Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 5pm
Crystal Ballroom at Drury Lane

Please call 312.497.3007 or email for questions.


$125 per person
RSVP requested by October 5, 2017

If you cannot attend the benefit, please consider making a donation.

Event Information

Linda Sue Park, keynote speaker

Presentation topic: Sijo Makes You Smarter

Author Linda Sue Park began writing when she was in kindergarten, and became a professional writer when she published her first poem at age nine. After graduating from Stanford University with a degree in English, she went on to become a journalist, a food critic, and an English teacher, but Park did not test her hand at writing fiction until she was in her mid-thirties, at the same time that she began to explore her Korean heritage in earnest. Her research resulted in a treasure trove of children's books, each of which delves into a different piece of Korean history. In 2002 Park was awarded the Newbery Medal for her third novel, A Single Shard, which follows the adventures of a twelfth-century orphan named Tree-ear. The Newbery is awarded by the American Library Association, and is given to the most distinguished American children's book published in the previous year. Park became the first Korean American to take home the honor.

Park is author of A Single Shard, When My Name Was Keoko, Tap Dancing on the Roof, and many more award-winning books.

Her website can be found at

Watch Linda Sue Park discuss the significance of children's books on TEDx.

Raffle Tickets

Raffle tickets will be available for $20 on-site and $30 remotely. Prizes will be announced at a later date. The cash prize is limited to on-site participants only.


Crystal Ballroom
Drury Lane
100 Drury Lane
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181