Tuesday, October 23, 2012
3:30PM, “The Writer’s Story,” Garfield Book Company
5:30PM, Reading, Scandinavian Cultural Center, Anderson University Center
Children’s and YA author Brent Hartinger is the author of Geography Club (2003), a novel about teens whose high-school club is a front for their GLBTQ alliance. A film version of the book starring Scott Bakula, Ana Gasteyer, and Marin Hinkle will be released next year. Hartinger followed Geography Club with three sequels, including Double Feature (2007), which won the Lambda Award, and The Elephant of Surprise, to be published later this year. His other books include Project Sweet Life (2009) and Grand & Humble (2006), which won Washington State’s Scandiuzzi Children’s Book Award. His fiction, his articles, and his activism sometimes focus on GLBTQ teens and adults, and he earned a 2010 GLAAD Media Award for his article, “Why Can’t You Butch Up?: Gay Men, Effeminacy, and Our War with Ourselves.” In the early 1990s, he helped co-found Oasis, Tacoma’s gay teen support organization (and one of the first in the nation); he once worked as a counselor at a Bellingham group home for young people; and he co-founded the anti-censorship group Authors Supporting Intellectual Freedom (aka AS IF!). He lives in Seattle and weaves Washington settings into his books for all ages.