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• Weekend events: Chicago and London. Publishing and Pub Rock.

Saturday, 12 November 2011 in Chicago.

The Book: Past, Present and Future [from the announcement] – What happens next for the beloved bound volume? Future generations may well live without books, consuming text on various electronic devices networked to infinitely large databases.

Anthony Grafton, professor at Princeton University, is a leading historian of the book. Admired for definitive accounts of the libraries, book trade, and humanistic scholarship of the early modern period, he is best known to a larger public as the author of the bestseller The Footnote: A Curious History and as a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books. In the age of the ebook, Grafton addresses the crux of the book’s future: are the coming days a techno-utopia, the entire library of world culture at our fingertips, or cause for anguish at the loss of the iconic artifact of learning?

Date: Saturday, 12 November 2011 at 1:00pm. Admission; $10; $5 for teachers and students with valid ID. Venue: First United Methodist Church at The Chicago Temple, 77 West Washington Street, Chicago 60602.

Sponsored by the Chicago Humanities Festival. For details: 312-661-1028.

Sunday, 13 November 2011 in London.

A Pubrock Hoopla [from the Dingwalls website] – In November of 1971, New York City band Eggs Over Easy made their last appearance at the legendary Tally Ho Pub in Kentish Town.  The Eggs are credited by Elvis Costello with jump-starting the “Pub Rock” movement of the early Seventies.

Sunday night, two of the Eggs – Austin de Lone and Jack O’Hara – will play at Dingwalls. It marks the first time the pair have appeared together on the London stage for the first time in forty years.

Date: Sunday, 13 November 2011. Doors open at 6:00pm. Admission: £22.50+. Venue: Dingwalls, Middle Yard, Camden Lock, London NW1. For details: Dingwalls website.

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