Grub Street: The Young and the Brave

Grub Street's Launch Lab presents authors Donna Pincus, Susan Carlton, and Kathryn Burak

This event includes a book signing


December 10, 2012
3:00 PM


Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138


This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store is pleased to welcome psychologist DONNA PINCUS and YA novelists SUSAN CARLTON and KATHRYN BURAK for a reading of their books and a panel discussion about adversity and teens. 

How do you grow brave teens – in literature and in reality? Two teen novelists and one psychologist talk about facing tough choices and coming out the other side braver and better. Claire, the narrator of Kathryn Burak’s YA novel, Emily’s Dress and Other Missing Things, is nearly paralyzed by grief over her mother’s death and best friend’s disappearance. Chloe, the protagonist of Susan Carlton’s YA novel, Love and Haight, is in search of an abortion in San Francisco, circa 1971, but finds even in the land of easy love, some things aren’t so easy. And Dr. Donna Pincus, Director of the Child and Adolescent Fear and Anxiety Treatment Program at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University and author of the non-fiction book, Growing Up Brave:  Expert Strategies for Helping Your Child Overcome Fear, Stress and Anxiety offers strategies for helping teens today to face daily stress and adversity with self-confidence, warding off anxiety disorders and promoting a lifetime of bravery.


About the Launch Lab:

These days, authors, no matter how they are published, are frequently on their own when it comes to marketing and promoting their books. Publishers now expect their authors to be active partners in the marketing process, cultivating their audience with all the new tools available to them via social media and innovative marketing. In the midst of all these changes and this unavoidable reality, Grub Street seeks to build community and share expertise around these crucial new responsibilities.

The Launch Lab is a pioneering program that will equip writers with the knowledge and tools they need to be effective in their efforts while also facilitating friendships and community so that they remain inspired, connected, and engaged in the process.

For more information on The Launch Lab, click here!

Donna Pincus
Donna Pincus

Donna Pincus

Dr. Donna Pincus is the Director of the Child and Adolescent Fear and Anxiety Treatment Program at Boston University. She has appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, 20/20, and more. She lives outside Boston, MA. She is the author of Mastery of Anxiety and Panic for Adolescents: Riding the Wave, a therapist guide and workbook for adolescents with panic disorder, as well as co-author of a children's book, Samantha Jane's Missing Smile: A Story about Coping with the Loss of a Parent.

Kathryn Burak
Kathryn Burak

Kathryn Burak

Kathryn Burak's stories and poems have been published in the Missouri Review, Western Humanities Review, Gettysburg Review and Fiction. She currently teaches writing at Boston University.

Susan Carlton
Susan Carlton

Susan Carlton

Susan Carlton was born in San Francisco, although (regrettably) she did not come of age in the hippie era. The author of the teen novel Lobsterland and a writer for magazines including Self, Elle, and Mademoiselle, she currently lives in Massachusetts.

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

Walking from the Harvard Square T station: 2 minutes

As you exit the station, reverse your direction and walk east along Mass. Ave. in front of the Cambridge Savings Bank. Cross Dunster St. and proceed along Mass. Ave for three more blocks. You will pass Au Bon Pain, JP Licks, and TD Bank. Harvard Book Store is located at the corner of Mass. Ave. and Plympton St.

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