Our Top Picks for Printers Row Lit Fest 2014



We are thrilled to announce that Early Bird Registration for this year’s Chicago Writers Conference is LIVE! Save $30 0ff regular admission when you purchase your ticket before June 30. A limited number are available, so make sure to snag your spot soon. This year’s speakers and panelists include Sara Paretsky, Eric Charles May, Christine Sneed, Allan Woodrow, Kathleen Rooney, Erica O’Rourke, Loretta Nyhan, and many more. Admission gives you access to the kick-off party on Friday, October 24, all daytime sessions on Saturday and Sunday, and our Saturday night reading Series, Chicago Readers, Chicago Writers.


Printers Row Lit Fest is turning 30, and boy are they celebrating it big time! With 200 onstage events, 150 vendors and a crowd of 150,000, the festival can feel like a bacchanal for book lovers. In order to help you navigate all that Printers Row has to offer, CWC has scoured the schedule and picked out three events on each day that showcase some of the great talent we have in this city. Yes, you should really go see James Patterson, but that also leaves plenty of time to learn from the Chicago luminaries that will be wowing the crowd.


826CHI Book Release 10:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m. at The Mash

Last week, you read about all the wonderful work that 826CHI does around the city. This week, you can see the sweet fruits of their great labor at this special event. Students from the Harvard School of Excellence will read pieces that highlight the positive aspects of their South Side neighborhoods.

Flash Fiction With a “30” Twist 12:00 p.m.-12:45 p.m. at Center Stage

Sara Paretsky and Barbara D’Amato are two of the most innovative mystery writers around, and they will put those revolutionary skills to good use at this workshop. In honor of the big 3-o, the authors will only construct sentences that include the word “thirty.”

Rick Kogan and Jon Langford: “When the Wind Screamed Up Ashland Avenue: A History of Chicago in Music and Words” 3:00 p.m.-3:45 p.m. at Center Stage

What happens when a newspaper columnist and radio host teams up with an artist and musician to bring a history lesson about THE greatest city in the country? Magic!


Locally Sourced 11:00 a.m.-11:45 a.m. at RedEye

This panel is composed of reps from some of the most exciting independent publishers in Chicago: Curbside Splendor, Rose Metal Press, Agate Publishing, Fifth Star Press, and Third Coast Comics. Come hear what they have to say about the future of the biz.

Debut Mysteries 1:00 p.m.-1:45 p.m. at Jones College Prep

CWC 2012 alumna and author Patricia Skalka sits downs with writer John Persinger for a conversation about their respective debuts. Chicago Tribune reporter David Heinzmann moderates.

Urban Mosaic 3:15 p.m.-4:00 p.m. at Jones College Prep

Authors Eric Charles May, Marcus Burke, and Rachel Louise Snyder tackle issues of race, class, and community in their novels. We can’t wait to hear this conversation with moderator Aviya Kushner.

There are so many other wonderful programs to check out in this two-day event. Don’t miss out!

Image courtesy of the Chicago Tribune.

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