We are so excited to be hosting Shane Burcaw for an author talk and book-signing on November 29 from 2-4pm! Books will be available for purchase. The event will be held in the lovely Laros Room. A good time is guaranteed. GUARANTEED I SAY. Register here.
A Bethlehem native, Shane is the author of Laughing at My Nightmare, an incredibly hilarious and moving memoir. He is also an entrepreneur, award-winning blogger, Emmy-winning producer, and inspirational speaker. Born with a progressive neuromuscular disease, Shane has been battling a weakening body since birth. Early on he discovered that approaching his problems with a sense of humor made them much easier to deal with and overcome. He shares that message on his popular blog and through his nonprofit organization, Laughing At My Nightmare, Inc.
And today, he answers some questions from BAPL Library Director Josh Berk!
JB: First off, I have a very librarian question to ask about the book. Its subject heading in the Library of Congress bibliographic record indicates “juvenile non-fiction.” When you wrote, did you intend it to be for young people? Teens? Any specific audience in mind?
SB: One of my early concerns was that my publisher wanted it to be a YA book. I worried that they would censor me to make the book more “appropriate.” But after several discussions with my editor, I realized YA doesn’t necessarily mean PG-13. They let me tell my story exactly how I wanted to, so the only audience I was imagining while writing was “someone who hasn’t met me.” There’s swearing and sex and other topics that might not be the best for very young readers, but otherwise, the book is an honest reflection of life, which I think teens will identify with.