From Agate's Anjali Becker:

Here at Agate, early June means one thing: the Printers Row Lit Fest. Put on every year by our friends over at the Chicago Tribune, the PRLF is a weekend-long celebration of books and authors. Hundreds of thousands of people descend on the Printers Row neighborhood to browse tents-full of books, hear authors speak, and mingle with other book-lovers. 

Agate will be selling books at special discounts in our tent, which can be found on Dearborn just north of Polk. Additionally, a number of Agate authors will be appearing at the fest—scroll down for the schedule.

Saturday, June 8:

-Power Vegan author Rea Frey will appear in conversation with Dawn Jackson Blatner (registered dietitian, author, and Chicago Cubs nutrition consultant), moderated by Tribune writer Monica Eng; 10:00-10:45 at the Good Eating stage

-Prep School author James P. DeWan will host a cooking demo; 11:00-11:30 at the Good Eating stage

-Long Division author Kiese Laymon joins fellow debut authors Samathan Hoffman and Jason Mott in a discussion moderated by author Scott Blackwood; 11:30-12:15 at the Jones College Prep Student Learning Center.

-Soup & Bread Cookbook author Martha Bayne will sign copies of her book at the Agate tent; 1:15-1:45

-Ramblers author Michael Lenehan joins Ted Cox and Robert Weintraub to discuss sports stories in a panel moderated by Tribune sports editor Tim Bannon; 1:45-2:30 at the University Center Park Fountain room.

Sunday, June 9:

-Vegan Indian Cooking author Anupy Singla will sign copies of her books at the Agate tent; 11:00-11:30

-The New Old Bar author Dan Smith demonstrates the art of party foods and classic cocktails; 12:15-12:45 at the Good Eating stage

-Hot Doug's: The Book author Doug Sohn in conversation with the Tribune's "Cheap Eater" columnist Kevin Pang; 1:00-1:45 at the Good Eating stage

-10 Buildings That Changed America authors Dan Protess and Geoffrey Baer will screen parts of their book's companion documentary that aired nationally on PBS and discuss how they chose the buildings and made show, moderated by Tribune editor Mark Jacob; 2:00-2:45 at the Wyndham Blake Hotel's Burnham Room.

-Agate president Doug Seibold discusses the state of ebooks with Mark Jacob, moderated by Tribune editor Colin McMahon; 3:30-4:15 in the University Center's River Room.

For a complete schedule of events, click here. And of course, various Agate staffers will be on hand to sell books and talk about our upcoming season all weekend long. We hope to see you there!