As I scroll through the many events, discussions, performances, booths, etc that will all culminate this weekend at Printers Row (June 12-13th) it seems a little overwhelming. Where do you start, what can't you miss, what should you avoid? Well, I've found with large festivals like it can be best to find those few things you have to do and then absorb what you can of the rest. I am going to give you three must events for each day and let you pick through the rest (see schedule) for yourself.
The three events that I am looking forward to on Saturday are as follows:
At 2pm on the Center Stage you will find the Tribune's Amy Guth hosting an event called "Young and Restless" featuring one of my favorite local writer's J. Adam Oaks. From the title and the writers involved (Margaret McMullan, Ariela Anhalt, Beth Fantaskey and J. Adam Oaks) it looks like this will be a time to hear about how younger writer's can get involved and breakthrough.
At 4pm at Hotel Blake's Burnham Room Billy Lombardo (The Man with Two Arms) will be hosting a discussion on the craft of writing. The event will feature Jim Kokoris, Jacqueline Carey, and one of my new favorites Stephen Markley.
To close out Saturday the new addition to the fest, Lit after Dark will take over at 6pm and give you a showcase of three of the best reading series in town Windy City Story Slam, 2nd Story, and RUI.
For a list of all of the events please visit the Printers Row website. I will bring you a few Sunday selections tomorrow.