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Chicago celebrates reading with Printers Row

June 10, 2010 | 10:15 am


This weekend, Chicago celebrates reading with Printers Row, the city's annual literary festival. Printers Row includes panel discussions, booths and vendors, author signings, events for kids and an evening of music, libations and readings.

If I were in Chicago, I wouldn't miss Christopher Hitchens at his 10 a.m. Saturday appearance. Once, running late to listen to a panel at Book Expo, I found myself on the escalator behind Hitch -- one of the panelists. I could hear him muttering grouchily to his companion, and it seemed to me he was not thrilled to be up early. Hitchens, who had a bestseller with "God Is Not Great," can be brilliant; grumpiness sharpens his edge. He is the author of the new memoir "Hitch-22."

Other nonfiction authors who will be appearing at the fest include Barbara Ehrenreich, Tom Bissell, Nicholas Carr, Scott Kilman, Charles Pierce and T.J. Stiles.

Novelists scheduled to appear include Michael Koryta, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Dan Chaon, Jennifer Egan, Cristina Henriquez, Colson Whitehead, Audrey Niffenegger, Luis Alberto Urrea, Porter Shreve and Justin Cronin, whose brand new novel "The Passage" is causing a stir.

Also on the bill: graphic novelist Dan Clowes, chefs the Hearty Boys, young-adult author Larry Doyle and Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary.

Sadly, I won't be in Chicago this weekend. But it's the modern age: I can follow the literary festival on Twitter.

-- Carolyn Kellogg

Photo: Readers shop at the 2009 Printers Row in Chicago. Credit: Joe Marinaro via Flickr

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