Join The Mash at Printers Row Lit Fest this weekend!

We’re sponsoring a special stage that’s just for teens with all kinds of cool stuff. Stop by to visit us, check out the programs in our tent and get some Mash swag!

Keep up with what’s going on at Lit Fest from your phone by downloading the FREE Printers Row Lit Fest app for iPhone or Android.

Here’s what’s going on at The Mash stage…


10 a.m. Polyphony H.S. student reading

10:45 a.m. Young Chicago Authors’ Louder Than A Bomb All-Stars

11:45 a.m. Young Adult Fiction: Young and Restless with STEPHANIE HEMPHILL, JOHN COY, DANIEL KRAUS and BARRY LYGA moderated by CAROLYN ALESSIO

1 p.m. Young Adult Fiction: Dark Days with VERONICA ROTH, APRILLYNNE PIKE, ELIZABETH NORRIS and BETHANY GRIFFIN moderated by Claire Zulkey

2 p.m. Memoirs, Dance Floors and Dinosaurs: Stories by the Writers at 826CHI

3 p.m. Chicago Public Library’s Teen Volume Project presents popular teen books in partnership with Promethean Theatre Ensemble.

4:30 p.m. Literature for All of Us — teen poetry reading

5 p.m. AMBER TAMBLYN in conversation with MARK ELEVELD

Click here for printable schedule of Saturday’s events at all stages


10 a.m. Near South Planning Board Young Authors Award Ceremony presented by W. NIKOLA-LISA

11:15 a.m. Young Adult Fiction: The Real World with GABRIELLE ZEVIN, JULIE ANNE PETERS,  EBONY JOY WILKINS and BETH NEFF moderated by Billy Lombardo

12:30 p.m. Newbery Award-winning authors RICHARD PECK and LINDA SUE PARK

in conversation with Elizabeth Taylor

1:45 p.m. Elementary, My Dear Watson with MARIANNE MALONE, ILENE COOPER, KEIR GRAFF and DAVID LUBAR moderated by Amy Alessio

2:45 p.m. Young Adult Isn’t Writing Down with KAT FALLS, ERICA O’ROUKE, ADAM  SELZER and JULIE CROSS moderated by Joelle Charbonneau

Click here for a printable schedule of Sunday’s events at all stages


What is the Chicago Tribune Printers Row Lit Fest?
The Printers Row Lit Fest was founded in 1985 by the Near South Planning Board to attract visitors to the Printers Row neighborhood (once the city’s bookmaking hub). By 2002, it had grown to five city blocks (on Dearborn, from Congress to Polk), attracting more than 200 booksellers from across the country displaying new, used and antiquarian books, and featuring seven stages with more than 100 free literary programs.

As part of its ongoing commitment to the written word and its support of literacy and literary endeavor, the Chicago Tribune purchased the Printers Row Book Fair in 2002 from the Near South Planning Board. Recently renamed to be the Printer’s Row Lit Fest, it is considered the largest free outdoor literary event in the Midwest-drawing more than 125,000 book lovers to the two-day showcase.

Where is Printers Row Lit Fest?
Printers Row Lit Fest is located on historic Printers Row, on and around the area of Dearborn Street, from Congress to Polk streets in Chicago.

Read more FAQs about Printers Row Lit Fest here.

>> Want more info about what’s going on at the 2012 Printers Row Lit Fest? Click here to check out all the scheduled events.

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