Reader-author bond strengthens Lit Fest

Reader-author bond strengthens Lit Fest

The Breakfast Club, John Hughes taught the audience to the cinema that it was a brain, an athlete, a basket, a princess or a criminal, to find common ground was a detention.

And in the sticky summer heat, a small group of literature lovers gathered in the neighborhood of Printers row, then abandoned, for the first Book Fair Printers Book.

On Saturday and Sunday, 150,000 people attended the book fair, now called Fila Lit Fest Printers, with 150 booksellers bordering Dearborn and Polk streets and more than 200 programs organized in 20 locations. The Bed Festival, which celebrates its 30th anniversary, is produced by the Chicago Tribune.

Stuart Dybek, winner of the literary prize Harold Washington, in 2014, began the festivities of the weekend during a conversation with the literary tribune Editor Elizabeth Taylor. In 1985, Dybek was not only an author appearing at the book fair, but was the first-prize winner Nelson Algren Brief History Tribune. In an ample conversation Dybek discussed his two new collections of short stories, “Paper Lantern” and “ecstatic connivance,” and how Chicago has inspired.

“It happened, of course,” said Dybek. “It was not an aesthetic decision” I’m going to write in Chicago. When I traveled many neighborhoods, less (now), but still, in ancient times, when people did not have air conditioning in the summers, they sat down with beer bottles and told stories.

“The big lesson is that you do not have to leave Oak Park and go to Paris to find something to write,” he said.

Similarly, the Fest Bed has always been the pride of presenting, and sometimes to discover the talents of Chicago.

“This is the birthplace of our party,” said author Luis Alberto Urrea. “Bed Fest is always good because one sits in the green room and you see their papilas or see people who do not always see how Sara Paretsky … In addition, I want to support literature and literacy, especially in Chicago. That the newspapers and, certainly, the struggles that the independent bookstores, I want to provide all the support that can.

Urrea, author of numerous books, including “The Devil’s Road,” recalled his first appearance on the Fest bed as a debate on immigration, the same subject he discussed during this year’s festival. He was also very happy to hear about the new tent for the publication in Spanish language Hoy, which includes the transmissions in Spanish.

“I feel like I can talk to Latinos in Chicago, this is a good place to do it,” he said. I see it as “an opportunity to know the community in what I consider my children, my children of Pilsen, and to tell them that there is hope.


Youth literacy has been an important theme at this year’s fair. The younger group of fans enjoyed readings and children’s authors participate in music groups like Justin Roberts and the not ready for Naptime players in the park. Joke, always full. The mashed stadium, teen-nominated-Centric Tribune Newspaper, featured young adult authors and the first celebration of Mass 18 Under 18 Awards.

Andie Linker, 17, was honored in the arts category to clean the darkroom Walter Payton College Prep and use space to teach her fellow analog photographers. A top-notch crop, Linker said his first time at Lit Fest was really exciting.

“We were walking today and there were a lot of interesting writers and artists I had not heard,” he said. “I love her very much. ”

James Patterson, winner of the Chicago Tribune Young Adult Literary Award this year, has made it his mission to find ways to get kids interested in literature and learning to read. The author of suspense novels such as “Spider’s Hour” and “The Lovers Collector” is also a prolific writer and sold-boy philanthropist who promised £ 28,000 to Chicago’s public schools, he said.

During his presentation, a young player is given a copy of “High School: Worst Years of My Life,” Patterson and asked if he would help him through college. (She starts sixth grade next year, she said).

Having secured that high school is not so serious, he added: “Read this book and then read another 10 and this is what will really help you” get through the next three years.

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