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An Evening with Judith Viorst | Jun 6

Lucy’s Book Club is proud and honored to feature Judith Viorst, noted author of books for both children and adults and a psychoanalysis researcher, at our inaugural Bookmarked! fundraising event on Sunday, June 6.

Judith Viorst Lucy's Book Club

MY--OH WOW!--BOOK by Judith Viorst "I'm lying here /and I'm sick in bed /with a terrible / horrible /pain in my head, and these funny bumps / that my ma says look / like the chicken pox, and my--oh wow!--book, and some Band-Aids (six) / for the spots I hurt / where I fell on stones / when I missed the dirt, and my--oh wow!--book, and my swollen thumb / that the door slammed on, and this aching stomach / from fifths on root beer / and thirds on pie, and my--oh wow!--book, which I'm not gonna die / til I finish." From “If I were in charge of the world” and other worries: poems for children and their parents

Ms. Viorst is best known for her 1972 children’s book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, which chronicles a day of mishaps for a young boy who just happens to share the name of the author’s youngest son. The sensitivity with which the story addresses the title character’s growing frustration has made it a favorite with children, their parents, and other adults who value healthy emotional growth in children. Other books in the “Alexander” series include Alexander, Who Used to be Rich Last Sunday, and Alexander Who’s Not (Do You Hear Me? I Mean It!) Going to Move.

Her first novel for adults, Murdering Mr. Monti, was published in 1994. Other books for adults include nonfiction psychology books such as Grown-up Marriage, Imperfect Control, Necessary Losses and Suddenly Sixty.

Ms. Viorst spent six years, from 1975-1981, studying at the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute. Her interest in the workings of the psyche is reflected in many of her works. The humor and compassion she shows in her books for both children and adults make her the perfect speaker for the culminating event of Bookmarked!, an adults-only fundraiser being held on June 6.

Ms. Viorst will speak on “Loves, Losses, and Wicked Thoughts” in the intimate setting of Peace College’s Kenan Recital Hall, followed by an elegant reception in the Main Hall parlor and adjacent courtyard. Tickets are available now.

Parents may want to bring their children to Ms. Viorst’s free reading at Quail Ridge Books on Saturday, June 5.  In addition, select titles by Ms. Viorst will be available for pre-sale through Lucy’s Book Fair, with Ms. Viorst personalizing them in time for pick-up at the Sunday event. Proceeds from book sales and Ms. Viorst’s lecture go to support Lucy’s Book Club and the Center’s Family Support Fund.

A wide range of sponsorship opportunities are available now for individuals or businesses. Your sponsorship contribution will help cover the costs of the Lucy’s Book Club for 2010-2011 and offer support to families who need financial assistance with their children’s mental health services.

Sponsors will receive complimentary tickets to “An Evening with Judith Viorst” and many other benefits both during Bookmarked! and throughout the next year. Sponsorships may be purchased online, or you may contact our Director of Development, Joyce Watkins King, at 919.677.1400, x120 or jwking[at]

More details on the entire festival are available on the event’s home page at by clicking on Bookmarked!

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