LIVE from the Rare Books room of the New York Public Library
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More about Okay for Now:
“The Dump” is what Doug Swieteck calls his new home in upstate New York. It is 1968, Vietnam War veterans are returning, Apollo space missions to the moon are underway, but the biggest event for Doug is learning about the plates of John James Audubon’s birds in a book under glass at the local library. Doug, who first appeared in the author’s Newbery Honor book The Wednesday Wars, discovers the transforming power of art over disaster.
More about Gary Schmidt:
Gary Schmidt is a professor of English at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He received both a Newbery Honor and a Printz Honor for Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy and a Newbery Honor for The Wednesday Wars. He lives with his family on a one-hundred-fifty-year-old farm in Alto, Michigan, where he splits wood, plants gardens, writes, and feeds the wild cats that drop by.