North Central College will host Molly Shannon Sept. 28 when Anderson’s Bookshops present the actress discussing “Tilly the Trickster,” her new book for young readers.
Shannon’s talk begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, in the College’s Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Tickets are $20 and include a copy of the new book, admission to the program and entry to the signing line. A limited number of tickets for children aged 10 and younger are available for $5 each and include admission to the program, but no book. Tickets are required and available—while they last—from Anderson’s Bookshops, 123 W. Jefferson Ave., or by calling 630-355-2665.
Shannon is well-known for the unforgettable and hilarious characters she has brought to the stage and screen, like Mary Katherine Gallagher on “Saturday Night Live” and “Superstar” and for roles in “Never Been Kissed” and television sitcoms. She appeared on “Saturday Night Live” for six years, earning one of the show’s longest runs as a female cast member.
Now she’s sharing a new character, Tilly, in her first book, “Tilly the Trickster,” a new picture book for young readers. The book is illustrated by Ard Hoyt and published by Abrams books. Young children will be tickled by mischievous Tilly, who loves to stir up trouble playing tricks on friends and family. Leaking cups and toothpaste-flavored cookies are in her bag of trickster tricks, until the tables turn. Does Tilly rein in her trickster ways? This is one exuberant and riotous story that shares Shannon’s fun and frolicky humor with a younger audience of new fans.
In addition to Shannon’s appearance, Anderson’s Bookshops are partnering with North Central College to present the Sesquicentennial Author Series, which opened with a talk by Tyra Banks on Sept. 15 and continues with appearances by Caroline Kennedy on Oct. 5, Philippa Gregory on Oct. 23 and Bill Bryson on Oct. 26.