The Printers’ Ball, founded by Poetry magazine with Chicago literary organizations, is an annual celebration of print culture, featuring thousands of free magazines, books, and broadsides; live readings and music; letterpress, offset, and paper-making demonstrations; and much more. This year’s Printer's Ball is hosted by Columbia College Chicago and the Center for Book & Paper Arts in the historic Ludington Building, former home to the American Book Company, on July 31 from 5:00 to 11:00 PM. As always, there is no fee to attend or participate in the Printers' Ball! More than 1,500 people attend, and over 150 literary organizations will showcase the various ways they bring print to life. Click here for a sneak peak of the event, and here to join in the festivities on Facebook.

HFR staff can't be there, but our issues will be. If you're anywhere near Chicago, you won't want to miss this. We'd love to hear all about it!