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SCBWI-IL NSN hosts Jarrett Dapier

Questions? Email Anny Rusk


Dreams, the Unconscious,
and a Writer’s Life

Join us and author Jarrett Dapier as he talks about the role of dreams and the unconscious in his life as a writer and why he thinks both are important for writers to pay attention to when writing for children.

Jarrett Dapier is an author, librarian, and lifelong drummer. His debut picture book, JAZZ FOR LUNCH!, illustrated by Eugenia Mello and
published by Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, received a starred review in Kirkus Reviews and was a finalist for the Ezra Jack Keats Award for writing and art. His second picture book, MR. WATSON’s CHICKENS, illustrated by Andrea Tsurumi and published by Chronicle Books, received a starred review in Publishers Weekly and was chosen by NPR and Bookpage as one of the best books of 2021. His third picture book, THE MOST HAUNTED HOUSE IN AMERICA, a goofy, ghostly, rhythmic romp based on his experience drumming at the White House in 2009, is illustrated by Lee Gatlin and is out now from
Abrams Books. His debut young adult graphic novel, WAKE NOW IN THE FIRE, about student resistance to book censorship in Chicago Public Schools, will be published by Chronicle Books in 2024. Jarrett is the recipient of the 2016 John Philip Immroth Award from the American Library Association for his work exposing the previously hidden details of Chicago Public Schools’ attempt in 2013 to censor Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi from all schools in the city. He lives in Evanston, IL with his family, loves cats, and can often be found browsing independent bookstores and record stores in the area.

Questions? Email Anny Rusk