Five authors representing diverse cultural backgrounds, writing styles,  and topics will visit Evanston schools next week, thanks to a grant from Foundation 65.

The authors are Matt de la Pena, Janice Harrington, Grace Lin, Duncan Tonatiug, and Steve Sheinkin.

It’s part of a program called Perspectives: A Shared Author Experience, which is designed to help highlight the importance of diversity in children’s literature. Its intent is to give District 65 students and families the opportunity to view issues from multiple perspectives and to see themselves represented in the authors, the author’s life experiences, and the stories they tell.

All authors will take part in a panel discussion that is open to the public on Oct. 24. This event will be co-hosted by the Evanston Public Library and will be moderated by Betsy Bird, Collection Development Manager for the library. The event will be held at King Arts Magnet School, 2424 Lake St.

“Rarely have I seen this impressive a gathering of authors and illustrators gathered in Illinois outside of a conference setting,” said Bird.  “Each one of them is a master of their art.  It’s a privilege to get a chance to talk to them together.”

The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with student art inspired by the authors’ work on display. Books by each author will be available for purchase. Two food trucks, La Cocinita and Gotta Bee Crepes, will have food for purchase on site. The panel discussion will begin at 6:30 pm.

Monday, Oct. 24, through Friday, Oct. 28, the authors will visit 15 schools in the Evanston/Skokie School District 65.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...