Volunteer

Chicago Tribune’s Printers Row Lit Fest
Saturday, June 10 & Sunday, June 11, 2017

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for the Printers Row Lit Fest! Below you will find information on ways to get involved.

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PRINTERS ROW APP CENTER – Connect with fellow book lovers as you volunteer in the Printers Row App Center. Assist with our spin-the-wheel author game, provide assistance with cell-phone charging and demonstrate the Printers Row app. This is a great opportunity for those who already subscribe to Printers Row, the Tribune’s premium Sunday book section.

AUTHOR ESCORT – The main responsibility of the Author Escort is to ensure the Author arrives at their programming safely and on time. In addition, the Escort should be able to answer questions for the Author and assist them during and after their program as needed. Author Escorts should be friendly, professional and able to walk around the event multiple times.

STAGE COORDINATOR – The Stage Coordinator is responsible for ensuring that each program on their schedule starts/ends on time and runs smoothly. With the support of other volunteers, the Stage Coordinator will manage the room, including the flow of attendees and the stage setup. The Stage Coordinator also gives a brief announcement at the beginning and end of each program.

PROGRAM AND VENUE SUPPORT – There are many moving parts in each venue and program. Program and Venue Support consists of greeting Fest attendees and answering questions, collecting tickets for programs, helping lines move smoothly, assisting with book signings, and working with other volunteers to ensure that each Fest attendee enjoys their experience.

GREETER/INFORMATION BOOTH – This is your chance to be a friendly, outgoing volunteer that is not shy to speak up and say, "Can I Help You?" You will be welcoming people, directly attendees to the various programming rooms, helping answer questions about author check-in, volunteer check-in, and scheduling and general festival questions.

LIL LIT PARK (CHILDREN'S PROGRAMMING) – Each year Lit Fest has specific programming for children and their families, including activities like face painting and crafts. Volunteers in this area will be making sure activities are accessible and running smoothly.

What is the Chicago Tribune’s Printers Row Lit Fest?

Formerly known as the Printers Row Book Fair, this event was founded 32 years ago by the Near South Planning Board to attract visitors to the Printers Row neighborhood (once the bookmaking hub of Chicago!). As part of its ongoing commitment to the written word and its support of literacy, the Chicago Tribune purchased the book fair in 2002 from the Near South Planning Board. The event name was changed this year (from Printers Row Book Fair to Printers Row Lit Fest) so that it more closely reflects the full scope of the event, which is books, author programming, workshops, food and wine tastings/demos, family activities and more.

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Questions: Send us an email at PRLFQuestions@ChicagoTribune.com