The main thing that I learned this weekend was that rain and books don't really mix, but once again stores, publishers, and writer's set-up shop for Printers Row Lit Fest. Following my appearance on WGN's ChicagoNow Radio, I walked through the rain over to Printers Row to browse through tarp covered tables, shake a few hands, and hear some lit-centric discussions. The tables I found myself spending the most time at were McSweeney's, Montreal's Drawn & Quarterly, and local favorites Puddin'head Press. I find I am drawn to colorful and creative design (McSweeney's and Drawn & Quarterly) and small dedicated independents.
I ended up in the poetry tent for a reading from the Guild Literary Complex. If I had one word it would be intense, but luckily I have a few more. I was really impressed by the strength and confidence of the readers. They were ultimately promoting a new project launching in December that will be an audio walking tour through the Chicago that you don't see on postcards. Their show was capped off by a beautiful song performed by one of the members on their Poetry Performance Incubator all about her Chicago experience.
More on my Printer's Row Experience to come tomorrow.