As regular readers know, I had a chance this weekend to attend the annual Printers Row Book Fair and Lit Fest here in Chicago, the largest annual literary event in the entire American Midwest, so I thought I would share a few of the photos I took while there as well, starting with this shot from the northern edge of the fairground itself, looking south down the two city blocks that comprised the space. Unfortunately, though, it was blisteringly hot on Saturday and ridiculously crowded as well, which kept me from wandering around too much or taking too many photos; and to tell you the truth, there wasn't really even that much more to take shots of, besides an endless further series of white tents full of interesting books.
Then on top of everything else, there was a huge storm in the early afternoon that drove a lot of people away for good; take CCLaP friend and local author Delphine Pontvieux, for example, who had rented a table down there but had her next-door buddies abandon their own table during the storm, which then inspired the CCLaP crew to whip out a bunch of center merchandise and take over the empty table guerrilla-style, after we had all had a few beers down at the center's reader meetup at Kasey's Tavern. Pictured here from left: Delphine, local author Mark R. Brand, CCLaP summer intern Traci Kim, and another local author, Lauryn Allison Lewis.
And even better, we were directly across the aisle from the McSweeney's people, which brought a steady stream of hipsters our way the entire rest of the afternoon.
Then at 6 pm, it was time to head over to one of the massive county-fair-style tents the Chicago Tribune had set up for the festival, to see our buddies at local event series "Reading Under the Influence" do a special version of their show for the festival crowd. Pictured above, CCLaP friends Rob Duffer and Amy Guth, part of the large rotating cycle of hosts that hold the RUI series together.
Then after that, back to Kasey's for a few more beers! Really, what's not to love about 95-degree weather and a day full of drinking? Above photo courtesy Mark R. Brand. And that's it, so thanks again to all the CCLaP people who were able to make it out on Saturday, and I'm glad I had a chance to talk with everyone that I did. Don't forget that CCLaP's next official event is coming this August, a very special quadruple release party for all of the center's first four paper books at the same time; but of course a lot more details will be coming about this, as we get closer to the date itself.