April 10 discussion: What It Takes to Be a Young-Adult Author

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Authors James L. Swanson, Marlene Targ Brill and James Kennedy will discuss “what it takes to be a young-adult author” in a Society of Midland Authors program on Tuesday, April 10, at the Cliff Dwellers Club, 200 S. Michigan Ave., 22nd floor, Chicago. The panel discussion will start at 7 p.m. A social hour, with complimentary snacks and a cash bar, begins at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. No advance registration is required.

James L. Swanson is the Edgar Award-winning author of the New York Times best-sellers “Manhunt” and “Bloody Crimes.” His latest book, the best-selling young adult “Chasing King’s Killer,” tells the gripping story of the hunt for Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassin.

Marlene Targ Brill is an award-winning author of books for preschoolers through adults. She’s written more than 72 books, mostly nonfiction, covering everything from the Underground Railroad to Johnstown Flood and a series on the decades of the 20th century.

James Kennedy wrote “The Order of Odd-Fish,” a 2008 Smithsonian Notable Book. Time Out called it “a work of mischievous imagination.” James founded the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival, in which kids make movies that tell the story of a Newbery-winning book.