Chicago’s FREE Printers Row Lit Fest – June 4-5

Check out the 27th annual FREE Printers Row Lit Fest in Chicago. (CLICK BOTTOM FOR MORE INFO)  As part of the two-day free festival (Sat., June 4 – Sun., June 5), the reading will be set in Chicago’s historic Printers Row neighborhood. The free Chicago festival features author talks, music, cooking demos, entertainment, kid’s activities and much more. The 2011 Lit Fest features more than 100 free literary programs and nearly 140 new, used and antiquarian booksellers. At this year’s Lil’ Lit Stage presented by Peter Pan, kids can let their imaginations soar as they take a trip to Neverland through face painting, storytelling, photo opportunities, crafts and special activities.  Lit after Dark presented by Navy Pier, returns Sat. night from 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. with salty poetry slams, storytelling, a musical performance by singer/songwriter Jeffrey David Goldford, and a special performance of the Chicago Tribune’s Chicago Live!, a weekly news, entertainment and variety show featuring The Second City and hosted by Rick Kogan.

Among the approximately 250 authors to appear, headliners include:

Colm Toibin, “The Empty Family”
Edwidge Danticat, “Create Dangerously”
Terry McMillan, “Getting To Happy”
Ishmael Reed, “Juice”
Jonathan Alter, “The Promise”
Richard Ford, “Blue Collar, White Collar, No Collar”
Meredith Baxter, “Untied”
Oscar Hijuelos, “Thoughts Without Cigarettes”


New this year:

Pitchapalooza is like “American Idol” for books. Writers get one minute to pitch their book ideas to an all-star panel of publishing experts. The winner receives an introduction to an appropriate agent or publisher for his/her book. To sign up, visit

Spelling ‘EEB’ is the event for all spelling aficionados to come test their skills. Open Books presents the ultimate spelling challenge as competitors spell familiar words…backwards. Participants must first register at the Open Books tent.

Fulcrum Point New Music Project will introduce “Book Sounds,” in partnership with Open Books, featuring live musical selections accompanying projected images from two award-winning children’s books: “The Dot and the Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics” and “Joseph Had a Little Overcoat.”

For more information about the Lit Fest and a complete list of programs and exhibitors


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