Summer book fairs 

Little City Book Fair Billed as the largest used book sale in the midwest, this annual sale also offers CDs, DVDs, comic books, and collectibles. Proceeds benefit the Little City Foundation, which supports children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. 8/19-8/21: Fri 5-10 PM, Sat 10 AM-9 PM, Sun 10 AM-5 PM, Harper College, 1200 W. Algonquin, Palatine, littlecity.org, $10 donation on opening night, free thereafter.

Printers Row Lit Fest The midwest's largest literary festival, held in the Printers Row district, includes author readings and signings, panel discussions, kids' activities, food booths, book sales, and more. Events at the Harold Washington Library Center require advance tickets. Sat-Sun 6/4-6/5, 10 AM-5 PM, Dearborn between Congress and Polk, printersrowlitfest.org.

Newberry Library Book Fair The Newberry's annual book sale offers 120,000-plus donated books in 70-some categories, many priced under $2. If you're there on Saturday, get up on your soapbox and hold forth on current issues at the Bughouse Square Debates, held in Washington Square Park, just across the street—and prepare be heckled (it's encouraged). 7/28-7/31, book fair Thu-Fri noon-8 PM and Sat-Sun 10 AM-6 PM, debates Sat 1-4 PM, Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton, 312-255-3501, newberry.org.

Printers' Ball Annual mixer for the publishing scene, thrown by Poetry magazine, with music, video, performance, and loads of free books, magazines, journals, and other swag. This year's theme: It's Alive! The organizers promise "the ghosts of literary past, live performances of the printed word, and ghouls and goblins galore." Fri 7/29, 6-11 PM, Columbia College, 1104 S. Wabash, 312-787-7070, printersball.org.

57th Street Children's Book Fair Dozens of booksellers and community organizations participate in this neighborhood book sale, which also features three stages of music, storytelling, and other kids' activities. Sun 9/18, 1-6 PM, 57th and Kimbark, 773-684-1300, 57cbf.org.

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