August 24, 2010
Sunday, 10-24-2010 at 02:00pm
Teen Read Week at the Metuchen Public Library
I'm happy to be closing out Teen Read Week 2010 with a visit to the Metuchen Public Library in Metuchen, NJ. (Readers may recall that Metuchen is the setting of Be More Chill.)

I will be presenting my "How Not to Go Crazy in High School" program to teens and adults on Sunday, October 24, 2010 at 2pm, followed by a Q&A; with the audience. Books will be available at the event and will be signing at the event.

Thanks so much to YA Librarian Katherine Liss and the Teen Advisory Board for arranging this visit!
480 Middlesex Avenue, Metuchen, NJ 08840 [site link] [google map]

Friday, 10-29-2010 at 10:00am
Visiting Minuteman HS in Lexington, MA
Thanks to Terri Burke and the Minuteman Regional Voc-Tech School District, I will be coming to Lexington, MA on Friday, October 29, 2010 to speak with students about my work and take questions on writing and mental health. More details TBA!
758 Marrett Road, Lexington, MA 02421 [site link] [google map]

Saturday, 11-20-2010 at 10:00am
Keynote Address + VIP Luncheon at MHCCI
I'm thrilled to be returning to Mental Health Community Centers, Inc. (MHCCI) in Sarasota, FL to deliver a keynote address on Saturday, November 20, 2010.

I will deliver a 45-minute keynote on creativity and mental health followed by a Q&A; session. The trailer to Focus Features' upcoming It's Kind of a Funny Story film will be screened, after which I will attend a luncheon with 30 guests.

Copies of It's Kind of a Funny Story will be available at the event and of course I will be signing books. This event is open to the public!

Thanks so much to Bunny Coelingh for arranging this event. I have visited MHCCI before and found it to be a unique and wonderful place. I'm honored to return.
1700 S. Tamiani Trail, Sarasota, FL 34239 [site link] [google map]

Ned Vizzini | Fun

Pictures | Music | Video

"Give Us Money"
(an e-journal by attendees of my B&N; workshop)

Favorite Parts of Books | Forbidden Chapter of Be More Chill

reader art

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.
Wormwhole (age 13) - "Pants In The Mail"
[updated 2-5-10: now see "Pants In the Mail" on YouTube!]

...In Teen Angst? Naaah..., I started a band called Wormwhole. People have emailed me asking for the Wormwhole demo, since in the book I said that first five people who contacted me about it would be allowed to buy it. Sadly, for years, Wormwhole was lost forever. We never really had a demo; we just had one tape that we recorded in my friend Ike's bedroom.

But then, one day, I was trying to make a mix tape on my stereo. I popped in an old tape to see if it was something I could tape over, and there was all this weird religious chanting music. Then, out of the blue, literally sent by divine intervention, was the Wormwhole tape! I don't know how it got into the middle of the tape, but my friend Marcus did a tape-to-mp3 and now, for free and forever, Wormwhole's two songs here. Above you're got "Pants In The Mail." "Lumber" is below.
Wormwhole (age 13) - "Lumber"
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Be More Chill reader video project
(more reader 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 [and an FBI warning]

  • 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). This panel's theme was Love and Longing, these author's novels revealed very different approaches to succeeding in love as they read and discuss their books.This panel discussion was amazing and i had a great time. I wanted to share with you all who are book lovers and enjoy reading young adult books like i do. Since some of you may not live in nyc and couldnt attend the event. I figured it would be great to show you a few clips that i took so you can enjoy and see some and hear from some great young adult writers. Hope you all enjoy!!!!"

(September 20, 2009)
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).
Favorite Parts

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.

Max of Ontario, Canada says: I've read all of your books, Mr. Vizzini, but I'd say I favour the one I own, "It's Kind of a Funny Story." I remember actually LAUGHING really hard (something I NEVER do when reading) at all the conversations between Craig and the army dude in his head. I always looked forward to the next Craig/Army guy conversation. Those were my favourite parts of all your books.

Jakob of AR says: I loved when you and Owen were out on the street with Aneas and his crew. That was so freaking hilarious how he would follow people for a few blocks and come back with like five dollars.

I also thought it was funny when you did the footnote about whatever a Rude Boy was. Did you ever figure that out?

Amber of PA says: So I bought "Be More Chill" and "It's Kind of a Funny Story" yesterday.... I read "BMC" all the way through sporadically from yesterday to today and I have to say that it really was an amazing book. Picking my favorite part is kinda hard.... but I'd have to go with when Jeremy is talking to his parents "pre-squip" about going to the Halloween dance.. I just thought alot of his conversations with them were hilarious. I also loved all the banter between him and the squip in his head...

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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