Reader, Writer, Reviewer

Printers Row Lit Fest


Yesterday The Bestie and I (and our boys) went downtown for Printers Row Lit Fest.  We got lucky with some beautiful weather and we even saw Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel!  I had saved $121 in spare change and only spent $80.  So, the goods…

I was excited to see that Novel-T was back, and they had a prime location pretty close to the front of the fair.  I got the Alice t-shirt two years ago, and this year I got the Poe T ($25).

I saw this beautiful three volume set of History of Civilization in England from 1891, but unfortunately it was $155, so a bit out of my price range.  But they were so gorgeous and in great condition…

???????????????????????????????My great find was this special edition of Trial of Lizzie Borden.  It includes the background of the Bordens and the crime, and the full transcript of the trial (originally published in 1937).  I thought it would make a great addition to my true crime collection.

???????????????????????????????My favorite booth to peruse is The Typewriter, where they sell individual printing blocks.  I love pouring over all of the letters to spell something out an I added two new sets to my growing collection.  In wood I spelled BOOK, and in metal I found 8:15 (our anniversary).

???????????????????????????????At the Half Priced Books tent I found some gifts for my dad for fathers day and a copy of Sin in the Second City: Madams, Ministers, Playboys, and the Battle for America’s Soul.  It was a great day of bookish nerdery.

Also, stay tuned for the cutest picture ever of Rach and I in which we show off her birthday presents when we do our next installment of Bestie Banters this week!

Author: Julie Merilatt

I live in a Chicago suburb with my husband and a house full of books. Book collecting, reading, and reviewing consume my life. I have a special affinity for all things Alice in Wonderland. I began my education at Carthage College, wanting to be an English teacher. Eventually I decided that Carthage and I weren’t a good fit anymore, so I transferred to North Park University, where I realized I didn’t want to be a teacher. So I finished my education with a degree in English with a writing concentration. I was always a voracious reader and wrote my first review in April 2007. I don’t remember why exactly I decided to write a review, only that I had just finished The Agony and the Ecstasy and had a strong feeling that I needed to express how I felt about it. This inspired me to write reviews about each book I wrote and after posting on Amazon for two years, I was invited into the Amazon Vine program. I am also an active reviewer/member of Goodreads and enjoy being an active member of the online book community.

2 thoughts on “Printers Row Lit Fest

  1. Sounds like a fantastic way to spend a day, great pick ups!

  2. Pingback: 2014 Recap | JulzReads

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