While most publishing industry types and book biz folks are still recovering from last week's Book Expo
and the subsequent overload of chatter about it, the Windy City is gearing up for its annual Printers Row Book Fair
. The event will be this Saturday and Sunday (June 10 & 11) and will feature discussion panels, writer's markets, information booths for publishers, small press outlets and booksellers. There will also be author appearances and signings by such fine folks as Nick Hornby, Umberto Eco, Meg Wolitzer -- as well as one of my faves -- poet Li-Young Lee. Best of all -- the events are free and open to the public. So if you're looking for something to do, I encourage you to check it out. Maybe pick up some free stuff, like various bookmarks, promotional flyers or, if you're lucky, an Umberto Eco beer cozy.
If you're in the Chicago area (and you know who you are) or you're planning to make the trip, we'd love to hear your report on this event.