Anybody with an ounce of affection for newspapers — or ideas, or wit, or good writing — ought to be interested in a summit of two first-rate columnists from big metro dailies. The
, recently awarded the
for her columns, will be talking with Gail Collins of
. Maureen Dowd gets more ink at the Times, but for my money, Collins is more playful, more insightful and a far easier, more engaging long-term companion.
, University Center/Lake Room
— Steve Johnson, reporter
I've had the delight of talking about the reporting of his book with Jimmy Greenfield (who sits 10 feet from my desk at the Tribune). Jimmy brought his book ("100 Things Cubs Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die") alive as we talked about the topic of the
. I know he is a great storyteller, and his talk will be a wonderful treat.
, Trib Nation Stage
— Ellen Warren, columnist
Young person's guide:
If we're lucky in life, we encounter at least one teacher who has a natural talent for inspiring students. For me that teacher was Bob Boone, whose creative writing class I took one summer at Highland Park High School. Boone went on to found Young Chicago Authors in 1991, continuing his life's calling of guiding kids from all backgrounds in expressing themselves through words. He'll be talking with Billy Lombardo, winner of the Tribune's 2011
Short Story Prize, and Young Chicago Author graduates.
, University Center/Multimedia Room
— Pam Becker, books editor
A fun wordsmith:
I had the pleasure of interviewing Christine Sneed for a story late last year, then attended one of her readings. She's an awful lot of fun — and she can write. Her award-winning first story collection ("Portraits of a Few of the People I've Made Cry") was wonderful. I'm looking forward to her first novel, "Little Known Facts," due out in February. In the meantime, we have her Lit Fest appearance.
, University Center/Loop Room
— Bill Hageman, reporter
I recently picked up Rachel Bertsche's "MWF Seeking BFF" after editing a book review she wrote for the Printers Row Journal. Though I'm only about halfway through the book (and I'm pretty sure her social experiment was conducted years ago), I secretly hope she is still on the hunt and will try to befriend me at Lit Fest. Or maybe I should try one of her less-than-obvious tactics of "picking up" a female friend on the woman who wrote the book on it.
— Emily Wong, editor in national/foreign news
Just the facts
The Chicago Tribune Printers Row Lit Fest takes place 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on Dearborn Street between Congress Parkway and Polk Street. Please turn to the next page for a detailed map of the grounds. More information can be found at