Ned Vizini Talk, Signing and Book Swap

Ned Vizzini is one of the most over-looked by bloggers, and one of the most awesomely awesome YA authors out there at the moment. Ned spends his time writing real stories and when he is not doing that he is going around the nation talking to teens about his experiences with mental illness and telling them that they are not freaks for feeling this way, that it is okay to call a suicide hot line if they need to, and more than that, no matter if their friends think it is uncool. It is more than okay to get help. In my eyes Ned is a hero. When I met him last year in May at the Teen Author Carnival, I knew I was destined to fall in love with his works. He showed up in a full suit and has a sideways smile and always looks a tad bit uncomfortable even when it’s obvious he is not. I bought Ned’s book which he signed in red sharpie and I brought it home from New York and devoured it. It was a story of a boy who called the suicide hot line but it was Friday so he was sent to the over flow, so he walked to the hospital and checked himself in, and then the teen ward was full so he spend two weeks in the adult world. Those experiences changed Craig’s life forever. This book is loosely based on Ned’s life. If you never buy another book because I said so, then buy this one.

I introduced Ned by saying that I found out he was coming to the area by lurking on his Facebook page. He then talked about all three of his books and answered audience questions. I asked about the book he is writing now, I promised not to Tweet or post about his answer but it is going to be fabulous! He then signed a ton of books for the crowd, I bought Teen Angst, an anthology of short stories by Ned that may be based again on his life but I don’t know that for sure. Then we had the book swap.

I brought The Silver Kiss, Ned brought The Card Turner which I ended up bringing home and Nancy from Ravenous Reader was running so late she forgot her bag and the only book she had in her car was New Moon (HA!) so she took that one back herself.Debbie’s World of Books was in attendance but she didn’t want to touch New Moon either. In her defense she had it in the car because she was doing some artwork with the text for a friend. The teens brought some great books. Uglies which I love, 8th Grade Stinks and more. It was a fabulous night. If you ever get the chance to see Ned live you should. I am going to post a couple of pics but you can click through to Flickr to see the rest.

Me and Ned

Ned is very photogenic

Small bit of the crowd

Ned signing the wall at Hicklebee’s

Cool edit of Ned’s Signature my husband did

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    This sounds like a great event. I miss these kinds of events bookstore wise!

    Ned looks like a professor I had at FSU.

    I first came across Ned’s book Teen Angst when I was in high school browsing a Barnes on vacation. I kicked myself for not getting it. I keep meaning to get Kind of a Funny Story and watch the movie.

    Now I’m curious as to what his next book is about..

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    I did think he said his publisher will announce it soon. I don’t think he would kill me if I said I am super excited and it is completely unlike any of his other works. I really want to read this one like now.

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    Sounds like a great event! I love book events! Can’t wait to see who comes to my area in 2011! :-)

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    I’ve never heard of this author! Will have to check his stuff out. I love going to author events! So fun. I haven’t been to one in a month or so and I’m going through withdrawal! lol

    Thanks for sharing!

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    Jamie you totes have to read It’s Kind of a Funny Story. My husband is even reading after seeing Ned speak and you know if it isn’t a tech manual he isn’t reading it.

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    OMG! i LOVE Ned Vizzini! I first got Teen Angst probably my sophomore year of high scool. I loved it. This encouraged me to buy It’s Kind of a Funny Story, and loved that one too. I’ve been meaning to get my hands on Be More Chill, but I’ve not gotten around to that.
    Now, I’m totally looking forward to his new book. *squee*
    Pardon the fan girliness…

    This post makes me all sorts of happy!

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    I want Be More Chill too! Glad to find another NedFan!

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    It was a good night too bad I was so late and lame!

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    What an awesome event! I wish I lived closer so I could have attended. One of my best friends read It’s Kind of a Funny Story over Christmas and said it was AMAZING and life-changing.

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    I think what Ned does is both brave and heroic. I am reading his Teen Angst right now.

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    I loved Teen Angst when I read it back in high school, I could totally relate to his story about Tetris.

    I really really need to read It’s Kind of A Funny Story.

    Also, that last picture? AWESOME.

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    It was a great event. Thanks for organizing.

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