Agate at Printers Row 2016

This Saturday and Sunday, June 11-12, Agate will be returning to Printers Row Lit Fest, the Chicago Tribune’s annual book festival, which happens to be the largest of its kind in the Midwest. Come visit the Agate staff and many of our fantastic authors in Tent BB, located on Dearborn Avenue just north of Polk Street. There will be deeply discounted prices on both new books and back-listed titles. 

If you’re interested in meeting any of our authors, check out the schedule of demos, talks, and book signings below.


Marilynne Robinson in conversation with Mary Schmich

Sat., 10-10:45am, Harold Washington Library Center, Cindy Pritzker Auditorium

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Even the Terrible Things Seem Beautiful to Me Now

Even the Terrible Things Seem Beautiful to Me Now

Mary Schmich

Raymond Lambert, ALL JOKES ASIDE

Agate Tent Signing: Sat., 11am-12:00pm, Agate Publishing Tent

All Jokes Aside

Following on his critically acclaimed 2012 documentary Phunny Business, Raymond Lambert delivers an uproarious and insightful memoir on the heralded Chicago comedy club, All Jokes Aside, which helped launch the careers of Jamie Foxx, Mo’Nique, Chris Rock, Steve Harvey, Dave Chappelle, and many more of today’s household names in entertainment.

Raymond Lambert


Agate Tent Signing: Sat., 12-1:00pm, Agate Publishing Tent

Red Velvet Underground

Former indie-rock musician (Blake Babies, Mysteries of Life) and writer Freda Love Smith delivers a heartfelt book on the cross-section of food and music, as well as her yearlong journey teaching her son to cook.

Freda Love Smith

Diana Moles, Jolene Worthington, and Maureen Schulman, THE ELI’S CHEESECAKE COOKBOOK

Sat., 1:45-2:15pm, Food and Dining Stage

Agate Tent Signing: Sat., 2:30-3:00pm, Agate Publishing Tent

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The Eli’s Cheesecake Cookbook

Celebrates the 35th anniversary of Eli’s Cheesecake, the iconic dessert from Eli Schulman’s landmark Chicago restaurant—Eli’s The Place for Steak. With 50 recipes and entertaining anecdotes of celebrity favorites and historical events marked by Eli’s signature dish, this is the go-to guide for cheesecake.

Maureen Schulman


Sat., 2:30-3:15pm, Food and Dining Stage

Agate Tent Signing: Sat., 3:30-4:00pm, Agate Publishing Tent

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Prep School

A collection of articles from the Chicago Tribune column of the same name, Prep School is the ultimate tool on learning how to become a better cook and offers an array of helpful cooking techniques and advice for beginner and gourmet chefs alike.

James P. DeWan

Jocelyn Delk Adams, GRANDBABY CAKES

Sat., 3:30-4:00pm, Food and Dining Stage

Agate Tent Signing: Sat., 4:15-5:00pm, Agate Publishing Tent

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Grandbaby Cakes

Beautiful debut cookbook from Jocelyn Delk Adams, nationally adored food blogger and a fresh new voice in home baking. Grandbaby Cakes offers 50 vintage cakes with modern twists, tracing the roots of her family’s recipes with charming anecdotes and delicious results. A book perfect for passing from generation to generation.

Jocelyn Delk Adams


Coffee with Mary Schmich and Eric Zorn

Sun., 10-11:00am, Center Stage

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Even the Terrible Things Seem Beautiful to Me Now

Even the Terrible Things Seem Beautiful to Me Now

Mary Schmich

Chefs from the Green City Market, THE GREEN CITY MARKET COOKBOOK

Sun., 11-11:30am, Food and Dining Stage

Agate Tent Signing: Sun., 12-12:30pm, Agate Publishing Tent

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The Green City Market Cookbook

The Green City Market Cookbook is the first collection of recipes from the premier Midwest farmers market.

Green City Market

Jeannie Morris, BEHIND THE SMILE

Agate Tent Signing: Sun., 11:30am-12pm, Agate Publishing Tent

Behind the Smile

An enthralling and candid memoir by award-winning journalist Jeannie Morris about Carol Moseley Braun’s groundbreaking and tumultuous, yet ultimately victorious, 1992 US Senate campaign. Credited by Barack Obama as an important predecessor for his own campaigns, Moseley Braun is still the only African-American woman ever elected to the US Senate.

Jeannie Morris

JeanMarie Brownson, DINNER AT HOME

Sun., 12:45-1:30pm, Food and Dining Stage

Agate Tent Signing: Sun., 1:45-2:15pm, Agate Publishing Tent

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Dinner at Home

140 original recipes for sharing with friends and family, including themed menus for holidays and special occasions. Brownson, a longtime Chicago Tribune columnist, food editor, and test kitchen director, co-authored the James Beard award-winning Mexico: One Plate at a Time with Rick Bayless, and culinary director of Frontera Foods and Frontera Media Productions.

JeanMarie Brownson


Sun., 3:30-4:15pm, Hotel Blake, Dearborn Room

Agate Tent Signing: Sun., 4:45-5:15pm, Agate Publishing Tent

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Play It Forward

An inspiring story of entrepreneurial spirit and redemption, featuring business woman Joan Barnes. The book follows her journey from founding and leading Gymboree to the brink of its prosperous IPO, to the personal crisis that forced her to step down as CEO, to her successful second act as the founder of an innovative yoga business.

Joan Barnes

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