Society of
Children's Book Writers
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SCBWI-IL NSN Hosts Gill & Slade

Date(s) - 10/14/2020
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Curious Minds Want to Know

a non-fiction panel featuring
Joel Christian Gill & Suzanne Slade
All SCBWI Illinois Members & Non-Members Invited


Join Anny Rusk and the SCBWI-IL North Suburban Network as they welcome Joel Christian Gill, cartoonist, educator, and graphic novel author/illustrator and Suzanne Slade, picture book and middle grade author

Get answers to your burning questions about craft, non-fiction research, writing, editing, graphic novel basics (writing and illustrating), negotiating contracts, how to select a non-fiction topic that will sell, finding experts to vet your non-fiction story, working with and without an agent, time management, juggling several books-in-the-works, school visits, working with an illustrator, how to get your book read on the Space Station, and anything else you want to ask!

Joel Christian Gill 
 Joel Christian Gill is a cartoonist and historian who speaks nationally on the importance of sharing stories. He wrote the words and drew the pictures in Fast Enough: Bessie Stringfield’s First Ride(published by Lion Forge, 2019) and the award-winning graphic novel series Strange Fruit: Uncelebrated Narratives from Black History, as well as, Tales of The Talented Tenth from Fulcrum Publishing. He has worked for diverse clients including the People’s United Party of Belize, NBC, the Boston Globe and his has written for The Huffington Post. His latest work is a memoir chronicling how children deal with abuse and trauma: Fights: One Boy’s Triumph Over Violence (Oni Press January 2020.) He was Chair of Foundations and then Comic Arts at The New Hampshire Institute of Art. He is currently an Associate Professor of Illustration at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Gill has dedicated his life to creating stories to build connections with readers through empathy, compassion, and ultimately humanity. He received his MFA from Boston University and his BA from Roanoke College.
 Suzanne Slade, PAL Author

Suzanne Slade is the award-winning author of more than 140 children’s books. As a mechanical engineer who worked on rockets, many of her books are about space and STEM. She also enjoys writing about fascinating historical figures and unsung heroes from her hometown of Chicago. Some of her recent titles include: Swish! The Slam-Dunking, Alley-Ooping, High-Flying Harlem Globetrotters, Exquisite: The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks, A Computer Called Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Helped Put America on the Moon, Daring Dozen: The Twelve Who Walked on the Moon, Countdown: 2979 Days to the Moon, Astronaut Annie (read on the Space Station), Out of School and Into Nature: The Anna Comstock Story, Dangerous Jane and The Music in George’s Head: George Gershwin Creates Rhapsody in Blue.

Anny Rusk

Anny Rusk, the SCBWI-IL North Suburban Chicago Co-Rep, is affiliated with the Center for Teaching Through Children’s Books at National Louis University, and has moderated several Graphic Novel panels at Chicago’s Comic Con, C2E2. She is also the co-host of the YouTube/Booktube channel Choose2Include. In addition to being a helicopter mom to her four-legged son, Odin, Anny has several works in progress including an MG Fantasy novel and a picture book on OCD.



Order our presenters’ books from an independent bookseller!

Order: Fights: One Boy’s Triumph Over Violence by Joel Chriatian Gill (Oni Press, 2020)
Order: Strange Fruit, Volune 1:Uncelebrated Narratives From Black History (Fulcrum Publishing, 2014)
Order: Exquisite:The Poerty and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks  by Suzanne Slade, Cozbi Cabrera Illustrator, (Abrams BFYR, 2020)
Order: A Computer Called Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Helped Put America on the Moon by Suzanne Slade, Veronica Miller Jamison, Illustrator (Little Brown BFYR, 2019)

Thank you for supporting our SCBWI creators and independent bookstores!


FREE registration open through Tuesday, October 13th:
— Please review PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT & POLICIES, prior to registration.  By registering, you agree to comply with our policies.

— Please add to you safe senders list. Registered attendees will be sent a link to join in the program one day before the event.
— If you do not receive a link by the morning of October 14th, email the Registrar.
— This is a live event. A recording will be available for one week after the event.
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— Registration Questions?: Email the Registrar, Deborah Topolski, Co-RA

Program Questions?
: Email Anny Rusk, North Suburban Networks Representative

Questions about SCBWI-IL Networks? Email Deb Aronson