Enjoy an evening with acclaimed individuals, brought to you in partnership with Illinois Libraries Present (ILP). These high-quality virtual discussions give patrons an opportunity to hear from professionals who are in high demand in their field, such as authors, chefs, musicians, and more.

DGPL's membership to ILP is funded in part by the Downers Grove Public Library Foundation.  ILP is funded in part by a grant awarded by the Illinois State Library, a department of the Office of Secretary of State, using funds provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).

Events may be recorded and posted to our Virtual Programs page for a short time.


The Power of Story with Colson Whitehead
Wednesday, September 6, 7 p.m.

Novelist and winner of numerous awards including the 2016 National Book Award for Fiction, 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and 2002 MacArthur Genius Grant.

Titles include: The Underground Railroad, The Intuitionist, The Nickle Boys

Chills and Thrills with Stephen Graham Jones
Wednesday, October 4, 7 p.m.

Blackfoot Native American author of fiction, horror fiction, crime fiction, and science fiction. Winner of numerous awards including: 2002 National Endowment of the Arts fellowship in Fiction, 2017 Bram Stoker Award for Long Fiction, 2020 Ray Bradbury Prize for Science Fiction, Fantasy & Speculative Fiction, two 2020 Bram Stoker Awards, and 2021 Bram Stoker Award for Novel

Titles include: The Only Good Indians, Night of the Mannequins, My Heart is a Chainsaw, Don't Fear the Reaper

Food, Family, and Folktales: A Conversation with Grace Lin
Tuesday, October 17, 7 p.m.

Award-winning author and illustrator of picture books, early readers, and middle grade novels. Winner of numerous awards and recognitions, including Newbery and Caldecott honoree, Geisel honoree, National Book finalist, New York Times bestseller. 

Titles include: A Big Mooncake for Little Star, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, When the Seat Turned to Silver

A Taste of Love with Maya-Camille Broussard
Wednesday, November 8, 7 p.m.

Chef, author, and owner of Justice of the Pies in Chicago. Recognitions include: 2022 finalist for the James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Baker, 2023 inductee of the Department of State's American Culinary Corps, 2018 Food & Wine's Bakers Who Are Changing Their Communities for the Better.  Brussard is a featured pastry chef on the Netflix series, Bake Squad

Titles include: Justice of the Pies: Sweet and Savory Pies, Quiches, and Tarts plus Inspirational Stories from Exceptional People

Surviving the Holidays with Lori Gottlieb
Wednesday, December 6, 7 p.m.

Writer and psychotherapist who pens the weekly "Dear Therapist" advice column for The Atlantic, and iHeart Radio's podcast "Dear Therapists."

Titles include: Maybe You Should Talk To Someone, Marry Him: The Case for Settling for Mr Good Enough, Stick Figure: A diary of my Former Self

Cory Doctorow
Thursday, January 11 

Canadian-British blogger, journalist, and author. Awards include: Prometheus Awards (2014, 2013, 2009), 2019 Inkpot Award, Locust Awards (2007, 2006, 2004), Sunburst Awards (2009, 2004), John W Campbell Memorial Awards (2009, 2000)

Titles include: In Real Life, Homeland, Little Brother, Walkaway

Jerry Craft
Tuesday, February 6

Cartoonist and children's book illustrator who is best known for his newspaper comicstrip Mama's Boyz. Awards include: 2020 Newbery Medal, 2013 Glyph Award for Best Comic Strip, African American Literary Awards Show Open Book Awards (2009, 2004), and National Cartoonists Society nomination

Titles include: New Kid, Class Act, School Trip, Mama's Boyz: In Living Color!

Julia Quinn
Tuesday, February 20

New York Times bestselling author best known for her romance novels that inspired Netflix's Bridgerton. 

Titles include: The Duke and I (Bridgerton series #1), The Viscount who Loved Me (#2)

Ruth E. Carter
Wednesday, March 20

Academy Award winning costume designer recognized for her pieces in films spanning from Spike Lee to Marvel's Black Panther.

Titles include: Black Panther; Black Panther, Wakanda Forever; Chi-Raq, Selma, Love and Basketball

Temple Grandin
Wednesday, April 3 

Animal behaviorist, academic, and autism spokesperson best known for her advocacy of humane treatment of livestock for slaughter, and recognition in the Time 100 list of most influential people in the world in the "Heroes" category. Recognitions include: 2011 Double Helix Medal, 2017 National Women's Hall of Fame, 2016 inductee into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and numerous honorary degrees.

Titles include: The Autistic Brain, Visual Thinking, Thinking in Pictures, Animals Make us Human, Animals in Translation, The Outdoor Scientist

Kal Penn
Tuesday, May 7 

Writer, producer, and former White House staff member. 

Titles include: You Can't Be Serious, Harold and Kumar go to White Castle

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