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The Bright Sessions

Instead of becoming a superhero, a teenager with superpowers copes with his unusual gifts through therapy in The Bright Sessions series, based on the award-winning podcast by creator and writer Lauren Shippen.

Caleb Michaels is a champion high school running back. But he’s also an “Atypical,” possessing empathic abilities who finds himself inadvertently tuning in and overwhelmed by his classmates’ emotional roller coasters. With help from his therapist Dr. Bright, Caleb learns more about his powers—only to discover that Dr. Bright knows even more about being “Atypical” than she is willing to reveal.

The Infinite Noise is a marvelous book about love, mental health, and connection. Lauren Shippen writes with a clean and honest warmth that is deeply refreshing, and her sharp representation of depression and anxiety rings true.”— Hugo Award winning author Sarah Gailey

  • A Neon Darkness
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    • A Neon Darkness

    • The Bright Sessions (Volume 2)
      Lauren Shippen
      Tor/Forge

    • A Neon Darkness, the second Bright Sessions novel from creator Lauren Shippen, asks: “What if the X-Men, instead of becoming superheroes, decided to spend some time in therapy?”...

      • Available in:

      • Audio Book
      • eBook
  • The Infinite Noise
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    • The Infinite Noise

    • The Bright Sessions (Volume 1)
      Lauren Shippen
      Tor/Forge

    • Lauren Shippen's The Infinite Noise is a stunning, original debut novel based on her wildly popular and award-winning podcast The Bright Sessions.

      Now...

      • Available in:

      • Physical Book
      • Audio Book
      • eBook

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<a href="http://us.macmillan.com/series/thebrightsessions#media">Tor Teen Presents: Empathy Over Stigma</a>

Tor Teen Presents: Empathy Over Stigma

An intimate and candid conversation on mental health representation in YA, featuring authors Mark Oshiro (author of Anger is a Gift and Each of Us a Desert), TJ Klune (author of The Extraordinaries), and Lauren Shippen (author of The Infinite Noise and A Neon Darkness).

Lauren Shippen

LAUREN SHIPPEN, author of The Infinite Noise, is a writer best known for her work in fiction podcasts. She is the creator and sole writer of the popular audio drama, The Bright Sessions. She went on to executive produce The AM Archives and co-produce Passenger List before founding Atypical Artists, a company dedicated to audio storytelling. She wrote MARVELS, an audio adaptation of the popular comic, released in 2019 by Marvel and Stitcher. Lauren was named one of Forbes's 2018 30 Under 30 in Media and one of MovieMaker Magazine's and Austin Film Festival’s 25 Screenwriters to Watch. She was born in New York City and grew up in Bronxville, New York. She currently lives in Los Angeles but travels frequently to New York.

Jon Sams