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New this year are some evening events!
What to expect... lots of people, lots of strollers so plan on taking your time and going with the flow. Bring a bookbag or backpack! I learned this the hard way one year when the plastic bag I was carrying broke while I was getting on the el. Restaurants will be packed especially around lunchtime and early afternoon when people are tired so I usually bring water and a snack. I also print my LibraryThing list so I don't end up with duplicates...
We always take backpacks and water. There's plenty of food to buy, but you may want to bring your own. We stay all day - there are a lot of booths, and usually an event or two we want to attend, e.g. last year Chris Jones' interview of the playwright Tracy Letts, and the session with Audrey Niffenegger the year before.
My kids have always loved it. My daughter wasn't going to go to her graduate school graduation when she thought it was on our day for Printers' Row! She got written up in the Tribune one year for taking home nearly 70 books.
It's just a great day, rain or shine.
This is really strange because I think my reason for not going the past two years is that it was raining!
Oh, the bargains we got!
I was shocked. An entire block was missing! And much of the remainder was taken up by non-books. I don't mean just the print vendors. I mean mattresses and sofas and cars!
But I did get some great bargains on art books. Fortunately or unfortunately, they're heavy, and I had to carry them home, or I'd have bought more!
One saving grace was there were indeed lots of great bargains. We didn't get any art books this time, but what we did buy was plenty heavy to haul back home on the CTA.
Hey Tribune, last time I checked the 18th was more than "mid" of a 31 day month... ;)
And they certainly know who the vendors are!
I'm a suburbanite so I'll probably only hit the Fair Saturday or Sunday so I was hoping the schedule would be posted so I could start making plans for which day to go (might try to catch a show of Watership Down at Lifeline Theater if I'm already in the city). I suppose I'll just keep checking the site!
You need to get a new job! Or at least a boss who understands the importance of your being in town for Printers Row.
I just got back. I heard Colm Tóibín and Belinda McKeon in conversation, and then went to browse the stalls. I was fairly restrained, only 7 books, but it was very hot and the books were getting heavy.
Paying Guests, by E.F. Benson
Murder on the Orient Express, by Agatha Christie
The Boyhood of Diego Rivera, by Leah Brenner (illustrated by Rivera)
More than you know, by Rosalyn Story, whose book, Wading Home, I had enjoyed. So I was happy to find this, which is her first novel.
Elizabeth I: Autograph compositions and foreign language originals, edited by Janel Mueller and Leah Marcus
The Terezín album of Mariánka Zadikow
Images of American Architecture, by Miles Robert Parker
Oh, you got some nice ones. Early Chicago was an especially good deal.
I didn't get it because I was pretty sure I already had it, and I was right.
If anything gets me to acquire a smartphone, it will be the desire to avoid carrying around my printed catalogue to book fairs so that I don't buy duplicates!
I found three on my list, all by C.J. Box, a mystery writer I've just come upon.
Also, Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
Beloved by Toni Morrison
Death of an Ardent Bibliophile by Bartholomew Gill
Two Meridian graphic novels
The Buddha from Brooklyn by Martha Sherrill
My daughter as usual had the most, 37, many of them Agatha Christies she was looking for.
We went on Sunday and had one of our best times ever. A day full of friendly people and books, hard to beat. And it cooled off some later in the day.
I was looking for a couple of Agatha Christies, too, but only found one. I'm going to be taking a class at the Graham School this summer - British women mystery writers between the wars. A great excuse to read classic mysteries and pretend to be scholarly about it!
My post (w/pics!) about my visit is here: http://btripp.livejournal.com/1077660.html
That British women mystery writers between the wars class sounds like fun, lilithcat. I'm going to mention it to my daughter, who's on break from teaching.
Here's the link for the details, including the reading list: https://grahamschool.uchicago.edu/php/offering.php?oi=5915
She's a northsider near Montrose, so I wish it was being taught at the Gleacher Center for her sake, but we'll see.
Looks like a great course.