Gary Paulsen

Saturday, October 9th, 1:00 pm Central

Jump into the mind of a beloved kidlit star who’s gone from suspense to humor and everything in between!

Gary Paulsen can do a lot more than keep you on the edge of your seat—he can laugh you right out of it! The three-time-Newbery-Honored Paulsen will join Star Tribune book editor Laurie Hertzel to discuss his latest book for middle schoolers, How to Train Your Dad (Farrar, Straus and Giroux): a fierce and funny novel about family, green-living, and untangling some of the ties that bind from middle-grade master and “one of the best-loved writers alive” (The New York Times) Gary Paulsen.

Free to attend, registration required. We hope to “see” you there!


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Praise for How To Train Your Dad:

Breezy and light, with a grounding touch of tenderness, this is both an entertaining solo read and a solid suggestion for family sharing.

The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

Newbery Honoree Paulsen, renowned for his tales of survival, revisits the humor and hijinks found in his Liar, Liar series. Carl’s hang-dog descriptions of having to wear pink overalls and ride an “original creation” bike are funny and endearing, and eternal optimist Pooder is the perfect sidekick to perpetually resigned Carl. And underneath the training mishaps is a sweet story about a kid who figures out that his life—and his dad—may not be so bad after all.

Publisher’s Weekly

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 Hatchet, Dogsong, and The Winter Room. His books have sold more than 35 million copies. He lives in New Mexico.

photo © Brian Adams


Laurie Hertzel is Senior Editor for Books at the Minneapolis Star Tribune, where she has worked for more than 20 years. She has won national awards for her magazine writing, newspaper journalism, and short fiction, and her memoir, News to Me: Adventures of an Accidental Journalist, won the 2011 Minnesota Book Award readers choice award. She has an MFA in creative nonfiction from Queens University in Charlotte, N.C., teaches memoir writing at the Loft Literary Center, and is a past President of the National Book Critics Circle.