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Posted by : cj on Wednesday, December 01, 2004 - 11:35 PM
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Poetry Gossip: Click On Headlines The Chicago Tribune Buys The Printers Row Book Fair.

One might think, with all those new bones rattling around, Poetry Magazine might think about making a huge, impulsive purchase. But, stop the presses, it's actually The Chicago Tribune zapping its stun gun on the poetry community, by literally buying The Printers Row Book Fair (Chicago's largest, most respected--and dare I say only--streetfair dedicated entirely to literacy) from the Near South Planning Board, for a highly secret sum thought to be in the five figures. The fair usually attracts about 75,000 visitors crowding the Printers Row neighborhood (Nina Corwin's 'hood) during a Summer weekend every year (usually on the same days as the Blues Fest). Visitors relish the chance to review and purchase books, some new, but mostly used, and hear authors read from their work. There is traditionally a poetry tent as well, which features venue showcases such as The Poetry Center of Chicago, The Guild Complex, Word Gourmet and After Hours Magazine (among others). The first bookfair was in 1985; it had only 60 tables of books outside on Dearborn Street, between Polk and Harrison. Since then, the fair has been run by part time employees and volunteers, growing into one of this city's main annual attractions, with over 200 tables. Describing the purchase as "part of an ongoing effort by the Tribune to support reading, writing and literature," the Tribune will present the next Printers Row Book Fair on June 7 and 8, 2003. They promise to expand it, and (I would hope so!) "keep it in the" 'hood.

--C. J. Laity, reporting the poetry news for ya'.

--ps, I think this is a much wiser investment than that hollow red tabloid idea, with unfinished stories designed for consumption by bucket heads and morons or anyone else blind to the state of the world. Whoever thought that one up ought to be promoted to pin head. (No, wait, I be thinkin' of that red clone put out by the Sun Times.)

 
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