It may be a shroggy Friday, but the weekend promises to have plenty of sunshine and warm temperatures for this year’s Printers Row Lit Fest. Agate will be returning in full force to the Chicago Tribune’s annual book festival (the largest in the Midwest), and we will be joined by plenty of terrific authors.

Come visit Agate staff in Tent CC, located on Dearborn St. just north of the intersection at Polk, for deeply discounted prices on new books and backlisted titles. If you’re interested in meeting any of our authors, check out the schedule of demos and talks below. Most Agate authors below will be signing copies of their books at the Agate tent a half hour following the conclusion of their program.

 

Saturday

Clarence Page, CULTURE WORRIER: SELECTED COLUMNS 1984-2014

Sat., 10-10:45am, Jones College Prep/North Auditorium

Clarence Page, whose book CULTURE WORRIER celebrates his 30 years as a Chicago Tribune columnist, will be appearing on a panel discussion with David Axelrod (Believer) and Kristen McQueary as moderated by Chicago Tribune Editorial Board member Bruce Dold. Tickets Required. More info here.

 

Mary Schmich, EVEN THE TERRIBLE THINGS SEEM BEAUTIFUL TO ME NOW

Sat., 10-10:45am, Center Stage

Join Chicago Tribune columnists Mary Schmich and Eric Zorn for coffee provided by Peet's Coffee. More info here.

 

Summer Miller, NEW PRAIRIE KITCHEN

Sat., 10:30-11:00am, Good Eating Stage

Summer Miller will be demonstrating recipes from her book, New Prairie Kitchen, which profiles chefs, farmers, and artisans from the Great Plains states of Nebraska, Iowa, and South Dakota. Miller’s writing has appeared in Saveur, Every Day with Rachael Ray, Edible Omaha, Edible Feast, Nebraska Life, Omaha Magazine, and the Reader. She blogs at www.scaldedmilk.com. More info here.

 

Jabari Asim, ONLY THE STRONG

Sat., 11:15am-12:00pm, Jones College Prep/Classroom #5030

Jabari Asim will be a part of a panel discussion titled “Fiction: City Lit” with Alexai Galaviz-Budziszewski, author of Painted Cities and LaShonda Katrice Barnett, author of Jam on the Vine. The discussion will be moderated by Karen Long, manager of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards for the Cleveland Foundation. Tickets Required. More info here.

 

Mark Jacob, 10 THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT NEARLY EVERYTHING

Sat., 2:00-2:45pm, Jones College Prep/North Auditorium

Kenneth C. Davis, author of The Hidden History of America at War, will be appearing in conversation with Mark Jacob, author of 10 Things You Might Not Know About Nearly Everything. Tickets Required. More info here.

 

JeanMarie Brownson, SUMMER COOKING and DINNER AT HOME

Sat., 2:30-3:15pm, Good Eating Stage

JeanMarie Brownson is the former Test Kitchen Director for the Chicago Tribune. JeanMarie is a co-owner of Frontera Foods, Inc., along with Chef Rick Bayless. She will be demonstrating recipes from the new Chicago Tribune cookbook Summer Cooking, as well as her own cookbook, Dinner at Home, which will be published in November 2015. More info here.  

 

Ian Belknap and Lindsey Muscato, BARE-KNUCKLED LIT

Sat., 3-3:45pm, RedEye Stage

WRITE CLUB is the world's greatest competitive reading series, featuring only the most audacious and fearsome of writers and performers. The show consists of 3 bouts of 2 writers each representing one of two opposing ideas (assigned in advance). They are given 7 minutes each to convince the audience of the superiority of their idea. Overlord and Founder Ian Belknap and co-producer Lindsay Muscato will host the show; local writers will compete. More info here.

 

Erin Harper and Marianne Mather Morgan, GANGSTESR & GRIFTERS

Sat., 4:15-5:00pm, Jones College Prep/Classroom #5034

Two of the Chicago Tribune photo editors who helped put together this fascinating collection of classic crime photography from the newspaper’s archives will be appearing to discuss the process of making the book and the cases it portrays. Tickets Required. More info here.

 

Sunday

Anupy Singla, INDIAN FOR EVERYONE

Sun., 11-11:30am, Good Eating Stage

Anupy Singla, the bestselling cookbook author and America’s foremost source on authentic Indian home cooking, will be demonstrating recipes from her newest book. Singla is the founder and CEO of Indian as Apple Pie, her company that creates and sells custom spice blends and unique homegoods. Singla was formerly an on-air TV reporter for CLTV News and Bloomberg TV. More info here.

 

Mike Zajakowski and Chris Walker, CHICAGO PORTRAITS

Sun., 1:30-2:15pm, Jones College Prep/Classroom #5034

Two of the Chicago Tribune photo editors who worked on the stunningly beautiful coffee-table book, Chicago Portraits, will discuss how it came together. The book portrays beautiful photographic portraits of famous Chicagoans, well-known visitors to the city, and everyday locals, as shot by award-winning photojournalists. Tickets Required. More info here.