I swore to myself last year after attending the annual Zena Sutherland lecture at the Harold Washington Library that I would hound my fellow NSLS youth services people to go next year. And here it is next year already!
Here’s why you should go:
1. Christopher Paul Curtis is the speaker this year. A great writer, an excellent speaker, talking about some of the books kids love the most–The Watsons Go to Birmingham, 1963; Bud, Not Buddy; Elijah of Buxton–don’t you immediately remember those characters, those voices?
2. The speaker is introduced by the inimitable Roger Sutton.
3. You’ll get a chance to network.
4. It’s at Harold Washington in a beautiful space, and it’s downtown Chicago at night, which is often magical.
5. The food at the reception afterward is fantastic, and it’s easy to get a chance to chat with the author.
6. It’s free! Just RSVP at 312-747-4780 or go online at http://www.chipublib.org/eventsprog/events/sutherland/sutherland.php
7. What, you want to know when it is? Fine. It is on Friday, May 1 at 7:30. You should go!