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Great Chicago Books Club: James McManus

Saturday, November 16, 2019
6:30-9 p.m.

Private Home


Our year's final Great Chicago Books Club will be a rare Saturday night (Nov. 16) affair,  featuring James McManus's Positively Fifth Street, a non-fiction account of the author's forays into the world's biggest poker tournament, his literary career, and a Las Vegas murder trial running parallel to the gambling action.

The event will be held in a private home; we'll provide the location if you inquire or register. The first half of the evening is a cocktail party; the second half will be a discussion of Jim’s career, Positively Fifth Street, poker, writing, and whatever else comes up. By then, Jim will have finished Good Luck, Everybody, his sequel to PFS, and even though the publication date will be a few months out that will make for good conversation, as well.

The evening begins with a cocktails at 6:30 p.m., followed by a sit-down dinner from 7-8 p.m. Dessert will be served during the book discussion, which begins at 8 p.m.  

Registration is limited to ten for the whole program, and an additional five for discussion/dessert only. The cost for the full program is $200, which will include a new copy of the book. Cost for the discussion/dessert only is $50, including the book, or $40 without the book

All money raised at this and other Great Chicago Books Club events helps fund our (mostly free) programming throughout the year, including our annual induction ceremony and lifetime achievement ceremonies for Sara Paretsky and Sterling Plumpp.

Please contact Don Evans to make reservations, get the proper event address, and to arrange pickup/delivery of your book. We want to make sure you get it in time to read.

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