Will Weaver, who writes for adults and young adults, will speak and read from his fiction from noon to 1 p.m. Monday at the "brown bag lunch" in the Brainerd Public Library large meeting room.
This event, funded by a grant from the Minnesota Humanities Commission, is part of a summerlong series of programs sponsored by Friends of the Brainerd Library. It is free and open to the public.
In his presentation Weaver will focus on recent trends in fiction for young adults, especially in this post-Columbine era. In addition to his extensive writing, Weaver also teaches English and creative writing at Bemidji State University.
Weaver was born in northern Minnesota and grew up on a dairy farm. He graduated from the University of Minnesota and finished his master of arts degree in English and creative writing at Stanford University. His six books of fiction and many short stories have earned him critical acclaim and a loyal audience of readers. He writes from a background of farm and small town life, often focusing on the great changes swirling across America's heartland.
His debut novel, "Red Earth, White Earth," was produced as a CBS television movie. "A Gravestone of Wheat and Other Stories" won many awards, including the Minnesota Book Award for fiction. The New York Times Book Review called it "a graceful collection, one that views America's heartland with a candid but charitable eye."
Weaver recently wrote several award-winning works for young adults. His novels, "Striking Out," "Farm Team" and "Hard Ball," were chosen variously as American Library Association "Best Books" for young adults and selected to school recommended lists in Texas, South Carolina, Iowa and elsewhere.
His newest short story, "WWJD," is forthcoming in "On The Fringe," edited by Don Gallo. This anthology of fiction by selected young adult authors addresses the events at Columbine High School in Colorado in 1998. "On The Fringe" explores, imaginatively and without comment, the nature of alienation among teen-agers today. Weaver's newest young adult novel is "Memory Boy" just out in March.
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