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June 2019

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

June 8, 2019 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, 2019 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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Alexandra Dos Santos

June 9, 2019 from 1:30 pm - 2:15 pm
Harold Washington Library Center: Video/Theatre Room, 400 South State Street
Chicago, IL
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September 2021

Ben Tanzer: Be Cool

September 11 from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Center Stage, 632 S. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Ben Tanzer is an Emmy-award winning coach, creative strategist, podcaster, teacher, trainer and social worker who has been helping nonprofits, publishers, authors, small businesses and career changers tell their stories for 20 plus years. He is also the author of numerous books including the recently re-released short story collection UPSTATE.

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Campbell Stenson

September 11 from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Center Stage, 632 S. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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When her nose is not buried in a fantasy romance novel, Campbell is writing, making tik toks, and studying for her bachelor’s of Elementary Education. She would love to nerd out with you about your favorite books at bookswithcam on tiktok.

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Selene Velez

September 11 from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Center Stage, 632 S. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Selene is a nineteen year old student from California who is dedicated to promoting and discussing diverse books, especially those with women of color leads. Selene has been featured in The New York Times and BBC World Service, and is currently studying English at the University of California Santa Barbara.

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Ayman Chaudhary

September 11 from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Center Stage, 632 S. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Ayman is a 20 year old college student studying graphic design. She spends her time reading a lot of romance and fantasy books. She makes bookish content predominantly on tiktok, instagram, and twitter.

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Chelsea Regan

September 11 from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Center Stage, 632 S. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Chelsea still can't believe that she gets paid to help make movies happen. She spends most of her free time reading and planning next month's podcast. You can find her checking out way too many books from the library or getting lost in an audio book on a long walk.

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Simone Siew

September 11 from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Center Stage, 632 S. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Simone Siew, aka @balloonbreath on TikTok and Instagram, is a Malaysian Chinese American BookTokker sharing book reviews, recommendations, and hauls online. She is also a sustainable fashion blogger who cares about fighting climate change and looking good while doing it. Follow her if you like books and sustainable looks!

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Addie La Belle

September 11 from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Center Stage, 632 S. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Addie is a 17 year old student in college, who is studying screenwriting and creative writing. Her ambition in life is to tell stories, mainly through books. She spends her time working at a café, reading books, making bookish content, and hanging out with friends.

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Keir Graff, Tiny Mansion

September 11 from 12:20 pm - 1:00 pm
Center Stage, 632 S. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Keir Graff writes thrillers, mysteries, and contemporary fiction for adults, and adventure novels for younger readers. Recent work include The Three Mrs. Wrights (coauthored with Linda Joffe Hull under the name Linda Keir) and middle grade novel The Tiny Mansion. Find out more at www.keirgraff.com.

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