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826CHI Students Cut the Ribbon on the new American Writers Museum

May 20th—

826CHI authors Cynthia O. and Imaan Y. read for our mayor and an all-star literary audience at the May 15th ribbon-cutting for the new American Writers Museum. See the Third Coast Review for a thorough recap, and check out our Flickr album to take in our students' big moment! (P.S. Join our annual literary cocktail Prologue for a night of exclusive fun at the American Writers Museum.)

Want to see Cynthia and our other students read? Check out Publishing Fest, our week of literary events throughout Chicago, starting Monday, June 5th!

Teen Writers Studio Releases “I Just Like the Way It Sounds!”

June 6th—

Are you feeling heartbroken that you missed hearing our Teen Writers Studio read from their new book, I Just Like the Way It Sounds? Check out a photo recap on our Instagram, and be on the lookout for our Flickr album! Want to read the book? Pick up a copy for $5 at the Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply, and join us for the rest of the week’s #PublishingFest-ivities, where young authors across the city share their masterpieces for the first time.

Wednesday, June 7th, 4:30pm // After-School Tutoring & Writing
The Light You Need - book release @ 826CHI

Saturday, June 10th, 1:30pm // Young Authors Book Project
P.S. You Sound Like Someone I Can Trust  - book release @ Printers Row Lit Fest

Monday, June 12th, 6pm // Young Authors Book Project
P.S. You Sound Like Someone I Can Trust - book release @ Ovation

All events are free and open to the public. Help us spread the word!

826CHI on Newcity’s LIT 50!

May 25th—

We are honored to announce that our Executive Director, Kendra Curry-Khanna, is one of Newcity’s LIT 50! We’re proud to see many of our supporters, collaborators, and inspirations on the list, too—what a mighty group of Chicagoans making our home city even stronger through the power of literature and litearcy. Read more on Newcity >>

Justice & Equity Dialogues // Compassionate Creative Spaces

May 24th—

This month on our Justice & Equity Dialogues blog, we’re sharing resources on compassionate creative spaces. Join us in discussing ways to keep both students and authors of color at the center of our work. Click here to read more >>

826CHI’s Writers to Release “P.S. You Sound Like Someone I Can Trust” at Fulton Market’s Ovation

May 23rd—

Join 826CHI and the students of this year's Young Authors Book Project for a community celebration of our new book, P.S. You Sound Like Someone I Can Trust. Within this compilation of letters between 8th graders at Emiliano Zapata Academy and 10th graders at Amundsen high school, 62 teens reflect on their identities, share their hopes and anxieties about the future, open up about loved ones’ deaths, and swap K-Pop and Netflix recommendations. 

Inside Fulton Market's beautiful Ovation event space, we'll celebrate the connections these writers have forged across our large and segregated city, meet the esteemed authors, share snacks and drinks, and enjoy music from After School Matters' youth DJ's. Free selfies!

This event is part of 826CHI’s Publishing Fest, a week of literary release events across Chicago celebrating the work of young writers ages 6-18! All events are free and open to the public. For more information about Publishing Fest, click here.

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