Who’s going to be at our Saturday Night Tee Off @ the Library?
The delightful and charming M. T. Anderson!
Just a few things to help you get to know M. T. Anderson:
- He wrote the landmark science fiction cautionary tale Feed, now available in a fancy new edition, and for which he did fascinating research into the patterns of slang and swearing. Read his reflections about his landmark work here.
- He won the National Book Award for The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume One: The Pox Party (and picked up the Boston Globe Horn Book Award that year too.)
- He has spoken eloquently about the intelligence of teens and not underestimating their abilities
- He has gone urban exploring in Detroit in the company of John Green, so happily there’s a Vlogbrothers video documenting it (Flash back to 2007!)
- He delights in exploring the dwindling barriers between teen and adult titles with Sean Beaudoin
I first heard Mr. Anderson speak way back in 2007 (I’ve been a librarian for a time, folks!) and I remember being bowled over by his humor, wit, and cheered by his message: everyone should embrace whatever kind of geek you are and to remember that everyone is a geek about something. Agreed!
Over the years I’ve seen him at various events and conferences, and not only is he just as intelligent and curious as his books make you expect he’ll be, but he’s also charming, hilarious, and just the kind of person who’ll enjoy mini-golf. Just look at that twister photo (from the wonderful Dudes of YA photo spread).
You can hear more from him about his life and work in this 2012 interview.
Here’s his official biography, in case all this isn’t enough to entice you to come and meet him (and buy his books to get signed!) at the Tee Off.
M. T. Anderson has written stories for adults, picture books for children, adventure novels for young readers, and several books for older readers (both teens and adults). His satirical book Feed was a Finalist for the National Book Award and was the winner of the L.A. Times Book Prize. The first volume of his Octavian Nothing saga won the National Book Award and the Boston Globe / Horn Book Prize. Both the first and second volumes of that two-part series were Printz Honor Books. He has published stories for adults in literary journals like The Northwest Review, The Colorado Review, and Conjunctions
I am super excited to attend this event! If you’re in the Boston area, you should definitely sign up!!