What to see at Printers Row Lit Fest: Saturday
I wish my 10-year-old self could accompany my adult self to the Printers Row Lit Fest this weekend. That was the age I stole a copy of Judy Blume's Just as Long as We're Together from my fourth-grade classroom, read and reread it until I could quote certain lines ("I broke off a sprig of forsythia and rang Alison's bell") and decided I wanted to be a writer because of it. Well, that and Bridge to Terabithia and everything by Roald Dahl.
Ms. Blume is a special guest at this year's bookstravaganza, conversing with journalist Julia Keller on Sunday at 2pm at Harold Washington Library. (BYO inner child.) There's a lot of notable talent at this year's festival, in fact, and a slew of great literary events—from readings to panels to a more-elaborate-than-a-spelling-bee vocab quiz: "The American Heritage Dictionary Define-a-thon" (Sunday at 3:15pm on the Center Stage). When not browsing new and used books or waiting in line at Pockets, check out these events:
The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival
Author James Kennedy hosts this screening, featuring the winners of the film fest he founded, in which kids make 90-second movies telling the entire story of a Newbery Award–winning book. 10:30am at Jones College Prep Auditorium.
Jack Gray and Nathan Rabin
Gray, author of Pigeon in a Crosswalk: Tales of Anxiety and Accidental Glamor, and Rabin, former A.V. Club head writer and author of You Don't Know Me But You Don't Like Me: Phish, Insane Clown Posse, and My Misadventures with Two of Music's Most Maligned Tribes read from their funny and long-windedly titled books. 11:15am at Wyndham Blake Hotel/Burnham Room.
The SNL alum (you might remember her androgynous character, Pat) discusses her new and very funny parenting memoir, If It's Not One Thing, It's Your Mother. Noon at Printers Row Center Stage.
The author of Skagboys and Trainspotting sits down for a convo with Jennifer Day, editor of the Chicago Tribune's Printers Row literary supplement. 1pm at Harold Washington Library.
The poet and Poetry Foundation blogger reads from her latest collection, Your Invitation to a Modest Breakfast. 1:30pm at Printers Row Arts & Poetry Stage.
Joe Meno and Christine Sneed
Chicago-based writers Meno (Office Girl) and Christine Sneed (Little Known Facts) talk to writer Billy Lombardo. 1:45pm at University Center/River Room.
The author of the David Foster Wallace biography, Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story, speaks with Jennifer Day. 2:30pm at Jones College Prep Auditorium.
Silver reflects on her best-selling novel, Mary Coin. 3pm at Grace Place/2nd Floor.
The Oak Park resident, former fashion blogger and editor of the great online mag, ROOKIE, talks publishing with Christopher Borrelli, features reporter for the Chicago Tribune. 3pm at Center Stage.
Lynda Barry and Chris Ware
Two of our favorite comics artists talk about stuff. This one has our heart racing a little. 4pm at Center Stage.
Shame That Tune
The musical/comedy game show, featuring local contestants telling embarrassing stories, gets the Printers Row treatment. 8:15pm at Center Stage.