Vernon Area Public Library joins more than 200 Illinois libraries to host “Food, Family and Folktales: A Conversation with Grace Lin,” on Zoom on Tuesday, October 17, at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to all; sign up at online or call 224-543-1486.
Lin is an award-winning and New York Times bestselling author/illustrator of picture books, early reader and middle grade novels. She will discuss why she writes books for the youngest readers through middle graders, how she illustrates them, and share a bit from her latest book, Chinese Menu: The History, Myths, and Legends Behind Your Favorite Foods. She will also lead an interactive drawing activity.
Joining Lin in conversation is Evanston Public Library children’s librarian Brian Wilson. Wilson served on the American Library Association’s Children’s Literature Legacy Award Committee in 2022, when the award was given to Grace Lin. He has previously participated in a number of other high-profile award committees, including the national Caldecott and Odyssey selection committees, and Illinois’ Monarch and Bluestem awards committees.
This event with Grace Lin is offered as part of Illinois Libraries Present (ILP). 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).
Other events in the ILP series this fall include a live-streamed kitchen demonstration from Maya-Camille Broussard, star of Netflix’s Bake Squad and owner of Chicago-based Justice of the Pies, on Wednesday, November 8.