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Hawking’s Hallway Events in Florida

Hawking’s Hallway Readings: This Sunday and Monday in Florida Eric Elfman and I are excited to return to Florida for a couple Hawking’s Hallway reading and signing events. We hope to see you out there! Details below: Sunday, March 20 at 2pm Barnes & Noble–Naples, FL 5377 Tamiami Trail N, Naples, FL…

Challenger Deep and I Made the Cover of the Latest Issue of the School Library Journal

My Interview with School Library Journal Is a Feature Article! Guess who’s on the cover of the School Library Journal this month! Make sure to pick up the SLJ January issue for an interview about Challenger Deep and more with yours truly. Here’s an excerpt: Accepting the National Book Award…

Challenger Deep Won the 2015 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature!

On November 19, 2015, Posted by , In News, With No Comments

We won!!! Wow. What a night. Thank you, thank you, thank you everyone who has sent me kind emails, texts, tweets, psychic messages, and so on. I want to congratulate the other 2015 National Book Award winners—Adam Johnson, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Robin Coste Lewis—and give a shoutout to my fellow…

Buy CHALLENGER DEEP Art and Support the National Alliance on Mental Illness

The Official Shustermania Store Is Now Open It’s been a long time in the works—my official Storenvy store is now open for business! The new store features my son Brendan’s artwork from Challenger Deep, available in 8×10 and 5×7 full-color, autographed prints. Fifty percent of the proceeds from all sales will be…

CHALLENGER DEEP is a National Book Award Young People’s Literature Nominee!

  September News: Challenger Deep Honors, Violent Ends, the Unwind Movie, and More I’m thrilled to announce that Challenger Deep is one of ten books nominated for the young-adult division of the National Book Award! Yee-haw! My son and co-writer Brendan and I are humbled and beyond honored to receive this recognition….

Violent Ends Excerpt

On August 31, 2015, Posted by , In News, By ,,, , With 1 Comment

When I was approached by Shaun David Hutchinson about contributing to a story to Violent Ends, a collection about a school shooter, my mind started to race. On the one hand, I was intrigued, and fascinated by the idea of getting into the mind of a kid so troubled he would…

UNWIND Movie News!

On July 22, 2015, Posted by , In News, By , , With 75 Comments

Unwind Movie Update—February 2018 For a number of reasons, Constantin Films, who was developing UNWIND as a movie, halted the project just short of production, and decided it would be better to do as a TV series.  So right now they are developing it for TV.  More news soon!

Find Eric Elfman and Me at ALA This Weekend

On June 25, 2015, Posted by , In News, With No Comments

American Library Association Conference 2015 If you live in the San Francisco area, or will be attending the American Library Association (ALA) Conference this weekend (6/27–6/28), come find Eric Elfman and me in the Disney-Hyperion booth! We’ll be signing copies of EDISON’S ALLEY and TESLA’S ATTIC at Moscone Convention Center…

June 2015 News Tidbits

On June 3, 2015, Posted by , In News, With 2 Comments

Happy June! What a whirlwind the past two months have been. Challenger Deep is out and the tour is over, but no time for slowing down. I’ve been catching up on various projects and, yep, traveling again. Here’s what’s going on in June: I had a great trip in Europe, visiting my foreign…

Surviving the Depths

Surviving the Depths Epic Reads recently invited me to contribute to its author guest blog post series on mental health. Here’s an excerpt of what I wrote, followed by a link to read the full article. While Challenger Deep is inspired by my eldest son’s battle with mental illness, I’m no stranger to the…