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Printers Row Lit Fest, Sept. 11-12

Midland Authors Award winners and honorees will discuss their books at noon, Sunday, Sept. 12, at the Printers Row Lit Fest, in the program tent.

In addition, authors will be signing and selling their books throughout Saturday, Sept. 11, and Sunday, Sept. 12, at the Midland Authors tent at Printers Row Lit Fest — the largest free outdoor literary event in the Midwest. The festival takes place along Dearborn Street between Ida B. Wells Drive and Polk Street in Chicago’s Printers Row neighborhood. For more details, see printersrowlitfest.org.

Amelia Cotter, who served as a judge for the children’s fiction award, will moderate the Midland Authors Awards panel discussion at noon on Sept. 12, featuring:

— Jack Shuler, who won the Richard Frisbie Award for Adult Nonfiction for his book This Is Ohio: The Overdose Crisis and the Front Lines of a New America.

— Helen Frost, who won the Children’s Fiction Award for her book All He Knew.

— Riva Lehrer, who won the Bernard J. Brommel Award for Biography and Memoir for her book Golem Girl: A Memoir.

— Amy Timberlake, a Children’s Fiction Award honorees for her book Skunk and Badger.

— Patricia Hruby Powell, a Children’s Reading Round Table Award for Children’s Nonfiction honoree for her book Lift As You Climb: The Story of Ella Baker.

— Philip Metres, a Poetry Award honoree for his book Shrapnel Maps.

After the discussion, these authors will sign their books at the Midland Authors space in Tent E, on Dearborn Street north of Harrison Street. Free copies of the award-winning books and honored books will be available in limited quantities on a first-come, first-served basis Sunday at the Midland Authors tent.

In addition to the award winners and honorees, the following authors are scheduled to sign and sell their books at the Midland Authors tent during the weekend:

Saturday, Sept. 11

10 a.m.-noon: David G. Clark, Kate Hannigan, William Hazelgrove, Kathleen McElligott, Frances McNamara, Mary Wisniewski, David Witter

Noon-2 p.m.: David G. Clark, Joe Gustaitis, Kate Hannigan, William Hazelgrove, Savy Leiser, Paul Lisnek, Frances McNamara, Pat Palella, Patrick Reardon, Nancy Nau Sullivan, David Witter, Ray Ziemer

2-4 p.m.: Daniel Burns, David G. Clark, William Hazelgrove, Libby Hellmann, Dave Hoekstra, John Holden, Savy Leiser, Edward McClelland, Frances McNamara, Pat Palella, Gerard Plecki, Michele Weldon

4-6 p.m.: David G. Clark, William Hazelgrove, John Holden, Savy Leiser, Frances McNamara, Pat Palella, Gerard Plecki

Sunday, Sept. 12

10 a.m.-noon: Sandra Colbert, William Hazelgrove, John Holden, Savy Leiser, Frances McNamara, David Witter

Noon-2 p.m.: Joe Gustaitis, Michael Haupt, William Hazelgrove, Savy Leiser, Frances McNamara, Pat Palella, Patrick Reardon, Michele Weldon, David Witter

2-4 p.m.: Amelia Cotter, William Hazelgrove, Savy Leiser, Frances McNamara, Pat Palella

4-6 p.m.: Geraldine K. Piorkowski, William Hazelgrove, Savy Leiser, Frances McNamara, Pat Palella

Masks are required both inside and outside for both vaccinated and unvaccinated visitors at the Lit Fest. According to City of Chicago guidelines, “For programs hosted inside tents and indoor venues, masks will be required and guests over the age of 12 are required to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test result within the last 48 hours, along with a valid photo ID. Unmasked children will not be allowed in program tents or indoor venues.”

For a full list of the Midland Authors Award winners and honorees, see our announcement.

Woodstock @ 50 with Gerald Plecki

Woodstock at 50

POSTPONED. Watch this space for the rescheduling. 


 Cocktail hour: 6-7 pm; Panel discussion: 7-8 pm at the Cliff Dwellers Club, 200 S. Michigan Ave., 22ndfloor penthouse­—with a great view of Millennium Park!

Masks will be required; social distancing will be practiced. Stay safe!

Free, open to the public; Free appetizers, cash bar

Singing in the Rain: The Definitive Story of Woodstock at Fifty, by Gerard Plecki


An inside look at the creative energyand seminal performances that shaped this legendary event in 1969.The only publicationthat reviews every song performed by every musician at the iconic festival. Foreword by Jorma Kaukonen of the Jefferson Airplane.

Plecki will discuss his new book, in conversation with Walter Podraziktelevision historian and analyst, and lecturer at the Dept. of Communication, University of Illinois, Chicago.

“Wally” is co-author of ten books, including Watching TV: Eight Decades of American Television.

Plecki has written articles on music and film criticism, and his previous book, Robert Altman, is an authoritative analysis of this unconventional American director’s films. Come hear Plecki discuss the inside story of how Woodstock came to be—and how it profoundly impacted politics, music and society.

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For more information, contact Greg Borzo: (312) 636-8968; gborzo@comcast.net