Girls in 3B Running Tour with Read & Run Chicago

We are so excited to be partnering with Read & Run Chicago this June 25th at 6:00 for another exciting event celebrating Chicago LGBTQ+ history!

Learn more and get your tickets here!

Celebrate Pride Month this June with a celebration of legendary pulp fiction author Valerie Taylor on this 4-mile running tour in the Gold Coast/River North/Loop area starting and ending at Vuori (1003 N Rush Street). Taking inspiration from Taylor’s novel The Girls in 3-B, Read & Run Chicago guide Quinn Sluzenski will stop at real-life queer hangouts from Chicago history and discuss characters from The Girls in 3-B! Following the running tour, we’ll end at Vuori (1003 N Rush Street) for a post-run snacks and lecture with Gerber/Hart Library and Archives Community Outreach and Strategic Partnerships Manager Jen Dentel. A portion of all ticket sales will be donated to Gerber/Hart Library and Archives.

Not planning to run? Cyclists welcome (take care of your own safety, please!) and ticket option to attend only the lecture portion. All attendees will receive a mini-zine with a self-guided version of this running tour AND a Vuori swag bag!

About The Girls in 3-B: Iconic lesbian pulp author Valerie Taylor presents the story of three small-town Midwestern girls–Annice, Pat, and Barby–as they move to 1950s Chicago to seek work, love, and independence. A subversive exploration of relationship and workplace dynamics, The Girls in 3-B offers a perspective grounded in the limitations of 1959 but searching for a bolder portrayal of women and sexuality.

Full event details here! Get your tickets today!

About Quinn SluzenskiQuinn Sluzenski (she/they) is the Digital Initiatives assistant at the Newberry Library and a member of the Engagement & Expressions Committee at Gerber/Hart Library and Archives. They are currently pursuing a MS in Library and Information Science at UIUC. When she’s not reading, running, or librarying, she’s playing with her cats or watching musicals.

About Jen Dentel: Jen (she/her) is the Community Outreach and Strategic Partnerships Manager at Gerber/Hart Library and Archives. In addition to planning programming, Jen runs Gerber/Hart’s social media accounts on Instagram and Facebook. Jen received her BA in History from the University of Chicago and is currently enrolled in UIUC’s MSLIS program. Jen’s independent research on Chicago pulp author and activist Valerie Taylor, “Midwestern Farmers’ Daughters: Heartland Values and Cloaked Resistance in the Novels of Valerie Taylor,” was published in 2021’s Queer Between the Covers from University of London Press. Jen is a co-creator of Gerber/Hart’s 2022 podcast Unboxing Queer History. She has co-curated several exhibits at Gerber/Hart, including exhibits on pre-Stonewall activism, the history of drag, and lesbians and feminism in the 1970s and 80s.

Read & Run Chicago is a chapter of Read & Run Tours, LLC, the country’s first and only organization that hosts running events inspired by books. Founded in 2021 by queer educator, freelance writer, and runner Allison Yates, the mission of Read & Run Tours, LLC and the city chapters is to use movement and stories to explore locations. Our community-focused run programming includes running tours, book club runs, author talks, and other literary-themed fun runs all inspired by books set in the cities where chapters are located, written by local authors. While connecting runners to the city’s stories, we also actively support literacy programs, public libraries, independent bookstores, and local authors.

In Chicago, we have hosted more than 60 events (in English and Spanish) for over 300 Chicagoans, featuring over 30 authors or local experts, and we have been featured in various media outlets including CNN, Runner’s WorldMidwest Living, NBC’s Chicago Today, Fox32 Good Day Chicago, WGN Radio, Block Chicago, and more.

More information at readandrunchicago.comInstagram, and Facebook.

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