Author Shirin Yim Bridges will present More Than Pretty and Pink at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 7, on the main floor of Illinois State University’s Milner Library as part of the Spring Speaker Series. The presentation is free and open to the public.

A book singing will follow her presentation. The books “Ruby’s Wish” and the Goosebottom Books Series, “The Thinking Girl’s Treasury of Real Princesses” will be available for purchase.
Bridges comes from a family of writers and artists. Her first book, “Ruby’s Wish,” was named one of the Best Children’s Books of 2002 by Publishers Weekly and won the Ezra Jack Keats Award for Best Writer in 2003.

“Ruby’s Wish” is on several state reading lists, has been translated into six languages and is now in its ninth edition. Bridges is also the head goose at Goosebottom Books, a fledgling new press with a focus on “fun non-fiction.” Goosebottom Books launched their first series, The Thinking Girl’s Treasury of Real Princesses, in October 2010. A second series, The Thinking Girl’s Treasury of Dastardly Dames, will be released in 2011.

Bridges has lived in many countries around the world, as is reflected in her writing, including Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand and England. She was educated in the United States and now resides in California.

The presentation is sponsored by Milner Library and the Children’s Discovery Museum.