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Sam Bracken & Echo Garrett To Speak At Georgia Center For The Book

Sam Bracken & Echo Garrett To Speak At Georgia Center For The Book

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Contact: Echo Garrett Co-Founder/President of Orange Duffel Bag Foundation

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Co-Authors of Award-Winning

My Orange Duffel Bag: A Journey to Radical Change

Sam Bracken & Echo Garrett To Speak At Georgia Center For The Book

ATLANTA (June 20, 2012) –Sam Bracken and Echo Garrett, co-authors of My Orange Duffel Bag: A Journey to Radical Change, will hold a book signing at 7:15 pm on Monday, June 25, at the Georgia Center for the Book. This multi-award winning book was just re-launched by Crown Archetype, along with My Roadmap: A Personal Guide to Balance, Power and Purpose. My Orange Duffel Bag is the only self-published book ever acquired by the Random House imprint and had a first printing of 60,000. The book won five national awards in 2011 for best nonfiction in the young adult and self-help categories as well as two international awards for best design.

Authors Bracken and Garrett are co-founders of the Marietta, Ga-based Orange Duffel Bag Foundation (, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that provides advocacy and certified life plan coaching free to youth ages 12-24 who are in foster care, aging out of the system or homeless. ODBF’s coaching program, based on Bracken’s 7 Rules for the Road, helps young people create a game plan for their future education and career goals.

Abandoned at age 15, Bracken battled homelessness, poverty, and abuse before successfully earning a full-ride football scholarship to the Georgia Institute of Technology. When he left for college, everything he owned fit in an orange duffel bag. Now, in this award-winning illustrated memoir and road map to personal transformation, Bracken shares his story of overcoming the odds and radically changing his life so that others can create positive, lasting change of their own.

“Almost from Day One, Sam and I dreamed of creating a nonprofit that would help homeless older kids and teens in foster care,” says Garrett, president of ODBF. “We also talked about the fact that few organizations are standing in the gap to help young people once they turn age 18. We wanted to create a movement by using his story of overcoming childhood poverty, abuse and homelessness to raise awareness. His transformational change process inspires young people to have hope.”

Bracken graduated in 1986 from The Georgia Institute of Technology with honors and a degree in Industrial Management. He received an MBA from Brigham Young University’s Marriott School of Management. He and his wife Kim live in Kaysville, UT, and have four children. Bracken is currently general manager of new media for Franklin Covey. Born in Nashville, Tennessee into a music business family, Garrett has written or contributed to a dozen non-fiction books. Her work has appeared in more than 75 magazines, newspapers and websites including Parade, Delta Sky, Money, and Business Week. She was formerly editor in chief of Atlanta Woman.

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