Lauren Hill Contact Reporter
March 7, 2019
The Near South Planning Board, the original founders of the Printers Row Lit Fest, will once again own and manage the event. The Tribune will remain a sponsor while Wintrust will be the principal sponsor for programming.
The Chicago Tribune took over the free literary event in 2002. For 16 years, the Tribune worked with the Near South Planning Board to establish the event as the largest free outdoor literary showcase in the Midwest.
Bruce Dold, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of the Tribune said, “We look forward to working with the Near South Planning Board on the 2019 Lit Fest.”
This year’s Printers Row Lit Fest will be held on June 8 and 9 along Dearborn Street and Ida B. Wells to Polk Street, as it has in previous years. The event will feature local and international booksellers, presses and publishers.
Bette Cerf Hill, the founder of the Printers Row Book Fair in 1985 said, “While we are grateful for the support of the Tribune and the amazing public awareness they brought to the event, it is energizing to once more welcome the booksellers and the public and the authors and the book loving public who will fill the streets to celebrate all things literature. All the programs and admission will be free to all of the public.”
President of the Near South Planning Board Bonnie Sanchez-Carlson said, “We welcome the opportunity to renew and build on the open and joyous event it has been since the beginning.”