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WBEZ Chicago Presents: Sunnyside Plaza with NPR's Scott Simon

Monday, February 24 @ 6:30pm – 7:45pm
$8.50 - $22
Vittum Theater 1012 N. Noble St. 60642 Chicago , IL

You may know Scott Simon as a distinguished NPR journalist, but did you know that he is also an accomplished author? 

Join WBEZ Chicago on February 24 for a special conversation with Scott Simon, host of NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday and co-host of the Up First podcast. Scott Simon will discuss Sunnyside Plaza - his debut children’s novel about a developmentally disabled young adult that helps to solve crimes that occur in her group home - and his inspiration behind writing the book.

Scott will be joined by moderator Monica Eng, reporter for WBEZ's Curious City. Their discussion will be an insider’s look into the world Scott describes in Sunnyside Plaza and attendees will have an opportunity to ask Scott questions about the novel. Scott will also discuss how he came to write from a developmentally disabled young adult’s perspective and how fiction books can help change children's perspectives. 

This event is suitable for ages 8 and up and copies of Sunnyside Plaza can be purchased during registration. Tickets are non-refundable and non-returnable. 


About the book 

Sally Miyake can’t read, but she learns lots of things. Like bricks are made of clay and Vitamin D comes from the sun. Sally is happy working in the kitchen at Sunnyside Plaza, the community center where she lives with other adults with developmental disabilities. For Sally and her friends, Sunnyside is the only home they’ve ever known.

Everything changes the day a resident unexpectedly dies. After a series of tragic events, detectives Esther Rivas and Lon Bridges begin asking questions. Are the incidents accidents? Or is something more disturbing happening?

The suspicious deaths spur the residents into taking the investigation into their own hands. But are people willing to listen?

Sunnyside Plaza is a human story of empowerment, empathy, hope, and generosity that shines a light on this very special world.


About the author

Scott Simon is one of America’s most admired writers and broadcasters. He has reported from all fifty states, five continents, and ten wars, from El Salvador to Sarajevo to Afghanistan and Iraq. His books have chronicled character and characters, in war and peace, sports and art, tragedy and comedy.

Simon’s weekly show, Weekend Edition Saturday, has been called “the most literate, witty, moving, and just plain interesting news show on any dial” by the Washington Post and “the most eclectic, intelligent two hours of broadcasting on the airwaves” by Brett Martin of Time-Out New York.  He has won every major award in broadcasting, including the Peabody, the Emmy, the Columbia-DuPont, the Ohio State Award, the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, and the Sidney Hillman Award.

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