Brian Katcher — We Want to Read Him

Can’t wait to hear author Brian Katcher talk about his inspirations and brand of young-adult genre writing at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Moxie Cinema, 431 S. Jefferson Ave.

Read ahead and be sure to ask about “Playing With Matches.” He describes it: “While trying to find a date, Leon befriends a lonely, disfigured girl.”

His book “Awake”is a compilation with three other authors and includes four LGBT short stories. All proceeds go to the Trevor Project, which provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ teens and young adults.

“Almost Perfect” won the Stonewall Award and was listed as one of the American Library Association’s 2009 list of Best Books for Young Adults.

For background, Brian is a St. Louis native and attended the University of Missouri-Columbia  before dropping out of society and bumming around Mexico for three years. He’s worked as a fry cook, a market researcher, a welding machine operator, a telemarketer (only lasted one day), and a furniture mover.  He lived on an Israeli military base one summer, and once smuggled food into Cuba. When he’s not writing, he works as a school librarian. He lives in central Missouri with his wife and daughter.  And, he adds, he still hasn’t paid the parking ticket he got in West Virginia in 1997.

We look forward to reading and hearing him.

Catch his talk during Wordfest at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Moxie Cinema.

Catch his talk during Wordfest at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Moxie Cinema.

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