For the tenth consecutive year, the University of Illinois Press will have a large presence at the Chicago Tribune Printers Row Lit Fest.  Festival goers can visit the University of Illinois Press tent on Dearborn Street, between Congress and Polk. Press staff will sell Chicago- and Illinois-themed books from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. on June 6-7.

The Lit Fest program committee has invited multiple University of Illinois Press authors to speak about their recent books held at Jones College Prep, adjacent to the exhibit area.

Sensing Chicago - Adam MackAdam Mack, author of Sensing Chicago: Noisemakers, Strikebreakers, and Muckrakers, will speak at the Chicago Tribune Printers Row Lit Fest program “Chicago Living,” with Joseph Schwieterman and Dean Jobb on Saturday, June 6 from 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m in Classroom #5010.

Robert Marovich, author of A City Called Heaven: Chicago and the Birth of Gospel Music, will join Wilbert Jones in a conversation with Mark Guarino titled “Chicago Blues and Jazz” on Sunday, June 7 from 11:00 a.m.-11:45 a.m. in Classroom #5034.

Laurent Pernot, author of Before the Ivy: The Cubs’ Golden Age in Pre-Wrigley Chicago, will join Jeff Katz and Phil Rogers in conversation with Tim Bannon entitled “Play Ball” on Sunday, June 7 from 11:00 a.m.-11:45 a.m. on Center Stage.

A number of University of Illinois Press authors will be signing books at the UIP tent booth space on Saturday, June 6:

Thomas Gradel and Dick Simpson (Corrupt Illinois: Patronage, Cronyism, and Criminality)- 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Cynthia Clampitt, (Midwest Maize: How Corn Shaped the U.S. Heartland) –  12:00 p.m-1:00 pm.

Alan Guebert and Mary Grace Foxwell (The Land of Milk and Uncle Honey: Memories from the Farm of My Youth) – 1:00 pm.-2:00 p.m.

Brian Dolinar (The Negro in Illinois: The WPA Papers) – 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

The Printers Row Lit Fest was founded in 1985 by the Chicago Near South Planning Board to attract visitors to the Printers Row neighborhood (once the city’s bookmaking hub).  It is considered the largest free outdoor literary event in the Midwest-drawing more than 125,000 book lovers to the two-day showcase.

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