Semicolon Bookstore Holding First ‘Lit Fest’ This Fall in Wicker Park, That includes Writer Talks, Sellers and Extra


Wicker Park – A Wicker Park bookstore is internet hosting a road pageant, that includes creator talks, booksellers, music and specialty cocktails impressed by the authors who participated within the occasion.

Semicolon Bookstore will maintain its first Lit Fest on October 22 at 1714 W Division St., Division Avenue, which will probably be closed to site visitors from Paulina Avenue to Wooden Avenue for the day.

Semicolon proprietor Danielle Mullen stated the concept for the pageant developed from a need to broaden in-store creator readings to a enjoyable and full of life atmosphere impressed by Chicago’s vibrant road pageant scene.

“We needed one thing that might enable folks to actually work together with the authors they love, but in addition in a enjoyable atmosphere the place we might be capable to share our love of books, amongst different issues ,” He stated.

Semicolon moved to Wicker Park in October, outgrowing its unique storefront on Halstead Avenue within the West River. Since opening in 2019, the bookstore has centered on showcasing authors of shade and works by native artists.

Authors taking part within the pageant embrace Jose Oliverez, Jessamine Chan, Sidique Fofana and extra. Mullen stated extra writers might be introduced earlier than the pageant.

Whereas the celebration is free to attend, Semicolon is promoting particular VIP tickets that give attendees full entry to all creator signatures, in addition to particular cocktails – or mocktails – that will probably be paired with every creator. Tickets for particular creator signatures may even be accessible.

Tickets will go on sale Friday morning on Semicolon’s web site, with proceeds to profit Parenthesis, a nonprofit that sponsors literacy efforts at Mullen Chicago public faculties.

Distributors at Lit Fest will embrace black-owned bookstores from throughout the nation, in addition to meals vans and DJs. The pageant will probably be hosted by Jurema Gorham, govt director of Burst Into Books, a Chicago literacy nonprofit.

“I need folks to be as enthusiastic about literary festivals as they do about festivals like Lollapalooza, or, you recognize, a style of Chicago. And so we needed to make it, that is what we’re all for doing,” Mullen stated.

Lit Fest runs outdoors the Semicolon Bookstore on Division Avenue in Wicker Park till 8 p.m. on October 22.

Credit score: Quinn Myers / Block Membership Chicago
Danielle Mullen, proprietor of Semicolon Bookstore, outdoors the shop at 1714 W Division St in Wicker Park

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