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June 2019

Raina Telgemeier, Share Your Smile in conversation with Heidi Stevens

June 8 from 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Harold Washington Library Center: Cindy Pritzker Auditorium, 400 S. State Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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With more than 15 million books in print, Raina Telgemeier is one of the most critically acclaimed and successful graphic novelists of her generation. She is the #1 New York Times bestselling creator of Smile (2010) and Sisters (2014), graphic memoirs based on her childhood.   Heidi Stevens is a columnist at the Chicago Tribune, where she has worked as a writer and editor since 1998. Her daily column tackles parenting, relationships, gender, race, pop culture and explores the ways…

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This is What it Feels Like to Exist // 826CHI Teen Writers Studio Chapbook Release Party

June 8 from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Grace Place (2nd Floor), 637 South Dearborn
Chicago, IL 60605
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Join 826CHI's Teen Writers Studio in releasing This is What it Feel Like to Exist their latest chapbook of poems and stories on identity and love! The Teen Writers Studio is a group of high-school writers from across the city who have met at 826CHI twice a month throughout the school year to explore their personal styles, expand their knowledge of genre, and write with professional authors. This reading is free and open to the community. All ages welcome. 826CHI…

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Workshop: The Voices and Faces Project presents “Our Stories Are Our Power” led by Marline Johnson and Caity-Shea Violette

June 8 from 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Harold Washington Library Center: Reception Hall, 400 S. State Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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The Voices and Faces Project, an award-winning storytelling project, travels across North America and Africa to bring its immersive, two-day “Stories We Tell writing program to communities across the globe. At this year’s Lit Fest, they’ll debut “Our Stories Are Our Power,” a one-hour mini-workshop geared toward youth (ages 13 - 25) who want to use their personal stories to create political change. Poets, fiction writers, spoken word artists, aspiring playwrights and any youth with a powerful story to tell…

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Young Adult Fiction: Who Am I Anyway?- Jessie Ann Foley, Stephanie Kate Strohm and Caleb Roehrig in conversation with Stacy St. Clair

June 9 from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Arts & Poetry Stage, 60 W. Polk Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Young Adult novelists talk about what makes a good YA novel, and the ways they reward their readers, adult or teen.   Jessie Ann Foley is the award-winning author of the YA novels The Carnival at Bray, Neighborhood Girls, and Sorry for Your Loss (out June 2019). She lives with her family in Chicago, where she was born and raised. Find her on Instagram at @jessieannfoley.   Stephanie Kate Strohm is the author of It's Not Me, It's You; The…

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Young and Restless: Samira Ahmed, Internment and Jasmine Warga, Other Words from Home in conversation with Rachel Strolle

June 9 from 1:30 pm - 2:15 pm
Harold Washington Library Center: Video/Theatre Room, 400 South State Street
Chicago, IL
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Samira Ahmed is the New York Times bestselling author of Love, Hate, & Other Filters and Internment. She was born in Bombay, India, and lived in New York, Chicago, and Kauai, where she spent a year searching for the perfect mango. Find her on Twitter and Instagram @sam_aye_ahm.   Jasmine Warga is the internationally bestselling author of My Heart and Other Black Holes and Here We Are Now. Her books have been published in over twenty-five countries and optioned for…

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