Author Rob Wilder Speaks About His New Novel, Nickel

Thursday, Dec 1, 2016 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Former Westporter Robert Wilder, author of Tales From The Teachers’ Lounge and Daddy Needs A Drink, discusses his newest novel Nickel. Augusten Burroughs, New York Times bestselling author of Running With Scissors, will introduce Wilder.

Nickel is Wilder's first young adult novel. Being a teenager is hard enough without your mother in rehab and your slightly inept stepfather doing his best not to screw things up. But at least Coy has Monroe. Coy is a quirky teenage boy and his best friend Monroe is a girl who is just as odd and funny and obsessed with 80’s culture as he is. So when Monroe comes down with a mysterious illness, his inner turmoil only grows. Augusten Burroughs says, "No one has ever written about the pains of being a teenager–physically and psychologically, inside and out–quite like Robert Wilder in his startling debut novel. He has created indelible characters in Monroe and Coy—funny and sad and strong and broken—and Nickel is about as real as it gets." "Wilder powers his classic coming-of-age narrative with a ferocious storytelling voice ... a humorous, poignant, and formidable debut.”—Booklist, starred review and their Best Young Adult Book of 2016.

A teacher for twenty-five years, Robert Wilder has earned numerous awards and fellowships, including the inaugural Innovations in Reading Prize by the National Book Foundation. He has published essays in Newsweek, Details, Salon, Parenting, Creative Nonfiction, plus numerous anthologies and has been a commentator for NPR’s Morning Edition.

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