Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Gary Paulsen

Last week Jeremy and I went to see Gary Paulsen, the author of Hatchet and many other books, speak at UT. He was quite entertaining - more so than I expected. Apparently he doesn't do many public events. He talked mostly about his life, including growing up in Minnesota to abusive, alcoholic parents, how he started writing, racing sled dogs, and the like. He's a very interesting guy. Some of the stories were a little, er, colorful and I'm not sure if all the parents of the children in the room appreciated that, but I think the kids did. He was pretty funny.

I loved Hatchet when I was a kid. I think I've only read one other of the Brian series though. Jeremy had never read Hatchet until a couple years ago! I found out he hadn't read it and freaked out. He also never read My Side of the Mountain. I made him go to the library and get both. I guess he was too busy reading sci-fi as a kid to read the classics...

I bought Gary Paulsen's new book at the event and was going to get him to sign it, but the line was ridiculously long. I swear every 4-7th grader in the area must have been in it. After waiting for about 20 minutes and knowing that it would probably be about an hour more, we left. It was already 8:30pm by that time and we had stuff we needed to get done that night. I was a little disappointed, but I knew we really needed to leave.

3 comments:

Allie said...

How Had he never read Hatchet himself or in class? I think we had it read to us in both 3rd and 4th grade!

Golda said...

I know! We had to read it in 5th grade. Must be those Kansas City schools...

Erin said...

no, we all read it in MI/WI too. I'm also of the opinion that it's rare/weird that Jeremy escaped the same fate.