Gary Paulsen - "Gone to the Woods: Surviving a Lost Childhood" - Betsy Bird

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Gary Paulsen

Gary Paulsen will discuss Gone to the Woods: Surviving a Lost Childhood. He will be joined in conversation by Betsy Bird.

Presented in partnership with the American Writers Museum

Virtual event


About the book: His name is synonymous with high-stakes wilderness survival stories. Now, beloved author Gary Paulsen portrays a series of life-altering moments from his turbulent childhood as his own original survival story. If not for his summer escape from a shockingly neglectful Chicago upbringing to a North Woods homestead at age five, there never would have been a Hatchet. Without the encouragement of the librarian who handed him his first book at age thirteen, he may never have become a reader. And without his desperate teenage enlistment in the Army, he would not have discovered his true calling as a storyteller. A moving and enthralling story of grit and growing up, Gone to the Woods is perfect for newcomers to the voice and lifelong fans alike, from the acclaimed author at his rawest and realest.

About the author: Gary Paulsen is the winner of the ALA Margaret Edwards Award for his contribution to young adult literature, and is a three-time Newbery Honor winner, for HatchetDogsong, and The Winter Room. He lives in New Mexico.

About the interlocutor: Besty Bird is a children’s book author, podcast host, blogger and librarian. She is the author or editor of six books including Giant Dance PartyThe Great Santa Stakeout, and Wild Things: Actos of Mischief in Children’s Literature.

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