I was just finishing up the Page 2 note for Wednesday and wanted to fill you in on details about the Printers Row Lit Fest and the Trib Nation tent where you can hang out and talk with us that weekend.
First off, the Chicago Tribune’s Printers Row Lit Fest on June 4-5 will bring together more than 200 authors and 150 booksellers, several stages of literary activities and everything a dedicated bibliophile could love.
Here's a welcome message from Tribune Editor Gerry Kern. Here's the schedule for Saturday, June 4, and Sunday, June 5. Here's the Printer's Row Lit Fest home page, so you can read more about the authors featured on our various stages and our Lit After Dark programming.
You’ll probably need a shady place to relax. We can help.
The Trib Nation tent will be centrally located in Page Break Park, at the corner of Dearborn and Harrison Streets. For you social media lit lovers, I'll make sure it's a check-in on foursquare and Facebook as I walk home Tuesday night.
Throughout the weekend, Tribune personalities will be there to highlight some of the stories and forces shaping the news and our lives this year. We hope you'll stop by to meet columnists like Rick Kogan, who also hosts Chicago Live!, as he talks with author Jonathan Alter. Or listen to critics like Chris Jones, who will be in conversation with playwright David Henry Hwang.
Here's a schedule of who will be hanging out in the Trib Nation tent and when, so you can make your plans.
In order of appearance, Rick Kogan, Julia Keller, Alex Garcia, Elizabeth Taylor, Tom SKilling, Peter Kendall, David Haugh, Mike Kellams, John Kass, Mark Jacob, Tracy Schmidt, Gail MarksJarvis, Nina Metz, Greg Kot, Scott Stantis, Kristin Mack, Rick Pearson and Jane Hirt will all be there.
Guests include author Alter and Blue Balliett, plus Hwang, Baird Harper, James McManus, Natalie McNeal and Jim DeRogatis. I'll be there all weekend long. And it wouldn't be Trib Nation without you.
So save the date, and plan to stop by to hear about the Fest’s programming, or just to say hello. Check out the Lit's full lineup at chicagotribune.com/printersrowlitfest. And watch this space and TribNation.com for more details and insight about what’s going on at the Lit Fest this year.
Talk with you soon,
-- James Janega, Trib Nation manager