Noted teen author joins Lit Fest slate

By on November 4, 2015

Renowned teen author Aija Mayrock will join the line up of award-winning authors and illustrators participating in Lititz Alive: A Literature Festival for Kids & Teens.

Mayrock, a creative young writer from New York City, will discuss her experiences as a victim of bullying and she will share the book she’s written as a gift to the next generation of bullied kids.

Mayrock began writing “The Survival Guide to Bullying” when she was only 16. She touches on a variety of hard issues from cyber-bullying to dealing with extreme anxiety. Her words are comforting as well as inspiring because, sadly, she knows about bullying from her own painful personal experiences in middle and high school. Aija faced merciless insults and isolation at the hands of her peers but came out of “the dark tunnel” a stronger person, ready to help those around her in similarly bad situations.

Throughout “The Survival Guide to Bullying,” Mayrock offers accessible guidance for kids and their caregivers in the form of survival tips, and daily strategies. Audiences can identify with Aija and be inspired to use their own creativity to face down their fears and honor their real selves.

Aija won the 2013 Silver Medal for Poetry in the Scholastic Art & Writing Award program joining the ranks of celebrated creative leaders such as Andy Warhol, Stephen King, and Lena Dunham.

Lititz Alive: A Literature Festival for Kids & Teens is a celebration of reading for children and youth in kindergarten through 12th grade. It is presented by the Warwick Education Foundation and Aaron’s Books.

The festival takes place Saturday, Nov. 14, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Lititz Elementary School, 20 E. Orange St. Admission is $3 for children and teens. Adult admission is $5. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets and more information are available at lititzalive.org.

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