About

Chicago Book Expo is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organized by a group of volunteers whose mission is to celebrate Chicago’s vital independent publishing scene. We are grateful to Columbia College’s Creative Writing Department for sponsoring the 2016 Chicago Book Expo.

The Expo originated in 2011 as a project of the now-disbanded Chicago Writers House. Forty publishers participated, and a wide array of workshops and other events accompanied the Expo. In 2013, the Expo was condensed into one day, and featured more than 90 vendors and 24 programs.

In 2014, the Expo moved from St. Augustine College in Uptown to Columbia College Chicago. We hope you can join us—as an attendee, vendor, or sponsor.

The Chicago Book Expo is run by a group of volunteers, and organized by Lynn Haller and John K. Wilson. Lynn is the author of several books about design, a former literary agent and acquisitions editor, and a freelance writer for many publications, including Entrepreneur. John has a PhD in education from Illinois State University, is the author of eight books about politics and academic freedom, and is the co-editor of AcademeBlog.

We thank all of our authors, exhibitors, sponsors, and volunteers for making the Chicago Book Expo possible.