Iowa State event with author of bestselling memoir 'I'm Glad My Mom Died' canceled

Editor's note: The Dec. 2 event with Jennette McCurdy has been canceled. The Iowa State University Memorial Union Student Board said in a news release that McCurdy has "canceled all in-person appearances for the remainder of the year." All other WinterFest activities will go on as planned.

"I'm Glad My Mom Died," by Jennette McCurdy.
"I'm Glad My Mom Died," by Jennette McCurdy.

Actress, director and New York Times bestselling author Jennette McCurdy will speak at Iowa State on Dec. 2.

The 8 p.m. moderated conversation will be held in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union, 2229 Lincoln Way, in Ames.

McCurdy played Sam Puckett in the Nickelodeon sitcom "iCarly." She mostly recently released a memoir, "I'm Glad My Mom Died," which chronicles her life and rise to fame as a child star. It stayed at No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list for eight weeks.

"In the inspiring book of resilience and independence, Jennette uses candor and dark humor as she dives into her struggles as a former child actor — including eating disorders, addiction, and a complicated relationship with her overbearing mother — and how she retook control of her life," says a news release from the Iowa State University Memorial Union Student Union Board, which is sponsoring the event.

McCurdy is developing a feature film and recently closed a deal to write her debut fiction novel.

Tickets are $15 for the general public and $7 with an Iowa State student ID. They're available online via, as well as at the Maintenance Shop Box Office in the Memorial Union.

The show is part of Iowa State's annual WinterFest on Dec. 2. The day includes horse-drawn carriage rides, Campanile tours, cookie decorating, photos with Santa, holiday crafts, bowling and more.

There also will be an open house with Iowa State University President Wendy Wintersteen at Beardshear Hall from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and an Art Mart Holiday Sale from noon to 8 p.m. in the Memorial Union Art Gallery. The sale of items made by artists on campus also will be held Nov. 30 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This article originally appeared on Ames Tribune: Author of bestselling memoir 'I'm Glad My Mom Died' cancels Ames event