- "Armada" by Ernest Cline
Another Dimension: 4pm @ Bucket O'Blood Books & Records, 3182 N. Elston Ave 

Mon. 7/10- "Borne" by Jeff VanderMeer
Chicago Nerd Social Club: 6:30pm @ Volumes Book Cafe, 1474 North Milwaukee Ave.

Wed. 7/12- "The Traitor Baru Cormorant" by Seth Dickinson
Think Galactic: 7:30pm @ Myopic Books, 1564 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Wed. 7/12- "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" by Seth Grahame-Smith
Happy Hour Book Club in the Loop: 6pm @ Brando's Speakeasy, 343 S. Dearborn St.

Thur. 7/13- "Shards of Honor" by Lois McMaster Bujold
Forest Park Speculative Fiction: 7pm @  Forest Park Public Library, 7555 Jackson Blvd, Forest Park IL

Thur. 7/13- "It" by Stephen King
Bloody Reads: 8:30pm @ Bucket O'Blood Books & Records, 3182 N. Elston Ave 

Readercon is July 13-16 in Quincy, MA. Not exactly a Chicago event, but Positron will be reporting on some of the programming!

Sat. 7/15- "Highly Illogical Behavior" by John Corey Whaley
YA for Adults (Hosted by Sulzer Library): 1pm @ The Grafton, 4530 N. Lincoln Ave

Sat. 7/15- "Too Like the Lightning" by Ada Palmer
Chicago Speculative Fiction Community: 2pm @ Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St., Oak Park IL

Sun. 7/16- "Immortals" by Jordanna Max Brodsky
Futures & Fantasies: 2:15pm @ Noodles & Company, 7215 Lake St., River Forest, IL

Sun. 7/16- "Binti" by Nnedi Okorafor
Phandemonium: 7pm @ Cosi, 1740 Sherman Ave, Evanston IL

Tue. 7/18- "The Martian" by Andy Weir
Sulzer SFF: 7pm @ 4455 N. Lincoln Ave.

Thur. 7/20- "The Library at Mount Char" by Scott Hawkins
Western Suburban Science Fiction: 7pm @TBD.

Wed. 7/26- "The Onion Girl" by Charles de Lint
Lisle SF & F: 7pm @ Lisle Library, 777 Front Street, Lisle IL

Wed. 7/26- "I Am Number Four" by Pittacus Lore
Homewood SF/F: 7pm @ Homewood Public Library, 17917 Dixie Hwy, Homewood, IL

Mythcon, the academic conference of the Mythopoeic Society (focused on Tolkien, Lewis, other Inklings, and related literature) is being held in Champaign-Urbana this year. Details TBD. July 28-31. 

Sunday, July 30 is the Aurora Harry Potter Festival, from 12-5pm in downtown Aurora, IL


August 2017 

Tue. 8/1- "Ancillary Justice" by Ann Leckie
Bonus film discussion: tbd
Unreal World: 7pm @ (Taco Grill & Salsa Bar, 111 Ogden Ave), Westmont, IL

Wed. 8/2- "Too Like the Lightning" by Ada Palmer
EPL SF/F Club: 7pm @ Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave, Evanston, IL

Thur. 8/3- "The Voyage of the Space Beagle" by A.E. van Vogt
Classic Sci-Fi Meetup: 7pm @ Red Lion Pub, 2446 North Lincoln Ave

Wed. 8/2- "Snow Crash" by Neal Stephenson
Happy Hour Book Club in the Loop: 6pm @ Brando's Speakeasy, 343 S. Dearborn St.

MuseCon is August 4-6 @ the Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca, IL

Wed. 8/9- "When the Moon was Ours" by Anna-Marie McLemore
Think Galactic: 7:30pm @ Myopic Books, 1564 N. Milwaukee Ave

Thur. 8/10- "Dark Matter" by Blake Crouch
Forest Park Speculative Fiction: 7pm @  Forest Park Public Library, 7555 Jackson Blvd, Forest Park IL

Mon. 8/14- "Embassytown" by China MiƩville
Chicago Nerd Social Club: 6:30pm @ Volumes Book Cafe, 1474 North Milwaukee Ave

Thur. 8/17- "1984" by George Orwell
Western Suburban Science Fiction: 7pm @ TBD.

Sat. 8/19- "On the Edge of Gone" by Corinne Duyvis
YA for Adults (Hosted by Sulzer Library): 1pm @ The Grafton, 4530 N. Lincoln Ave

Sat. 8/19- Jac Jemc discusses her new novel "The Grip of It"
Volumes Bookcafe, 1474 N. Milwaukee Ave

Wed. 8/30- "Welcome to Night Vale" by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor
Lisle SF & F: 7pm @ Lisle Library, 777 Front Street, Lisle IL

Wed. 8/30- "The House of the Spirits" by Isabel Allende
Happy Hour Book Club in the Loop: 6pm @ Brando's Speakeasy, 343 S. Dearborn St.


September 2017

Wed. 9/13- "Cordelia's Honor" by Lois McMaster Bujold
Think Galactic: 7:30pm @ Myopic Books, 1564 N. Milwaukee Ave

Sat. 9/16- "As I Descended" by Robin Talley
YA for Adults (Hosted by Sulzer Library): 1pm @ The Grafton, 4530 N. Lincoln Ave

Wed. 9/27- "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" by Alan Dean Foster
Homewood SF/F: 7pm @ Homewood Public Library, 17917 Dixie Hwy, Homewood, IL


October 2017

Wed. 10/11- "Certain Dark Things" by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Think Galactic: 7:30pm @ Myopic Books, 1564 N. Milwaukee Ave

Sat. 10/21- "The Lie Tree" by Frances Hardinge
YA for Adults (Hosted by Sulzer Library): 1pm @ The Grafton, 4530 N. Lincoln Ave

Wed. 10/25- "I, Robot" by Isaac Asimov
Homewood SF/F: 7pm @ Homewood Public Library, 17917 Dixie Hwy, Homewood, IL


November 2017

Wed. 11/8- "Everfair" by Nisi Shawl
Think Galactic: 7:30pm @ Myopic Books, 1564 N. Milwaukee Ave

Windycon runs November 10-12 at the Westin Lombard, 70 Yorktown Shopping Center, Lombard, IL

The Paragon SFF Short-Play Festival is November 11th & 12th @ the Public House Theatre: 3914 N. Clark St.

Sat. 11/18- "Spontaneous" by Aaron Starmer
YA for Adults (Hosted by Sulzer Library): 1pm @ The Grafton, 4530 N. Lincoln Ave


December 2017 

Sun. 12/3- "The Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead
Read the Classics: 3pm @ The Galway Arms, 2442 N. Clark St.

Wed. 12/13- "Iraq +100" ed. Ali Bader
Think Galactic: 7:30pm @ Myopic Books, 1564 N. Milwaukee Ave

Pocket CON is Saturday, Dec. 16, @ 78 E. Washington St.

Sat. 12/16- "Carry On" by Rainbow Rowell
YA for Adults (Hosted by Sulzer Library): 1pm @ The Grafton, 4530 N. Lincoln Ave


January 2018

Wed. 1/10- "The Core of the Sun" by Johanna Sinisalo
Think Galactic: 7:30pm @ Myopic Books, 1564 N. Milwaukee Ave

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