In-person Book Launch: WHEN YOU WISH UPON A LANTERN by Gloria Chao

Join us for an in-person event celebrating When You Wish Upon a Lantern by Gloria Chao. For this event, Chao will be in conversation with Samira Ahmed. There will also be delicious mooncakes available for purchase from Maa Maa Dei!

Please note: Pre-registration for this event is required. By pre-registering, you are verifying that you are fully vaccinated and will wear a mask throughout the entirety of the event. 




Acclaimed author Gloria Chao creates real-world magic in this luminous romance about teens who devote themselves to granting other people's wishes but are too afraid to let themselves have their own hearts' desires—each other.

Liya and Kai had been best friends since they were little kids, but all that changed when a humiliating incident sparked The Biggest Misunderstanding of All Time—and they haven’t spoken since.

Then Liya discovers her family's wishing lantern store is struggling, and she decides to resume a tradition she had with her beloved late grandmother: secretly fulfilling the wishes people write on the lanterns they send into the sky. It may boost sales and save the store, but she can't do it alone . . . and Kai is the only one who cares enough to help.

While working on their covert missions, Liya and Kai rekindle their friendship—and maybe more. But when their feuding families and changing futures threaten to tear them apart again, can they find a way to make their own wishes come true?

Gloria Chao is the critically acclaimed author of American Panda, Our Wayward Fate, Rent a Boyfriend, and When You Wish Upon a Lantern. After a brief detour as a dentist, she is now grateful to spend her days in fictional characters’ heads instead of real people’s mouths. When she’s not writing, you can find her on the curling ice, where she and her husband are world-ranked in mixed doubles. Visit her tea-and-book-filled world at, and find her on Twitter and Instagram @GloriacChao.

Samira Ahmed is the bestselling author of Love, Hate & Other Filters, Internment, Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know, Hollow Fires, and the Amira & Hamza middle-grade duology, as well as a Ms. Marvel comic book mini-series.  Her poetry, essays, and short stories have appeared in numerous publications and anthologies including the New York Times, Take the Mic, Color Outside the Lines, Vampires Never Get Old and A Universe of Wishes.

Image Description: A light pink graphic banner with the faint background of open books. There is a small cover image of the book centered between two photos, the left of the author Gloria Chao, and the right of the conversation partner Samira Ahmed. The text reads, "Women & Children First Presents Gloria Chao in conversation with Samira Ahmed. Sunday, February 12, 4PM CST. Masks and proof of vaccination required."

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Event date: 
Sunday, February 12, 2023 - 4:00pm
Event address: 
Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark St.
5233 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60640
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ISBN: 9780593464359
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - February 14th, 2023