June 3, 2011

Going to Printers Row? Have a beer with us while you're there!

Printers Row Lit Fest 2011

Yippie! It's time again for the Printers Row Book Fair and Lit Fest! For those who don't know, this is the largest annual literary event in the entire American Midwest, which has been taking place for something like thirty or forty years now; although its core is still centered around a series of rare and used booksellers who gather each year on Dearborn Street in the Printers Row neighborhood, just south of the Loop (headquarters of the city's old printing industry, starting back at the end of the Victorian Age when it was one of the largest on the planet), the get-together has expanded over the decades into a more general literary festival as well, thanks largely to the Chicago Tribune (the festival's main sponsor) and their creation of half a dozen temporary event venues all throughout the space.

This is the fifth year in a row now that I will be sponsoring an ultra-casual reader meet-up at the fair, for those who will be down there anyway and would like to have a pint with their fellow hipster nerds; as always, we'll be meeting up in the back of Kasey's Tavern at 701 S. Dearborn, from roughly 3:30 to 5:30 or so on late Saturday afternoon, with CCLaP's people all having little colored stickers on their shirts to make it easier to identify us. I want to reiterate that this is about as casual as an "official event" gets, and we actually never have more than six or seven people usually show up total; but if you're going to be down there anyway, and feel like hanging out for a bit with myself, the center's various published authors, and your fellow funny and intelligent readers, I encourage you to either catch a beer with us on your way out from your day, or perhaps as a start to the evening events you're just then showing up for. I hope to see you there!

P.S. Oh yes, and you can also join the Facebook event as well, if you'd like to have the details automatically forwarded to your FB calendar.

Filed by Jason Pettus at 9:00 AM, June 3, 2011. Filed under: Arts news | CCLaP news | Chicago news | Literature |