mutter minute – June 10

Who’s ready for the weekend? Here are a few things to read, see, go and do that caught our eye:

If you’re in Chicago, head to the south Loop tomorrow and Sunday for the Printer’s Row Lit Fest. We’ll be fan-girling over Bonnie Jo Campbell, Sara Paretsky and Marilynne Robinson, aIMG_0312mong others, plus a host of local authors including Joe Meno, Lori Rader Day and Abbi Geni. There’ll be cooking demonstrations, face painting and crafts for kids, live storytelling and a bunch of food trucks selling artisan tacos and microbrews. So fun!

(Not in Chicago? Wander through your local bookstore, or listen to some live lit at

Want to see Hamilton without paying $900? Tune in to the Tony Awards on Sunday, June 12 ( Hamilton is up for a history-making 16 awards, including Best Musical, so there’s bound to be a number or two from the show. If you can’t wait for Sunday, check out James Corden’s latest Carpool Karaoke, Broadway edition:

Is a backyard hammock calling your name? Head outside with The Nest, the debut novel by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney. It’s the inaugural pick in our mutterReads books club not only because it’s a great story, but also because Sweeney could be our spirit sister. Read more about her journey to novelist in this New York magazine profile:

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