events

Upcoming Events

Soci­ety of Mid­land Authors Award Cer­e­mo­ny
Children’s Read­ing Round Table / Children’s Non­fic­tion Award

Tues­day, May 10, 2022, 6:00 pm cash bar, 7:00 pm din­ner
Cliff Dwellers Club, 200 S. Michi­gan Ave., 22nd floor, Chica­go, Illinois

Car­ol Marin, co-direc­tor of the DePaul Cen­ter for Jour­nal­ism Integri­ty & Excel­lence and NBC5’s for­mer polit­i­cal edi­tor, will emcee the awards ban­quet. The keynote speak­er will be Urbana nov­el­ist and short-sto­ry author Jean Thomp­son, a pro­fes­sor emeri­ta at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Illi­nois Urbana-Cham­paign who served as a judge in the adult fic­tion category.

Suzanne Slade will be giv­en the award for June Almei­da, Virus Detec­tive!: The Woman Who Dis­cov­ered the First Human Coro­n­avirus (Sleep­ing Bear Press). I am delight­ed to receive an Hon­or for Fear­less World Trav­el­er: Adven­tures of Mar­i­anne North, Botan­i­cal Artist (Hol­i­day House) and Kao Kalia Yang will receive an hon­or for Yang War­riors (Uni­ver­si­ty of Min­neso­ta Press). 
 
Awards will be giv­en in many cat­e­gories. Learn more and reg­is­ter here.
 

Past Events

MA/MFA Grad­u­ate & Fac­ul­ty Vir­tu­al Autumn Read­ing
Thurs­day, Nov 11, 2021, 7:00 to 8:15 pm

Join us for a vir­tu­al read­ing fea­tur­ing three alum­ni and two fac­ul­ty mem­bers of our grad­u­ate cre­ative writ­ing pro­gram: Fei Sun, Eri­ka Carey, Jen­nifer Com­panik, Lau­rie Lawlor, and Juan Martinez.
 
Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Chica­go Lit­er­ary Hall of Fame will also join us to dis­cuss their upcom­ing events and their orga­ni­za­tion’s mission.
 
The read­ing begins at 7:00 pm Cen­tral Time and is free. Please mes­sage us for the Zoom link on our Face­book event page.
 

Sto­ry­book Stroll with Lau­rie Lawlor
fea­tur­ing Big Tree Down!
Fri­day, Sept 24, 2021, 8:00 am,
to Sat­ur­day, Sept 25, 2021, 5:00 pm
Start at the Eagle Munic­i­pal Build­ing, fol­low the signs through the Eagle Nature Trail to read along with the sto­ry, end­ing at the Eagle Ele­men­tary School.
Host­ed by the Alice Bak­er Pub­lic Library
Eagle, WI (262) 594‑2800

* ! * Enter a draw­ing in the Library from Sept 20–24 for a chance to win a signed copy of Big Tree Down!

* ! * Meet me, Lau­rie Lawlor, on the trail Fri­day, Sept 24, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm and from 5:30 to 6:30 pm at the Trail Pho­to Con­test Reception.

Bed­time Sto­ry with Lau­rie Lawlor
Fear­less World Trav­el­er: Adven­tures of Mar­i­anne North
Vir­tu­al on Zoom
Fri­day, May 14, 2021, 7:00 pm
Welles­ley Books, Welles­ley, MA

Rea­dathon Kick-off with Lau­rie Lawlor
Fear­less World Trav­el­er: Adven­tures of Mar­i­anne North
Vir­tu­al Author Vis­it
Mon­day, April 26, 2021, 4:00 pm
Edi­son School, Chica­go, IL

Boo­gie Down Sto­ry­time with Lau­rie Lawlor
Fear­less World Trav­el­er: Adven­tures of Mar­i­anne North
Vir­tu­al – Zoom
Sat­ur­day, April 17, 2021, 10:00 am ET
The Bronx, New York City

Enjoy the pho­tos from my pre­sen­ta­tion of Fear­less Trav­el­er (in mask!) at Eagle Ele­men­tary School, Eagle, Wis­con­sin with the third grade class­es on April 30, 2021.  A won­der­ful day!  We talked about the work that writ­ers do in com­ing up with ideas, research, writ­ing and revi­sion. I read the book aloud outdoors—a per­fect for­est set­ting for Mar­i­anne North’s ter­rif­ic plant paintings.

Laurie Lawlor speaking at Eagle Elementary School
Speak­ing to the third grade class in Eagle, Wisconsin
Laurie Lawlor reading to the class
Read­ing Fear­less Trav­el­er out­doors to stu­dents at Eagle Ele­men­tary School
Me and Car­ol Marin, long-time Chica­go jour­nal­ist and pro­gram Mas­ter of Cer­e­monies, at the May 10, 2022 Annu­al Ban­quet and Awards Pre­sen­ta­tion for the Soci­ety of Mid­land Authors at the Cliff Dwellers in Chica­go. I was delight­ed to receive the Chil­dren’s Read­ing Round Table Hon­or Award for Chil­dren’s Non­fic­tion for Fear­less World Trav­el­er: Adven­tures of Mar­i­anne North, Botan­i­cal Artist (Hol­i­day House, 2021).
Eagle Nature Trail
A won­der­ful day at Eagle Nature Trail, Eagle, WI with the third grade class read­ing Big Tree Down! on a sto­ry­book stroll, Sept. 24, 2021. More than 119 young read­ers enjoyed the trail and the pic­ture book. Bra­vo to all!
Outdoor facility
Eagle Ele­men­tary has an out­door space that worked well for my presentation.
Eagle Elementary School
Thanks to the engaged stu­dents and teach­ers at Eagle Ele­men­tary School!

Past Events

Readathon 2021
Rea­dathon Kick-Off Event, a fundrais­er for Edi­son School
Boogie Down with Laurie Lawlor
Boo­gie Down sto­ry­time with Boo­gie Down Books.
Storybook Stroll