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.
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...