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Food, Family, and Folktales: A Conversation with Grace Lin

Tue, October 17th - 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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Join Newbery and Caldecott honoree and New York Times bestselling Grace Lin for an engaging conversation about her journey to become an
award-winning author and illustrator. Learn about her latest middle
grade book, Chinese Menu: The History, Myths, and Legends Behind Your
Favorite Foods, a beautifully written full-color book that explores the
whimsical myths and stories behind your favorite American Chinese food,
and learn how you can draw your own stories. Evanston Public Library
Children’s Librarian, Brian E. Wilson, joins Grace in conversation.
Before she was a bestselling author and illustrator of picture books,
early readers and middle grade novels, Grace was the only Asian girl
going to her elementary school in Upstate NY. That experience, good and
bad, has influenced her books—including her Newbery Honor Where The
Mountain Meets the Moon, her Geisel Honor Ling & Ting, her National
Book Finalist When the Sea Turned to Silver and her Caldecott Honor A
Big Mooncake for Little Star. Grace advocates for diversity through her
TEDx talk – “The Windows and Mirrors of Your Child’s Bookshelf” – and a
PBSNewHour video essay, “What to do when you realize classic books from
your childhood are racist?” She continued this mission with her podcasts
kidlitwomen. In 2016, Grace’s art was displayed at the White House and
Grace, herself, was recognized by President Obama as a Champion of
Change for Asian American and Pacific Islander Art and Storytelling. 
This event is made possible by Illinois Libraries Present, a statewide
collaboration among public libraries offering premier events. ILP is
funded in part by a grant awarded by the Illinois State Library, a
department of the Office of Secretary of State, using funds provided by
the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, under the provisions
of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). ILP is committed to
inclusion and accessibility.
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Tue, October 17th
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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