Over 170 booksellers will display their wares on five tented blocks at the Printers Row Book Fair’s 18th annual “celebration of the written word.” In addition to the new, used, and antiquarian offerings, the fair features dozens of readings, panel discussions, and children’s activities. Events will be held at the Burnham Reading Room, Printers Row Hyatt, 500 S. Dearborn; the Children’s Tent, Dearborn and Polk; Dearborn Station, 47 W. Polk; Grace Place, 637 S. Dearborn; the Main Stage, 700 S. Dearborn; the Poetry Tent, Polk and Clark; and the Readers Tent, Dearborn and Polk. (The Culinary Tent at Harrison and Dearborn will serve dishes prepared by local restaurant chefs throughout the day.) The fair runs Saturday and Sunday, June 1 and 2, from 10 AM to 6 PM; all events are free. Call 312-987-9896 or see www.printersrowbookfair.com for more information.

Saturday, June 1

Jack Scott

Musical performance by the lutenist. Main Stage, 10 AM.

Kucha Brownlee

Storytelling. Children’s Tent, 10:30 AM.

“A Kiss Is Still a Kiss”

Poetry and prose readings by Michele F. Cooper, E-K. Daufin, Vivian Shipley, Kevin Watson, and Anthony Russell White. Burnham Reading Room, 10:30 AM.

Tony Brown

Storytelling. Children’s Tent, 11 AM.

Open Mike

Hosted by the Guild Complex. Poetry Tent, 11 AM.

Grace Paley

Opening address by the 2002 Harold Washington Literary Award recipient. Dearborn Station, 11 AM.

W. Nikola-Lisa

The children’s book author reads from Summer Sun Risin’ and other works. Children’s Tent, 11:30 AM.

“Antiwar Poetry”

Readings by Regina Biaocchi, Al Klinger, Sharon Klopner-Masters, Renee Moore, Sterling Plumpp, and Valeri Wallace. An open mike follows. Poetry Tent, noon.

Marlene Targ Brill

Storytelling. Children’s Tent, noon.

Ana Castillo

The poet, essayist, and novelist (Peel My Love Like an Onion) reads from her work. Dearborn Station, noon.

Literary Trivia Tournament

Round one: Barbara’s Bookstore vs. the Society of Midland Authors. Main Stage, noon.

David Henry Sterry

The author discusses his memoir, Chicken: Self-portrait of a Young Man for Rent. Readers Tent, noon.

Mark Kater

Storytelling. Children’s Tent, 12:30 PM.

Anam Mor

Irish dancers. Main Stage, 1 PM.

Carol Anshaw

The novelist reads from Lucky in the Corner. Grace Place, 1 PM.

Elizabeth Berg

The novelist reads from True to Form. Dearborn Station, 1 PM.

Ben Francis and Richard Scheiwe

The authors present debut works: Francis’s The Power of the Flower and Scheiwe’s And Let Live. Poetry Tent, 1 PM.

Paul Garon, Jim O’Neal, and Amy van Singel

The cofounders of Living Blues magazine talk about The Voice of the Blues, a collection of interviews. Burnham Reading Room, 1 PM.

William H. Gass

The writer and critic reads from Tests of Time, a book of essays, and discusses his work with Center for Book Culture director Martin Riker. Readers Tent, 1 PM.


The theater group performs Village Wooing. Grace Place, 1 PM.

Anne Shimojima

Storytelling. Children’s Tent, 1 PM.

Paula Kamen

The journalist and playwright discusses Her Way: Young Women Remake the Sexual Revolution. Burnham Reading Room, 1:30 PM.

Oba William King

Storytelling. Children’s Tent, 1:30 PM.

Frank Bidart

The poet reads selections from Music Like Dirt. Grace Place, 2 PM.

Jayne Cortez and Ted Joans

The poets read their work. Poetry Tent, 2 PM.

Literary Trivia Tournament

Round one: Columbia College vs. The 2nd Hand. Main Stage, 2 PM.

Patricia Preciado Martin

The author reads from a story collection, Amor Eterno: Eleven Lessons in Love. Readers Tent, 2 PM.

Michael Raleigh

The novelist reads from In the Castle of the Flynns. Burnham Reading Room, 2 PM.

“Stage Magicians and Magic Books in Chicago”

Discussion with magician Jay Marshall and authors John McKinven (The Hanlon Brothers: Their Amazing Acrobatics, Pantomimes, and Stage Spectacles) and David Meyer (Memoirs of a Book Snake). Grace Place, 2 PM.

“Writing Home”

Immigrant authors Ibtisam Barakat (Palestine), Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni (India), and Aleksandar Hemon (Bosnia) talk about living in America while writing about their homelands. Dearborn Station, 2 PM.

W. Nikola-Lisa

The children’s book author reads from Summer Sun Risin’ and other works. Children’s Tent, 2:30 PM.

“Demystifying the Iowa Writers’ Workshop”

Panel discussion with recent graduates of the renowned program; moderated by Poetry Center of Chicago executive director Kenneth Clarke. Dearborn Station, 3 PM.

“How a Book Is Born”

Panel discussion with designer Carol Davis, buyer Mary Joyce DiCola, promoter Bobbye Middendorf, literary agent Marcy Posner, and editorial director Todd Stocke; moderated by literary agent Amy Cook. Grace Place, 3 PM.

“International Writers: Expression or Repression?”

Cuban poet Leo Gueverra and Iraqi novelist Mahmoud Saeed read from their work and discuss writers and literature in their countries. Burnham Reading Room, 3 PM.

Askold Melnyczuk

The novelist reads from Ambassador of the Dead. Readers Tent, 3 PM.

River Oak Review

Billy Lombardo and Kaye Longberg read their contributions to the latest issue of the literary magazine. Poetry Tent, 3 PM.

Susan Salidor

The singer-songwriter performs. Children’s Tent, 3 PM.

Linda Bubon

Storytelling. Children’s Tent, 3:30 PM.

Lakeview High School Latin Jazz Ensemble

Musical performance. Main Stage, 3:30 PM.

Elizabeth Crane, Joe Meno, and Thisbe Nissen

Crane reads stories from her upcoming collection, When the Messenger Is Hot; Meno from his novel How the Hula Girl Sings; Nissen from her novel The Good People of New York. Grace Place, 4 PM.

Paula Kamen

The journalist and playwright discusses Her Way: Young Women Remake the Sexual Revolution. Burnham Reading Room, 4 PM.

River Oak Arts Readers

Featuring River Oak Arts open-mike regulars: Rita Cashman, Bill DuPree, Adrian Fisher, Larry Janowski, Jeannine Kacmar, Patricia MacMillan, Barbara Perry, and Sandra Wilcoxon. Poetry Tent, 4 PM.

Sunday, June 2

Denise Berry-Hanna

Storytelling. Children’s Tent, 10:30 AM.

“Chicago Surrealism”

Panel discussion with poet Gale Ahrens, authors David Roediger (Colored White) and Franklin Rosemont (The Forecast Is Hot!), and editor Ron Sakolsky (Surrealist Subversions). Dearborn Station, 11 AM.

Joel Frankel

Musical variety show. Children’s Tent, 11 AM.

“Great Food Chicago”

Discussion with Salvino and Margo Madonna (A Pinch of This and a Pinch of That) and Marilyn Pocius (A Cook’s Guide to Chicago); moderated by writer Sam Weller. Burnham Reading Room, 11 AM.

“Growing Up Midwest”

Novelist Bruce Steinberg (The Widow’s Son) and former Chicago Tribune writer and novelist Fran Zell (The Marcy Stories) read from their books and discuss midwestern themes on a panel with writer S.L. Wisenberg. Readers Tent, 11 AM.

Jack Scott

Musical performance by the lutenist. Main Stage, 11 AM.

“She Who Laughs Last: Women, Writing, and Humor”

Readings by Betty Diamond, Alice Friman, and Bonnie Tunick. Poetry Tent, 11 AM.

Denise Berry-Hanna

Storytelling. Children’s Tent, 11:30 AM.

“Arts Broadly Defined”

Chicago Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin and Tribune literary editor Elizabeth Taylor discuss the art of the critique. Dearborn Station, noon.

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

The fiction writer reads from The Vine of Desire and The Unknown Errors of Our Lives. Readers Tent, noon.

Jack DuVall

The documentary producer and writer discusses A Force More Powerful: A Century of Nonviolent Conflict. Burnham Reading Room, noon.

Judith Bloom Fradin

The children’s book author reads from Ida B. Wells: Mother of the Civil Rights Movement and other works. Children’s Tent, noon.

Hands on Stanzas

Poetry Center poets in residence Daniel Godston, Jennifer Karmin, and Amanda Lee Liechtenstein present a writing workshop for youths. Poetry Tent, noon.

After Hours

Contributors to the literary and art journal read their work. Poetry Tent, 1 PM.

Mary Lackritz Gray

The author presents A Guide to Chicago’s Murals. Burnham Reading Room, 1 PM.

Laurie Lawlor

The children’s book author reads from Helen Keller: Rebellious Spirit. Children’s Tent, 1 PM.

Dawn Turner Trice

The novelist reads from An Eighth of August. Readers Tent, 1 PM.

Joseph Weisberg

The writer reads from his debut novel, Tenth Grade. Dearborn Station, 1 PM.

Young Authors Award Ceremony

Artist and children’s book author Kevin Luthardt (Mine!) keynotes the presentation honoring the winners of the annual Chicago Public Schools Young Authors Competition. Main Stage, 1 PM.


Participants in the Screen Actors Guild Foundation’s volunteer literacy program read from storybook classics. Children’s Tent, 2 PM.

Lake Claremont Press Author Showcase

Featuring David Cowan (Great Chicago Fires), Carolyn Eastwood (Near West Side Stories: Struggles for Community in Chicago’s Maxwell Street Neighborhood), and Christopher Lynch (Chicago’s Midway Airport: The First 75 Years). Burnham Reading Room, 2 PM.

Literary Trivia Tournament

Round two matches the first-round winners. Main Stage, 2 PM.

“Poetry Speaks”

Poets Frank Bidart, Rosellen Brown, and Kay Ryan speak on the lives of Robert Lowell, Carl Sandburg, and Anne Sexton and read from their own work. Dearborn Station, 2 PM.

Third World Press Author Showcase

Featuring Haki R. Madhubuti (Tough Notes: A Healing Call for Creating Exceptional Black Men), Gwendolyn Mitchell (House of Women), and contributors to Role Call: A Generational Anthology of Social and Political Black Art and Literature. Readers Tent, 2 PM.

Young Chicago Authors

Members of the high school writers’ group present poetry and prose. Poetry Tent, 2 PM.

Judith Heineman

Storytelling. Children’s Tent, 3 PM.

“Not Your Grandmother’s Romance”

Patricia Rosemoor (Mysterious Stranger, Sheer Pleasure) leads a discussion on romance novels. Burnham Reading Room, 3 PM.

Woman Made Gallery Reading

Editors Nina Corwin and Mary H. Ber present Inhabiting the Body: A Collection of Women’s Poetry and Art; contributors will read. Poetry Tent, 3 PM.

“Writing Groups: The Good and the Bad”

“Group veterans” Paul Harvey, Mary C. Lewis, Susan Messer, and Constance Vogel discuss the pros and cons; moderated by writer S.L. Wisenberg. Readers Tent, 3 PM.

Neighborhood Writing Alliance

Members of the group read their contributions to the latest issue of the Journal of Ordinary Thought. Dearborn Station, 3:30 PM.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photos/Emma Dodge Hanson, Neela Banerjee.