Sharing our Stories: Writers on Mental Health panel featuring Helena Fox, Kathleen Glasgow, Jennifer Niven, Nic Stone & Andrea Beatriz Arango
About this Event
Join Barnes & Noble as we welcome Helena Fox, Kathleen Glasgow, Jennifer Niven, & Nic Stone for a live, virtual event for Mental Health Awareness Month with a panel discussion of all things mental health, where the writers will discuss their personal experiences and how it influences their writing -- both past and present.
The panel will be moderated by Andrea Beatriz Arango, Newbery Honor winner for Iveliz Explains It All.
Please note: Sensitive content will be discussed.
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- Helena Fox's HOW IT FEELS TO FLOAT (out now) -- Biz knows how to float. She has her people, her posse, her mom and the twins. She has Grace. And she has her dad, who tells her about the little kid she was, and who shouldn't be here but is. But after what happens on the beach—first in the ocean, and then in the sand—the tethers that hold Biz steady come undone. Dad disappears and, with him, all comfort. It might be easier, better, sweeter to float all the way away? Or maybe stay a little longer, find her father, bring him back to her. Or maybe there's a third way Biz just can't see yet. Fox's debut novel tells a story about love and grief, about inter-generational mental illness, and how living with it is both a bridge to someone loved and lost and, also, a chasm. Helena Fox's newest release, The Quiet and the Loud, is also available.
- Kathleen Glasgow's GIRL IN PIECES (out now) -- Charlotte Davis is in pieces. At seventeen she’s already lost more than most people do in a lifetime. But she’s learned how to forget. The broken glass washes away the sorrow until there is nothing but calm. You don’t have to think about your father and the river. Your best friend, who is gone forever. Or your mother, who has nothing left to give you. A deeply moving portrait of a girl in a world that owes her nothing, and has taken so much, and the journey she undergoes to put herself back together. Glasgow's newest novel, The Night in Question (a thriller), goes on-sale May 30, 2023.
- Jennifer Niven's HOLDING UP THE UNIVERSE (out now) -- Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen.” But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin, too. Yes, he’s got swagger, but he’s also mastered the impossible art of giving people what they want, of fitting in. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game—which lands them in group counseling and community service—Libby and Jack are both pissed, and then surprised. Because the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel. . . . Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world, theirs and yours. Niven is also the author of the New York Times bestseller All the Bright Places, now a Netflix film starring Elle Fanning and Justice Smith -- available now.
- Nic Stone's CHAOS THEORY (out now) -- Since Shelbi enrolled at Windward Academy as a senior and won’t be there very long, she hasn’t bothered making friends. What her classmates don’t know about her can’t be used to hurt her—you know, like it did at her last school. Andy Criddle is not okay. At all. He’s had far too much to drink. Again. Which is bad. When Shelbi sees Andy at his lowest, she can relate. So she doesn’t resist reaching out . . . but the closer they get, the more the past threatens to pull their universes apart. Nic Stone is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous books, including the William C. Morris Finalist novel, Dear Martin.
- Andrea Beatriz Arango's IVELIZ EXPLAINS IT ALL (out now) -- In this Newbery Honor Award winning moving novel in verse, seventh grade is going to be Iveliz’s year. She’s going to make a new friend, help her abuela Mimi get settled after moving from Puerto Rico, and she is not going to get into any more trouble at school. . . but no matter how hard Iveliz tries, sometimes people say things that just make her so mad. And worse, Mimi keeps saying Iveliz’s medicine is unnecessary—even though it helps Iveliz feel less sad. But how do you explain your feelings to others when you’re not even sure what’s going on yourself? A hopeful, poetic story about learning to advocate for the help and understanding you deserve. Arango's newest novel in verse, Something Like Home, goes on-sale September 12, 2023.
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