Rex Ogle | Punching Bag

What:

Rex Ogle will appear in conversation with Isaac Fitzgerald for the release of Rex's new memoir Punching Bag.

  • This event is free to attend, but registration is required. You can register for the event here. Once you register, you will receive an invitation to join the event.
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When:

Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at 7:00pm Central Time

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About the Author:

Rex Ogle was born and raised mostly in Texas. He received the 2020 YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award for his memoir Free Lunch. A former children’s book editor in New York City, Rex and his partner now enjoy much nicer weather in Los Angeles.

About the Conversational Partner:

Isaac Fitzgerald has been a firefighter, worked on a boat, and was once given a sword by a king, thereby accomplishing three out of five of his childhood goals. Formerly of The Rumpus and McSweeney's, he was most recently the co-host of BuzzFeed News' Twitter Morning Show, #AMtoDM and founding editor of BuzzFeed Books. He is co-author of Pen & Ink and Knives & Ink (winner of an IACP award), and the author of the picture book How to Be a Pirate and a forthcoming YA novel. He uses Twitter. He lives in New York.

Ordering:

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Event date: 
Tuesday, October 5, 2021 - 7:00pm
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Punching Bag Cover Image
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Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Norton Young Readers - October 5th, 2021

The companion to Rex Ogle’s award-winning Free Lunch is a searing account of adolescence in a household torn by domestic violence.


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$9.95
ISBN: 9781324016946
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Norton Young Readers - August 17th, 2021

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