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Read Your Mind: Lisa Allen-Agostini & I.W. Gregorio

Wednesday, Apr 28 - Wednesday, April 28
12:00pm - 1:00pm

Location: Zoom Webinar
Audience: Teens, Teen Reads, Teen Events, Teen Health

Wednesday, April 28th, 12-1PM: Lisa Allen-Agostini & I.W. Gregorio

In April we will host authors Lisa Allen-Agostini & I.W. Gregorio to discuss how racism & differing cultural perceptions of mental health affect teens and young adults. Community partner information coming soon.

Register for this Zoom webinar here:


Content warning: Topics discussed in this series include anxiety, depression, suicide, self harm, hospitalization, and other sensitive mental health topics. Support resources will be provided at the beginning and end of each session, and on the PPL and LPL websites. If you are in need of immediate support, call Maine Crisis Services 1-888-568-1112 or text NAMI Maine’s Teen Support Line at (207) 515-8398.


About the Books:

Home Home: After being hospitalized for depression, fourteen-year-old Kayla is sent from her home in Trinidad to live with her lesbian aunt in Canada. Although lonely at first, Kayla soon discovers new friends and a new sense of hope and belonging in a family that accepts her as she is, demonstrates unconditional love, and welcomes diversity.


This is My Brain in Love: This dual-narrative romance explores themes of mental health and self-acceptance. Rising high school juniors Jocelyn Wu (a teen filmmaker) and Will Domenici (an aspiring school paper editor) fall in love while trying to save the Wu family restaurant, A-Plus Chinese Garden.


About the Authors:

Lisa Allen-Agostini is a writer, editor and stand-up comedian from Trinidad and Tobago and the author of Home Home. The manuscript won third prize in the 2017 CODE Burt Award for Caribbean Literature. Lisa’s most recent book is the domestic noir novel The Bread the Devil Knead (forthcoming in May 2021). Her first YA novel was The Chalice Project (2008). Her poetry and fiction have appeared in Wasafiri, sx salon, Susumba, Lightspeed Magazine, Moko Magazine and past simple. A freelance journalist for many years, she wrote for the T&T Newsday, Caribbean Beat magazine and other publications.


I. W. Gregorio is a practicing surgeon by day, masked avenging YA writer by night. After getting her MD at Yale, she did her residency at Stanford, where she met the intersex patient who inspired her debut novel, None of the Above, which was finalist for the 2016 Lambda Literary Award, a Spring 2015 Publishers Weekly Flying Start, an ALA Booklist Top Ten Sports Book for Youth, and a 2015 ABC Children’s Group Best Book for Young Readers. It was also named to the 2016 American Library Association Rainbow List. Her second novel, This is My Brain in Love, was published in April 2020 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. She is proud to be board member of interACT: Advocates for Intersex Youth, and is a founding member of We Need Diverse Books™ and its former VP of Development.

About the Series » Read Your Mind: Teen Mental Health Series


Read Your Mind: Exploring Mental Health in Teen Books is a monthly, virtual series focusing on teen mental health & wellness. Featuring YA authors and community health experts, we hope to explore complex and common health concerns through the vehicle of Teen books. (NOTE: The last Read Your Mind in the 2020-2021 school year is Wednesday, April 28, 2021).

All Read Your Mind sessions:

  • Will take place live on Zoom, the last Wednesday of every month @ 12 PM*;
  • Focus on a particular and unique youth mental health topic;
  • Feature authors of fiction and nonfiction books for teens;
  • Feature a community support partner with expertise in the mental health topics covered in each book;
  • Will leave time for anonymous audience Q&A;
  • Are intended for teenagers and adults who work with teens;
  • Will be recorded and made available for future viewing.

For information on individual events, please see the calendar entries below. We’ll be adding more events as the school year continues so check back soon!

The Read Your Mind series is brought to you by a partnership between the Portland Public Teen Library, the Lewiston Public Teen Library, Print: A Bookstore, and many local community partners who work with young people. Visit Print Bookstore if you would like to purchase any of the books featured in this series.

Questions about this series can be sent to