Printer’s Row Lit Fest and Summer Reading

Last weekend I got to experience the Printer’s Row Lit Fest here in Chicago. It is the biggest book fair in the midwest. I signed up to volunteer, although I did more shopping than volunteering! It really was a great festival with more books than I could have imagined. There were all sorts of author events, readings, and music. I was just a “greeter” this year, which wasn’t a very demanding job, but next year maybe I’ll take on a more active role.

I bought a handful of used books while there including:

  • Amy and Isabelle by Elizabeth Strout
  • A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby
  • Personal Injuries by Scott Turow
  • Love Walked In by Maria de Santos
  • Back When We Were Grownups by Anne Tyler
  • Empire Falls by Richard Russo

I’m really looking forward to diving into some of these this week. I’m going on a cruise with my entire family, 18 of us. It will be busy and we will be doing lots of the excursions, but hopefully there will also be some time for some quality reading, preferably by the pool! There is also a beautiful two story library on board that I’m looking forward to checking out!

I’ve been reading a decent amount since school ended, but I really want to make it a goal to read at least a book a week this summer, but hopefully more. I have so many books sitting on my shelf just waiting to be read. In addition to the ones listed above, I also have Old Filth by Jane Gardam, The Stormchasers by Jenna Blum, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, The Double Bind by Chris Bohjalian, Innocent by Scott Turow, The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen, and Columbine by David Cullen. Not to mention I still have to buy and read The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson. There have just been too many good book sales lately!

Ah, so much reading to do, so little time. I probably won’t update for over a week since I’ll be cruising, but I hope to have many reviews to write when I return home!

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7 Responses

  1. I’ve always wanted to go to the Printer’s Row Fest! It seems like every year my husband has to be in the area the following week instead of that week! One of these days the schedules will get together, or we will figure out how to stay for an extra week.

    Sounds like your family is taking over a cruise boat! Have a great time!

  2. Looks like a really fun event! I loved that Hornby book when I read it a few years ago – hope you like it too 🙂

  3. I am a published author and have the great fortune of *living* in Printers Row. Have given presentations att the book fest/lit fest the past few years, always a thrill to be listed with nationally recognized authors. That Lit Fest is top notch. Happy cruising!

  4. Well, I can recommend “Amy and Isabelle.” I may have read the Anne Tyler. To be truthful I am not sure which of her books I have read and which I have not.

    Of course, you know how I feel about “To Kill A Mockingbird.” Other than that, I have read “The Double Bind”. Not Bohjalian’s very best but still good. I have not read “The Sugar Queen” but just finished S.A. Allen’s “The Girl Who Chased The Moon” and it was good, as was her “Garden Spells.”

    Happy cruise reading!!

  5. Hi Julie,

    So happy to hear about your positive experience at Printers Row Lit Fest this year. Thanks for sharing it with your readers. See you there next year!

    Happy reading!

    Very best,
    Amy Guth
    Digital News Editor, Books
    Chicago Tribune

  6. Ohmigosh, I used to intern for the non-profit (Open Books) that organized the volunteers for Printers Row! We could have met! Crazy 🙂

  7. hehehe cool post bro, keep sharing 🙂

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