Printers Row Preview & Planner

CBR_Logo2Printers Row Lit Fest kicks off today <squeal!> with a reception and luncheon with Chicagoan extraordinaire Rick Kogan during an event that features thirty authors and books from The Book Stall at Chestnut Court.

This weekend—it’s all about local literary love!

One of the largest outdoor literary festivals in the country, Printers Row, June 7-8, features 150 vendors and 200 onstage events over the weekend, during which 150,000 attendees are expected.

Where to begin? It’s enough to make a bibliophile’s head spin!

There just aren’t enough hours in the day to get to absolutely everything—to thoroughly browse the books from each and every vendor, to get to every author signing, to watch every onstage event. So, since we like to focus on all things Chicago here at CBR, we thought we’d highlight some of the local publishers and authors who will be participating in this year’s festival. This listing is by no means exhaustive. But for those who like to support their local publishers and local authors, consider it something of a guide to help plan your days.

As usual, various vendor—authors, booksellers, publishers, etc.—will have their tents along Dearborn and Polk, where they’ll be selling books and related goodies. Local publishers include:

  • Agate Publishing
  • Catholic Publishers of Chicago
  • Everything Goes Media/Lake Claremont Press/S. Woodhouse Books
  • Fifth Star Press
  • Haymarket Books
  • Northwestern University Press
  • Southern Illinois University Press
  • University of Chicago Press
  • University of Illinois Press

In addition to these local publishers, check out local organizations, too, such as Chicago Black Authors Network, Society of Midland Authors, Illinois Women’s Press Association, Literacy Chicago, The Poetry Foundation, … etc., etc.

You can find a map of vendors, including publishers, booksellers, and author tents, at


  • Paula Haney of Hoosier Mama Pie Company and author of The Hoosier Mama Book of Pie, baking 10 a.m. at the Good Eating Stage
  • Ira Berkow, Josh Noel, Stuart Shea, and Ed Sherman: discussing baseball, the Cubs, and Wrigley Field at 10 a.m. at Center Stage
  • 826CHI students read from their new book, Even a Lion Can Get Lost in the Jungle, at 10:30 a.m. at The Mash
  • Chicago storyteller Linda Gorham tells stories for all ages at 11:35 a.m. at the Just Kidding Stage
  • Authors Sara Paretsky and Barbara D’Amato conduct a flash fiction workshop at noon at Center Stage
  • Chicago poet, 2011 Lincoln Park High School graduate and Louder Than A Bomb champion Malcolm London reads original poetry at 12:15 p.m. at the Arts & Poetry Stage
  • Pulitzer Prize-winning Chicago Tribune columnist Mary Schmich will be in conversation with Eric Zorn at 12:30 p.m. at the Trib Nation Stage
  • Chicago author and illustrator Matthew Cordell reads from his book, Rooting for You, at 12:45 p.m. at the Just Kidding Stage
  • Chicago restaurateur Ina Pinkney, author of Taste Memories: Recipes for Life and Breakfast, cooks and chats with Chicago Tribune reporter Bill Daley at 2:30 p.m. at the Good Eating Stage
  • Leah Eskin, author of Slices of Life, cooks and chats with WBEZ reporter and producer Monica Eng at 3:30 p.m. at the Good Eating Stage


  • Local publishers, booksellers, and authors Victor David Giron, Kathleen Rooney, Doug Seibold, Ian Morris, Terry Gant, and Jordan Schultz discuss the publishing industry during “Locally Sourced,” a panel discussion at 11 a.m. at The Mash
  • Patricia Smith and Cin Salach will discuss poetry and slam with Chicagoan Mark Eleveld at 11:15 a.m. at the Arts & Poetry Stage
  • The Ladies of Live Lit: The Kates, led by comedian Kelsie Huff, with guests Amy Sumpter, Jen Bosworth, Deanna Moffitt, and Jennifer Ann Coffeen, will take the stage at noon at the RedEye Stage

Obviously, with hundreds of onstage events taking place during the weekend, these highlights are just a smattering of all the cool things going on at Printers Row. We’ve highlighted here just a few of the free events taking place at various stages around the festival. For a complete schedule of events, including ticketed events, visit, and, for a list of all the authors who will be at the festival, visit,0,5214505,full.story

See you at Printers Row!

—Kelli Christiansen

Think we missed something? Tell us what you’re most looking forward to at Printers Row Lit Fest 2014!


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  1. I wish I could have attended Printers Row this weekend. I go to DePaul and right now we’re in the middle of finals. I’ve been writing papers all weekend. Screw you trimester system.


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