Nikki Giovanni will read her work as part of the Chicago Public Library's PoetryFest and the Poetry Foundation's Poetry Off the Shelf series at 2 p.m. in the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium at the Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State St.; free.
Patrick Somerville will sit in on a discussion of his novel "The Cradle" at 2 p.m. at the Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St.; $5.
Kenneth N. Green will discuss his book "I'm From Division Street" at the Vernon Area Public Library, 300 Olde Half Day Road, Lincolnshire; free.
Keir Graff will be interviewed by Bryan Gruley during a celebration for the paperback release of Graff's novel "The Price of Liberty" at 6 p.m. at the Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton St.; free.
Hillary Chute will moderate a discussion titled "Women Artists, Words and Image" with panelists Nicole Hollander, Sarah Becan, Lucy Knisley, Heather McAdams and Corinne Mucha at 6 p.m. in the McCormick Tribune Center Forum, 1870 Campus Drive, Evanston; free.
Aleksander Hemon will moderate a discussion on cross-cultural literacy with Carsten Jensen ("We, the Drowned"), Marcelo Figueras ("Kamchatka") and Najat El Hachmi ("The Last Patriarch") as part of the PEN World Voices Festival at 7 p.m. at the International House at the University of Chicago, 1414 E. 59th St.; free.
Michael Harvey ("The Third Rail"), Libby Fischer Hellmann ("Set the Night on Fire") and Frances McNamara ("Death at Pullman") will discuss crime writing and research at 6 p.m. at Sheffield's, 3258 N. Sheffield Ave.; free.
Pierre Assouline will speak about the state of contemporary French literature at 6:30 p.m. at the Alliance Francaise de Chicago, 810 N. Dearborn St.; $5 members and students, $10 nonmembers. The conversation will take place in French and English.
Chicagoland literary events: April 30 - May 6
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