Event: AT–RISK SUMMER, A FILM BY e. E. Charlton-Trujillo

The Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children’s Literature in the Madden Library at Fresno State invites everyone to attend the screening of At-Risk Summer, a documentary film chronicling young adult author e. E. Charlton-Trujillo as she embarks cross country on an unconventional book tour for her Stonewall-Award winning novel, Fat Angie. The film, created by Charlton-Trujillo, will be presented February 5th in Fresno State’s North Gym, Room 118, at 7:00 p.m. The Center’s Curator, Jennifer Crow, is an associate producer of the film. Books will be available for sale and signing. 

Inspired by a small-town Texas teen without access to creative mentors, the young adult author packed her belongings into storage, rented a Ford Focus, and embarked on a unique book tour to empower youth on the fringe. As she traveled America, she held writing workshops and discussions in libraries, alternative high schools, homeless shelters, juvenile detention, and at after school programs in an effort to empower the young people through writing. Often unable to afford a professional film crew, the kids became camera operators and sound recordists. From the road to the workshops to meeting acclaimed writers for young people, At-Risk Summer is a film that allows young people to be seen, heard, and never counted out!

e. E. Charlton-Trujillo is the author of three novels: Fat Angie, Feels Like Home, and Prizefighter en Mi Casa. She has produced award-winning short films, as well as music videos, earning an MFA from Ohio University. She began her career at Killer Films. Her mentors include Lucy Walker (Waste Land) and Douglas McGrath (Brooklyn Bridge). 

For more information, please send email to jsanford@csufresno.edu or call the Nixon Center at 559.278.8116.