This weekend, the indieBRAG team joined nearly 130,000 fellow literary enthusiasts in Chicago’s historic South Loop for the 28th Annual Chicago Tribune Printers Row Lit Fest. It was a day filled with books, music, demonstrations and lots of sun.
Our main purpose for attending was to spread the word about B.R.A.G.Medallion and our wonderful Honorees THE LIST OF HONOREES . But we couldn’t resist indulging in some of the wonderful activities going on around us. There were more than 200 authors present – from the big names to the up-and-comers. And that’s where we found one of our favorites parts of the Festival, hosted by the 826CHI writing and tutoring program.
For those of you unfamiliar with 826CHI, it is a fantastic non-profit “dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their…writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.” But unlike many tutoring programs, 826CHI gives students the opportunity to publish their works, either in-house or professionally, and release them at community events.
When we caught up with the very talented kids of 826CHI, they were proudly displaying their published works and some were even giving autographs. What a unique and inspiring way to empower young people and engage them in literature.
Click here to learn more about 826CHI.
It was a terrific event where we met many new authors, publishers and press. We are investigating several joint events that will give us even more visibility, so stay tuned!