Saturday, March 14, 2009


Author Ned Vizzni made his third visit to a small town in Michigan. His first visit came shortly after the publication of his first book, TEEN ANGST...NAAAH about 7 years ago. Since then he has written BE MORE CHILL and IT'S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY.

I've had a chance to watch Ned grow as an author and as a young man. It hasn't been a smooth ride, but that has actually helped him in his creative efforts and is what inspired the talk he shared with the 60 audience members on Thursday, March 12.

Speaking on what Ned calls "angstpiration" and how the negative experiences in one's life can be fuel for creative inspiration, provided the audience in this small town library with a better understanding of mental conditions and how they played a role in Ned's book IT'S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY.

A big thanks to Ned for his willingness to once again travel all the way from New York City to a tiny town in Michigan.


Staci said...

You're in Michigan? so am I. I work in a middle school library in the Thumb area!! I love author visits and we don't get very many of them at all. The last author we had was Jonathan Rand.

Readingjunky said...

Jonathan Rand visited our elementary school last year. The kids were really excited.

I down at the bottom of the mitten - right along the Ohio/Michigan border. We have the southern most bridge in the state, so we have a Labor Day Bridge Walk. Doesn't attract the crowds like up north, but it only takes about 40 seconds to walk across it. It's a fun fund-raisers and brings out the local politician. lol