Q & A with Gary Paulsen

2020-12-20 08:49:10

Gary Paulsen, author of Hatchet, on his new memoir:
“When I met the librarian, I was flunking high school. In fact, I was doing so poorly that the state stepped in during my senior year because I wasn’t going to graduate. They said they didn’t want me to be ‘a burden on society’ and wanted me to take an auto mechanics or TV repair course instead. I’d already been doing some electronics with a friend of mine, so I said I would take a course in TV repair. About that time, I wandered into our local library and the librarian got me to read a book. I staggered through it, I was such a poor reader. I can’t even remember what the book was. I had to reread it and reread it, so I could go back and tell her about it. She became a friend, and the library became another kind of sanctuary for me, the way the woods were.”

Q & A with Gary Paulsen