Contrary to general expectations, the Pop-Up Book Fair is not a fair dedicated to pop-up books, though there were one or two. On Saturday, April 12th, the Ernest Hemingway Museum in Oak Park hosted the annual Pop-Up Book Fair, sponsored by Curbside Splendor, the Ernest Hemingway Foundation, 826CHI, and the Oak Park Public Library (and their book discussion group Genre X). Independent publishers, authors, booksellers, and readers converged in the beautiful lobby of the Hemingway Museum for an afternoon of literature.
Aside from the cathartic pleasure of browsing through tables of polished books and periodicals, there was also a line-up of hourly events. First was a talk with cartoonists Chris Ware and Hillary Chute. Then there was a reading by William Hazelgrove from his book The Pitcher. Next was The Fictional Ernest Hemingway, a panel discussing the fictionalization of the author Hemingway, which led nicely into the next presentation, People and Places that Influenced Ernest Hemingway from Nancy Sindelar. Lastly, there was a performance by Rey Andújar from his Saturnalia.
An afternoon of fun for all ages, absolutely free (with RSVP)! But be prepared to spend money if you do go next year, because some of the titles are just too delicious to pass up. For more information on which groups were present, please visit the Pop-Up Book Fair post at Curbside Splendor. You can also visit the Ernest Hemingway Foundation here.