Printers Row Book Fair

COME ONE, COME ALL to the Chicago Tribune Printers Row Book Fair held on South Dearborn Street in Chicago, Illinois, on June 7 and 8, 2008.  This year the University Library is partnering with the Illini Union Bookstore, the University of Illinois Alumni Association, the University of Illinois Press, and the Dalkey Archive Press to present two days of alumni and faculty book signings.  The location will be Tent K, just south of Harrison Street.  The Library corner will feature digitized resources relevant to Chicago, which are available to the public via the Illinois Harvest Web Portal .

Professor Valerie Hotchkiss, head of The Rare Book & Manuscript Library , will make a presentation at the University Center-Loop Room, 525 South State Street, at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 8.  She will talk with Seth Lerer, Stanford University English Professor, and Robert Greenman, consultant to the The New York Times “Newspaper in Education” program and longtime journalism teacher. The session will focus oh Hotchkiss’s new book, English in Print from Caxton to Shakespeare to Milton (University of Illinois Press, 2008), co-authored with Fred C. Robinson, the Douglas Tracy Smith Professor Emeritus of English at Yale University.  Copies of the book will be available at the tables hosted by the University of Illinois Press in Tent K.

Willis Regier, director of the University of Illinois Press, will join John O’Brien of Dalkey Archive Press for a panel discussion on international publishing at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 7, in the University Center-Multimedia Room.

Nicholas Delbanco, author of The Count of Concord (Dalkey Archive Press, 2008) also is included on the list of Chicago Tribune programs for Saturday, June 7.  Delbanco is the Robert Frost Distinguished Professor at the University of Michigan and plans to participate in a panel discussion, “Not So Ordinary People,” at 11:30 a.m. in the University Center-Park Fountain Room.

A full schedule of program events will be published by the Chicago Tribune as a supplement to its May 30 edition.  Questions about the Library’s participation in the Fair may be directed to Roxanne Frey .

To date, the following authors are scheduled to appear at Tent K for the University of Illinois:


1:00-1:30 p.m.
Dustin Dumas Weeks, Lessons from a Recovering Worker Bee (2008). UIUC, B.S. Business Administration, 1990.  Author, consultant, television show host, investment banker.  Former competitor, “No Boundaries,” W.B. TV, 2002.  Ran track while she was a student at UIUC.

2:00-2:30 p.m.
Patricia Hruby-Powell, Frog Brings Rain and Zinnia: How the Corn was Saved (Salina Bookshelf, 2006).  UIUC, B.F.A. Dance, 1979 and M.S. Library and Information Science, 1994.  Children’s author, storyteller/dancer, librarian.

2:00-2:30 p.m.
Alice B. McGinty , Thank You, World (Dial Books, 2007).  UIUC, B.S. Leisure Studies and Psychology, 1986. Children’s author.

2:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Denise Swanson, Murder of a Chocolate-Covered Cherry / Scrumble River Mysteries, Book 10 (Penguin Group, 2008).  UIUC, B.S. Psychology, 1979.  Mystery author.  Her first book, Murder of a Small-Town Honey , was nominated for the Agatha Best First Mystery.

3:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Andrew Ervin, Bayo Ojikuto, and Amy Sayre-Roberts, contributors to Chicago Noir (Akashic Books, 2005).  Recent UIUC M.F.A. 2008 graduates.  Bayo Ojikuto is also the author of Free Burning (Three Rivers Press, 2006).

4:00-4:30 p.m.
Kevin Davis, Defending the Damned: Inside a Dark Corner of the Justice System (Simon and Schuster, 2007).  UIUC, B.S. Editorial News, 1985.  Journalist, author, and magazine writer.

4:30-5:00 p.m.
Orville Vernon Burton, The Age of Lincoln (Hill and Wang, 2007).  UIUC Professor of History and Sociology, Senior Research Scientist, National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA).


1:00-1:30 p.m
Paula Kamen, Finding Iris Chang: Friendship, Ambition, and the Loss of an Extraordinary Mind (Da Capo Press, 2007). UIUC, B.S. Editorial News, 1989.  Feminist author and playwright.  (Iris Chang’s papers are held by the University of Illinois Library).

2:00-2:30 p.m.
Kim Strickland, The Wish Club (Random House, 2007).  UIUC, B.S. Broadcast Journalism, 1985.  United Airlines pilot.

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