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Now that the Trib is out of it, events are all free and no registration is required.
And then there are books to buy . . .
There's a printed schedule/map in today's Trib. Check it out.
On the other hand, I'm in the midst of planning / building shelves, so I'd probably be better served focusing on that than buying yet more books with no place to put them.
However, this year I noticed a new theme for the book fair. All of the authors exhibiting their books were from Chicago or nearby suburbs. I would say that they were mainly nationally unknown authors. There were about 17 writer's groups with booths where authors could present their books in 2.5 hour shifts. I did not know that we had that many writing groups in the Chicagoland area. It was an impressive display of local talent. There is some pride in that. However, I am saddened that this book fair has lost its national stature. It once was the third top book fair in the country. Now it is a local book fair. I was there for 4 hours yesterday and had fun talking with the authors and left with 8 new books. I ran out of money but have put several books from several authors in the Windy City Historians group on my Amazon wishlist.
Here are the writing groups that were present and I can't believe that one city can support all of these groups: Sisters in Crime Chicagoland, 2 groups under the Romance Writers of America, the Chicago Writers Association, She Writes Press, Windy City Historians, Independent Writers of Chicago, Naperville Writers Group, Illinois Women's Press Association, Chicago Black Authors Network, Bizarro Writers (comics), Society of Midland Authors, University of Chicago Press, University of Illinois Press, Northwestern University Press, the Chicago Review Press, the Poetry Foundation of Chicago and Lawyers for the Creative Arts. The Lawyers group is a nonprofit legal service provider provider legal assistance to artists and they have written 2 books with legal advice for writers.
The Lit Fest continues today through 5 pm so check it out if you live in the Chicagoland area.
The Trib is no longer involved with the Lit Fest; it is back in the hands of the South Loop Planning Board. There are no more fees to attend author events.
I'm missing it this year, unfortunately. Too much stuff to do today elsewhere, and while I had initially planned on going yesterday afternoon, a friend came to town for the U of C Alumni Weekend, and so we got together instead. Ah, well, it's not as though I needed more books!