Interview with Local Author Gary Schmidt

Gary Schmidt loves being a professor of English at Calvin College here in Grand Rapids. He’s been asked to give up his “day job” to write full-time, but refuses as he enjoys interacting with students too much. Having twice received a prestigious Newbery Honor Award from the American Library Association is quite an accomplishment for an author, but Professor Schmidt takes it all in stride. We discovered this information about Professor Schmidt during an interview conducted by two of our librarians here at Kent District Library, Morgan Doane and Vanessa Walstra.

The interview was conducted for a new program here at KDL, the Teen Writing Workshop. The first meeting of this wonderful opportunity for local teens to be mentored and inspired by West Michigan authors happens this Saturday, January 25, 3:00 PM at the East Grand Rapids branch.

Please watch the interview below and be inspired… you might be the next Newbery Award winner.


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Written by Kelaine


Adult Services Librarian, Computer Confidence Training Instructor, Former Youth and Teen Services Librarian, Wikipedia Editor with a passion for gadgets and all things techie.

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