In January, the Montclair Public Library launched the Open Book / Open Mind series, which brings together prominent authors and public figures in conversation. The series kicked off with hometown novelists Matthew Thomas and Christina Baker Kline. On March 22, the series brings together local essayist and parenting blogger Devon Corneal to interview New York Times Op-Ed columnist and bestselling author Frank Bruni on the subject of his new book,Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be: An Antidote to College Admissions Mania.
Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go is Not Who You’ll Be, Frank Bruni explains why this belief is wrong, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition, a path out of the anxiety that it provokes, and a new understanding of the real promise of higher education.
Montclair teens and parents will have the opportunity to participate in this discussion that will cover the psychology, economics, and strategy of college application. You can order an advance copy of the book at Watchung Booksellers, or buy one at the signing. There is limited seating. For reservations, call 973-744-0500 ext. 2235 or sign up online here.