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The 19th annual Printers Row Book Fair will gather nearly 200 exhibitors, including booksellers, publishers, and literary arts organizations, outdoors on Dearborn between Congress and Polk. In addition to the new, used, and collectible offerings, the fair features dozens of readings and book signings by local and national authors, panel discussions, performances, and children's activies; some exhibitors will host author signings as well. Events will be held at the Arts & Entertainment Stage, 600 block of Dearborn; Burnham Reading Room, Printers Row Hyatt, 500 S. Dearborn; Culinary Tent, Dearborn and Harrison; Dearborn Station, 47 W. Polk; Grace Place, 637 S. Dearborn; Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State; Heartland Literary Tent, Dearborn and Polk; Nelson Algren Reading Room, Dearborn and Polk; Poetry Tent, Polk and Clark; and Reading Chair Stage, Dearborn Park, Park Terrace and Ninth Street. The fair runs Saturday and Sunday, June 7 and 8, from 10 AM to 6 PM; all events are free. For more information call 312-222-3986 or see www.chicagotribune.com/extras/printersrow.

Saturday, June 7

"Book Collecting 101" Panel with the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America. Nelson Algren Reading Room, 10 AM.

Dan Brown The novelist reads from The Da Vinci Code. Heartland Literary Tent, 10 AM.

"Getting a Job: And Keeping It" Discussion with Tribune columnist Carol Kleiman (Winning the Job Game) and Randall Tobias (Put the Moose on the Table: Lessons in Leadership From a CEO's Journey Through Business and Life). Dearborn Station, 10 AM.

Laura Nyman Montenegro The children's book author gives a puppet performance and signs A Bird About to Sing. Reading Chair Stage, 10 AM.

Richard Peck The author receives the 2002 Chicago Tribune Young Adult Book Prize for Fair Weather. Harold Washington Library Center, auditorium, 10 AM.

Jack Scott The lutenist performs. Arts & Entertainment Stage, 10 AM.

Third World Press Book-release party for Gwendolyn Brooks's In Montgomery and Other Poems. Poetry Tent, 10 AM.

TallGrass Writers Guild Members of the writing group read poetry. Grace Place, first floor. 10:30 AM.

"America in War" Panel with former Green Beret Jack Keith Idema, historian Zachary Karabell, and Tribune reporter Noreen Ahmed-Ullah. Nelson Algren Reading Room, 11 AM.

Anam Mar Irish Dancers The troupe performs. Arts & Entertainment Stage, 11 AM.

"Catholicism: A Historical Perspective" Discussion with Paul Elie (The Life You Save May Be Your Own: An American Pilgrimage), Tribune Metro editor Steve Kloehn, and John T. McGreevy (Catholicism and American Freedom). Grace Place, second floor, 11 AM.

"Chicago Architecture in the 1990s" Slide lecture by Tribune critic Blair Kamin (Why Architecture Matters). Burnham Reading Room, 11 AM.

"Chicago Literary IQ Test" Panel with Northwestern University English prof Bill Savage, New Trier High School English teacher Dave Schmittgens, and writers Robin Hemley and June Unjoo Yang. Heartland Literary Tent, 11 AM.

Cris Crutcher The children's book author presents King of the Mild Frontier: An Ill-advised Autobiography. Harold Washington Library Center, video theater, 11 AM.

Neil Gaiman The British novelist reads from Coraline. Harold Washington Library Center, auditorium, 11 AM.

Guild Complex The literary organization hosts readings by past Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Award winners Tara Betts, Brenda Matthews, and Dan Sullivan. Poetry Tent, 11 AM.

"Play Ball!" Panel with Bill Hageman (Baseball Between the Wars), Mark Jacob (Wrigley Field: A Celebration of the Friendly Confines), Joe Queenan (True Believers: The Tragic Inner Life of Sports Fans), and Tom Stanton (The Road to Cooperstown). Dearborn Station, 11 AM.

Susan Salidor The singer-songwriter performs. Reading Chair Stage, 11:15 AM.

T.A. Barron The novelist reads from his works for young adults, including The Hero's Trail: A Guide for a Heroic Life. Harold Washington Library Center, video theater, noon.

"Chicago, Our Kind of Town" Discussion with Tribune writer Rick Kogan and oral historian Studs Terkel. Harold Washington Library Center, auditorium, noon.

Garret Freymann-Weyr The writer reads from a novel for young adults, The Kings Are Already Here. Dearborn Station, noon.

Melissa Fay Greene The author discusses Last Man Out: The Story of the Springhill Mine Disaster. Burnham Reading Room, noon.

Guild Complex The literary organization hosts readings by Gregorio Gomez and Jennifer Harris. Poetry Tent, noon.

"How to Fall in Love With Poetry" Discussion with poets Edward Hirsch and Mark Strand. Grace Place, second floor, noon.

Jacquelyn Mitchard The novelist reads from Twelve Times Blessed. Heartland Literary Tent, noon.

"Road Trip to Manhood" Discussion with John Fountain (True Vine: A Young Black Man's Journey of Faith, Hope, and Clarity) and Daniel Glick (Monkey Dancing: A Father, Two Kids, and a Journey to the Ends of the Earth). Grace Place, first floor, noon.

Writers Marketplace Trivia Round one. Scheduled teams include Barbara's Bookstore, Columbia College, and the Society of Midland Authors. Arts & Entertainment Stage, noon.

"Writing the Life of Sylvia Plath" Discussion with Kate Moses (Wintering: A Novel of Sylvia Plath) and novelist Rosellen Brown. Nelson Algren Reading Room, noon.

Bob Love and Benny the Bull The Chicago Bulls legend and the team's mascot read from Benny Gets a Bellyache. Reading Chair Stage, 12:45 PM.

Elizabeth Berg and Kathryn Harrison Novelists Berg (Say When) and Harrison (Seeking Rapture: Essays and Occasional Pieces) discuss their work. Grace Place, second floor, 1 PM.

"Chicago Stories" Panel with fiction writers Jeffery Renard Allen (Rails Under My Back), Bayo Ojikutu (47th Street Black), and Irene Zabytko (When Luba Leaves Home). Nelson Algren Reading Room, 1 PM.

"Getting the Best Deal: Understanding Magazine and Book Contracts" Talk by literary agent Amy Cook. Grace Place, first floor, 1 PM.

Guild Complex The literary organization hosts readings by C.C. Carter and Jim Redd. Poetry Tent, 1 PM.

Kathe Koja The writer reads from a novel for young adults, Buddha Boy. Harold Washington Library Center, video theater, 1 PM.

John N. Maclean Slide lecture by the author of Fire and Ashes: On the Front Lines of American Wildfire. Burnham Reading Room, 1 PM.

Northlight Theatre The company performs scenes from At Wit's End. Arts & Entertainment Stage, 1 PM.

"The Presidential Biography" Discussion with Robert Dallek (An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963) and Robert Remini (Andrew Jackson and His Indian Wars). Heartland Literary Tent, 1 PM.

"Talking Jazz" Discussion with Tribune critic Howard Reich and pianist Marcus Roberts. Harold Washington Library Center, auditorium, 1 PM.

"Women's Health" Discussion with Gina Kolata (Ultimate Fitness) and Tribune columnist Mary Schmich. Dearborn Station, 1 PM.

Todd Parr The children's book author signs The Mommy Book, The Daddy Book, and other titles. Reading Chair Stage, 1:30 PM.

Joan Bauer The novelist (Stand Tall) reads from her works for young adults. Harold Washington Library Center, video theater, 2 PM.

"Computer Woes Answered" Program with Tribune technology columnist Jim Coates. Burnham Reading Room, 2 PM.

Edward Hirsch and Mary Kinzie Poetry readings. Poetry Tent, 2 PM.

"How to Judge a Cookbook" Panel with Tribune food writer Kristin Eddy, food editor Carol Haddix, and test- kitchen director Donna Pierce. Culinary Tent, 2 PM.

Lambda Literary Awards Readings by poet C.C. Carter, John D'Emilio (The World Turned: Essays on Gay History, Politics, and Culture), and Dwight McBride (Black Like Us: A Century of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual African American Fiction). Grace Place, second floor, 2 PM.

Erik Larson The writer discusses The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America. Heartland Literary Tent, 2 PM.

"Narratives From Real Life" Panel with Melissa Fay Greene (Last Man Out: The Story of the Springhill Mine Disaster), Robin Hemley (Invented Eden), and Adrian Nicole LeBlanc (Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx). Dearborn Station, 2 PM.

ShawChicago The company presents a concert reading of Love Scenes. Grace Place, first floor, 2 PM.

Terry Tempest Williams The naturalist discusses Leap. Nelson Algren Reading Room, 2 PM.

Writers Marketplace Trivia Round two. Arts & Entertainment Stage, 2 PM.

Alice James Press The publisher hosts readings by poets Dan Beachy-Quick, Donald Revell, and Mary Szybist. Grace Place, second floor, 3 PM.

"At Work: Then and Now" Panel with Eric Arnesen (Brotherhoods of Color), Franklin Rosemont (From Bughouse Square to the Beat Generation), Leon Fink (The Maya of Morganton), and Tribune labor writer Stephen Franklin. Dearborn Station, 3 PM.

Sidney Blumenthal The journalist and former Clinton adviser talks about The Clinton Wars. Harold Washington Library Center, auditorium, 3 PM.

Hillary Frank The writer reads from a novel for young adults, Better Than Running at Night. Harold Washington Library Center, video theater, 3 PM.

Craig Jobson The storyteller offers "The Billy Chronicles: Texas Tall Tales." Arts & Entertainment Stage, 3 PM.

"Murder and Mayhem: The Mystery in Real Life and Fiction" Panel with thriller writer Amy Gutman (The Anniversary), Tribune writer and novelist Michael Kilian (A Grave at Glorieta), and Tribune reporter Maurice Possley (Everybody Pays: Two Men, One Murder, and the Price of Truth). Nelson Algren Reading Room, 3 PM.

"New Beginnings, Spiritual Journeys, and the Discovery of Self" Discussion with Joan Anderson (A Year by the Sea: Thoughts of an Unfinished Woman) and Therese Jacobs-Stewart (Paths Are Made by Walking). Grace Place, first floor, 3 PM.

"The Paris Review" Readings by contributors Aleksandar Hemon (Nowhere Man) and Denis Johnson (Jesus' Son). Heartland Literary Tent, 3 PM.

Sonia Sanchez The writer reads poetry from Shake Loose My Skin. Poetry Tent, 3 PM.

"Your Money, Your World" Discussion with Tribune financial columnist William Barnhart and senior writer William Neikirk. Burnham Reading Room, 3 PM.

"The Fiction of Singledom" Panel with Steve Almond (My Life in Heavy Metal), Elizabeth Crane (When the Messenger Is Hot), Amy Gutman (The Anniversary), Yolanda Joe (The Hatwearer's Lesson), and Nina Solomon (Single Wife). Grace Place, second floor, 4 PM.

Journal of Ordinary Thought Readings by contributors to the Neighborhood Writing Alliance anthology. Nelson Algren Reading Room, 4 PM.

Lakeview High School Jazz Band Musical performance. Arts & Entertainment Stage, 4 PM.

"The Nuts and Bolts of Getting Published" Talk by literary agent Melanie Rigney. Grace Place, first floor, 4 PM.

"Poetry Magazine: A Retrospective" Talk by Poetry editor Joseph Parisi. Dearborn Station, 4 PM.

Young Chicago Authors High school students read their poetry and prose. Poetry Tent, 4 PM.

Tony Brown and Kucha Brownlee Storytelling. Reading Chair Stage, 4:30 PM.

Sunday, June 8

"All About Children's Books" Discussion with Linda Bubon of Women & Children First bookstore and author Esther Hershenhorn (Chicken Soup by Heart). Nelson Algren Reading Room, 10 AM.

Chicago Independent Publishers Panel with Hilary Alexis (Family Support America), Haki Madhubuti (Third World Press), Anita Miller (Academy Chicago), Julie Parson-Nesbitt (Tia Chucha Press), and Sharon Woodhouse (Lake Claremont Press). Dearborn Station, 10 AM.

Remy Bumppo Theatre Company The troupe performs The Pearl. Heartland Literary Tent, 10 AM.

John Feinstein The sportswriter presents Open: Inside the Ropes at Bethpage Black. Dearborn Station, 11 AM.

James McManus The author discusses Positively Fifth Street: Murderers, Cheetahs, and Binion's World Series of Poker with Tribune writer Rick Kogan. Heartland Literary Tent, 11 AM.

Matthew Pearl The novelist reads from The Dante Club. Burnham Reading Room, 11 AM.

TallGrass Writers Guild Members of the writing group read their work. Poetry Tent, 11 AM.

Alice Walker The author of The Color Purple reads from Absolute Trust in the Goodness of the Earth: New Poems. Harold Washington Library Center, auditorium, 11 AM.

Young Chicago Authors Poetry slam. Arts & Entertainment Stage, 11 AM.

"Young Readers Talk About the Books They Read" Novelist Hillary Frank moderates a panel of students. Nelson Algren Reading Room, 11 AM.

Esther Hershenhorn The children's book author reads from Chicken Soup by Heart. Reading Chair Stage, 11:15 AM.

"Faraway Fiction" Discussion with novelist John Burdett (Bangkok 8) and short-story writer John Murray (A Few Short Notes on Tropical Butterflies). Burnham Reading Room, noon.

"Jazz and Modernism" Panel with Louis Armstrong House director Michael Cogswell, Tribune Publishing president Jack Fuller, journalist William Gaines (Jelly's Blues), and Tribune critic Howard Reich, coauthor of Jelly's Blues. Heartland Literary Tent, noon.

New Town Writers Readings by contributors to the anthology Off the Rocks. Poetry Tent, noon.

Frederick Pohl The prolific science fiction novelist discusses his career with writer Sam Weller. Dearborn Station, noon.

"Teachers Who Write" Panel with Carolyn Alessio (The Voices of Hope), Esme Raji Codell (Sahara Special), and Manuel Luis Martinez (Drift). Nelson Algren Reading Room, noon.

Todd Parr The children's book author reads Otto Goes to Bed and other works. Reading Chair Stage, 12:45 PM.

"The Natural Landscape: Town vs. Country" Panel with Joel Greenberg (A Natural History of the Chicago Region), scholar and writer Carol LaChapelle, and Janisse Ray (Wild Card Quilt: Taking a Chance on Home). Dearborn Station, 1 PM.

Michael Durant The former army helicopter pilot presents In the Company of Heroes. Nelson Algren Reading Room, 1 PM.

Antonio Damasio The neurologist discusses Looking for Spinoza: Joy, Sorrow, and the Feeling Brain with University of Chicago ethicist Martha Nussbaum. Heartland Literary Tent, 1 PM.

Hands on Stanzas Participants in the Poetry Center of Chicago's high school outreach program read their work. Poetry Tent, 1 PM.

Leon Kass The University of Chicago professor talks about The Beginning of Wisdom: Reading Genesis. Burnham Reading Room, 1 PM.

Young Authors Award Ceremony Presentations by the Near South Planning Board. Arts & Entertainment Stage, 1 PM.

Margaret Atwood The Canadian novelist reads from Oryx and Crake. Harold Washington Library Center, auditorium, 1:30 PM.

After Hours Press The publisher hosts poetry readings by Nina Corwin, Larry Janowski, Quraysh Ali Lansana, and Charlie Rossiter. Poetry Tent, 2 PM.

"The Death Penalty" Panel with Tribune editorial writer Cornelia Grumman and reporters Steve Mills and Maurice Possley. Burnham Reading Room, 2 PM.

"First Fiction" Panel of debut authors with Elise Blackwell (Hunger), Courtney Brkic (Stillness: And Other Stories), Oscar Casares (Brownsville), and Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez (The Dirty Girls Social Club). Nelson Algren Reading Room, 2 PM.

Thomas Geoghegan The labor attorney (Which Side Are You On? Trying to Be for Labor When It's Flat on Its Back) discusses his work with John Tucker (Trial and Error: The Education of a Courtroom Lawyer). Dearborn Station, 2 PM.

"Speakeasy" Readings by Speakeasy magazine editor Bart Schneider and novelist Ana Castillo (Peel My Love Like an Onion). Heartland Literary Tent, 2 PM.

Writers Marketplace Trivia Final round. Arts & Entertainment Stage, 2 PM.

"The Domestic Writing Life" Panel with Chicago Magazine editor and novelist Richard Babcock (Bow's Boy), Tribune associate managing editor Robert Blau, novelist Gioia Diliberto (I Am Madame X), and Tribune Sunday magazine writer Leah Eskin. Dearborn Station, 3 PM.

Helen Frost The author reads from a novel for young adults, Keesha's House. Nelson Algren Reading Room, 3 PM.

Calvin Trillin The New Yorker staff writer and humorist talks about Feeding a Yen: Savoring Local Specialties from Kansas City to Cuzco. Heartland Literary Tent, 3 PM.

River Oak Arts The literary arts organization hosts an open mike. Poetry Tent, 3 PM.

"What's the Matter With Education?" Discussion with University of Chicago professor emeritus Wayne Booth (The Craft of Research) and UIC professor Gerald Graff (Clueless in Academe: How Schooling Obscures the Life of the Mind). Burnham Reading Room, 3 PM.

Myron Uhlberg The children's book author reads Lemuel the Fool and other works. Reading Chair Stage, 3:45 PM.

Nancy Osa The writer reads from a novel for young adults, Cuba 15. Dearborn Station, 4 PM.

Kevin Luthardt The children's book author and illustrator reads Peep! and other works. Reading Chair Stage, 4:30 PM.

Denise Berry-Hanna Storytelling. Reading Chair Stage, 5:15 PM.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photos/Jess Atwood Gibson, Tony Zavaleta.

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