If you live in Chicago, or anywhere near it, and have never attended the Printers Row Lit Festival, you don't know what you're missing.
Every year thousands of people head to downtown Chicago to peruse the over two hundred booths and tables manned by an equal number of booksellers, publishing companies, writing groups, and other book related vendors. Be it fiction or non-fiction, used or new or antiquarian, you can find whatever type of book you're interested in at Printers Row.
And the fun isn't limited to adults only. There are plenty of activities for children centered around the Kids Center Stage sponsored by Chicago's Shedd Aquarium. Music, story-telling, and hands-on activities are supplemented by dozens of dealers selling children's books. Six other stages covering a five-block area feature over 100 free literary programs for people of all ages.
This year's Printers Row Lit Festival takes place on June 6th and 7th from 10 A.M. to 6 P.M., rain or shine. I'll be there signing books in the Echelon Press booth along with a dozen other authors currently published by that company. The booth can be found on Dearborn Street just north of Harrison, so if you're in the neighborhood, please stop by and say hello. Along with several other authors, I'll be signing copies of MISSING, an anthology of short stories dealing with missing people or missing things. My story, "The Case of the Fugitive Farmer", features my series character Caroline Rhodes in an investigation that stretches back to World War I.
I'll also be signing copies of A MERRY LITTLE MURDER and THE RUNE STONE MURDERS, both of which feature Caroline Rhodes and her good friend Professor Carl Atwater. I'm pleased to say that both books received favorable reviews by sources such as the Chicago Sun Times and Romantic Times Magazine. If you enjoy amateur sleuth novels, you might want to try one of the four books in my "Rhodes to Murder" series. If you can't get down to Printers Row, you can ask for them at your local library.
You can find more information on Printers Row, including maps and directions to the fair, at chicagotribune.com. I thank the Tribune for the wonderful photos shown on this page.