Jun 8, 2010

Preparing for the Printers Row Lit Fest

Here’s is something I’m excited about: The Printers Row Lit Fest. It’s happening this weekend, June 12-13th.

However, confession: I’ve never actually been to the Printers Row Lit Fest. I’m really just assuming that Chicago+Books=thebesthingI’veeverseen. So, here’s hoping.

Since I’m volunteering at the fest based only on my assumptions, I’ve pulled together a some information on it.

Here’s what I know so far:

The PRLF is the largest literary event in the Midwest. This year, there will be 11 stages offering over 100 free literary programs, including book signings, author readings and children’s programs. (I read something about Curious George attending. This is good: I’ve got a few questions.) All of the programs are free, but you need a ticket for anything going on at the Harold Washington Library.

Lots of attending authors are also on Twitter, so make sure you check them out.

If you’re going:

  • Bring cash. There are millions of books for sale, most of them at reduced rates, but most vendors don’t accept credit cards.
  • Bring a poncho. From what I’ve read, it usually rains at the fest, and it probably will this time, too.
  • Bring books to donate. Open Books will be collecting books to sell. All proceeds go to their literacy programs.
  • Work on your upper-body strength.  These ain’t no eBooks.

About that volunteering thing: I will be working as a “friendly and professional” author escort. I’ll be answering their questions, showing them around, and trying not to be starstruck. The PRLF is still looking for volunteers for Sunday, if you’re interested in helping out. You’ll get a free lunch and t-shirt! (Exclamation point theirs.)

Go to the PRLF if:

  • You love books, and love old books more.
  • You’re looking for an excuse to spend a Saturday in the best city in the world.
  • You want to see what your favorite hardcover looks like in a poncho.

There. Now we’re both more informed.

I’m really excited! (That exclamation point’s mine.)



  • I like the exclamation point.

  • Thanks, Elliott.

  • you’re welcome.

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