Gary Paulsen: Videos, Conversations, and a Brand New Book
No trumpets blast when an author, one that has penned countless classics (and, just as an example, three Newbery honorees) has a new book out for the first time in five years. Sometimes the release sneaks up on you. The man behind Hatchet, and countless other stories, always kind of struck me as the Ernest Hemingway of children’s literature. Now, after all these years, he’s finally turned the pen fully on himself. He’s written Gone to the Woods, which is his own story about his own life. And it’s a rough life.
It occurs to me that maybe you’ve never hear Gary Paulsen’s voice before. I hadn’t until recently. Here then are two videos that you might find of interest then. In the first, Gary talks about the librarian that literally changed his life. In the other, the life that librarian changed.
Read this interview with PW about this book if you want to really dig deep into Gary Paulsen (I love the story about his publisher banking on the fact that he might die). And while you’re at it, check out the review of this book in The New York Times as written by Jarrett Krosoczka, a man who knows a thing or two about rough childhoods.
Want to see Gary in conversation? Then join him at the American Writers Museum tonight (January 12th) at 6 CST as he talks with me about this book. I’ve a lot to ask him, and you might find it interesting. You just might.
Many thanks to Morgan Rath and the folks at FSG for these videos.
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About Betsy Bird
Betsy Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.
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