2018 Signature Author: David Sheff

An unconditional love story.

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Opioid Memorial Wall: liftthelabel.org

Erase the Stigma of Addiction: Shatterproof.org

Changing Minds: Interactive Brain Pods

Resource and Information Booths available 1:30-7:30 pm

David Sheff is the author of best-selling novels Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction and Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America’s Greatest Tragedy. His accounts of his son, Nic, and Nic’s addiction to methamphetamines spotlight the epidemic of drug addiction in families across America.  A feature film adaptation of “Beautiful Boy,” starring Steve Carell and Timothee Chalamet, was released October 12, 2018.

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“David Sheff wrote a book in 2008 that became a kind of landmark. Beautiful Boy, a painful, personal story of the battle he tried to fight with and alongside his son, Nic, who was addicted to methamphetamines. The book became an international best-seller and made David Sheff one of the country’s most prominent voices on addiction — not as a doctor, an addict or an academic expert, but as a father. Sheff has continued to try to figure out a road that can lead out of addiction, and he presents that route in his new book, Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America’s Greatest Tragedy.”

– Scott Simon, Weekend Edition
National Public Radio

“David Sheff is a skilled journalist on an urgent mission. He prevailed over the anger and hopelessness he felt at his son’s affliction by calling upon great reserves of love and discipline to investigate what might help — first as a father and then, in this book, as a reporter and an advocate. His forbearance and clearheadedness could serve as an example for America as it confronts its drug problem. He has performed a vital service by compiling sensible advice on a subject for which sensible advice is in short supply.”

– New York Times Book Review

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