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Jeff Smith - FTRF 2015 Midwinter Author Event & Fundraiser
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Jeff Smith - FTRF 2015 Midwinter Author Event & Fundraiser

FTRF will host a wine and hors d'ouevres reception in conjunction with the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago

When: January 31, 2015
From 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Where: Roosevelt University Library
430 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 
United States
Contact: Jonathan Kelley
(312) 280-4226

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The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) will host a wine and hors d'ouevres reception in connection with the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting. The event will take place 7:00–9:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 31.

The featured speaker will be cartoonist Jeff Smith, who also will do a booksigning after his talk.  He will be signing complimentary galleys of the upcoming Bone: Out of Boneville, Tribute Edition for attendees. A limited number of the original BONE: Out of Boneville hardcover copy will be available onsite for attendees, with an optional donation fee requested. Attendees are welcome to bring their own copies.

This event is part of the #FTRF45 series of celebrations to commemorate FTRF's 45th anniversary.  It is co-sponsored by Roosevelt University, with support from Scholastic.

Time: 7:00–9:00 p.m. CST

Location: Roosevelt University Library, 430 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL

Suggested donation: $30.00 General • $25.00 FTRF members  • $20.00 Student/Reduced Income

Roosevelt University faculty, staff, and students receive free admission depending on availability. To secure your spot, please select "Roosevelt student/faculty/staff" in the ticket purchasing section.

Tickets may be available at the door.  Questions? Contact Jonathan Kelley at or call Kim Diehnelt at (800) 545-2433 x4223.

About Jeff Smith and BONE

Jeff Smith is an American cartoonist, best known as the creator of the comic book series BONE. After four years of drawing comic strips for The Ohio State University’s student newspaper and starting his own animation studio, Character Builders, in 1986, Smith launched the self-published comic book BONE in 1991. As BONE’s popularity grew he became known as a co-founder of the Self-Publishing Movement of the 1990s and an early adopter of the graphic novel format.

BONE is now a New York Times bestselling series and has won numerous awards and honors including 10 Eisner Awards and 11 Harvey Awards, as well as European awards from Italy, Germany, and the French Alph Art. There have been exhibitions of his work, and Smith was the subject of a 2009 documentary called The Cartoonist: Jeff Smith, BONE, and the Changing Face of Comics. He is also a board member of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. In 2013, Smith guest edited The Best American Comics anthology, and he is the creator of TÜKI and RASL. His other books include Shazam: The Monster Society of Evil and Little Mouse Gets Ready, which received a 2009 Geisel Honor. Visit Jeff Smith online at

Note - We have received reports that some people using the web browser Internet Explorer have had problems completing their online ticket purchase; we suggest using Chrome or Firefox for this transaction. If you would prefer to purchase your ticket by phone, you may do so by calling FTRF Administrative Assistant Kim Diehnelt at (312) 280-4223.