36th annual Printers Row Lit Fest headlined by National Book Award winner Ta-Nehisi Coates
June 6 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Printers Row Lit Fest, the largest free outdoor literary showcase in the Midwest, returns for its 36th year with 100% free programming for book lovers, Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. Presented by the not-for-profit Near South Planning Board (NSPB), the highly anticipated 2020 festival will be headlined by New York Times bestselling author and National Book Award winner Ta-Nehisi Coates, the recipient of this year’s Harold Washington Literary Award. Coates kicks off Printers Row Lit Fest on June 6 at 10 a.m. at the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium at Harold Washington Library (400 S. State Street, Chicago).
Coates is a Distinguished Writer in Residence at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. He is the author of the bestselling books The Beautiful Struggle, We Were Eight Years in Power, and Between the World and Me, which won the National Book Award in 2015. His first novel, The Water Dancer, was released in September 2019. Coates is a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship. He is also the current author of the Marvel comics The Black Panther and Captain America.
Ta-Nehisi Coates will also be honored at the 2020 Harold Washington Literary Award gala, a ticketed fundraiser that supports NSPB’s Authors in the Schools program and officially launches Printers Row Lit Fest. The event takes place on Thursday, June 4 at 6 p.m. More information on the Harold Washington Literary Award dinner can be found at thenspb.org.