Thursday, June 2, 2011

Printers Row 2011: June 4 and 5, 2011

GBF is looking forward to Printers Row Lit Fest this weekend in Chicago. Printers Row is hosted by the Chicago Tribune and is an outdoor festival located on Chicago’s historic Printers Row, in the streets around Dearborn and Polk. At the festival, you can listen to authors speak about and read their work; browse through new, used, and antiquarian books from publishers and booksellers; and attend poetry readings, children’s activities, cooking demonstrations, wine tastings, and more.

We won't have our own table like in year's past, but check out events with these Great Books/Common Review editors and contributors:


10:30 a.m. “Adoption Nation” with Jane Katch and the 2011 Common Review Short Story Prize guest judge Gina Frangello (author of Slut Lullabies), moderated by Amy Alessio at the University Center in the Loop Room (free tickets required).

2:30 p.m. “Desperate Characters in the Short Story,” with Gina Frangello,
Bonnie Jo Campbell, Christine Sneed, and Melissa Fraterrigo, moderated by Donna Seaman at the Center Stage.

2:30 p.m. “The Best of the Encyclopedia Show,” hosted by Robbie Q. Telfer and Shanny Jean Maney, featuring, among others, Great Books K-12 editor, Rachel Claff, reciting her poem, “How To Paint a Ceiling” (published on this blog) from the Encyclopedia Show: Creation Myths, which was tied into Great Books Chicago 2011. This event is at the Arts & Poetry Stage.


10:00 a.m. The Common Review editor, Danny Postel, will appear with Ahmad Sadri to talk about the book edited by Postel and Nader Hashemi, The People Reloaded: The Green Movement and the Struggle for Iran's Future at the University Center in the Loop Room.

2:00 p.m. "Three Cartoonists in Conversation": The Common Review frequent illustrator, Onsmith, will appear with Ivan Brunetti and Chris "Elio" Eliopoulos at the Center Stage.

Also, I know some GBF colleages and I will be roaming around the festival, going to panels and buying way too many books.

For more information on Printers Row, such as participant bios, maps and directions, and FAQs, please visit the Chicago Tribune website.

Hope to see you there!

- Lindsay Tigue

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