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SCBWI-IL Marginalized Voices Out Loud: Queer YA Indie Author Lee Wind in Conversation

Date/Time
Date(s) - 04/08/2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location
Open Books West Loop
651 W. Lake Street - Chicago, IL 60661



Join us as Susanne Fairfax chats with Lee Wind about his wild ride to publishing Queer as a Five Dollar Bill, diverse voices and Indie publishing.

Indie publishing offers opportunities for voices and stories that have been erased from mainstream narratives and history. In this twisting and engaging novel, characters fight such erasure and find innovative ways to get the story out. In the face of hate, they stand together with pride, speaking out not only about queer issues, but also those of race and disability. Similarly, Lee and 182 supporters found creative ways to get his book in the hands of readers. Come hear about this Indie success story! Celebrate SCBWI-Illinois’ Diverse New Member Pathway and Many Voices Prize winners as they are announced!


SCBWI-IL Diversity Prize Winners Announced LIVE!

— Our SCBWI-IL Diversity Committee chairperson Susanne Fairfax and the rest of our committee will announce the winners of our 2019 Diverse New Member Pathway and Many Voices Prize.
— We invite all the applicants, members of our diversity community and allies to come and celebrate!


Reserve your copy of Queer as a Five Dollar Bill
— Queer as a Five Dollar Bill, will be available for purchase and signing at the event. Click for more about Lee’s book.
— Listen to Lee’s interview with Matthew Winner on THE CHILDREN’S PODCAST
— Reserve your copy and/or a copy to donate to our community’s LGBTQIA and allied teens!
— Reserve your book(s) through March 25th through our free, online event registration.


Free Event Registration Required
— Free registration through April 5.  If you register and are unable to attend, please email Deborah Topolski so others might have your seat.
— Attendees under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. If you will be accompanying a minor, please register and then email Deborah Topolski that you will accompany a minor.
— If you have a disability and require a support person in order to be able to take advantage of this event, please register yourself AND your support person.
— Open Books has a wheelchair lift.  Please contact Open Books at (312) 475-1355 with any questions about wheelchair accessibility.

— If you require additional ADA support such as a sign language interpreter or other resource, please email Susanne Fairfax in advance.
— Public Transportation & Parking:  The Clinton CTA “L” Train Station is a 3 minute walk to Open Books.  Metered street parking is also available.
— If you have used books of any format/genre, or used (playable) LPs, CDs or DVDs, please consider bringing them to donate to Open Books to help fund Open Books’ literacy programs.
— Coffee and cookies will be provided. SCBWI-IL members are welcome to bring an additional snack or sweet to share! NO ALCOHOL IS PERMITTED.

 

QUESTIONS about the program?: Email Susanne Fairfax
QUESTIONS about registration?: Email Deborah Topolski

 

Lee Wind is the founding blogger and publisher of I’m Here. I’m Queer. What The Hell Do I Read?, an award-winning website about books, culture, and empowerment for Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans, Questioning, and Queer youth, and their Allies. For over 10 years, readers from 100-plus countries have racked up 2.4 million page views—and counting! 

In his “Clark Kent” jobs, Lee is the director of marketing and programming at the Independent Book Publishers Association and the official blogger for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. His Superhero job is writing, inspired by our world’s amazing—and untold—LGBTQ history. 

Lee lives in Los Angeles with his husband and their teenage daughter. QUEER AS A FIVE-DOLLAR BILL is his debut novel.

 

 

 

Dates to Remember

March 25 Last day to reserve Lee Wind’s Queer as a Five Dollar Bill by noon.
April 5 Free event registration ends.
April 8 Event begins at 7PM

 

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