So sad that I can’t make it to this event, but hopefully you can!
Courtney Sheinmel and Regan Hofmann at at the National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South (20th St. between Park & Irving Place), New York City on Tuesday, Oct 12th, 8 p.m, for a reading/discussion/signing.
STORIES CAN CHANGE THE WORLD
Reading, Discussion & Booksigning. Authors Regan Hofmann and Courtney Sheinmel share stories of hope, redemption and the liberating power of the written word. In 1996, Regan Hofmann became an unexpected symbol of HIV: a young, well-to-do, white woman. For a decade she kept her status secret. But Regan, a journalist by trade, knows secrets and stigma can kill, and sharing personal truths can unite people and save lives. In 2006, she became editor-in-chief of POZ Magazine, putting herself on the cover. Her memoir, I Have Something to Tell You, chronicles her journey, and was praised by Kenneth Cole as “insightful and inspiring.” Young adult author Courtney Sheinmel was thirteen years old when she began volunteering for the Pediatric AIDS Foundation, after reading an article about Foundation co-founder Elizabeth Glaser. Courtney’s critically-acclaimed novel, Positively, follows a seventh grader living with HIV and was hailed by Publishers Weeklyas “wrenchingly authentic and quietly powerful.” The book was inspired, in part, by her relationship with the Glaser family. She’s also the author of My So-Called Family, Sincerely, and the upcoming All the Things You Are.
I have read and loved all of Courtney’s books (Positively, My So-Called Family). A few months ago we connected on Twitter because we both have experience with Elizabeth Glaser. Courtney is extremely involved in the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and I performed Glaser’s famous speech from the 1992 Democratic Convention when I was on my middle school forensics team. I so wish I could make it to this event, but it’s too difficult on a weekday. I’m just too exhausted lately! But you should go and tell me all about it!