I’ve encouraged you all to go to the Chapters Readings before, and Friday brings another chance. The wonderfully smart and funny Lizzie Skurnick will be reading from her new book, Shelf Discovery: The Teen Classics We Never Stopped Reading (2009). Lizzie’s book is a love letter to some of the great young adult fiction of the seventies, much of it by women and about real girls facing real and interesting problems: the very books that I hope the girls of Girls Write Now discover and find refuge in. My mother-in-law and I devoured the book together last summer, reminiscing about all the books we had loved and the ones that had meant so much to her 9th graders back when she was teaching. Reading with Lizzie will be some of the teen girls and their mentors who are participating in Girls Write Now this year. Here is the roster:
- Emily Alvarez, "I Write for a Reason"
- Michaela Burns, "Red Apple Pie"
- Tianna Coleman, "Who am I: An Ode to Precious"
- Clio Contogenis, "Mary Ellen, Nana Mary"
- L’Eunice Faust & Tasha Gordon-Solmon, "If God Had Made Eve First"
- Rachel Garcia, "The Yellow Dress"
- Dalina Jimenez & Corey Binns, "Welcome Home"
- Ceasia King & Ariana Proehl, "Ego Trips (We Know Exactly Why)"
- Syeda Showkat & Kirthana Ramisetti, "Nora and Carol at the Discount Plus Christmas Party"
- Shannon Talley & Jen McFann Pamela Vasquez, "Bark Bark Roof Bark"
- Quanasia Wheeler & Cynara Charles-Pierre, "The Yum that Keeps Giving" & "Thanksgiving No More"
I’ll confess that the first time I went to a paired reading, my heart sank a little at the length of the program. But, trust me, the women of Girls Write Now are fierce and organized: the readings are snappy, and the girls will have you laughing and crying. It’s the kind of event to make you remember why all the work we do, all the love we have, for literature really counts.
The event happens at the wonderful Center for Fiction (17 E 47th), this Friday from 6:00-8:00. I will be there & I hope to see you, too.
P.S. It’s not too late to apply to be a mentor for 2010-2011.
P.P.S. Finally, whether you’re in New York or not, you can pretty up your home and help the cause by buying one of (Seattle’s own) glassybaby votives/vases. Stop by their beautiful New York shop (in Jane Jacobs’s old house!) at 55 Hudson Street or just enter the code GWN on their website. (You can also just donate to Girls Write Now through the Network for Good here.)
These are the prettiest candleholders ever. Our apartment is FULL of them and I cannot get enough.