Book lovers attend Printers Row Lit Fest 2022 in Chicago’s South Loop

CHICAGO (WLS) — Book blocks in Chicago’s Printers Row neighborhood – the 37th annual Lit Fest kicked off Saturday.

“For a book lover like me. I think it’s special that we have our own festival,” said Chantel Lopez.

All manner of independent authors and publishers drew hundreds of people for the Midwest’s largest literary festival.

“It’s a blessing, you know, there are so many different creative spaces that we can tap into and so I’m very lucky to be a part of that,” said author Evan Roberts.

Roberts is a teacher at Homewood-Flossmoor High School who started writing children’s books several years ago to inspire his son.

He uses Lit Fest to inspire children and adults to express their emotions through writing and art.

“I think one of the best things we can do for them is show them how to tap into their own divine gifts,” Roberts said.

The festival still brings out so much creativity, but the authors say it’s the interaction with their readers that makes it so special and it’s something they’ve been missing during the pandemic.

“It’s fantastic to be back and see everyone. You just know the interactivity of everyone hanging around,” said Christina Ward of Feral House Publishing.

There’s a little something for people of all ages and walks of life. This includes different writing workshops, talks with award-winning authors, and even performances for children’s programming.

“We have a vibrant artistic community, a literary community, a musical community,” said Gregorio Gomez. “So as a world-class city, we can definitely see that in the diversity of different authors that are here.”

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