The Near South Planning Board has postponed this year’s Printers Row
Lit Fest until Labor Day week-end, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 5 and 6, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Originally scheduled for June, Printers Row Lit Fest, presented by the NSPB, is the largest outdoor literary showcase in the Midwest, with 100% free programming.
New York Times bestselling author and National Book Award winner Ta-Nehisi Coates will headline the festival, as previously announced. Coates will receive this year’s Harold Washington Literary Award, kicking off the fest on Sept. 5 at 10 a.m. at the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium at the Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State St.
Organizers expect more than 100,000 visitors during the fest, which will feature nearly 100 events with local and national bestselling authors and more than 100 diverse booksellers—plus spoken word performances, chef demos, writing workshops, and events for children and young adults.
The fest will take place along Dearborn Street from Polk Street north to Ida B. Wells Drive. All festival programs are free and open to the public. For more information, visit printersrowlitfest.org.