Saturday, June 11, 2011

Get Lit.

Last weekend was the Printer's Row Book Fair, ie. the best weekend of my last 3 summers in Chicago. It's held each year on five city blocks in Printer's Row, with over 200 vendors.

This year was extra fun because my mom got to come along with Christy and I - she even endured the insanely hot weather for us (note the ice cream truck parked next to the book tables).
One of the best things about walking toward the book fair is that all of a sudden it's okay to be a nerd. The Strand book bags, Reading Is Sexy t-shirts, glasses everywhere, and armloads of books...and suddenly you feel almost normal.

It's almost overwhelming how many books are there...overwhelming but awesome.
How many books does it take to fill an Acura?

This is one of my favorite displays every year: card catalog drawers full of books.

Here's what I came home with:

John Adams by David McCullough
Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era by James McPherson
The Brothers Karamazov by Fyoder Dostoevsky
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

See you there next year? Keep an eye open for me: I'll be the one with the glasses and B&N book bag...


GLENDA CHILDERS said... Reply To This Comment

Thanks for the link, my book loving Jenny.


Sharelle said... Reply To This Comment

Ahhh! That looks amazing! I just love literary events where I get to feel normal too.

Thanks for posting.

kate said... Reply To This Comment

Three things:

1. I am so sad I missed this... were they doing this when we were at Moody?!

2. Good job not buy the whole lot, as I would've done.
(You have our Myopic trip as proof)

3. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. I can't wait to discuss with you soon!

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