Christopher Paul Curtis

Chicago Children’s Theatre invites families to meet Christopher Paul Curtis, author of Bud, Not Buddy.

Monday, Jan. 21, 2013 at 1 p.m.
Chase Auditorium, Plaza Level
10 S. Dearborn St. Entrance

This is a Chicago Children’s Theatre Community Event- admission is complimentary with RSVP.

RSVP Deadline has been extended through Jan 21am 9:00am due to high demand.


Kids will be out of school for Martin Luther King Day, so bringing them downtown to meet Curtis – one of the most prolific African American writers of contemporary children’s literature today, and author of the only book to win both the Newbery Medal and the Coretta Scott King Author Award – is an ideal way to honor the holiday.

Bud, Not Buddy follows the heartwarming, unforgettable journey of a young African-American orphan as he searches for his father in Depression-era Michigan. Full of laugh-out-loud humor and wonderful characters from the world of jazz, the book is a favorite with children 8 and up and, at many schools, is required reading for February, Black History Month.

The event includes a Q&A with Curtis introduced by Chicago Children’s Theatre Artistic Director Jacqueline Russell, co-moderated by Talia Garg (13) and Olivia Garg (11). Curtis will meet fans and sign books after the discussion.

About Christopher Paul Curtis

Born in Flint, Michigan, Christopher Paul Curtis was always a great reader, but as a youth he could not find books “that were about me.” He spent his first 13 years after high school on the assembly line of Flint’s historic Fisher Body Plant #1, hanging 80-pound car doors on Buicks. He wrote during his breaks to escape the noise of the factory, while attending college at night. Curtis made an outstanding debut in children’s s literature with The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963. His second novel, Bud, Not Buddy, is the first book ever to receive both the Newbery Medal and the Coretta Scott King Author Award. Curtis’ writing – and his dedication to it – has been greatly influenced by his family members. He modeled characters in Bud, Not Buddy after his two amazing grandfathers – Earl “Lefty” Lewis, a Negro Baseball League pitcher, and 1930s bandleader Herman E. Curtis, Sr., of Herman Curtis and the Dusky Devastators of the Depression.