The High School Interact Club raised $1,400 for charity during a book signing event which brought five young adult authors to share their personal stories and the inspirations for their books with the community.

Hearing published authors speak about how they came up with their book ideas or what inspired them to become writers can be just the motivation a young person needs to entertain the idea of a career in writing.

“Events like this help students see the human sides of the authors they read,” explained Edward Cannone, District ELA Coordinator. “This, in turn, helps them question the authors and visualize themselves in the same career.”

Interact Club President Alexa Rivadeneira, a senior at LVHS, organized the book signing after meeting one of the authors herself. “I asked her if she would be willing to do this and she helped us get the other authors involved as well.”

Each of the authors said they were thrilled to be part of an event that was raising money for worthwhile causes. All of the proceeds from the event were donated to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the Children’s Tumor Foundation.

The authors, Jen Calonita (Secrets of My Hollywood Life and Sleepaway Girls), Gitty Daneshvari (School of Fear), Micol Ostow (So Punk Rock) and Lou Berger (The Elephant Wish) each addressed the attendees and signed books that were available for purchase. Mr. Berger shared stories about his years as a writer on Sesame Street, while Ms. Daneshvari explained that her story began due to the many fears she had as a child.

The $1,400 raised came from the book sales and a $5 entrance fee.