Today is R.L. Stein Day at Printer’s Row

Printer’s Row Lit Festival kicks off today in Chicago’s South Loop, and one of the key guests of honor is GOOSEBUMPS creator R.L. Stein. I was of the CHOOSE-YOUR-OWN-ADVENTURE generation, so missed out on the GOOSEBUMPS phenomena as a kid myself, but I subsequently discovered the series with my own kids, who have a stack of these books at the ready and stop whatever they’re doing when the TV show is on. For their money, it’s better than THE TWILIGHT ZONE.

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Last one in is a rotten … ghost!

Stein, author of WELCOME TO DEAD HOUSE, THE SCARECROW WALKS AT MIDNIGHT, and THE WEREWOLF OF FEVER SWAMP, will be speaking at a ticketed event today from 12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. in the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium at the Harold Washington Library. During the event, Stein will be receiving the Chicago Tribune Young Adult Literary Award for his part in encouraging a love of reading from an early age. So if you’re a fan of GOOSEBUMPS or just a fan of childhood literacy in general, you should go to this. But its not the only thing going on…

This afternoon, Cynthia Pelayo, author of SANTA MUERTE and the upcoming THE MISSING, will be moderating a discussion panel at the Mystery Writers of America tent. If you miss her there, look for her at the Post Mortem Press table, where she’ll be personalizing her paranormal thrillers. I’ll be there with her, signing LOSING TOUCH and THE BLACKENING OF FLESH. The latter is about a high school graduate who’s house is haunted by mobsters from the Prohibition era, and they’re planning more than a heist or a haunting.

Admission is free and the weather’s supposed to be nice. A little warm today, maybe, but isn’t that what you waited all winter and spring for? Head out today and tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for a book and a bite. Aim for the intersection of Polk and Dearborn and you’re bound to have a good time. Printer’s Row Lit Fest: it’s the perfect way to kick off summer in Chicago.

Christian A. Larsen is the author of the novels LOSING TOUCH and THE BLACKENING OF FLESHnow available from Post Mortem Press.
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