Catherine Newman

Join us on Wednesday, May 27 at 6:30pm at the South Hadley Public Library for a reading and book signing with Catherine Newman, author of How to Be a Person: 65 Hugely Useful, super-Important Skills to Learn Before You're Grown Up.

This event is co-hosted by the South Hadley Public Library. It is free and open to the public.

About the Book

For the kid who leaves a wet towel wadded up on the floor or forgets to put a new roll on the toilet-paper thingy, humorous writer and etiquette columnist Catherine Newman has created the ultimate guidebook to becoming a person whom everyone will like being around more. Jam-packed with tips, tricks, and skills — all illustrated in an irresistible graphic novel–style — this book shows kids just how easy it is to free themselves from parental nagging and become more dependable — and they’ll like themselves better, too! They’ll learn how to deal with dirty rooms, care for pets and cactuses, stick up for somebody, and fold a T-shirt. They’ll even get a crash course on using the kitchen (including how to turn a 33-cent package of ramen into dinner) and a boot camp for lending a hand outside the house (mowing, shoveling, and fixing something loose has never been easier). This handbook to becoming beyond helpful promises that every kid can be a valued and valuable member of the grown-up world.

About the Author

Catherine Newman is the author of Waiting for Birdy, Catastrophic Happiness, and One Mixed-Up Night, and the coauthor of Stitch Camp. She is the etiquette columnist for Real Simple magazine and the editor of the James Beard Award–winning kids’ cooking magazine ChopChop. Newman has contributed to publications including the New York TimesO the Oprah Magazine, and Parents. She lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, with her family. Visit her at


This event is free and open to the public. To RSVP, please click here.

Get Your Copy

Books will be available to purchase at the event, but if you would like to reserve a copy ahead of time, you may do so below.

Event date: 
Wednesday, May 27, 2020 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
South Hadley Public Library
2 Canal Street
South Hadley, MA 01075
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ISBN: 9781635861822
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Published: Storey Publishing, LLC - May 26th, 2020

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