Young Adult author headlines Freedom to Read Foundation Denver fundraiser

Contact: Jonathan Kelley

Program Coordinator, FTRF


For Immediate Release

December 2, 2008

CHICAGO – Lauren Myracle, whose book “ttyl” was one of the 10 most frequently challenged books of 2007, will be the featured speaker at the fourth annual Freedom to Read Foundation fundraising author event on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009 in Denver, Colo. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and Myracle’s talk will begin at 7:30 p.m., to be followed by a book signing. The event will take place at the Tattered Cover Book Store, 1628 16th Street in Denver’s Lower Downtown (LoDo). It is co-sponsored by Friends of the Denver Public Library and the Tattered Cover Book Store.

The Colorado-based Myracle, whose other books include “ttfn,” “l8r g8r,” “Bliss” and the coming-of-age trilogy “Eleven,” “Twelve” and “Thirteen,” is an increasingly prominent Young Adult author. Last month, “ttyl” was the subject of a high-profile banning in Round Rock, Texas middle schools. Other Myracle books, including “ttfn,” “l8r g8r” and “The Fashion Disaster That Changed My Life,” have also been recent targets of censors, for “offensive language,” “sexually explicit content” and being “unsuited to age group.”

Freedom to Read Foundation Executive Director Judith Krug said, “We are thrilled to have Lauren Myracle headline our fourth annual FTRF author event! Lauren’s books have been challenged for some of the same reasons that also make them so popular—because she speaks the language of her audience and addresses the issues they deal with on a regular basis. Moreover, she doesn’t back down from defending her work when it’s challenged. As her legion of fans will attest, Lauren is one of today’s brightest YA stars.”

The suggested donation to attend the event is $25. Refreshments will be provided. Space is limited. Copies of Myracle’s books will be on sale at the event.

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Visit Lauren Myracle’s homepage at to learn more about Myracle’s life and work. She’s also on MySpace:

The event will take place during the 2009 American Library Association Midwinter Meeting. For more information, visit or contact Jonathan Kelley at or (800) 545-2433 x4226.