Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Book release party tonight in Edmonds

Interested in true stories written by teens who have struggled and found ways to overcome difficulty?  Some of our local teens from Scriber Lake High School have published a book about their experiences, and will be having a book release party tonight at Revelations Yogurt in Edmonds from 5-7pm!

We Are Absolutely Not Okay: Fourteen Stories by Teenagers Who Are Picking Up the Pieces is a poignant, revealing collection of true personal stories about gang life, depression, cutting, drug addiction and sexual identity issues. Through their stories, they hope to connect with other teens and let them know that life gets better. “By sharing our stories, we want other teenagers who are experiencing what we have gone through to know that they are not alone, and that even in their darkest hour, there is a light at the end of the tunnel,” explains Lauren Nein, a Scriber Lake senior who wrote about her struggle with depression and cutting.

Though the student story collection is now available as an eBook on Amazon, the official print book launch will be held June 6 from 5 -7 p.m. at Revelations Yogurt in Edmonds. That’s where the students involved will be gathering for a group book signing event and celebration. “These students feel empowered by the immense healing power associated with writing,” notes Bowker. “Sharing their stories with others is another step in the process. A mother in California is so relieved that a book like this finally exists that she plans to use it in a book club with teens at her daughter’s school.” 

How exciting is that?


Mindy Hardwick said...

I was not able to attend the book launch, but I'd love a print copy. Where can I purchase one? I run a poetry workshop with teens in juvenile detention at Denney Juvenile Justice Center. The teens write poems about their real life experiences too. Their poems are here:

I'd love to share this book with them!

marjie said...

Hi Mindy~
I just stumbled upon this blog...we still have books at Scriber if you want to drop by. You can also order them through Amazon. We would love to get some of your poetry, too. I think you work with our friend Amy? Thanks for your interest!