It was scrappy, a little bit disorganized. Probably it could've been better promoted. But you could tell, upon entering the bright, airy Prairie Production space this past August—full of book designers, artists, writers and publishers showcasing limited-edition printed matter—that Medium Cool had heart. A labor of love organized by Chicago native and Yale grad student Ria Roberts, the city's first art book fair gave fans of the medium a cool place to show and sell their work. The one-day-only event was also about forging connections. "Books are an interactive technology and book fairs are a social network," Roberts told TOC. Here's hoping Medium Cool will become an annual thing.
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