Photo of Juno Dawson and book cover of This Book Is Gay

Juno Dawson: You Need To Chill! (IN PERSON)

Celebrate Juno Dawson’s new picture book, You Need To Chill!, with us at the American Writers Museum! Dawson is an LGBTQ+ activist and the author of the acclaimed young adult nonfiction book about sexuality and gender This Book Is Gay, currently the tenth most banned book in the country. $5 of each ticket sale will be donated to Care2Prevent, which empowers individuals of all ages who are living with HIV or who want to stay HIV negative, to live bold, rich, meaningful lives.

Dawson will read from and discuss her new book, followed by a book signing. Your ticket includes a copy of You Need To Chill!, a goodie bag of swag, and access to the AWM’s exhibits. Additional books will be available for purchase the night of the program, including This Book Is Gay.

This is an in-person program at the American Writers Museum. This program will also be livestreamed, and you can register for the link to the online broadcast here.

You Need to Chill by Juno Dawson book coverAbout You Need To Chill!:

A delightful, endearing debut picture book by bestselling author and activist Juno Dawson in which a sister answers everyone’s questions about where’s her brother Bill.

When Bill can’t be found at school one day, the imaginations of the other children run wild. Is he on vacation? Is he lost in the park? Has he been eaten by a shark?! It’s up to Bill’s sister to explain…”You need to chill! My brother Bill is now my sister Lily.”

Juno Dawson’s debut picture book is a witty and fun-filled story about family, identity, and acceptance. Bold, joyful and warm-hearted, its message of love and inclusivity shines through on every page. Laura Hughes’ illustrations perfectly capture the positive theme of the story.

JUNO DAWSON is the international bestselling author of fiction and nonfiction for young adults. Her works include the highly acclaimed This Book is Gay as well as What’s the T? She is a columnist for Attitude magazine and a key LGBTQ+ activist with the charity Stonewall. A former teacher specializing in behavior studies, Juno now writes full time and lives in Brighton, England.

Care2Prevent empowers individuals of all ages who are living with HIV or who want to stay HIV negative, to live bold, rich, meaningful lives. They are a welcoming, supportive, interdisciplinary team providing trauma-informed integrated health care, social service connections, and advocacy for communities on the South Side. Care2Prevent (C2P) is a program of the University of Chicago Medicine’s Section of Pediatric Infectious Diseases. C2P’s team provides comprehensive medical care, behavioral health, case management, social support, and patient education to young people living with or vulnerable to HIV/STIs. C2P is a nonprofit organization that receives funding from the Chicago Department of Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other governmental and philanthropic entities. Learn more about Care2Prevent and get involved here.

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Jun 22 2023


Central Time
6:00 pm

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American Writers Museum
Chicago, Illinois

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