The 2011 Printers Row Lit Fest came and went as quickly as a summertime thunderstorm. The reference to a summertime thunderstorm is not just poetic imagery. The festival, as usual, was temporarily dampened by showers on Saturday. Yes, nothing kills a book festival like water. But literature and nerdism persevered, and all of us bibliophiles still had a great time.
The Chicago Story Collective (the performance essayist group I co-founded) had a great set on the Mash Stage as part of Lit After Dark.
We did a revue called “True Grit,” where we told totally true tales of the seamier side of the city. And because we love an excuse to dress up in costume, we all donned 1920s wear. We had a decent number of spectators show up, and everyone seemed to enjoy the show. Plus, we showcased the new song I wrote. I never thought writing essays would turn me into a rock star (note: I’m not a rock star).
Despite suffering from a minor cold, I patronized the festival on Sunday as well. Performing on Saturday didn’t give me a chance to really check out the booths and talk with my fellow writers, publishers and literati. While exploring the festival, I got to say hello to a lot of my favorite local talents, including the Jon at Knee-Jerk Magazine, Zach at Featherproof Books and Brandon from the Book Cellar. I also bought a really amazing print from a fashion magazine from the 1920s. It was a surprise for my boyfriend, Mario, whose going to school for fashion. It definitely scored me huge boyfriend points.
I also embarked on my first “live tweeting” experiment. For those that don’t know, live tweeting is when you update via Twitter what you are seeing/doing. It requires that you are constantly removed from the action before you, and in this sense, as I said to a friend, it is the exact opposite of meditation. Still, it’s a fun thing to do if you’re somewhere by yourself. I wouldn’t do it if I was with friends. That’d just be rude and antisocial.
By the way, I’ve finally become a fairly active Tweeter. As you can see to the right, I have a Twitter feed on this blog. If you wish to follow me and read my random musings, click the “Follow” button to the right.