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David and Nic Sheff - Monday, February 3, 2020.

David and Nic SheffDAVID SHEFF is the author of Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction, a #1 New York Times bestseller. The book, published in a dozen languages, was named the year’s Best Non-fiction Book by Entertainment Weekly, “Best Books of 2008” by Amazon, and it won first place in the Barnes and Noble Discover Award in non-fiction.

In 2009, David was named to the Time 100, Time Magazine’s list of the World’s Most Influential People. A feature film adaptation of “Beautiful Boy,” starring Steve Carell and Timothee Chalamet, was released in the U.S. in October, 2018 and internationally in February, 2019.

“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, NPR’s Weekend Edition

Following in his father's footsteps, NIC SHEFF became a writer and author himself. Two years after David’s book became a best-seller, Nic wrote an article called “Breaking Dad,” where he discusses how difficult it was to read that memoir. He was so fixated on his own addiction that he didn’t realize how much pain his drug use was afflicting on those around him.

He eventually wrote two books about his struggle, 2009's Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines, which is also listed as source material for the movie, and 2011's We All Fall Down: Living with Addiction.

By 2013, Nic had broken into television, writing an episode for Netflix show The Killing, then moved on to write, story-edit, and co-produce 13 Reasons Why, drawing upon his own history of self-harm and attempted suicide. 

Clean and sober since 2011, Nic travels the country sharing an unglamorized, authentic and heart-touching story of substance abuse and recovery.  He has been recognized as “a life-changing speaker.” His deeply engaging talks put a compelling human face on our nation’s substance abuse epidemic, encouraging those who struggle to embrace help and bringing hope to all who are touched by it.

Obviously, as we’ve seen with so many celebrities; no amount of money or privilege can save someone from this thing. Addiction is an equal opportunity destroyer.

- Nic Sheff


David & Nic will share the stage at the Hanna Boys Center Auditorium on Monday, February 3, 2020, moderated by Laura Zimmerman.

Signed copies of their books will be for sale in the lobby by Readers Books before and after their compelling interview.