DSA freshmen compile, read from memoirs

Dec. 08, 2012 @ 08:04 AM

DURHAM -- The Publishing Club of Durham School of the Arts held its annual book reading Dec. 2nd at the Regulator Bookshop, where high school freshmen read to an audience selections from their newly published memoirs.

Readers included Angeline Fuqua, Daija Terry, Priscilla Garrett, Sam Joel, Julia Ilana, Sydney Curtis, Ellie Danford and Una Healey, introduced by two editors from the club, Emma Crenshaw and Alisa Bullock, and faculty advisors Alexa Garvoille and Brent Myers.

This year's collection is entitled “Freshman vs. Self,” and includes 117 memoirs. It is the third book in the Club’s collection, “Going on 15”. The memoirs range from memorable vignettes to deeply introspective accounts of a 15-year-old’s life, offering unique insights into today's teenagers, told from their perspective. Some are humorous, some heart-wrenching, but all are worth reading.

Each year, the Publishing Club collects memoirs written by 9th graders, goes through multiple rounds of editing of each story, and then compiles the finished products in a single volume. This process occurs over the school year with the club meeting three times each week and on the occasional Saturday. It has been a labor of love by students, and by Garvoille, who relocated to Virginia this past summer and traveled to Durham for Sunday's reading. The Publishing Club continues under the guidance of Myers.

Copies of the collection can be purchased from The Regulator, online at Amazon.com and Lulu.com or in the front office of Durham School of the Arts. Proceeds go to the Publishing Club and facilitate the creation of the next book.