Venue Address (Get Directions)Chicago Tribune Printers Row Book Festival
Date and Time
Sunday, June 9th, 2013 at 11:00am
What is the Chicago Tribune Printers Row Lit Fest?
The Printers Row Lit Fest 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 (on Dearborn, from Congress to Polk), attracting more than 200 booksellers from across the country displaying new, used and antiquarian books and featuring more than 200 authors participating in panels, discussions and a variety of other programs.
As part of its ongoing commitment to the written word and its support of literacy and literary endeavor, the Chicago Tribune purchased the Printers Row Book Fair in 2002 from the Near South Planning Board. Recently renamed to be the Printer's Row Lit Fest, it is considered the largest free outdoor literary event in the Midwest-drawing more than 125,000 book lovers to the two-day showcase.
Where is Printers Row Lit Fest?
Printers Row Lit Fest is located on historic Printers Row, on and around the area of Dearborn Street, from Congress to Polk streets in Chicago. (Google map of area)
When does Printers Row Lit Fest take place?
Events occur from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. on Saturday, June 8, and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sunday, June 9, 2013.
Who exhibits at Printers Row Lit Fest?
Booksellers, publishers, literacy and cultural organizations sell and promote books and book-related merchandise and distribute related information. Many of the independent booksellers participating in the Fest represent the diverse ethnic and cultural communities of the Chicagoland area and sell books of different languages and genres.
How can I exhibit at Printers Row Lit Fest?
The application process to be an exhibitor at PRLF 2013 has begun. Click here to apply or learn more.
Who is speaking at Printers Row Lit Fest?
Printers Row Lit Fest features more than 200 authors participating in panels, discussions and a variety of other programs.
How can I attend events at Printers Row Lit Fest?
Admission to all Fest events is free and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Certain events will require tickets.
Will I have a chance to have one of my books signed?
All Chicago Tribune Printers Row Lit Fest authors are asked to remain after their event for at least one hour to sign copies of their books at official Fest book-signing areas. For each author event, the Printers Row Lit Fest steering committee selects an exhibitor to sell the books.
What does Printers Row Lit Fest offer for children?
The Chicago Tribune Printers Row Lit Fest will include the Lil' Lit Park where kids and parents can enjoy storytelling, costumed characters, performances, sing-alongs, and special activities coordinated by educational and cultural groups.
How can authors participate in Printers Row Lit Fest?
The application process to be an author or presenter at PRLF 2013 has begun. Click here to apply. If you have further questions, please contact Teresa Basso Gold at firstname.lastname@example.org.