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Invite an Author

Every month, we highlight an author in an initiative called "BCCLS Invite an Author". Many of these authors are happy to visit BCCLS libraries to chat with your book clubs or present programs either in person or via Skype. You can email them directly for more information or to schedule a library visit.

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September 2013

Bennett Madison

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   Bennett Madison


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Letter of Introduction:

Dear Colleagues:

I am thrilled - indisputably, genuinely, and totally - about our Mr. September:

  • a writer of fabulously reviewed Young Adult novels,
  • a man who is too cool for school,
  • a BooksNJ2013 alum,
  • a novelist who is collecting ***starred*** reviews for sport
  • and did I say he was too cool for school?
  • and very talented?

It is my great pleasure to present Bennett Madison as BCCLS Invite an Author for September 2013.

Bennett Madison is the author of several books for teenagers, including The Blonde of the Joke (HarperTeen 2009) and September Girls (HarperTeen 2013). He has also written a few other books and some other things here and there.

He grew up in Takoma Park, Maryland, went to Sarah Lawrence College, and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Bennett’s former occupations include: phone psychic, clothes-folder, no-nonsense receptionist, and writer of not-very-good cartoons.

Bennett has been very generous and will not charge a BCCLS library for any in-person visits BUT he does ask that you pay his travel expenses since he is a Brooklyn boy and will have to rent a Zipcar to zip on over to your library.

Praise for September Girls: (And please note those Starred Reviews)

"A meditation on manhood takes a turn into magical realism in this mesmerizing novel."

Kirkus, ***Starred Review***

"[Madison's] command of language, both informal and beautiful, lifts the work from a basic boy-meets-fantastical creature tale to something both familiar and tragically moving. This isn’t just a supernatural beach read; it’s a rare and lovely novel, deserving of attention from discriminating readers."

Booklist, ***Starred Review***

"An exquisitely haunting work of magical realism."

Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books, ***Starred Review***

"Madison maintains the same hazy, syrupy languidness that distinguished The Blonde of the Joke, giving summer days at the shore the same sort of mythological heft the fluorescent American mall possessed in his previous book. A surprising story of a kid finding love and himself, when he wasn’t looking for either."

Publishers Weekly, ***Starred Review***

For The Blonde of the Joke:

"A ridiculous, riotous, tongue-in-cheek mad dash through the mall where everything is not as it seems and where the cheap jokes and the bounty grow like apples on trees."


"Madison’s honest and darkly comic prose takes this mall-rat tale to mythical heights. The punchline is definitely bittersweet and will leave a good many readers anticipating Madison’s next book."


"Madison’s dreamlike prose imbues the most ordinary moments with cosmic significance. Readers will soak up every bit."

Publishers Weekly

If you don’t invite Bennett Madison to your library, well, I just don’t know.

Take a look at his website:

and contact him directly at: or visit his Togather page at: to arrange a visit.

Your YAs will think he’s too cool for school, too.

Warmest regards,