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307 | Jason Reynolds: Long Way Down
307 | Jason Reynolds: Long Way Down
Sunday, October 29 | 4:30 - 5:30 PM
Art Institute of Chicago
Rubloff Auditorium
230 S Columbus Dr | Chicago, IL | 60603
  • Members: $12
  • Public: $15
  • Students and Teachers: $10

In bestsellers like Ghost, All American Boys, and the new Marvel novel Miles Morales: Spider-Man, award-winning author Jason Reynolds writes young adult narratives that explore the pressures and promise of young people. His freshly pressed Long Way Down is a story, in verse, of a one-minute elevator ride filled with revenge, troubled emotions, friendship, and family where, one floor at a time, a teenage boy faces himself and contemplates the murder of his brother. His entire world is caught between those sliding doors. Seems we are caught too.

Preorder your copy of Long Way Down through the CHF box office and save 20%.

A book signing will follow this program.

This program is generously underwritten by the Lohengrin Foundation and is presented in partnership with the Art Institute of Chicago.


Jason Reynolds was tricked into being a writer. For years his aunt would only give him books for Christmas. Year after year she’d disappoint him with a gift-wrapped book. Now, after having published four critically acclaimed books and co-authored another two, Jason was proclaimed "easily one of the most promising of Young Adult novelists in the market today" by NBC. Jason has been reviewed and profiled in The Washington Post, NPR, Kirkus, and Publisher’s Weekly. Reynolds is on faculty at Lesley University, for the Writing For Young People MFA Program, and currently resides in Washington, DC.

Shepsu Aakhu is a playwright, director, musician, scenographic designer, photographer, and the Executive Producer for the Ma’at Production Association of Afrikan Centered Theatre (MPAACT). In 2012 he was awarded the Joseph Jefferson citation for outstanding new work for his play Speaking in Tongues The Chronicles of Babel.

  • On sale to members on 9/19 at 10am and on sale to public on 9/26 at 10am.
  • Long Way Down
  • 10-24-2018