About 3,000 literature lovers — many with faces painted and many more with free cans of beer in hand — packed three floors of
Party-goers were treated to demonstrations of letterpress printing, papermaking and book binding. Poetry magazine celebrated its 100th anniversary with an exhibition of printed postcards inspired by poems from the magazine and designed by members of the Chicago Printers Guild. At one of the readings, Will Alexander and Andrew Joron entranced the audience with an unusual pairing of poetry and theremin music.
Downstairs, the first floor morphed from kid-friendly activities — arts and crafts projects and hula hoops — into a dance party featuring The Books' Paul de Jong, DJs Rob Sevier and Dustin Drase, and electronic music duo Quintron and Miss Pussycat.
But the heart of the event was on the eighth floor, where thousands of books, magazines and broadsides were given away for free. You had to get there early, though: Almost all print wares were gone within two hours.
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