Upcoming Discussions

Genre X meets the fourth Tuesday of the month at 8 PM. Beginning in April, join us on tour to discuss great books over food & drink. Where will we meet next? Check back to find out.

Copies of each book are available at the Main Library a month before the discussion. For a complete list of past selections, join us on Goodreads.

April 22

The Teleportation Accident by Ned Beauman

Lou Malnati’s, 1038 Lake St, Oak Park, IL

May 27

How Music Works by David Byrne


Upcoming Events


Past Events

Curbside Splendor Pop-Up Book Fair
Saturday, April 12, 11 am – 5 pm
Hemingway Museum, 200 N. Oak Park Ave.

Curbside SplendorThe Ernest Hemingway Foundation, genre X , and 826CHI are proud to present: POP-UP Book Fair 2014…the Oak Park edition. Browse Chicago area’s finest independent publishers and booksellers. The afternoon will include readings, writing, and family friendly fun. This all ages literary extravaganza is free with RSVP. Register now. Follow the event on Facebook for the full list of participants and updates.

Pop-Up Book Fair Special Guests:

Noon // Conversation with Chris Ware and Hilary Chute, presented by 57th Street Books
1 pm // Local author William Hazelgrove reads from his book, The Pitcher. Q & A to follow.
2 pm // The Fictional Ernest Hemingway, presented by Don Evans of Chicago Literary Hall of Fame
3 pm // People and Places that Influenced Ernest Hemingway, presented by author Nancy Sindelar
4 pm // Saturnalia, performed by Rey Andújar

WORDS + MUSIC: A Pop-Up Book Fair After-Party
Saturday, April 12, 6 pm – 10 pm
Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St.

Continue the Pop-Up Book Fair fun with an after-hours after-party featuring author readings, music, cash bar, and more. 21+. Join us for the words and music, stay for the bookish camaraderie, cheap drinks, and Scrabble.

Words by Curbside authors :  Susan Lanier (author of The Game We Play) // Bill Hillmann (author of The Old Neighborhood) // Daniela Olszewska (author of Citizen J) // James Tadd Adcox (author of Does Not Love) // Music by: Paul Cary

7th Annual Holiday Bookswap

Our 7th Annual (!) swap at Fitzgerald’s Sidebar was a swapping success. Thanks to everybody who joined us for pizza, giving, stealing and sharing. See the full list of fantastic reads unwrapped on the blog.

Spooky Spell Yeah!

Thanks to everyone who spelled, spectated, and spooked at this year’s Spell Yeah! Check out our wrap up for some spooktacular Spell Yeah pictures by John.

The Dating Game

Take a look at our photo recap of The Dating Game, April 20, 2013.

Spell Yeah!

Check out photos from 2011′s Spell Yeah! our first spelling bee for grown-ups.