LearningLife takes a not-so-"crumby" peek into the lives of two outstanding YA fiction authors
What happens when you take two successful authors (and LearningLife instructors) and put them in a room with an intrepid interviewer? Chaos? Hilarity? Thoughtful conversation? A Brit-Lit-slinging, metaphor-mixing steel-cage match?
As it turns out...a little bit of all of that. (Well, minus the steel-cage match--all parties involved maintained a civil demeanor, and nary a wall was climbed, nor a chair thrown.)
Geoff Herbach, author of the Stupid Fast series (Stupid Fast, Nothing Special, and I'm With Stupid), is a past recipient of the Minnesota Book Award. His Stupid Fast books have been named the year's best by the American Library Association, the American Booksellers Association, Booklist, and numerous state library associations.
Also a Minnesota Book Award honoree, Julie Schumacher is the author of The Body Is Water, an ALA Notable Book of the Year, as well as a short story collection and five novels for younger readers, including Grass Angel; The Book of One Hundred Truths; Black Box; and The Unbearable Book Club for Unsinkable Girls.
The pair will each lead a session of the upcoming book-club-style short course, Sweet Summer: The Books of Our Youth (An Intergenerational Book Club). The course, which begins June 30, is a tribute to those books that captured our imaginations when we were young--and never quite left us, even as we grew old(er). Schumacher and Herbach will helm discussions about their own favored books of days gone by: The Secret Garden (Schumacher) and The Catcher in the Rye (Herbach).
In a unique twist, participants in the book club are encouraged to share the experience with a young person--be they a daughter or son, niece or nephew, grandchild, or friend--and bring them along to join in the conversation (tuition-free).
This month Herbach and Schumacher sat down for a roundtable talk with LearningLife e-news about a little bit of everything--from the course itself to their lives as writers to what, exactly, a moldy VW bus smells like.