Why You Might Be Asking the Wrong Question About Suicide

The question gets asked over and over again in the wake of a suicide. It goes something like this, “How could he decide to kill himself?”   I heard people ask this dozens of times in various forms when Robin Williams died. And when Ned Vizzini, author of It’s Kindof a Funny Story (and other fabulous […]

Backwards is a finalist for both the Colorado Book Award and the CAL Award! (And now the Crystal Kite Award too!)

I just learned that Backwards was selected as a finalist in the Young Adult Fiction category by both these outstanding award committees. For a complete listing of the Colorado Book Awards finalists, click here. And for a complete listing of the CAL (Colorado Authors League) finalists, click here. These are two great lists of excellent books […]

One of the best letters I’ve ever gotten (from the Gobi desert!)

Tucker, a past student of mine (who’s now serving in the Peace Corps in the Gobi desert), somehow got a copy of my most recent book. He just wrote me about it and said some incredibly insightful and beautiful things in response (he’s an excellent writer, too, BTW). So, I figured I’d share his letter […]