October 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.) This event is open to the public.

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]

Monday, 10-25-2010 at 01:45pm
"It's Kind of a Funny Story: the Book and Film" at Tompkins Square Middle School
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I'm thrilled to be visiting Tompkins Square Middle School on Monday, October 25th at 1:45pm to speak to 175 students from 6th, 7th, and 8th grade about It's Kind of a Funny Story.

The 7th graders will have seen the film as part of a "movie field trip" on 10/20/10, so I will answer questions about the book-to- movie process as well as read from the novel and discuss strategies for stress management.

Books will be available for purchase.

Thank you very much to Tompkins Square MS and teacher Carole Mashamesh for having me!
Tompkins Square Middle School 600 E 6th St New York, NY 10009-6851 [site link] [google map]

Tuesday, 10-26-2010 at 07:00pm
Reading at Barnes & Noble Park Slope with Samantha Schutz
I'm honored to be returning to Barnes & Noble Park Slope, where I ran the B&N; Teen Writing Workshop for five years, to read from new work and sign copies of the film tie-in edition of It's Kind of a Funny Story.

I will be joined by my friend Samantha Schutz, who will present her new book You Are Not Here. This even is open the public (this means you, Brooklyn) starting at 7pm on Tuesday, October 26th, 2010.
267 7th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215 [site link] [google map]

Wednesday, 10-27-2010 at 06:30pm
"Do the Right Thing" Fourth Annual Benefit for Behind The Book
...with Honorary Chair Spike Lee!

It's my honor and privilege to be a guest at Behind the Book's annual benefit on Wednesday, October 27, 2010.

The event begins at 6:30pm. Behind the Book is a non-profit that puts books in the hands of underprivileged NYC students. I'll be talking to guests as a committee member and raffling off brain map art from the It's Kind of a Funny Story film!

Thanks so much to longtime friend & supporter Jo Umans for inviting me. This benefit event will also be attended by Randy Cohen, New York Times Magazine columnist ("The Ethicist").

Please note: this is a charity event to benefit NYC students. Cocktails & hors doeuvres and a live auction will be just part of the evening festivities. $75 tickets can be purchased here. Thank you!
William Bennett Gallery 65 Greene St #A New York, NY 10012-4336 [site link] [google map]

Wednesday, 10-27-2010 at 01:00pm
Passages Academy
I'm honored and excited to visit Passages Academy in Brooklyn to speak with students in the juvenile justice system. Teacher extraordinaire Lee Gabay informed me this year that Be More Chill is a favorite with Passages students and that they enjoy doing readings where one person is the designated "squip".

On Wednesday, October 27 at 1pm I will drop by Passages Academy to present the "Be More Chill Book Discussion & Completion Celebration". We will do interactive readings from Be More Chill and Q&A; with two classes of Passages students.

Thank you Lee Gabay for this opportunity!

PS. Where were you in 2004?
167 Willoughby St, Brooklyn, NY 11201-5414 [site link] [google map]

Thursday, 10-28-2010 at 07:00pm
Ned Vizzini and Timothy Gager at WELLESLEY BOOKSMITH
I'm psyched to be reading and signing in Wellesley, MA, 1/2 hour outside of Boston, on Thursday, October 28 at 7pm. From bookstore Wellesley Booksmith:

"Join Ned Vizzini, author of It's Kind of a Funny Story, and his friend, author/poet Timothy Gager for a dynamic dual presentation!

Ned Vizzini, who has spoken to hundreds of schools, will be speaking at Wellesley Booksmith about his book, writing, mental health and, of course, the recent release of his cool based-on-the-book movie, also called
It's Kind of a Funny Story, starring Keir Gilchrist, Zach Galifianakis, and Emma Roberts.

Timothy Gager, host of a popular Cambridge open mike literary series, will be reading from his soon to be published
An Angry Psychologist's Thursday Appointments. This event is appropriate for young adults and older."

Thanks very much to Timothy Gager and Leslie Van Kirk for setting up this event!
Wellesley Booksmith, 82 Central Street, Wellesley, MA 02481 [site link] [google map]

Friday, 10-29-2010 at 09:00am
Visiting Minuteman Career & Technical High School in Lexington, MA
Thanks to Terri Burke and Minuteman Career & Technical High School, 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.

From 9:15am - 10:15am I will deliver a keynote address to students, "How Not to Go Crazy in High School". From 10:35am-12:44pm (with a break from 11:20am-11:50am for lunch), I will provide my writing-oriented talk "From Personal to Published". From 12:47pm-2:30pm I will provide a second session of the talk.

I look forward to meeting Minuteman students!
758 Marrett Road, Lexington, MA 02421 [site link] [google map]

Saturday, 10-30-2010 at 02:00pm
New Haven Free Public Library
On Saturday, October 30 at 2pm, I will join the New Haven Free Public Library in New Haven, CT for an author visit to Discuss It's Kind of a Funny Story, the novel and new film.

This event will take place in the Ives Library (Main) and will be open to the public. I will be reading from It's Kind of a Funny Story, doing a Q&A; session, and signing books.

Thanks to Sunnie Sette for setting this up!
New Haven Free Public Library 133 Elm Street New Haven, CT 06510 [site link] [google map]

Tuesday, 11-02-2010 at 07:00pm
Speaking at Radford University
I'm excited to be speaking at Radford University in Radford, VA (near Blacksburg, VA) on Monday, November 2 at 7pm!

I will be presenting my "How Not to Go Crazy in College" program.

Thank you very much to Radford University and I look forward to meeting all Radford students!
801 East Main St., Radford, Va. 24142 [site link] [google map]

Sunday, 11-07-2010 at 08:00pm
Vermin on the Mount hosted by Cecil Castellucci
I'll be reading forbidden chapters of intense material at Vermin on the Mount, the long-running Los Angeles reading series, on Sunday, November 7, 2010 at 8pm.

Tonight, Vermin on the Mount has been wantonly overtaken over by YA writers including Lauren Strasnick and host Cecil Castellucci (Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd).

Cecil and I both contributed to The Ultimate Teen Book Guide (2007). More details TBA!
473 Gin Ling Way, Los Angeles, CA 90012-1712 [site link] [google map]

Ned Vizzini | Fun

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"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

Squip watch:
Squip Watch
[updated 10-01-10]

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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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
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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)."
Karynn Moore audtition for Noelle in It's Kind of a Funny Story
Acress Karynn Moore auditioning for Noelle. I thought Emma Roberts did a fantastic job as Noelle in It's Kind of a Funny Story but it's interesting to see other auditions for the film. This is one of many on YouTube.
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

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

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.

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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