Dear Rachel Maddow: Book reading & discussion by the author, Adrienne Kisner

8:00 pm on Thursday, April 11, 2019
9:30 pm on Thursday, April 11, 2019
33 Harry Agganis Way (StuVi2)
second floor lounge
Contact Organization:
Office of Residence Life
Contact Name:
Karen Jacobs
Contact Phone:
Adrienne Kisner
Join author, Adrienne Kisner read excepts from her book, Dear Rachel Maddow. Discussion will following the reading. Hosted by Karen Jacobs (SAR'79), Faculty-in-Residence and Clinical Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy. Summary of Dear Rachel Maddow: Brynn Haper's life has one steadying force--Rachel Maddow. She watches her daily, and after writing to Rachel for a school project--and actually getting a response--Brynn starts drafting e-mails to Rachel but never sending them. Brynn tells Rachel about breaking up with her first serious girlfriend, about her brother Nick's death, about her passive mother and even worse stepfather, about how she's stuck in remedial courses at school and is considering dropping out. Then Brynn is confronted with a moral dilemma. One student representative will be allowed to have a voice among the administration in the selection of a new school superintendent. Brynn's archnemesis, Adam, and ex-girlfriend, Sarah, believe only Honors students are worthy of the selection committee seat. Brynn feels all students deserve a voice. When she runs for the position, the knives are out. So she begins to ask herself: What Would Rachel Maddow Do? Bio: Adrienne Kisner has lived her entire “adult” life in a college dormitory working in both Residence Life and college chaplaincy. (She prefers the term "dormitory" over "residence hall." Don't @ her.) She went to school for a long time so that now she gets to swoop around in a fancy robe and silly hat (like at Hogwarts). She also has an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts (a place like Hogwarts). Adrienne is a birder and knitter with more heart and enthusiasm than actual skill. Her debut novel DEAR RACHEL MADDOW won a 2016 PEN New England Susan P Bloom Discovery Award and was one of YALSA's 2019 picks for Best Fiction for Young Adults. Her second novel, THE CONFUSION OF LAUREL GRAHAM, will be released in June of 2019. She loves her current home in Boston but will always be a Pennsylvanian at heart.