Close friends contribute to our personal growth. They also contribute to our personal pleasure, making the music sound sweeter, the wine taste richer, the laughter ring louder because they are there. - Judith Viorst

Cary, NC- February 25, 2010- Judith Viorst, the celebrated author, poet, newspaper journalist, lecturer and psychoanalysis researcher will be the featured author for the inaugural weekend of Lucy’s Book Club presents: Bookmarked! A celebration of reading with children May 22 – June 6, 2010.

Tickets are on sale now and prices start at $50 and can be purchased at  Net proceeds will fund the Lucy’s Book Club materials for 2010-2011. The balance will go to the Lucy Daniels Center’s Family Support Fund, which makes up the gap between what families can afford to pay and the actual cost of providing mental health services.

Lucy’s Book Club presents: Bookmarked! A celebration of reading with children is a Triangle-wide festival that helps raise funds and awareness for the Lucy’s Book Club, a program created by the Lucy Daniel Center to foster emotional and social health of children through reading.  The festival will include two weeks of free celebrity hero book readings throughout the Triangle, fun children’s activities, a book fair at Quail Ridge Books and will culminate with An Evening with Judith Viorst, a fund raising lecture, book signing, and reception at Peace College. The topic of Mrs. Viorst’s lecture will be “Loves, Losses and Wicked Thoughts”.  In all her talks Mrs. Viorst combines serious thought-provoking points with humorous anecdotes and poems, showing how laughter can serve as a way of coping as we journey through different stages of our lives. A complete schedule of Bookmarked! events is included at a partial list is included below.

Bookmarked! Partial List of Scheduled Readings and Events:

  • Sat, May 22 at 10:00am, Free - Reading at Quail Ridge Books
  • Mon, May 24 at 10:00am, Free - Reading at QRB
  • Tues, June 1 at 3:00pm, Free - Reading at QRB
  • Thurs, June 3 at 3:00pm, Free - Reading at QRB
  • Sat, June 5 at 10:00am, Free - Judith Viorst Children’s Book Reading & Signing at QRB
  • Sun, June 6 at 7:00pm, Paid - Judith Viorst Lecture, Reception, & Signing at Peace College

**At least five readings will take place in various Wake County Libraries across the county.

Research shows that the earliest years of childhood are critical to brain development and lay the foundation for all future learning.  In addition, children who have positive, nurturing relationships with their parents and caregivers have better health and social skills.  One of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to support your child’s development is by reading with him or her every day.  The Lucy’s Book Club presents parents with a bookmark three times a year with recommended reading for parent and child and reading for the parent on specific topics that will nurture the emotional and social development of children as well as foster the joy of reading for a lifetime.

“We are so fortunate to have Judith Viorst as our speaker for the inaugural Bookmarked! Festival; she embodies everything we wish to promote in her many contributions as a children’s author, counselor to adults, and creative spirit, all grounded in a sophisticated understanding of how children grow to be emotionally healthy,” said Don Rosenblitt, M.D., Executive and Clinical Director of the Lucy Daniels Center.

Throughout her illustrious career, award-winning journalist and author Judith Viorst's works have been revered by adults and children alike. She has authored eight collections of poetry, including several for various life stages such as; Forever Fifty and Other NegotiationsSuddenly Sixty and Other Shocks of Later Life, and I’m Too Young to Be Seventy and Other Delusions, as well as five non-fiction titles; 18 books for children, including the award-winning classic Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.  Her non-fiction works include the classic Necessary Losses, which appeared on The New York Times best-seller list for nearly two years. In addition she wrote a column in Redbook for over twenty-five years and is a regular contributor to The New York Times and The Washington Post.

A graduate of the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute, Mrs. Viorst is the recipient of various awards for her journalism and psychological writings.

Photos available upon request.

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The Lucy Daniels Center for Early Childhood is a nationally recognized model for childhood mental health education and services. The Center is the largest, and most comprehensive nonprofit agency focused on providing mental health services to young children and their families in the Triangle, conveniently located at 9003 Weston Parkway, Cary, NC 27513. For more information visit       

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