Contact: Greg Wilson
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (May 10, 2013) – The Stuttering Foundation, the world’s leading charitable organization helping those who stutter, will provide free materials on stuttering to the public at a nationwide book launch for Paperboy, the new novel by Memphis native Vince Vawter. The event will take place at 6 p.m. on May 14 at The Booksellers at Laurelwood, 387 Perkins Road Extended, Memphis.
Paperboy tells the tale of an 11-year-old boy growing up in Memphis in 1959 who has trouble saying a word without stuttering. When he takes over a friend’s paper route, he knows he’ll be forced to communicate with customers, and face his fears.
“I believe this book, Paperboy, offers a penetrating look at both the mystery and the daily frustrations of stuttering in a very unique way. People of all ages will appreciate this positive and universal story as I did, but it will be particularly meaningful to anyone who has ever struggled with stuttering,” said Jane Fraser, president of the Memphis-based Stuttering Foundation.
“My ultimate goal was to take the reader inside the confusing world of an adolescent who stutters,” Vawter told the Stuttering Foundation. “This is a lonely age for those of us who grew up with a speech impediment. I'm glad this facet of the book was recognized.”
The Junior Library Guild has chosen Paperboy as one of its recommendations for 2013, and numerous library and school groups have endorsed the book. Booklist, a publication of the American Library Association, compared the story to To Kill a Mockingbird and said the book “brilliantly gets readers inside the head of a boy who stutters.”
The Stuttering Foundation’s resources for those who stutter and their families are available through:
Toll-free helpline: 800-992-9392