« Week of January 13, 2013 »
Start: 7:00 pm

We're pleased to host the book release party for young adult author Erica Lorraine Scheidt's debut, Uses for Boys, a hauntingly beautiful coming-of-age novel about a girl who grows up loveless and alone and, following in her mother's footsteps, begins to believe that if she gives boys what they want, they will give her what she needs. We'll also be screening the trailer for Uses for Boys created by three local teenage filmmakers: Julia Retzlaff, a sophomore; Tiffany Robinson a senior; and Evatt Carrodus an 8th grader. All three are alumni of TILT, the Youth Program of the Ninth Street Independent Film Center in San Francisco and were mentored by TILT Media Arts Educator, Kapi'olani Lee.  

A longtime 826 Valencia volunteer and teaching artist, Erica runs the Writers’ Workshop at the YMCA Teen Center in Berkeley. Join us for a celebration of this fantastic debut from 7-9PM on January 15th

Praise for Uses for Boys:  

“Haunting, frank and un-put-downable.”—STARRED Kirkus Review

“Scheidt’s novel packs a punch; this fast-moving book can be devoured in one sitting, but reveals even more upon rereading.” – STARRED Publishers Weekly Review

“Lots of teens will see themselves in the pages of this beautiful, honest novel.—STARRED Booklist

“I wish every young woman could gain the wisdom found in these pages. Quiet. Stark. Possibly life changing.” —Ellen Hopkins, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“Like its narrator, Uses for Boys is poetic, edgy and strong . . . I finished it in two sittings and sobbed at the end.” —Francesca Lia Block, New York Times bestselling author

Start: 7:00 pm

Author Tony Fletcher will be here on Friday, January 18th at 7PM to discuss A Light That Never Goes Out, the definitive book about The Smiths, one of the most beloved, respected, and storied indie rock bands in music history.

Hailing from Manchester, England, The Smiths--Morrissey, Johnny Marr, Andy Rourke, and Mike Joyce--were critical and popular favorites throughout their mid-1980s heyday and beyond. To this day, due to their unforgettable songs and lyrics, they are considered one of the greatest British rock groups of all time. In A Light That Never Goes Out, Tony Fletcher paints a vivid portrait of the fascinating personalities within the group, not the least of which is Morrissey, the witty, literate lead singer whose loner personality and complex lyrics made him an icon for teenagers who felt forlorn and forgotten.

Fletcher is the author of six books, including Moon, the bestselling biography of Keith Moon, and Remarks Remade, the definitive biography of R.E.M. He has contributed to many publications and television shows on both sides of the Atlantic, including Newsday, Spin, Mojo, and more.

Whether you're a diehard fan or the memory of Morrissey's crooning brings out your converse-wearing teenage angst in a good way, this evening is sure to be a fascinating look at The Smiths as only their biographer could deliver it.

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