Windy City bibliophiles are gearing up for the Chicago Tribune’s Printers Row Lit Fest this Saturday and Sunday, June 4-5. The historic Printers Row neighborhood, once Chicago’s bookmaking hub, celebrates its roots each year with a two-day extravaganza spanning five city blocks.

More than 200 authors are featured–among them Elizabeth Berg, Edwidge Danticat, and Oscar Hijuelos–and 150 booksellers and publishers will be displaying their wares. Highlights include the “Good Eating” Stage with cooking demonstrations and culinary discussions, the “Lit After Dark” line-up on Saturday night, and a Spelling EEB in which competitors spell words backward. One of our favorite authors, Lesley Kagen (Whistling in the Dark and the forthcoming Good Graces) is participating in the panel discussion “Missing in Action” on Saturday at 11:45 a.m. Admission to the festival is free, although tickets are required for some events.

And be sure to bring the kids. At the Lil’ Lit Park, young readers will be greeted by costumed characters and entertained with storytelling,
sing-alongs, a puppet show (with punch and cookies), and other activities.