And we’re a sponsor! Events in various places around the city, including here at Quimby’s!
On March 9th and 10th, Chicago will celebrate self-publishing at the 3rd Annual Chicago Zine Fest. Events kick off Friday, 1pm at Columbia’s Conaway Center with a Silver Tongue Reading Series all-female reading followed by Gender, Race and Sexuality: A Discussion with Women in Self-Publishing with zinesters Cristy Road (Bad Habits), Mimi Thi Nygen (Evolution of a Race Riot) and Anne Elizabeth Moore (Cambodian Grrrl). Friday evening features a Youth Zine Reading, and an Exhibitor Zine Reading at 826CHI and a lively celebration of the 2012 Spring Zine Olympics hosted by Billy da Bunny here at Quimby’s Bookstore.
The Zine Fest will continue Saturday from 11am – 6pm at the Conaway Center where 200 zinesters will exhibit their publications, host workshops and lead panel discussions all in the spirit of self-publishing. Also featured will be a DIY Film Festival, art show and reading room. All events are free, open to the public and wheelchair accessible. All Friday readings and the panel will have ASL interpretation.
“We have an amazing list of invited guests and a broad range of topics covered in workshops,” says Leslie Perrine, an organizer focused on event programming.
Festival registration opened and sold out on December 15th 2011. “We’ve had overwhelming support and enthusiasm from the zine community all over the country, from Canada, and as far away as the UK this year!” says Jen Twigg, organizer heading up exhibitor coordination.
The Chicago Zine Fest is an independent event creating an outlet for small press and independent publishers to showcase their work with the aim to make DIY zine-making accessible, highlight the talents of self-published artists, and give independent artists a chance to interact and swap skills. The Chicago Zine Fest is sponsored by Columbia College Chicago’s Silver Tongue Reading Series, Quimby’s Bookstore, Renegade Craft Fair, DIYCHI and 826CHI.
Friday, March 9th
1-3pm Columbia College Conaway Center 1104 S Wabash Ave. www.colum.edu
6-9pm 826CHI, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-772-8108, www.826chi.org
9:30-12am Quimby’s Bookstore 1854 W. North Ave. 773-342-0910, www.quimbys.com
Saturday, March 10th 11am-6pm Columbia College 1104 S Wabash Ave. 1st & 8th floors.
For more info visit chicagozinefest.org