Chicagoland authors autograph books at Printer’s Row Festival June 9-10

Chicagoland authors autograph books at Printer’s Row Festival June 9-10
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Chicagoland authors autograph books at Printer’s Row Festival June 9-10

Local Chicagoland authors Molly Page, Kathleen Dragan, Jessica Mlinaric, Sarah Parisi, and Ellen Shubart will be signing their books at the Printer’s Row Lit Fest. The festival is set for Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10 starting at 10 am. Admission is free and open to the public.

Their schedules are as follows:

Saturday 6/9/18
10:00 AM- 12:00PM: Kathleen Dragan – Rickshaw Reggie
12:00:00 PM – 2:00PM: Jessica Mlinaric- Secret Chicago
2:00:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Sarah Parisi – Ultimate Kids Adventure Guide to Chicago
4:00:00 PM- 6:00 PM: Ellen Shubart – What’s With Chicago

Real Chicago, one of thousands of books available at the annual Printer's Row Book Fair. Courtesy of Printer's Row Book Fair

Real Chicago, one of thousands of books available at the annual Printer’s Row Book Fair. Courtesy of Printer’s Row Book Fair

Sunday 6/10/18
10:00 AM- 12:00PM: Kathleen Dragan – Rickshaw Reggie
12:00:00 PM – 2:00PM: Molly Page – 100 Things to Do in Chicago You Die
2:00:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Sarah Parisi – Ultimate Kids Adventure Guide to Chicago
4:00:00 PM- 6:00 PM: Jessica Mlinaric – Secret Chicago

About the Books
100 Things to Do in Chicago Before You Die
By Molly Page
9781681060231
Softcover 8.5 x 5.5
160 pages
$16.00

Soaring skyscrapers, deep-dish pizza, and improv comedy may be what the city is best known for, but they are only the beginning of Chicago’s story. It could take a lifetime to experience everything this one-of-a-kind town has to offer. But what if you only have a few days to explore? You’re in luck! 100 Things to Do in Chicago Before You Die is an insider’s guide that promises an authentic taste of the Windy City. Whether you’re taking a weekend-sized bite or sticking around for the buffet of a lifetime, you’ll find seasonal and themed itineraries to make planning your explorations easier. Discover which blues club locals swear by, pay a visit to a quiet green space hidden in plain sight, or dig in to an ice cream cone piled high with five different flavors!
If you’re visiting for the first time, or you’re lucky enough to call Chicago home, these one hundred iconic experiences should top your to-do list. No matter when you visit or how long you stay, as you cross off each item, you’re certain to learn something new and have fun in the process.

Rickshaw Reggie: Chicago Neighborhoods
By Kathleen Dragan, illustrated by Ed Koehler
9781681060767
Hardcover, 9 x 12 inches
32 pages
$18.99

Charlie thinks he knows everything about Chicago: deep-dish pizza, baseball, and tall buildings. What else is there to see? Then he meets Rickshaw Reggie. On a magical tour of Chicago’s many neighborhoods, he learns the real city begins at the edge of his imagination. From Lincoln Park to Hyde Park, from the Indian Boundary Line to the Pullman cars, Rickshaw Reggie shows Charlie and his grandma the who, what, where, and when of the Windy City. With illustrated maps as your guide, come along for an unforgettable ride. You just might discover a part of Chicago that you never imagined!

Secret Chicago: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure
By Jessica Mlinaric
9781681060705
Softcover 9 x 6 inches
208 pages
$20.95

Embark on a scavenger hunt to the unknown and unusual corners of Chicago. This endlessly interesting city is home to tales as tall as our skyscrapers and secrets as deep as our pizzas. Explore a side of Chicago you’ve never seen, from a grave in a junkyard to a pool under the Loop. Discover where you can picnic on a nuclear pylon or snorkel a Lake Michigan shipwreck. Visit the site of the Western Hemisphere’s largest mass grave or run away to the circus in a church. Do you know where to find the birthplace of gospel music and a final resting place for Cubs fans? Surprises are hiding everywhere in Chicago, from a chapel atop a Loop skyscraper to an art gallery in a Beverly fieldhouse.
From an energy vortex in Fulton Market to a salt cave in Portage Park, follow Secret Chicago across the city’s neighborhoods and into its little-known history. Find oddities and inspiration in Chicago’s uncommon sites, including hidden attractions, haunted locales, and unique landmarks. This guide delivers answers to questions around town that you didn’t even know you had and proves that when it comes to secrets, Chicago is second to none.

The Ultimate Kids’ Adventure Guide to Chicago
By Sarah Parisi
9781681060774
Softcover 9 x 6 inches
200 pages
$19.95

Chicago is one of the largest cities in the world, and it’s filled with history, culture, and diversity. World-renowned museums, award-winning restaurants and outdoor spaces, and first-rate hotels are just the tip of the amazing iceberg of things Chicago has to offer. The sheer volume of attractions can be overwhelming to parents looking to find family-friendly activities. The Ultimate Kids’ Adventure Guide to Chicago has sections dedicated to each region of the city and suburbs and includes popular favorites like the Museum of Science and Industry and Millennium Park, as well as hidden gems like indoor skydiving and an all-ages televised dance party. Written by a Chicago native and parent, this guide is filled with practical details and insider tips perfect for local Chicagoans or those who are new to or visiting the area. Parents will find everything they need to easily plan a daylong outing, a week of vacation fun, or an entire childhood of great Chicago-area memories on any budget.

Written by Chicago resident and parent Sarah Parisi, this book is broken up into sections that will guide you on where to stay, where to go, and what to do. Not only does this book cover the city of Chicago, but it also encompasses suburbs and surrounding cities such as Lake Geneva, WI, South Haven, MI, Milwaukee, WI, and Starved Rock State Park, Utica, IL. This book serves as a guide for both local families and families who are planning a trip to the Windy City!

What’s With Chicago?: The Quirks, Personality, and Charm of the Windy City-
by Ellen Shubart
9781681061306
softcover 9 x 6
208 pages
$20.95

Why don’t Chicagoans douse their hot dogs in ketchup? What do Chicagoans mean when they say, “I’m going on the ‘L’ to the Loop?” How did a snowstorm change a mayoral election? These and many other aspects of life in Chicago are the basis of What’s With Chicago?, a look at a Midwestern city with a cosmopolitan lifestyle. Built on the place where Lake Michigan meets the Chicago River, providing connections to America’s East Coast and the Gulf of Mexico, Chicago has thrived over the decades developing industries that transferred goods across the country by water, railroad, highways, and today, air. Drawing immigrant settlers from around the world, creating neighborhoods where “Old World” food and customs persist while advancing through the twenty-first century, Chicago is the birthplace of the skyscraper, home to spectacular architecture, and host to year-round sports events. Author Ellen Shubart presents a handbook to understanding the city whether you are a tourist, a newcomer, or a long-time resident. Discover the secrets, the not-so-secret, and the well-known stories and facts about the Windy City.

Please contact Don Korte at dkorte@reedypress.com to arrange an interview or appearance for any of these authors.

About the Authors
As a writer and Chicago tour guide, Molly Page turned a passion for living life as a tourist into her career. She’s a devoted consumer of culture and a perpetual student of Chicago’s history and architecture.

Kathleen Dragan lives in the South Loop neighborhood of Chicago, where she stays busy raising two native Chicagoans. Her perfect Chicago day includes a run along Lake Michigan, Rainbow Cone, and a White Sox win.

Jessica Mlinaric is a writer, photographer, and marketer based in Chicago. Her work covering culture and travel has appeared in Condé Nast Traveler, GQ, The Architect’s Newspaper, Chicagoist, and more. Jessica founded urbnexplorer.com in 2010 to share stories about cities and their cultures. When she’s not writing, you can find her at a loud concert, unusual museum, or neighborhood tavern.

Sarah Parisi has lived in Chicago most of her life and has the parallel parking skills to prove it. In between caring for her three rambunctious boys with the help of her devoted husband, Sarah created ToddlingAroundChicagoland.com to share some of their experiences. She hopes to encourage every family to discover all that Chicago and the surrounding areas have to offer. Sarah is on Twitter and Instagram @ToddlingChicago.

Lifelong Chicagoan Ellen Shubart has worked more than two decades as a journalist, some years as a college-level instructor, and others as a city planning advocate. A historian by training, with master’s degrees in U.S. history and historic preservation, she has written two books for Arcadia Publishing, Glencoe, Illinois and Taylor Street, Chicago’s Little Italy. She spends her retirement giving tours of Chicago architecture with the Chicago Architecture Foundation.

What: Author book signing for 100 Things to Do in Chicago Before You Die
When: Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10 starting at 10 a.m.
Where: Printer’s Row Lit Fest in Chicago’s Printer’s Row neighborhood
Admission: Free and open to the public
Contact: printersrowlitfest@tronc.com

Ray Hanania

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