THE RIVERSIDE ART MUSEUM AND
THE INLANDIA INSTITUTE
INVITE YOU TO RAM FOR THE BOOK LAUNCH OF
BOOKMARKED: TEEN ESSAYS ON LIFE AND LITERATURE FROM TOLKIEN TO TWILIGHT
The book will be available for purchase during the evening, along with a chance to meet some of the essayists. All proceeds go to a scholarship fund for the Honors Literature students at John W. North High School.
“Bookmarked is an eloquent and moving tribute to the liberating power of the written word. These young students have discovered in books new ways of understanding themselves and their world and the kinds of future that books have helped make possible for them. It deserves to be read, not only for its own merits but as an inspiration for other readers—and their teachers.”
—Dr. Edward Mendelson,
professor of English and Comparative Literature
and the Lionel Trilling Professor in the Humanities, Columbia University
In more than 50 essays, young people from a wide range of backgrounds reflect on how words from literature connect with and influence their lives, goals, and personal philosophies. The essays explore topics including suffering the death of a parent, facing a life-threatening illness, letting go of perfectionism, making friends, realizing goals, and grappling with questions of faith and sexuality. Books cited range from The Grapes of Wrath and The Great Gatsby to Twilight and Lord of the Rings. Each essay includes a brief biographical sketch letting the reader know where the essay writer is today.