February 5, 2011
Tuesday, 02-08-2011 at 07:00pm
An Evening with Author Ned Vizzini (It's Kind of a Funny Story)
I'm honored to be speaking at UCLA in Los Angeles, as I did in 2007 with the Friends of the Semel Institute, as part of the Media & Medicine for Communities program.

On Tuesday, Feb. 8th at 7pm I will deliver my keynote speech "How Not to Go Crazy in College", detailing the story behind It's Kind of a Funny Story. Following the talk I will take questions about writing and mental health with Dr. Bowen Chung, who will answer questions about medical help.

This event is free and open to the public!

Take a look at at flyer for the event here.

Please register for the event here.

Thank you to UCLA, Dr. Chung, and Joseph Mango for setting up this event.
UCLA NRB Auditorium, 635 Charles E. Young Drive South, Los Angeles, CA 90024 [site link] [google map]

Saturday, 02-12-2011 at 06:00pm
Hicklebee's Book Club
I'm excited to speak at Hicklebee's Children's Books in San Jose, CA on Saturday, Feb. 12th at 6pm. Hicklebee's is the legendary bookstore where authors sign the walls and leave something behind for the "museum." J.K. Rowling read here to around 20 people to celebrate the publication of the first Harry Potter book. Suzanne Collins is a recent visitor.

I will read from It's Kind of a Funny Story (the film will just have been released on DVD) and take questions about the book and film, writing, and mental health. Then I will sign books.

This will be followed by a "book swap" where attendees can trade books that they bring to Hickelebee's. This event is free and open to the public!

Thanks to Pam van Hylckama Vlieg and Valerie Lewis for setting up this event.
1378 Lincoln Avenue San Jose, CA 95125 [site link] [google map]

Thursday, 02-17-2011 at 08:00am
"From Personal to Published" Day of Workshops at Oak Lawn Community High School
Oak Lawn Community High School won high marks locally and regionally in IL for its Group Interpretation theater project based on It's Kind of a Funny Story in 2010. It's my privilege to visit the school on Thursday, February 17th, 2011.

Starting at 8am and continuing throughout the day on Thursday, I will provide my "FROM PERSONAL TO PUBLISHED" workshop to sessions of about 18 students per session. This program is about the skills and business of professional writing and has been featured at the Queens Public Library in New York.

Thank you so much to Ms. Buys and all the students that made this event possible.
9400 Southwest Highway Oak Lawn, IL 60453-2396 [site link] [google map]

Thursday, 02-17-2011 at 05:30pm
MEET THE AUTHOR at the Chicago Public Library: Albany Park Branch
Following my visit to Oak Lawn Community High School in the day, I'm coming to the Albany Park Branch of the Chicago Public Library on Thursday, Feb. 17th at 5:30 pm.

I will read from Its Kind of a Funny Story, discuss the book, the film (out on DVD 2/8/11), and my life (seriously! look at the flyer)
as well as some of my favorite authors.

This will be a great evening for teens,
parents and educators. It is free and open to the public for everyone in the Chicago area!

However, registration is required. To register, please call (312) 744-1933.

Thanks to Robin Willard of the Chicago Public Library for setting this up.
5150 N. Kimball Ave., Chicago, IL 60625 [site link] [google map]

Friday, 02-18-2011 at 09:30am
Keynote & Panel at Oak Lawn Community High School
I continue my visit to Oak Lawn Community High School on Friday, February 18, 2011 as part of the National Honor Society & Student Council SSC Leadership Conference's WORKOUT YOUR STRESS day. I will deliver my keynote address "HOW NOT TO GO CRAZY IN HIGH SCHOOL" at 9:30am to students from 14 different high schools in the area in grades 9-12, with a majority of upperclassmen.

This address was delivered at Lake Forest High School, also in the Chicago area, in 2009; I am eager to share updates with the students who attend!

Also, at 1pm, I will appear on a panel on mental health in Oak Lawn's Auditorium Gym. Thank you again Oak Lawn!
9400 Southwest Highway Oak Lawn, IL 60453-2396 [site link] [google map]

Saturday, 04-02-2011 at 02:00pm
Empire State Book Festival 2011
I'm excited to be appearing on a panel at the Empire State Book Festival on Saturday, April 2, 2011. The book festival will take place in Albany, NY.

The panel will focus on young adult books that have been turned into films. I will speak about It's Kind of a Funny Story's transition from book to film.

Also joining me on this panel will be Rachel Cohn, co-author of Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist and Dash & Lily's Book of Dares!

Panel title and more panel guests TBA. Program time subject to change.

Thanks so much to the New York Library Association for organizing this event and particularly to Ellen Rubin.

This festival is open to the public and is free to all attendees!

I will be signing books.
New York State Museum, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12230 [site link] [google map]

Wednesday, 04-06-2011 at 12:00pm
"Lunch with the Author" at Crossroads
In October 2010, I spoke at Passages Academy in Brooklyn, a school serving students in the juvenile justice system. It was an eye-opening and rewarding experience and I'm excited to be returning to Brooklyn to speak at Crossroads, another school in the system, on Wed., April 6.

This event will not be open to the public. I will have lunch with students and answer questions about It's Kind of a Funny Story, Teen Angst? Naaah..., and Be More Chill, which was assigned to Passages students and will be assigned to Crossroads students as well.

I'll also be signing books. Thanks to Crossroads for having me!
17 Bristol St., Brooklyn, NY 11212 [site link] [google map]

Thursday, 04-07-2011 at 05:00pm
"Meet the Authors" dinner at Wallkill Senior High School
In anticipation of my visit to Wallkill Senior High School the following day, I will be having dinner with school guests on Thursday, April 7, 2011 in Wallkill, NY.

More details TBA.
Wallkill, NY [site link] [google map]

Friday, 04-08-2011 at 08:30am
Authors' Day at Wallkill Senior High School
As part of "Author's Day" at Wallkill Senior High School, I will present three sessions of my acclaimed workshop "From Personal to Published" to students interested in creative writing as a career.

Other authors participating in Author's Day include:

  • Da Chen

  • Iza Trapani

  • Amy Axelrod

More authors TBA.

Thanks very much to Wallkill Senior High School for having me and I look forward to meeting everyone in "From Personal to Published"!
Wallkill Senior High School, 90 Robinson Street, Wallkill, NY 12589-3149 [site link] [google map]

Ned Vizzini | Fun

Pictures | Music | Video

"Give Us Money"
(the online literary journal of the Barnes & Noble Teen Writing Workshop)

Favorite Parts of Books | Forbidden Chapter of Be More Chill | reader art | The Real Metuchen, NJ | SOCIAL NETWORKING POLICIES

Squip watch:
Squip Watch
Squip Video:

[a recap of the squip campaign, created to promote Be More Chill -- this video is dedicated to all of the readers who helped spread the word about the book -- THANK YOU FOREVER]

Things I am not on:

  • Twitter: no account
  • Myspace: yes account, but it is disabled/I don't check it

Things I am on:

there is also a FB reader group
One reader suggested that I link pictures of Stuyvesant High School since I went there. Good idea.
Buswood (age 15-16) - "Spice Girls Song"
Oh man. This is probably the worst one up here (if I didn't say that already). This is loosely based on the Spice Girls' second single "Wannabe". Choice lyrics: "But now / I've got some stanky woosey woosey / I need more than a friend." I'm playing bass; Owen co-vocalizes.
The New Mexikans (age 18-20) - "Broken Eye"
After high school, I played bass in a heavy psychedelic rock band called The New Mexikans for three years. These were some of the best times of my life, although, of course, I didn't realize it at the time. Driving around to shows in Long Branch and Roselle Park, NJ, fishing stoned kids out of the back of the van, recording demos through the night in Funkadelic Studios... It was great. The band continues on as The Day The Earth Stood Still with resident guitar god Gabriel Marin still at the helm. The other players on this song and the one below are Brian Anwar (vocals) and Lou Miller (drums).
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videos / Audio
It's Kind of a Funny Story Student Trailer
From YouTube user JakkJones: "This was a film project for my sister's English class. It's a fake trailer for a movie based on Ned Vizzini's novel It's Kind of a Funny Story."

More Funny Story student projects:
  • It's Kind of a Funny Story soundtrack book report

  • It's Kind of a Funny Story student film

  • It's Kind of a Funny Story student film WITH PREVIEWS OF ROB SCHNEIDER'S THE STAPLER [this is amazing]
It's Kind of a Funny Story Theatrical Interpretation
In March 2010, Oak Lawn Community High School put on a theatrical performance of It's Kind of a Funny Story called a "Group Interp," or "Group Interpretation" project. They used the text of the book but presented it with a Greek chorus. Very cool and inventive stuff!
A Be More Chill reader video project. Also see the Be More Chill student film with fire at the end.
"Love And Longing" at the Brooklyn Book Festival 2009
Brooklyn Book Fest 09-13-2009.jpg
From YouTube user chocochip16: "The brooklyn book festival took place at columbus park by brooklyn borough hall in NYC on Sunday September 13, 2009. At the festival there was a section for young adults. I attended and went to a author panel they had set up for younng adult readers. They had all day -long literary events scheduled for us teens and this video is one of the panels that includes three talented young adult writers, Aimee Friedman ( Sea Change), Anna Godbersen ( The luxe series), and Ned Vizzini ( Be more Chill)."
Attack of the Killer Turtle
Attack of the Killer Turtle, as described in Teen Angst? Naaaah...! It was uncovered after years and is presented here in all its glory.
Be More Chill Play
The theatrical adaptation of Be More Chill! Adapted by Bill Massolia, starring Jake Cohen as Jeremy and Edward Paul as the squip (seen in Keanu Reeves regalia).
Just Craig
pretty amazing IKOAFS video made with Sims 2 by alexatetris
Favorite Parts

Ashley of FL says: Thank you so much for writing It's Kind of a Funny Story. It opened up my heart and mind that the feelings I had towards death and myself weren't as abstract as I'd thought. And while nobody (my parents, my friends, etc) would listen to me about these feelings, I turned to your book and it made me feel that there would eventually be a time where things would be better.

Thank you so much(:

Tom of United Kingdom says: Hi Mr Vizzini,
I am sure you get emailed this a lot and I'm sorry to needlessly add to your inbox but I was absolutely blown away by the conclusion to your book "It's Kind of a Funny Story". In particular, the last page and the life affirming final few paragraphs gave me a feeling, whilst I was reading them, that left me genuinely inspired and simultaneously moved. It reminded me in many ways of a quotation from one of my favourite films 'A Single Man' :"A few times in my life I've had moments of absolute clarity, when for a few brief seconds the silence drowns out the noise and I can feel rather than think, and things seem so sharp and the world seems so fresh. I can never make these moments last. I cling to them, but like everything, they fade. I have lived my life on these moments. They pull me back to the present, and I realize that everything is exactly the way it was meant to be." I really am grateful that there are people in the world such as yourself (and Bruce Springsteen to name another) that motivate me to believe that everything is worth while despite all the shit. Thanks for everything and I wish you all the best in the future ( also hoping that the film is as good as I believe it can be with the directors involved ). Tom

Valerie of CA says: Thanks so much for writing It's Kind of A Funny Story. I felt like you were echoing my exact thoughts about school and the pressure to do well, but in a horny and neurotic guy's perspective. This was the first book of yours that I read and I immediately bought Teen Angst and Be More Chill. Teen Angst was the one that made me laugh the most, mostly because it was factual I guess. I'm kind of considering becoming a writer, since it's one of the only things I've been doing since I was really young (sports and playing instruments aren't really my thing) and because of the several writers who have inspired me. I guess the thing I like about your writing is it's probably more honest than most people will get and it's funny, painfully angst ridden, but funny. IKAFS and Be More Chill propelled me not to take high school so seriously, since really, it doesn't matter all that much so thanks for that. There should be more funny but intelligent and honest writers like you around. There's this one section in Be More Chill that I really loved because it was real and dark but still really hilarious. Jeremy is saying that "whatever cool is" he missed it and that he's not the freak but Rich is the freak and that when he grows up "that had better be understood" and that he had better be compensated or he'd shoot himself in the head. I feel that way a lot. High school is such a bad place to judge how "cool" people are and I take solace in knowing that things will change eventually. So thanks for those words.

Theresa of TX says: Your book was so good. I loved the way you write. Reading "It's Kind of a Funny Story",actually helped me understand my anxiet better. My favoriet part was when he drew the maps in the heads. That was so creative and made sense! I've learned that the things that i worry about at mostly just in my head.

Maryann of Newfoundland, Canada says: My FAVORITE part in the whole book, was when Craig was talking about the dogs having sex. And he said 'That must have been some wild dog sex'. That was AMAZING! And aslo the part where one person said "OH!" then another person said "SON!" & high fived.

Forbidden Chapter of Be More Chill by Ned Vizzini
The Forbidden Chapter
READER ARTWORK               

by Maddie Smith
IKOAFS Mask by Holly 3
by Holly

by Billy Galant

by farewell_dear
IKOAFS Reader Art by 'andrew'
by Andrew Geronimo

Brooklyn Bridge Sketch
by Alex

by Christa Yeung
It's Kind of a Funny Story Interpretation by Ross Kahn
by Ross Kahn
IKOAFS Brain by Julia
by Julia
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