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Grace Lin

Author & Illustrator

Before Grace Lin was an award-winning and NY Times bestselling author/illustrator of picture books, early readers and middle grade novels, she was the only Asian girl (except for her sisters) going to her elementary school in Upstate NY. That experience, good and bad, has influenced her books—including her Newbery Honor, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon,  her Geisel Honor Ling & Ting, and her National Book Finalist When the Sea Turned to Silver. But, it also causes Grace to persevere for diversity as a New England Public Radio commentator and when she gave her TEDx talk, The Windows and Mirrors of Your Child’s Bookshelf, as well as her PBS NewsHour video essay, What to do when you realize classic books from your childhood are racist?.

In 2016, Grace’s art was displayed at the White House and Grace, herself, was recognized by President Obama’s office as a Champion of Change for Asian American and Pacific Islander Art and Storytelling.

Learn more about Grace Lin on her website


year dog
year rat
press it
Kite Flying
The Ugly Vegetables
New Year

Festival Testimonials

Loved the experiences in the ARTery, loved the presentations about the craft of writing and publishing. Gorgeous venues and well-done festival. Well-staffed, very nice venues. Will come again next year from Minnesota – well worth it.
This was awesome! Great glimpse into life of artist.
It was great to see children and adults alike interacting with the authors and illustrators.