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HCI Communications has released a new series that’s the first of its kind – a completely teen-authored memoir line for teens. Each of the teen authors shares their powerful stories, with the volumes consisting of poetry, diary entries, and prose. The tough topics covered include Emily Smucker’s battle with the West Nile virus, Marni Bates’ suffering from trichotillomania, and Chelsey Shannon’s emotional loss of her beloved father.

The team behind the memoirs is taking an unique step with the series, offering an array of online content, including live videochats with the authors and editor. The schedule is below, taken from editor Deborah Reber’s website Check out more content including the trailer, excerpt from the series, etc at There’s even playlists from the authors.

Monday, August 10, 8-9 p.m. ET – Deborah Reber, “How the Louder Than Words Series Came To Be”
How were the teen authors chosen? How were the books put together? How much of what happened is true? What has been the most fun part of the project for you? What’s been the hardest part? Are there more books coming? How can I be a Louder Than Words author?

Tuesday, August 11, 8-9 p.m. ET – Marni Bates, author of “Marni”, Compulsive Behavior and How the Internet Can Help
Marni Bates answers questions about her book, “Marni.” Marni has trichotillomania — a irresistible desire to pull out her own hair. What do you have? Marni discusses how the Internet helped her understand the problem, and also how she feels about having her secrets revealed in a book.

Wednesday, August 12, 8-9 p.m. ET – Emily Smucker, author of “Emily” – Sickness and Faith, Pickles and Cake
Emily Smucker will answer questions about what it’s like getting through senior year with a chronic illness. Emily is a Mennonite but, don’t worry, it’s not contagious. She’ll also talk about blogging and writing books.

Thursday, August 13, 8-9 p.m. ET – Chelsey Shannon, author of “Chelsey”, Assembling a New Life with Pieces from the Past
Chelsey Shannon talks about fashioning a new life for herself after her father was murdered a week before her 14th birthday and she had to move away from home and school. She’ll talk about overcoming grief, and how she discovered a group of women writers who helped her get over.

Friday, August 14, 8-9 p.m. ET – Deborah Reber – How to Break Into Publishing for Teen Writers
Description: On Friday, series editor Deborah Reber will answer questions about how teen writers can break into publishing.

You can find all the videos this week at Kyte: Louder Than Words TV. The live streams are saved so you can replay them later if you miss the live chat.


Hearing George Clooney’s voice out of a fox is a little strange. I don’t know what to say about this one. I think the animation style is daring, considering all the CGI and 3D fare lately. I’ve never cared much for Wes Anderson movies, but I love Roald Dahl.