Chicago’s book fair, which is always the first weekend in June, will take place June 6-7 this year. I’ll be taking part in a panel on the Chicago Cubs at one p.m. on June 6; a lot of Chicago crime writers will be talking about crime fiction (if you’re going to talk about crimes, just go straight to the Cubs), the endlessly inventive Mary Zimmerman will be present, as will short story virtuoso Jean Thompson.
And if you don’t want to sit through a program, all writers will be signing books after their events. Mystery writers will be hopping in and out of the Centuries & Sleuths tents. Dozens of booksellers set up tents where you can actually handle a book and see if you want to read it without downloading it to your e-reader. Paper, ink, illustrations–it doesn’t get any better than that.
The Chicago Tribune, the book fair’s sponsor, interviewed me this morning about the Cubs. The interview explains why I compare the Cubs to a giant boil.