Independent Bookstore Day: Ali Benjamin
We are super excited to have NYT Best Selling author Ali Benjamin share her new release, "The Next Great Paulie Fink" on Independent Bookstore Day! When Caitlyn Breen enters the tiny Mitchell School in rural Mitchell, Vermont, she is a complete outsider: the seventh grade has just ten other kids, and they've known each other since kindergarten. Her classmates are in for a shock of their own: Paulie Fink--the class clown, oddball, troublemaker, and evil genius--is gone this year. As stories of Paulie's hijinks unfold, his legend builds, until they realize there's only one way to fill the Paulie-sized hole in their class. They'll find their next great Paulie Fink through a reality-show style competition, to be judged by the only objective person around: Caitlyn, who never even met Paulie Fink. Who was this kid, anyway--prankster, performance artist, philosopher, or fool? Caitlyn's quest to understand Paulie is about to teach her more about herself than she ever imagined. Told via multiple voices, interviews, and other documents, The Next Great Paulie Fink is a lighthearted yet surprisingly touching exploration of how we build up and tear down our own myths...about others, our communities, and ourselves. Ali Benjamin is a New York Times bestselling author and National Book Award Finalist for" The Thing About Jellyfish", and the co-writer for HIV-positive teen Paige Rawl's coming-of-age memoir "Positive" as well as Tim Howard's national bestseller "The Keeper". She lives near Williamstown, Massachusetts.