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“Annual Midwest Literary Walk”: Chelsea District Library.
This day of readings by 3 writers at different Chelsea locations is highlighted by beloved former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins (4 p.m., Washington St. Education Center Auditorium, 500 Washington St.), a frequent New Yorker contributor and Guggenheim fellow whose work is of such broad appeal that his last collections have broken poetry sales records. The typical Collins poem explores complex ideas in hospitable and clear language, and holds moments of delightful, lyric surprise. Also, crime novelist Don Winslow (1 p.m., Main St. Church, 320 N. Main St.), the author of over 20 novels, including The Border, The Force, and City on Fire. And podcaster Ashley C. Ford (2:30 p.m., Chelsea First United Methodist Church, 128 Park St.), the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir Somebody’s Daughter. 1–5 p.m., various downtown locations, Chelsea. Free. midwestliterarywalk.com.