Booklisters at Printers Row Lit Fest

Any Chicagoans reading this should know that the Printers Row Lit Fest is happening this Saturday and Sunday on historic Printer’s Row. Booklist editors will be out in full force, wresting ice cream cones from the hands of crying children appearing on panels, leading discussions, and being generally awesome. To follow is a Booklist-centric Printers Row schedule. I’ve linked event titles back to the Printers Row site (the source of the event descriptions) so that you can find all the details.

 

Saturday, June 10

10 am

You’re Not the Boss of Me: Keir Graff, Crystal Cestari, and Natasha Tarpley, moderated by Nara Schoenberg

Booklist Executive Editor Keir Graff

How do authors win the attention of young readers? Writers for those readers share their secrets. Keir Graff, executive editor of Booklist and cohost of Publishing Cocktails, has written his third novel, The Matchstick Castle, a funny, fantastical adventure story. Natasha Tarpley, founder of Voonderbar! Productions, is the author of a book for younger children titled I Love My Hair. In her new novel, The Harlem Charade, a trio of pre-teens sets out to solve a mystery. Crystal Cestari recently published her first novel, The Best Kind of Magic, which follows a matchmaker who investigates whether there really is a happily ever after. Leading the conversation is Chicago Tribune journalist Nara Schoenberg, who writes about relationships, health and books.

 

1pm

Horrors Real and Imagined: Anne Elizabeth Moore and Daniel Kraus in Conversation

Booklist Books for Youth editor Daniel Kraus

Join essayist and cultural critic Anne Elizabeth Moore (Body Horror), and horror novelist Daniel Kraus (Trollhunters) as they discuss the landscape of horror in literature, comics, and movies, and how they reflect, distract, or counteract real-life horrors. Expect recommendations of obscure horror lit, gushing reviews about underseen horror flicks, and ravings on why cannibalism is the perfect metaphor for just about everything. In person, Ms. Moore and Mr. Kraus are kind and funny people, and to their knowledge have never consumed human flesh.

 

3:30pm

Undiscovered Women Artists: Donna Seaman, Identity Unknownʺ in conversation with Audrey Niffenegger

Booklist Adult Books Editor Donna Seaman

Donna Seaman, editor of adult books for Booklist, member of the advisory council for the American Writers Museum, and recipient of the James Friend Memorial Award for Literary Criticism, is recognized for her literary achievements. In her new book, Identity Unknown: Rediscovering Seven American Women Artists, Donna Seaman shares her passionate interest in visual arts, particularly a set of underappreciated women artists, including Ree Morton and Lenore Tawney, who have inspired her over the years. She will appear in conversation with writer and artist Audrey Niffenegger, whose novels include The Time Traveler’s Wife, as well as illustrated books like Raven Girl and The Night Bookmobile, plus a collaboration with Eddie Campbell forthcoming next year. The discussion will focus on the artists in Seaman’s new book and extend to consider the joys, struggles and rewards of making art.

 

Sunday, June 11

3pm

Coming of Age: Jane Hamilton. Allegra Goodman and Ann Leary in conversation with Donna Seaman

Coming of age is a bumpy road full of U-turns and detours that make for wonderful literature. Jane Hamilton’s The Short History of a Prince won the Chicago Tribune’s Heartland Prize, The Book of Ruth won the PEN/Ernest Hemingway Foundation Award for best first novel, and A Map of the World was an Oprah Book Club selection. Hamilton’s most recent work of fiction, The Excellent Lombards, focuses on a girl growing up and facing the harsh realities of the fragmenting family’s Wisconsin apple orchard.  Goodman’s novels include The Cookbook Collector, and Intuition. Goodman, winner of both a Whiting Writer’s Award and fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, has published stories in The New Yorker and Best American Short Stories. Her new novel,The Chalk Artist, raises profound questions about technology, literature and art. In The Children, Leary chronicles the gyrations of an affluent blended family as the youngest heir brings his fiancée into the mix. Leading the conversation is critic and author Donna Seaman, editor of adult books at Booklist and author of Identity Unknown: Rediscovering Seven American Women Artists.

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Eugenia Williamson is the Associate Editor of Digital Products at Booklist. She worked in bookstores for twelve years, reviews books for The Boston Globe, and writes about books, culture, and politics for several other publications. Follow her on Twitter at @Booklist_Genie.

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