If you're in the Chicago area, and you'd like to maybe have some fun and also contribute to a good cause, I got an idea for you.
Why not come to the Fixx Coffee Bar at 3053 N. Sheffield, Chicago, Saturday at 8:00 pm? It's a reception and fundraiser for the New Orleans Public Libraries, and a whole bunch o' hep authors will be auctioning off their rebuilt books.
Pilcrow Lit Fest is doing workshops and events all weekend, but this is the only one I can attend. Let's get together, hang out, talk with some writers and have a few drinks. Come on--you know you want to. I even put a little New Orleans music in the widget over there to help put you in the mood.