“Back in the mid-1990s I wrote a time travel mystery called Mr. Was. The main character, for most of the story, was a teenager. When I showed the manuscript to a friend, he said, ‘This is a Young Adult novel.’”
“Oh,” said I. “That’s kind of a stupid name for teen books.”
And then I started thinking about the books I read as a teenager, and how much they had mattered to me, and how vividly I still remembered many of them–both the good and the bad. And then I started remembering other things about being a teenager, and the ideas started coming.
So here I am years later with a dozen YA books, and more to come, and you know what? I still think “Young Adult” is a stupid name for the kind of books I write.
Hautman’s presentation will be about the genre, his process and his works.
Aspiring teen and adult writers encouraged to attend!
Pete Hautman is nominated for a MN Book Award for his 2011 book, The Big Crunch.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21
1 p.m. – Ada Library
4 p.m. – Moorhead Library
7 p.m. – Hawley Library
THURSDAY, MARCH 22
10:30 a.m. – Crookston Library
1:30 p.m. – Climax Library
4 p.m. – Hendrum LINK Site
These events are free and open to all.