Special Event

Dumb Questions and Dinner: Navigating the Industry with Laurent Linn and Hyewon Yum.

February 21, 2019 | 6:30 pm

Join illustrator/ Art Director Laurent Linn and illustrator Hyewon Yum for an informal conversation over dinner at the Society of Illustrators. Open to students and emerging professionals (those within their first ten years of an illustration career), this is your chance to ask two top professionals anything about the business. This event will be private, so no question is too dumb!

Seating is limited to 7. Interested attendees must fill out a quick online application and include a brief statement on why you should be invited to a seat at the table.

Please note: Do NOT bring your art/portfolio to the dinner. Deadline to apply is Thursday, February 14 at noon.


Admission: $20 (includes dinner)

About the Artists:

Laurent Linn, Art Director at Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, collaborates on picture books, middle grade, and teen novels with both celebrated and new illustrators. He is also the author/illustrator of the critically acclaimed young adult novel, Draw the Line. Laurent is the Artistic Advisor for the annual Original Art exhibit at the Society of Illustrators. He began his career as a puppet designer/builder in Jim Henson’s Muppet Workshop, eventually becoming the Creative Director for the Sesame Street Muppets, winning an Emmy Award. www.laurentlinn.com

Hyewon Yum is the creator of these picture books: Last Night, a Fiction Honorable Mention for the Bologna Ragazzi Award and winner of the Golden Kite Award for Picture Book Illustration; There Are No Scary Wolves, winner of the Society of Illustrators’ Founder’s Award; The Twins’ Blanket, a Junior Library Guild selection; and Mom, It's My First Day of Kindergarten!, a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year. Hyewon Yum also received the Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Award for Mom, It's My First Day of Kindergarten! In 2019, Saturday is Swimming Day is named as an Charlotte Zolotow award honor. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. http://www.hyewonyum.com/

Previous Hosts:
Yuko Shimizu and Marcos Chin
SooJin Buzelli and Chris Buzelli
Irene Gallo and Greg Manchess
Josh Cochran and Jing Wei 
Len Small and Ellen Weinstein
Jun Cen and Lisk Feng 
Jon Burgerman and You Byun
Kaye Blegvad and Jon Han 
Dadu Shin and Ping Zhu
Cari Vander Yacht and Lauren Tamaki
Rebekka Dunlap and Jeremy Sorese
Chad Beckerman and Julia Rothman 
"Puddle" by Hyewon Yum