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BOSTON! I’m coming for you!

So excited about this event at Emerson College:

Agorafabulous

4/14/14
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Little Building
The Cabaret

Agorafabulous is a one-woman show by author, comedienne and Emerson alum Sara Benincasa. This funny and raw account of her battle with a panic disorder offers a poignant account of how a terrified young woman literally trapped by her own imagination evolved into a (relatively) high-functioning professional smartass.

Benincasa travels frequently to speak to college students about mental health awareness. Her return to Emerson is particularly special as she will also share details of her life as a writer and perform on the very stage where her career began.

1:00 PM - 1:50 PM: “After Emerson: A Practical Guide to the Writer’s Life”
2:00 PM - 3:40 PM: Agorafabulous!

Sponsored by Department of Communication Studies with Emerson Forensics Society, Active Minds

For more information please contact:
Gabriela Camargo
617-824-8491

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diversityinya:

This week’s diverse new releases, plus a couple that were mistakenly omitted last week:

Great by Sara Benincasa (HarperTeen)

“Adult author and comedian Benincasa (Agorafabulous!) gives The Great Gatsby a biting, genderbent twist in her first book for teens. … In many ways, this is a very faithful retelling, and any readers who have completed ninth-grade English (or caught the recent Baz Luhrmann film) will have as much fun picking out the parallels and allusions as Benincasa clearly did creating them. And, yes, there’s even a green light on a dock—the charging dock for Jacinta’s laptop.” — Publishers Weekly

Pointe by Brandy Colbert (Penguin)

“Theo Cartwright, from one of the few black families in a predominantly white Chicago suburb, lives for ballet, and she’s destined for stardom on stage. When her childhood best friend Donovan—who disappeared four years earlier at age 13—resurfaces, Theo’s life is upended. Debut novelist Colbert has written an extraordinary book about dance, seamlessly intertwined with the chilling aftermath of a kidnapping.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

Between Two Worlds by Katherine Kirkpatrick (Wendy Lamb Books)

“This strong historical novel portrays the impact of Robert E. Peary’s polar expeditions on the family and world of a young Inuit woman who joined them. … Stripped of airbrushed romanticism and Eurocentric gloss, a rare look at culture clash arising from polar exploration.” — Kirkus

The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf by Ambelin Kwaymullina (Candlewick)

“This debut YA novel and series opener by indigenous Australian Kwaymullina is set in a postapocalyptic Australia where humanity’s abuse of the environment has caused a societal and environmental chaos called the Reckoning. … The world-building is particularly interesting, as the author incorporates elements of the aboriginal creation story of the Dreamtime and Grandfather Serpent into the protagonist’s visions. Give this one to dystopia fans who are looking for a unique perspective.” — School Library Journal

Dear Nobody: The True Diary of Mary Rose edited by Gillian McCain & Legs McNeil (Sourcebooks Fire)

“Between the ages of 15 and 18, until her death in 1999 of cystic fibrosis, a Pennsylvania teenager named Mary Rose wrote unguardedly in her journals. McCain and McNeil (co-editors of Please Kill Me: An Oral History of Punk) offer a condensed but otherwise unaltered version of her diary entries and the occasional letter. … It’s a rare, no-holds-barred documentation of an American teenager’s life, written for no audience but herself.” — Publishers Weekly

Far From You by Tess Sharpe (Disney-Hyperion)

“This beautifully realized debut delves into the emotions of a girl recovering from drug addiction and grief, all wrapped up in a solid mystery. Sophie and Mina have been best friends since second grade. When they were 14, they were involved in a car accident that nearly killed Sophie, who became addicted to OxyContin during her recovery. Sophie has kicked her habit with the help of her bounty-hunter aunt and clings to each day that she stays clean. As the book opens, however, readers learn that Mina has been murdered. … An absorbing story full of depth and emotion.” — Kirkus, starred review

The Summer I Wasn’t Me by Jessica Verdi (Sourcebooks Fire)

“Lexi Hamilton feels her homosexuality is too much of a burden on her recently widowed mother, so she agrees to go away for the summer. At Camp Horizon, a Christian ‘un-gaying’ institution on the East Coast, each teen reveals his or her past trauma in group therapy sessions led by the evil Jeremiah Martin. What keeps campers cooperating is that, like Lexi, the reality they’ve gotten away from seems much worse. Only Matthew, in love with Justin at home, remains aloof, until Mr. Martin selects him for his personal brand of mistreatment, and a rebellion ensues.” — School Library Journal

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Anonymous asked: I have a decision to make, so I turn to you for an opinion since you rock. I have been accepted to two M.A. programs: one is in my country of Puerto Rico, which means it will be cheaper, I will live with my parents and I won't be tied to a big loan. The other is in Ohio which means I will probably need a HUGE ass loan, but I will be alone and have that precious life experience thing. So, my country and less loans, or Ohio with huge loan and experience? What do you recommend?

Stay in PR and save yourself the stress of paying a kajillion dollars to do an educational program in frigid-ass Ohio. You can move out and live on your own later. You deserve to start your post-MA life without so much financial baggage!

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hccfrenzy:

Lies. Scandal. Betrayal. Gatsby.
Now available in bookstores, Great by comedian sarabenincasa is a contemporary retelling of The Great Gatsby.
When Naomi Rye arrives in the Hamptons to spend the summer with her socialite mother, she fully expects to be miserable mingling with the sons and daughters of her mother’s mega-rich friends. Yet Naomi finds herself unexpectedly drawn to her mysterious and beautiful next-door neighbor, Jacinta, a Hamptons “It” girl who throws wild, lavish parties that are the talk of the town. But Jacinta has her own reasons for drawing close to Naomi, and they include the beautiful and untouchable Delilah Fairweather, a family friend of Naomi’s and Upper East Side royalty…
You can get a head start reading Great here!

hccfrenzy:

Lies. Scandal. Betrayal. Gatsby.

Now available in bookstores, Great by comedian sarabenincasa is a contemporary retelling of The Great Gatsby.

When Naomi Rye arrives in the Hamptons to spend the summer with her socialite mother, she fully expects to be miserable mingling with the sons and daughters of her mother’s mega-rich friends. Yet Naomi finds herself unexpectedly drawn to her mysterious and beautiful next-door neighbor, Jacinta, a Hamptons “It” girl who throws wild, lavish parties that are the talk of the town. But Jacinta has her own reasons for drawing close to Naomi, and they include the beautiful and untouchable Delilah Fairweather, a family friend of Naomi’s and Upper East Side royalty…

You can get a head start reading Great here!