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July 29 – 31, 2022| 36th Annual Newberry Book Fair


WHAT:A Chicago summer tradition is back after a two-year hiatus. Thousands of people are expected to visit the Newberry Library for the free, 3-day indoor book fair running July 29-31, 2022. 

This year’s weekend includes an outdoor storytelling fest on Saturday, July 30 in Washington Square Park (across the street from the Newberry). The fest includes story sessions with acclaimed authors, including Dawn Turner – author of Three Girls from Bronzeville and recent winner of the Newberry’s inaugural $25,000 Pattis Family Foundation Chicago Book Award.

All books at the book fair are priced at $3 or less and include fiction, philosophy, history, art, cooking, children’s literature, and more. “The Newberry Book Fair is a celebration of reading, discovery, and the power of stories to bring us together,” said Daniel Greene, President of  the Newberry Library. “We can’t wait to welcome readers back to the Newberry for this signature event.”

COST:FREE admission. All book fair proceeds support the library’s mission to foster a deeper understanding of our world through research and learning. 

WHEN: Newberry Book Fair: July 29 – 31, 2022, 10:00 a – 6:00 p

Chicago Storytelling: Sat. July 30, 2022, 1:00 p – 4:30 p in Washington Square Park; Pattis Family Foundation Chicago Book Award presentation at 4:00 pm

WHERE: The Newberry Library, 60 West Walton Street, Chicago, Illinois 

ABOUT:The Newberry Library, free and open to the public, fosters a deeper understanding of our world by inspiring research and learning in the humanities and encouraging conversations about ideas that matter to diverse audiences. The Newberry’s extensive collection includes maps, city directories, printed histories, newspapers and periodicals, and archival materials documenting business, journalism, publishing, activism, and the arts across Chicago and the Midwest. Every year, thousands of writers, artists, scholars, teachers, and students visit Newberry, contributing to its diverse community of learning.


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