Sebastopol Center for the Arts
** new location ** 282 S. High Street
Sebastopol, CA 95472 Phone 707-829-4797
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Can They Save Our Planet from Pollution?
Come and learn how Corina Vacco brought her YA novel manuscript alive for young readers. Find out why she drove to a toxic landfill to write with her car windows open in the poisoned air. You’ll hear about the people who lived next to these horrible areas, what they knew and what they didn’t know, why their swimming creek changed colors, why they couldn’t eat the vegetables they grew, why they were warned not to dig a hole deeper than two feet.
In addition to these shocking stories and her other research, Corina will tell us about her process of writing My Chemical Mountain, what worked and what didn’t work. It’s a tale of her perseverance writing an unusual book requested by agents who then rejected it because it was too unusual. It’s a tale of one agent and how that 3-year relationship contributed to her winning the Delacorte contest with a manuscript judged by 12 editors to be better than 700 other entries. The win ultimately led to her first book’s acquisition by Random House and interactions with this publisher that she personally navigated, without the help of an agent.
Corina Vacco felt compelled to write about toxic towns after reading an article alleging that hundreds of thousands of children and teens throughout the United States attend schools built on or near dangerously polluted sites. She found the inspiration for this book while living in Western New York, where she heard teachers speak out against a landfill adjacent to an elementary school. A city girl, world traveler, and activist, Corina enjoys playing guitar, listening to the blues, and exploring the great outdoors. She lives in Berkeley, California, with her husband, who is a member of the Coast Guard, and their magnificent puddle-splashing, car-loving little boy. They share their home with one slightly neurotic but very lovable Italian greyhound and a growing collection of books. MY CHEMICAL MOUNTAIN is Corina’s first novel.
Come and listen to Corina share the highs and lows of her hero’s journey. Our session will include a book signing and a T-shirt giveaway.
Please visit Corina at her website by clicking here.
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