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State of a Fair

By Margaret Hicks in Arts & Entertainment on May 30, 2006 3:50PM

It’s always hard to come back after a three-day weekend and be hopeful. But here are a few things that let us know the world is going to be okay:

1. Township High School District 214 voted 6-1 to not ban the books! Sorry Pinney.

2. The authors of "Freakonomics", Stephen Dubner and Steven Levitt, are giving away 50 free copies of the book to students at District 214, in appreciation of not having their book banned. Awesome.

3. It’s time, finally, for the Printers Row Book Fair!

Book fair.jpgThe bibliophile’s greatest weekend ever is finally here. We’ll list the quick deets now, and go over some highlights throughout the week.

The 22nd Printers Row Book Fair is June 3rd & 4th, 10AM-6PM. This year, there is an overwhelming 200 authors and 150 book sellers.

There are some new additions to the fair this year. Kid's Alley will have special programs, an arts and crafts center and Curious George. You might see us there, smooching with our favorite monkey. And maybe Curious George too.

There’s a Chicago Tribune “Take a Break Lounge” that will have some good reading chairs and a special photography exhibit.

Rock for Reading is a program that will collect new and “gently used” books (why does that sound dirty to us?) to fight illiteracy. I’m sure they’ll love our copy of “Lifeguard on Duty” by Janice Dickinson.

Keep in mind that all events are free, but the programs at the Harold Washington Library do require tickets. You can get these through the Printers Row Book Fair website.

Stay tuned this week for a closer look at some of the authors and programs