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Teen author to appear at Baker Books tomorrow
Now a wordly 19 years old, author Ned Vizzini wrote most of the essays in his recently published collection between the ages of 15 and 17.
Published this month by Free Spirit Publishing, "Teen Angst? Naaah ...." ($12.95 paperback) offers a smart, witty and refreshingly honest look at the joys and horrors of modern teen life.
At 3-5 p.m. tomorrow, Mr. Vizzini will be appearing at Baker Books on Route 6 in North Dartmouth for a reading and book signing.
Mr. Vizzini spends his summers with his extended family in South Dartmouth.
A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Mr. Vizzini began writing essays at the age of 14 to vent his alternating rage and bemusement at teen life. When his unsolicited essay in the Manhattan free weekly New York Press caught the attention of an editor, then 15-year-old Ned began a three-year stint of writing for the paper about teendom's trials and tribulations.
A self-proclaimed "nerd" and a self-confessed recovering Magic cards addict, the Stuyvesant High School student found plenty of raw material within his own growing pains. The series of articles for the New York Press led to an essay for the New York Times Magazine (on advice for today's teens), which led to the publication of "Teen Angst? Naaah ..." for the award-winning Free Spirit Publishing.
After graduating from high school last year, Mr. Vizzini took a year off to work as a computer programmer and promote his book. He will be entering Hunter College in New York this fall.
He can be heard on WBSM at 9:30 p.m. tomorrow on the Jean Caya Bancroft show.
The Baker Books event is free. For more information, call (508) 997-6700.
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