Bette Cerf Hill

Chicago, Illinois
Nominated By: 
The Honorable Richard M. Daley
Bette Cerf Hill is honored for her role as founder of the Printers Row Book Fair in Chicago and for her role in increasing public awareness about reading, literacy, and a wide range of literary arts. Established in 1985, the Printers Row Book Fair is now the largest free outdoor literary event in the Midwest, and draws more than 75,000 book lovers to Chicago each year. The Fair features more than 70 free literary programs, including readings and book-signings by famous authors, non-stop poetry readings, and children''s programming. Along with the Fair, Ms. Hill established the Harold Washington Literary Award, which is announced in conjunction with the Fair and celebrates the written word.