Visiting Author for Schools: Len Vlahos

Len Vlahos

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Len Vlahos

Len: "I dropped out of NYU film school in the mid-80s to play guitar and write songs for Woofing Cookies. We were a punk-pop four piece -- think R.E.M. meets the Ramones -- that toured up and down the East Coast, and had two singles and one full-length LP on Midnight Records. The band broke up in 1987 and I followed my other passion, books. I've worked in the book industry ever since. And, of course, I write. And I write, And I write, write, write. My first novel, The Scar Boys -- it's labeled as young adult, but I've never really liked labels -- published January 2014. It is, not surprisingly, a rock and roll coming of age story. No vampires or dystopian future, just a messed up boy and his guitar. (I have nothing against vampires or dystopian futures. I loved The PassageThe Hunger Games, and The Road.) Scar Girl, the continuation of The Scar Boys' story, came out Spring 2016. My next book, Life in A Fishbowl. I recenlty moved from Connecticut to Colorado to buy the Tattered Cover Book Store with my super awesome wife, Kristen, our eight year old son Charlie, and six year old son, Luke -- and one very large cat."  

ABOUT THE BOOK: Life in a Fishbowl
When Jackie discovers that her father has been diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor, her whole world starts to crumble. She can't imagine how she'll live without him. Then, in a desperate act to secure his family's future, Jackie's father does the unthinkable--he puts his life up for auction on eBay. Jackie can do nothing but watch and wait as an odd assortment of bidders, some with nefarious intentions, drive the price up higher. The fate of her entire family hangs in the balance. But no one can predict how the auction will finally end, or any of the very public fallout that ensues. Life as Jackie knows it is about to change forever. In this brilliantly-written tragicomedy told through multiple points of view--including Jackie's dad's tumor--acclaimed author Len Vlahos deftly explores what it really means to live.

Praise for Life in a Fishbowl

"A weird, sardonic delight with the shape of an allegory and the heart of a joyful song." -- Brenna Yovanoff, New York Times bestselling author of The Replacement and Places No One Knows

"Surprising, original, political, and deeply affecting . . . It is one of those rare works of art that keeps you guessing up to the very last page." -- Leila Sales, author of This Song Will Save Your Life

"It will tear you apart, and yet it's an absolute joy." -- Adi Alsaid, author of Let's Get Lost and Never, Always, Sometimes

LENGTH: The presentation is 45 minutes. TOPIC: Young Adult author and owner of Tattered Cover Bookstore, Len Vlahos, will present his new book, Life in a Fishbowl. He'll discuss the story of the book, how it came to be, and the themes presented. He'll also talk about publishing and the writing process. Len ends with a Q&A.

High School; grades 9-12

Any size, but the more the better!

Projector, screen, and microphone. There is sound in the presentation, so his laptop will need to be hooked up to speakers. (If it’s a smaller group of kids in a smaller setting, no mic needed.) And a bottle of water.

Tattered Cover will design an order form that the school should distribute in advance of the author visit, and again on the day of the event to all student attendees. 

Link to share with students and their families to order Len's books: Please make sure anyone ordering online includes the name of your school in the Notes section of the order and if they'd like to pick up the book from you at the school. Please DO NOT give a book to someone who says they ordered online unless they have the printed confirmation. PLEASE KEEP THIS! You'll need to include these confirmations when returning the leftover books so you won't be charged for them! If they do ask you for a book without a confirmation, just email us the name of the student and parent's name and we can check. DEADLINE: Online orders with SCHOOL PICK UP will only be available for one week after the school visit. Orders placed after that time will need to be picked up at one of our locations, or shipped.


Life in a Fishbowl ebook

The Scar Boys ebook


The Scar Boys Cover Image
ISBN: 9781606845660
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Carolrhoda Lab (R) - April 7th, 2015

Scar Girl Cover Image
ISBN: 9781606846070
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Carolrhoda Lab (R) - March 2016

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Life in a Fishbowl Cover Image
ISBN: 9781681190358
Availability: Available to Order - Usually Arrives in Our Store in 4 to 7 Days
Published: Bloomsbury USA Childrens - January 3rd, 2017