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
Anna remembers a time before boys, when she was little and everything made sense. When she and her mom were a family, just the two of them against the world. But now her mom is gone most of the time, chasing the next marriage, brining home the next stepfather. Anna is left on her own until she discovers that she can make boys her family.