Dear Members of Printers Row,
What a nice ring to that phrase!
On behalf of my colleagues here at the Chicago Tribune, I'm delighted to welcome you to this great new adventure: Printers Row.
This is the first of your weekly newsletters, and a step in our effort to build a community of readers and writers in Chicago.
We hope that you found the first issue of Printers Row Journal fulfilling and hope that you'll let us know what you think as the weeks progress. The Journal is intended to reflect the rich and diverse literary history of Chicago, and extend the reach of books and ideas. With members like you, Printers Row will nurture and support the culture in this city, in conversation and online.
Inside the Journal, as a special pull-out, is our handy-sized short fiction insert. It's a dazzling story by a fantastic Chicago author, Carol Anshaw. Anshaw teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and we delighted to play a part spreading the word about her talent. We are committed to bringing together readers and authors. Details will be forthcoming for an online chat with Anshaw.
The world is so atomized and noisy that it is often challenging to connect with fellow readers and writers. We're really proud of the authors who have appeared at our Printers Row Live author events from Amy Chua to Elizabeth Berg and Jeffrey Eugenides.
Next up is playwright, actor and fiction writer Ayad Aktar, and we're thrilled that his busy schedule will allow him to be in Chicago. His excellent debut novel, "American Dervish," about a young Pakistani-American falling in love for the first time, is new on the shelves. Aktar's play "Disgraced", about a Muslim-American lawyer in corporate America, just got a rave review from my friend, theatre critic Chris Jones.
Jones will be interviewing Akhtar on March 13 at Victory Gardens Theater. (chicagotribune.com/printers row). We hope that you'll take us up on the members only party with the author preceding the event.
We look forward to hearing your thoughts about Printers Row. Here at the Tribune, we believe in building a community of writers and readers and reflecting the passion and enthusiasms that distinguish us today.