Gapers Block Press Release

Gapers Block
A Panel Discussion on Chick Lit

November 28 2005

Gapers Block is holding a literary panel discussion of "Chick Lit" at Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark St., on Monday, November 28 from 7:30pm to 9pm.

From Bridget Jones' Diary to The Devil Wears Prada, we've all seen so-called Chick Lit end up on the New York Times Bestseller List time after time — but what exactly constitutes a Chick Lit book? Should readers consider Chick Lit "serious" literature, or something to be found next to Fabio-clad covers in the airport bookstore? Are Chick Lit books the publishing industry's most popular guilty pleasure? Can serious readers have their Brönte and "Bridget" too?

This latest literary panel from Gapers Block will explore the history and current state of books being marketed as Chick Lit from a variety of perspectives. Moderated by Anne Holub of Gapers Block, the panel will include:

Cris Mazza, UIC professor and coiner of the term
• Nina Barrett, Women & Children First
• Jessa Crispin, editor of
Erin Shea, author of "Tales from the Scale"

Our team of panelists will explore topics such as the rise of one of the newest literary genres, defining "Chick Lit" books as we know them today and the simple yet highly effective marketing of Chick Lit by big and small publishers alike.

The event is free. Hope to see you there!