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Sunday, June 13, 2010
Printers' Row Lit Fest
I'll say it up front -- I'm a dork.
One of the highlights of the summer for me is the Printers' Row Lit Fest in downtown Chicago, which was held this weekend. Despite a bit of rain and cooler than expected temperatures, it was a wonderful day for books and the authors who write them.
I went to a few author events:
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, who after signing my copy of Half of a Yellow Sun was gracious enough to write down a few names of other modern African authors:
Brigid Pasulka, Dan Chaon, and Katharine Weber - an interesting discussion on how identity played a role in their novels.
After the author events I purchased a few books that I didn't already own or haven't read:
In addition to the author events there are many used and new booksellers and publishers with tables along a few blocks of South Dearborn Street (the historic Printers' Row of Chicago) selling books. Thankfully most of them only take cash, and I bring only a budgeted amount, so I only bought two more books:
Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea (he was at the Lit Fest as well, but his slot was before I discovered this book and realized that I might like to hear him speak)