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  • printersrowlitfestThe Chicago Tribune is thrilled to celebrate the 30th year of the Midwest’s largest literary event and I am MORE than thrilled to be a part of this great event! I will be talking and signing my new book, Commit To Get Fit: Find the Secret to Your Own True and Everlasting Weight Loss in the Chicago Writers Association’s tent #F on Dearborn just south of Harrison Street.  Please stop by to at least say, HI! I’d love to see you there.

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    Printers Row Lit Fest FAQ’s

    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 150,000 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 7, and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sunday, June 8, 2014.

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    Where can I see this year’s schedule?

    The schedule will be posted in May. Click here to see who appeared at last year’s fest.

    Where can I reserve tickets for indoor events?

    Tickets are not yet available. Printers Row members can email printersrow@tribune.com with any questions or concerns.

    If I have a ticket, when should I arrive for my program?

    It’s best to arrive about 30 minutes before ticketed events are scheduled to begin.

    If I don’t have a ticket, can I still get into the Lit Fest’s programs?

    Don’t despair! A limited number of same-day tickets will be available on a first-come-first-served basis beginning 15 minutes before starting time.

    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.

    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?

    While Printers Row Lit Fest admission and all outdoor festival activities are free, tickets are required for all indoor programs.

    Registration for tickets opens to the general public at 9 a.m. May 30. Fest Pass holders get early access to registration, beginning at 9 a.m. May 27 as well as 2 free tickets at up to 5 programs.

    A Fest Pass is the best way to make sure you see your favorite authors.

    With each Fest Pass, you’ll receive:

    • Two complimentary tickets for up to five programs using Fest Pass promotional code received in confirmation email.
    • Three days of early access to register for tickets to indoor PRLF programs, beginning on May 27.
    • A commemorative 30th Printers Row Lit Fest tote bag, poster, tumbler, t-shirt and button.
    • A 1-year digital subscription to Printers Row Journal.

    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.

    Download the map here.