Dude, the 80s are like totally back at 2016 Printers Row Lit Fest!

I’m so excited (or, in 80s lingo “totally psyched!”) about my signing event at this year’s Printers Row Lit Fest! I’ll be in Tent A (located at the entrance gate at W. Congress Pkwy and S. Dearborn St) from 2-6 p.m. on Saturday, June 11th.  

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I’ll be handing out free “I love 80s” stickers and fans and 80s-themed candy. To further celebrate the awesome decade, anyone wearing 80s attire (neon, favorite 80s band shirt, etc.) to the signing event can purchase Punk Charming at the special discounted rate of just $12. Promotional updates will be shared on Twitter @PunkCharming80s and facebook.com/punkcharmingbook.

In addition to my “delightful romantic romp through the 1980s” (love that line from Windy City Reviews!), I discovered several other 80s connections in the Lit Fest 2016 lineup, such as:

  • Ethan Hawke, whose film debut was “Explorers” in 1985, makes an appearance Saturday with Greg Ruth to discuss their graphic novel Indeh.
  • Bill Kurtis discusses history-shaping events Saturday. Among his countless achievements, in 1988 Kurtis was the first American television reporter to enter Chernobyl.
  • Catherine Lanigan, best-selling romance author of Romancing the Stone and Jewel of the Nile, makes an appearance Sunday. The novels turned into 80s classics films.
  • Sara Paretsky, international bestselling author, is hosting a flash fiction contest Saturday. Her V.I. Warshawski novels debuted in the 80s, leading to the film starring Kathleen Turner.
  • Maureen Schulman will discuss Eli’s Cheesecake’s tasty history Saturday, along with a food demo by The Eli Cheesecake Cookbook coauthors Diana Moles and Jolene Worthington. The legendary dessert business launched shortly after the first Taste of Chicago in 1980.
  • David Swinson, author of Second Girl, appears Sunday with David Heinzmann. Early careers included being a record shop owner and a punk rock/alternative concert promoter in the 80s.
  • Steve Trout, Major League pitcher throughout the 80s, will be signing his children’s book Loosey-Goosey Baseball Sunday.

Did you know the Lit Fest itself was founded in 1985?  Rad!


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