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Hundreds of Fans Hear Best-Selling Teen Author Jay Asher at Library Teen Read Week Events October 15, 2013

Teen Read Week is an ALA-sponsored event held each year during the third week of October to encourage young adult reading. This year's Teen Read Week was Oct. 13-19.

Jay Asher

Award-winning author Jay Asher talked about his popular books "Thirteen Reasons Why" and "The Future of Us" - and much more - when he visited Austintown and Poland Libraries on Tuesday, October 15. Hundreds of teens attended and had an opportunity to talk with him, have books signed and pose for photos with his fans. The author also noted that his book, "Thirteen Reasons Why" is being made into a movie starring Selena Gomez as Hannah.

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Contest Winners Meet Jay Asher - Winners of the "Thirteen Reasons Why I Should Have Dinner with Jay Asher" contest who had dinner with Jay Asher are pictured here: (from left) Teen Librarian Cindy Beach, Winner Catalina Currier of Boardman, Author Jay Asher, Winner Carly Piper of Canfield, Teen Librarian John Waller.

Jay Asher did a brief interview with John Waller. View it here on YouTube:

Photos of the events. Click on photos to enlarge.

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Jay Asher's TH1RTEEN R3ASONS WHY website



Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker--his classmate and crush--who committed suicide two weeks earlier. On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out how he made the list. Through Hannah and Clay's dual narratives, debut author Jay Asher weaves an intricate and heartrending story of confusion and desperation that will deeply affect teen readers.


A shoebox-sized package is propped against the front door at an angle. Our front door has a tiny slot to shove mail through, but anything thicker than a bar of soap gets left outside. A hurried scribble on the wrapping addresses the package to Clay Jensen, so I pick it up and head inside. I take the package into the kitchen and set it on the counter. I slide open the junk drawer and pull out a pair of scissors. Then I run a scissor blade around the package and lift off its top. Inside the shoebox is a rolled-up tube of bubble-wrap. I unroll that and discover seven loose audiotapes. Each tape has a dark blue number painted in the upper right-hand corner, possibly with nail polish. Each side has its own number. One and two on the first tape, three and four on the next, five and six, and so on. The last tape has a thirteen on one side, but nothing on the back. Who would send me a shoebox full of audiotapes? No one listens to tapes anymore. Do I even have a way to play them? The garage! The stereo on the workbench. My dad bought it at a yard sale for almost nothing. It's old, so he doesn't care if it gets coated with sawdust or splattered with paint. And best of all, it plays tapes. I drag a stool in front of the workbench, drop my backpack to the floor, then sit down. I press Eject on the player. A plastic door eases open and I slide in the first tape. 


What if you could see how your life would unfold--just by clicking a button?

It's 1996, and less than half of all American high school students have ever used the Internet. Emma just got her first computer and an America Online CD-ROM. Josh is her best friend. They power up and log on--and discover themselves on Facebook, fifteen years in the future. Everybody wonders what their destiny will be. Josh and Emma are about to find out.

“13 Reasons Why...I Should Have Dinner With Jay Asher” Contest

Winners Catalina Currier of Boardman and Carly Piper of Canfield let us know why they wanted to have dinner with New York Times best-selling young adult author Jay Asher. They gave us reasons - 13 reasons, to be exact!

Their entried were selected and the winners had dinner with Jay Asher at the Poland Library. Plus, they  received an autographed copy of his award-winning novel, “Thirteen Reasons Why."

The contest was open to teens in grades 7-12.

Jay Asher's visit was sponsored by these generous donors: ASECU and the Friends of Austintown, Boardman and Poland libraries. 

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