Two YA Titans Travel to Topeka to Celebrate Readers, Writers, and Great Books
An Interview with Steven B. Frank and Gary Schmidt
Keywords:young adult literature, Steven B. Frank, Gary Schmidt
This article comprises two face-to-face interviews conducted with prominent young adult authors at the 2019 Literature Festival held on the campus of Washburn University. Writers Steven B. Frank and Gary Schmidt both discuss their approaches to writing, the unique challenges related to writing for young readers, and the important role that truth telling plays in their own writing—among numerous other topics related to young adult literature. Both Frank and Schmidt provide insight into their most recent novels, Class Action and Pay Attention, Carter Jones, respectively. The article concludes with an appreciation for the literacy outreach done by Professor Jack Bushman as the driving force behind the Literature Festival for the past 26 years.