PRESS RELEASE: HOOKS BOOK EVENTS to host Sept. 8 event featuring Po Bronson's new book, NURTURESHOCK: New Thinking about Children


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HOOKS BOOK EVENTS to host Sept. 8 event featuring Po Bronson’s new book, NURTURESHOCK: New Thinking about Children

Save the date: September 8, 8:00 p.m.
The Avalon Theater
5612 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20015

WASHINGTON DC, AUGUST 21, 2009 — Mark your calendar for September 8 at 8 p.m. when the DC-based author events company Hooks Book Events will host an intriguing conversation at DC’s Avalon Theater between New York Times bestselling writer Dan Pink and award-winning science journalists Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman.

The topic of discussion will be Bronson and Merryman’s hot new book NURTURESHOCK, which argues that when it comes to children, we’ve mistaken good intentions for good ideas. “Many of modern society’s strategies for nurturing children are in fact backfiring because key twists in the science have been overlooked,” the authors explain.

NURTURESHOCK is one of the most important books you will read this year,” insists Pink, noting Bronson and Merryman move parenting out of the realm of folklore and into the realm of science and reveal what decades of studies teach us about the complexities of raising, happy, healthy, self-motivated kids. “As a writer, I was impressed by the prodigious research and keen analysis. As a father, I was consumed with taking notes and exhilarated by all I learned.”

About the book

“In a world of modern, involved, caring parents, why are so many kids aggressive and cruel?” the authors ask. “Where is intelligence hidden in the brain, and why does that matter? Why do cross-racial friendships decrease in schools that are more integrated? If 98% of kids think lying is morally wrong, then why do 98% of kids lie? What’s the single most important thing that helps infants learn language?”

Critics agree that this anti-parenting manual is an insightful exploration of themes and issues that transcend children’s (and adults’) lives: intelligence, racism, civility and aggression, honesty and deception, morality and kindness, peer pressure, risk-taking, and family relationships.

Buy your tickets today

General admission is $10, and copies of NURTURESHOCK will be available for sale and signing after the conversation. Tickets are available here:

Reporters are invited to cover the event and should contact for free tickets / press passes.

About Po Bronson

Po Bronson is the author of NURTURESHOCK, a new book released in September by the publishing company Twelve. He has built a career as a successful novelist and as a prominent writer of narrative nonfiction. Bronson has published five books, and written for television, magazines, and newspapers, including Time, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, and for National Public Radio’s popular broadcast, Morning Edition. He is currently writing regularly for New York magazine in the United States and for The Guardian newspaper in the United Kingdom. For more visit

About Ashley Merryman

Ashley Merryman is a writer and attorney living in Los Angeles. She previously served in the Clinton Administration in various positions, including as a speechwriter / researcher to then Vice-President Al Gore. Her play, Metanoia, has had staged readings in Los Angeles and Chicago, while her editorials appear in the National Catholic Reporter and other publications. She has a JD from Georgetown, a BFA from the University of Southern California, and a Certificate in Irish Studies, from Queen’s University, Belfast, and Northern Ireland.

About Dan Pink

Dan Pink is a former White House speechwriter and the author of The New York Times bestseller A Whole New Mind and a contributing editor at Wired magazine. Dan has written on work, business, and politics for The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, Slate, Salon, Fast Company, and other publications. He has also lectured to corporations, universities, and associations around the world on economic transformation and business strategy, and has analyzed commercial and social trends for dozens of television and radio programs. For more information, visit

About Hooks Book Events

Hooks Book Events is a Washington DC-based minority women-owned business that specializes in providing low-cost book and author events to U.S. government agencies, non-profit organizations, trade associations, and corporations of all sizes. Engage your employees and constituents by bringing to your office our authors, which are thought leaders and New York Times bestselling writers who have penned books about current events and trends ranging from work/life balance to leadership, economics, coaching, management, and more. The authors are also available to speak in the comfort of a home through our salon events. For details, visit