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October 19, 2023
7:30 PM

Allen Public Library > Allen Public Library - Civic Auditorium

300 N. Allen Drive
Allen, TX 75013
Author Gary Schmidt at his typewriter
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OnStage @ APL presents "The Wednesday Wars" author Gary Schmidt

Thursday, October 19, 2023

Author Gary Schmidt speaks about his Newbery Honor Award-winning book, "The Wednesday Wars." The title is this year's ALLen Reads selection for young readers.

The Wednesday Wars is this year’s ALLen Reads selection.

As Holling, the Young Adult novel’s protagonist declares, “It is surprising how much good stuff there was. A storm, attempted murders, witches, wizards, invisible spirits, revolutions, characters drinking until they’re dead drunk, an angry monster. I figured that she hadn’t read it herself, otherwise she would never have let me at it.” 

Holling is not referring to the Harry Potter series or Ann Rice novels but to the plays by William Shakespeare. And while the Shakespearean plays, the Viet Nam war, and emotional struggles are a part of the multilayered subplots of the book, empowerment and healing are the endearing themes in this novel.   

A professor of English, Schmidt also enjoys teaching writing courses in prisons and detention centers. 

Books will be available for purchase and autographing at the program. 

Can’t be there in person? The program will be streamed live on ACTV. For online, cable channel, and streaming app options, view the Watch ACTV  page or use the live streaming link provided in the sidebar.

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