Get out there, people! Printers Row Lit Fest is about to start, the sun is shining, and there are ridiculously many opportunities to connect with authors you love and learn more about those you could love. Readings, interviews, signings… there are so many things to do. Tickets are required for some events (free!), but it’s not too late to get them and a quick check of several reveals that they’re not all sold out. (Joe Meno, I’m talking about you!) Click here for today’s schedule.
Plus, there are dozens of booths, including publishers, booksellers, and literary organizations (Yay, Mystery Writers of America!). Bring your backpack because you’ll be hauling home all your summer reading material.
Lit Fest is a bit of a Literary Lunchbox tradition; in fact, my very first blog post was about the 2009 Lit Fest. If you’ve never been, you can get a feel for what it’s like by clicking here – I posted a bunch of photos from the 2011 Fest.
Sadly, I cannot revel the whole weekend – daily duties for dentists summon me – but I want to prioritize participation in the sessions focused on the craft of writing. (Perhaps I’ll learn not to use phrases such as “prioritize participation.”)
They’re easy to find because they are classified as “interactive” or “workshop.” Art of the Novel at 10:15 Sunday: I’m there. You might like the Memoir Writing Workshop at 11:30 tomorrow. And for those authors with a finished manuscript and the nerve to pitch it, there’s Pitchapalooza at 12:30. “It’s like American Idol for books!”
The Fest attracts over 125,000 booklovers annually. You should be one of them! Like them on Facebook to keep up in touch throughout the year.