Following in the tradition of New York City and several other locations around the country, Chicago now has its own KidLit Drinks Night! Librarians, teachers, authors, and publishing people gather to hand out, talk books and the industry, and…well…drink and be merry.
This past Saturday, Wendy and I attended the second Chicagoland KidLit Drinks Night at The Grafton in Lincoln Square. (Note: We missed the first one because Wendy got married that night!)
Here’s most of the folks who were there by the time things started to get in gear. (The blurriness is my fault—or well, my phone’s fault.)
We had great conversations with everyone, including Chicago librarians, suburban school librarians, and a young man who currently works in the comic book world and is working on his MFA from Hamline University—a middle grade novel in the works. (Wendy was a little surprised there weren’t more writers, but then she’s used to SCBWI events.)
Among the topics of conversation: the current political and economic state of the Chicago Public Library (we were all against the proposed cuts), why the Newbery Medal tends to favor middle grade fiction, and possible origins of the term “slush pile.”
I’m looking forward to going next time—probably in January. Let us know if you want to be added to the Facebook group!