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A Note from Me (May 14, 2021)

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Dear friends: Jason Reynolds’s Zena Sutherland Lecture was a smashing success last Friday. As far as I could see, he spoke without a text or even notes, moving brilliantly and seamlessly from stories about his recently deceased father to just what those stories meant in terms of bringing him and...
      

A Note from Me (May 7, 2021)

Dear friends: Normally on this first Friday in May I’d be winging my way to Chicago for the Zena Sutherland Lecture tonight, but this year I’ll be watching from home along with everybody else as ZS lecturer Jason Reynolds does his inimitable thing. I’m looking forward to it — I...
      

The 2021 Zena Sutherland Lecture

The 2021 Zena Sutherland Lecture will take place on Friday, May 7th at 7:30PM, and our Lecturer this year is Jason Reynolds. You can all attend because it is via Zoom! Register (free) at chipublib.org/Sutherland. See you there!      ...
      

Why Do Comics Matter? — The Zena Sutherland Lecture

Why do comics matter? At the risk of sounding completely self-absorbed, I’m going to answer this question by talking about me.  I am an Asian American cartoonist. I’m going to tell you how I became these two things: an Asian American and a cartoonist. Then I’m going to tell you...
      

Writer vs. Author — The Zena Sutherland Lecture by Linda Sue Park

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Photo by Sonya Sones“Writer vs. Author.” This dichotomy is one I deal with on a daily basis, sometimes on a minute-by-minute basis. I grew up in the age before social networking, so typing out words on a keyboard has long been a private activity for me. Even if the finished...
      

2019 Zena Sutherland Lecture

The 2019 Zena Sutherland Lecturer is writer and cartoonist Gene Luen Yang, and his topic is "Why Comic Books Matter." The Lecture will be given at 7:30PM on Friday, May 3rd at the Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State St. in Chicago. Admission is free but tickets are required...
      

Look Here. Not There. — The Zena Sutherland Lecture

I am honored to give this year’s Zena Sutherland Lecture, named for an important educator and champion of children’s literature. Where the world saw shock and controversy in such now-iconic children’s books as Sendak’s In the Night Kitchen, Zena Sutherland saw imagination and humanity. Where the world saw idealization of...
      

Sweet Homefront Chicago

GREAT novel; misleading cover artRita Williams-Garcia was her gracious smart self for last Friday's Sutherland Lecture in Chicago; good to hear her and good to see old friends, especially my boss Betsy. Below is my introduction to Rita; you can read the lady speaking for herself when we publish her...
      

Lovely Rita and the Sutherland lecture

RWG, right, with her editor Rosemary BrosnanA reminder that next Friday, May 4th, finds me introducing Rita Williams-Garcia for her Sutherland lecture, "Look Here. Not There," at 7:30PM at the Harold Washington Library Center in Chicago. Admission to the program is free, but you have to sign up at chipublib.org/sutherland. I...
      

Woman of the Year

Congrats to Jacqueline Woodson for winning the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, first given to Maurice Sendak in 2003; Jackie is the fourth American to win, after Katherine Paterson and Meg Rosoff.I met Jackie in 1990 in Chicago, where Delacorte had sent her all by her lonesome on her first book tour (for Last Summer...

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