June 8 and 9, 2013, Chicago, IL
Featuring Culture Correspondent Justin Bog
San Juan Islands, Washington, USA
At the Chicago Tribune Printers Row Lit Fest, over 260 authors will be presenting and sharing their writing journey, tips on craft and what inspires them . . . including our very own Contributing Editor, Justin Bog.
What is the Chicago Tribune Printers Row Lit Fest?
The Printers Row Lit Fest was founded in 1985 by the Near South Planning Board to attract visitors to the Printers Row neighborhood (once the city’s bookmaking hub). By 2002, it had grown to five city blocks (on Dearborn, from Congress to Polk), attracting more than 200 booksellers from across the country displaying new, used and antiquarian books and featuring more than 200 authors participating in panels, discussions and a variety of other programs.
As part of its ongoing commitment to the written word and its support of literacy and literary endeavor, the Chicago Tribune purchased the Printers Row Book Fair in 2002 from the Near South Planning Board. Recently renamed to be the Printer’s Row Lit Fest, it is considered the largest free outdoor literary event in the Midwest—drawing more than 150,000 book lovers to the two-day showcase.
If you are in the Chicago area on June 8th and 9th, please check out this year’s Printers Row Lit Fest.
From Jessica Milnaric: “The Printers Row Lit Fest returns to Chicago for its 29th year on June 8 and 9. Featuring more than 200 authors participating in panels and discussions, and more than 150 booksellers and exhibitors from across the country, the largest free outdoor literary event in the Midwest is a bibliophile’s mecca.
You don’t need to be a bookworm to take advantage of Lit Fest’s extensive programming. In an uneasy age for publishing, Lit Fest artfully broadens the literary festival lineup to include events ranging from cooking to comedy. All events are free but some require tickets, which will be available online beginning May 27.
Highlights on this year’s festival schedule include a conversation with Art Spiegelman, who remains the only cartoonist to win a Pulitzer Prize for literature for his graphic novel Maus. Spiegelman kicks off Lit Fest as the winner of the Chicago Public Library’s Harold Washington Literary Award. Beloved young adult author Judy Blume, who is featured as the 2013 Chicago Tribune Young Adult Literary Prize winner, will also be reading. Three local writers participating in discussions on Saturday include Tavi Gevinson, teen icon and author of Rookie Yearbook One, as well as Joe Meno (Office Girl) and Christine Sneed (Little Known Facts).
The Good Eating Stage is a festival area devoted to exploring the relationship between food and literature. Several celebrity chefs and authors are scheduled to lead cooking demonstrations and discussions, including Rick Bayless, Fabio Viviani, and Art Smith.
Oh, and if you didn’t already feel like a rock star checking out Lit Fest, Sting will be there. Joined by authors Colum McCann and Luis Alberto Urrea, Sting will be on hand promoting Narrative 4, an initiative that is dedicated to creating global social change through storytelling.”
Justin will be on stage from 1-1:45 pm on Saturday the 8th as part of the Short Fiction Panel with authors Simon Rich and Amina Gautier, with Frank Tempone moderating the event. Please join in the fun. Afterwards, the authors will be signing their books—please introduce yourself. Justin Bog’s new eNovella, The Conversastionalist, a novel of literary suspense, will be released in the next week, and Sandcastle and Other Stories is available everywhere.
Simon Rich wrote several collections of humorous tales and they are not to be missed—especially The Last Girlfriend on Earth: And Other Love Stories. Rich (born 1984) is an American humorist, novelist, and television writer, known for being the second youngest writer ever hired on Saturday Night Live; and for writing the Thurber Prize-nominated humor collection Ant Farm: And Other Desperate Situations. Simon is the son of Frank Rich of the New York Times and a Harvard guy who was president of the Harvard Lampoon . . . a comedic talent.
Amina Gautier’s first book of short fiction should be on everyone’s reading list. Dr. Amina Lolita Gautier is the winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction for her short story collection At-Risk. Gautier is the second African American writer to win this award in its thirty-year history. Gautier is a writer, scholar, and professor. Her background as a scholar of 19th Century American literature—and, more generally, African American literature—combines with her training as a fiction writer such that she is both a critic and creative writer, fully engaged in the analysis and creation of literature.
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