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Printer’s Row Lit Fest 2014!

About 2 weekends ago I had the pleasure of enjoying the Midwest’s largest literature festival, Printer’s Row Lit Fest. Put on by the Printer’s Row Journal (a branch of the Chicago Tribune), and located on Dearborn and Polk Streets in Chicago (called “Printer’s Row” for being the historical center for publishing in old time Chicago), this fest is mind-boggling for the bibliophile. I was abroad last summer, but this summer I’m living in the burbs and working in Chicago, so I spent 2 days perusing the fest and thoroughly enjoying myself. Here are my highlights from the 30th annual Printer’s Row:


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Great time at Printer's Row this weekend!

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  • Seeing John Warner talk about The Morning News’ Tournament of Books and The Bibliorcle column – complete with live recommendations!
  • Browsing books
  • Getting Rebecca Makkai to sign my copy of The Borrower, which I had just finished the night before and ADORED!
  • Seeing Amy Krouse Rosenthal see how many of her books she could read in 30 min. It was 9.
  • Browsing books
  • Talking with a young man who is HIV positive as part of the Human Library project – an incredible organization devoted to having people tell their stories in order for the world to “stop judging books by their covers.” This was actually my favorite part of the whole weekend.
  • Browsing books
  • Running into someone who recognized my Mr. B’s Emporium of Reading Delights tote bag and took a picture of it!
  • Browsing books

Anyone ever in the area during Printer’s Row – it’s a must!


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