Remembering David Foster Wallace

Plus author Alex Kotlowxitz reads at the Harold Washington, and The Neo-Futurists get lost in a brewery.

By Hunter Clauss
|  Thursday, Sep 17, 2009  |  Updated 9:05 AM CDT
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Remembering David Foster Wallace

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Humourist, essayist, novelist and professor David Foster Wallace was best known for his 1996 novel "Infinite Jest." Wallace committed suicide September 12, 2007, at age 46.

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INFINITE JEST: The film adaptation of David Foster Wallace’s 1999 short-story collection, "Brief Interviews with Hideous Men," gets an advanced screening at the Wit Hotel a little over a year since the author committed suicide. It’s not only the first film based off of Wallace’s work (imagine a film based off of Wallaces’ 1079-page epic, "Infinite Jest"), but it’s also the directorial debut of John Krasinski ("The Office"). 201 N. State St., near East Lake Street; The Loop. $45. Includes beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres. 6 p.m. 21 and older.

THE CHICAGO WAY: Alex Kotlowxitz (known on many high-school-required-reading lists for "There Are No Children Here") joins fellow Chicago authors Stuart Dybek ("The Coast of Chicago") and Maria Venegas for a reading at the Harold Washington Library in honor of the new, Chicago-themed issue of Granta, which sports a neat cover by local Chris Ware ("Jimmy Corrigan, The Smartest Kid on Earth"). Cindy Pritzker Auditorium, 400 S. State St.; South Loop. Free. 6 p.m.

BEERY-EYED: The Neo-Futurists put on a special one-night-only show of "Beer," a Wizard-Of-Oz-like tale that follows the story of 10-year-old Boon, who passes out and finds himself in a mysterious brewery. While the production takes place at the Metropolitan Brewery, beer is sadly not served or allowed inside. 5121 N. Ravenswood Ave., near West Winona Street; Ravenswood. $20. 8 p.m.

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