Monthly Archives: October 2013

Who would you be if you weren’t defined by your body? David Levithan on his New York Times bestselling novel Every Day

9780307931894By David Levithan, author of Every Day (Ember, September 2013).

When I was writing Every Day, I was guided by a set of questions. These questions also happen to be the ones I find that readers ask themselves most after reading the book.

Who would you be if you weren’t defined by your body? If you had no set gender or race or parentage or clique, if you were purely your inner self, who could you become? How would you define yourself?

I will admit to you: I had no idea how Every Day would work as an FYE book. Luckily this past fall I got to go to Northern Arizona University and see firsthand how it went. Continue reading

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“We all suffer, we all have pain”: Sam Bracken Inspires Students at Kennesaw State University

Sam Bracken embraces his old coach Bill Curry, who offered Bracken a football scholarship 40 years ago to play  Georgia Tech.

Sam Bracken embraces his old coach Bill Curry, who offered Bracken a football scholarship 40 years ago to play for
Georgia Tech.

Sam Bracken, author of My Orange Duffel Bag, shared his life story with students during a convocation on Tuesday, October 8 at Kennesaw State University; hundreds of students and faculty members attended.  The audience listened as Bracken talked about being abandoned at age 15, battling homelessness, poverty, and abuse to successfully earn a full-ride football scholarship to the Georgia Institute of Technology.  Members of the KSU community were inspired. Continue reading

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