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Episode 19 – Printers Row Recap!

June 12, 2013 by willynast
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Did you miss out on last weekend’s Printers Row Lit Fest in Chicago? Don’t despair! We’ve got you covered.

What is Printers Row?  Well, it’s the largest free outdoor (and indoor) literary event in the Midwest, drawing more than 125,000 book lovers to the two-day showcase. The Lit Fest has a little bit of everything. You can check out panels, readings, discussions, and book signings featuring hundreds of authors, bestselling and independent alike. (Judy Blume was one of this year’s headliners). You can spend hours hunting for new, used, or antiquarian books at one of more than 200 booksellers. And there’s more: a stage with cooking demonstrations from celebrity chefs, a kids’ area, food trucks — the only thing missing is beer. (Luckily, you can drink one while you listen to the show!)

In this episode, we take you to panel discussions featuring writers Wendy Webb, Susan HahnAdam McOmber, and Samuel Park, and learn why Anders Nilsen, Laura Park, Zak Sally and Jeffrey Brown hate being called graphic novelists. We review the highs and lows of book pitches and discuss the Chicago Tribune’s foray into the untamed wilds of eBook publishing. Also, Willy visits the small press tent for an inside scoop on what the editors and publishers look for and the work that gets them excited. We hear from The Paris Review, McSweeney’s, featherproofMidwestern GothicCurbside SplendorBULLPost Mortem Press, Switchback Books, and Other Voices Books. Plus, a reading from our friends at 826CHI!

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The Paris Review snapped this picture of Willy interviewing Clare Fentress.

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