The Printers Row Book Fair was founded in 1985 by the Near South Planning Board to attract visitors to the Printers Row neighborhood (once the city’s bookmaking hub). By 2002, it had grown to five city blocks, attracting more than 200 booksellers from across the country displaying new, used and antiquarian books, and featuring seven stages with more than 100 free literary programs.
As part of its ongoing commitment to the written word and its support of literacy and literary endeavor, the Chicago Tribune purchased the book fair in 2002 and renamed it the Printers Row Lit Fest. Today it is considered to be the largest free literary event in the Midwest – drawing more than 125,000 book lovers to the two-day showcase.
I had a great time this year at the Independent Writers of Chicago – IWOC table. A big thank you to IWOC, Illinois Woman’s Press Association, Printers Row Lit Fest and the Chicago Tribune for such a great experience. It’s such a phenomenal opportunity for new authors. I definitely walked away from #PRLF2018 with meaningful connections and I was able to witness people’s reaction to my book. It drew people in and I was able to have meaningful dialogue with YA fans.