Notable author and Webb Class of 1990 alumnus Alan Gratz returns to Webb School of Knoxville, Friday, October 23, to provide an interactive presentation about his books and the writing process for Webb Middle School students.
Writer of a number of middle grade and young adult books, Gratz, who will speak in Webb's Bishop Center, is also a former Webb Middle School English teacher. His first novel, Samurai Shortstop, was one of the ALA's Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults for 2007. The following year, Gratz’ second novel, Something Rotten, was named an ALA Quick Pick for Young Adult Readers. The Brooklyn Nine, his first middle grade novel, was among Booklist's Top Ten Sports Books and Top Ten Historical Books for Youth for 2010, and was followed in 2011 by Fantasy Baseball.
Gratz’ most recent novels are Starfleet Academy: The Assassination Game, Prisoner B-3087 and The League of Seven.
In 2010 Alan Gratz became the first Artist in Residence at the American School in Tokyo, Japan where he spent six weeks teaching historical fiction writing to middle school students. He was also a Thurber House Children's Writer in Residence, living and writing in James Thurber's attic for a month while working with young writers in the Columbus, Ohio area.
A prolific writer, Gratz has also penned short fiction, plays and magazine articles, as well as commercials and episodes of A&E’s City Confidential.
Gratz earned a College Scholars degree from University of Tennessee, specializing in creative writing, and later his master’s in English education. He lives with his wife, Wendi, and daughter, Jo, in Western Carolina.
During his visit, the Webb Library will have a small selection of the Gratz's books for sale on a cash only basis. Since quantities are limited, it is advised that copies are reserved and paid in advance.
Books for sale include:
Code of Honor - $20 (hardcopy)
The Brooklyn Nine: A Novel in Nine Innings - $10 (paperback)
The League of Seven - $11 (paperback)
(Prices include tax)