Brent Hartinger

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Brent Hartinger
Nationality USA
Literary movement Gay teen fiction
Notable works Geography Club
Partner Michael Jensen
Website
http://www.brenthartinger.com

Brent Hartinger is an American author, playwright, and screenwriter, best known for his novels about gay teenagers.

Early life[edit]

Hartinger was born in 1971 in Washington State and grew up in Tacoma, Washington. He earned a bachelor's degree from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, and studied for a masters in psychology at Western Washington University.

Career[edit]

Hartinger has published nine novels.[1]

His first novel was Geography Club, about teenagers who secretly start a gay-straight alliance at their high school. It has been challenged in some American schools, including a school in Hartinger's home town of Tacoma.[2]

Hartinger has published three sequels to the book, with at least one more forthcoming.[3]

A feature film version of Geography Club has been filmed, starring Scott Bakula, Nikki Blonski, Ana Gasteyer, Cameron Deane Stewart, and Justin Deeley. It is set for a 2013 release.[4]

Hartinger is the author of many plays, including a stage adaptation of Geography Club, which has received regional productions in Tacoma, Salt Lake City, Edmonton, and elsewhere. A feature film version of his play The Starfish Scream, which has also received many regional productions (and was twice produced Off-Off Broadway in New York), is in active development for a possible 2014 release.[1]

Hartinger's other books, mostly young adult mysteries or thrillers, include Project Sweet Life, Grand & Humble, The Last Chance Texaco, and Shadow Walkers. The first three of these are not gay-themed.[5]

Hartinger is a sometime-member of the faculty of Vermont College's MFA program.[1] He also once taught creative writing at Tacoma School of the Arts.

Hartinger co-founded the gay entertainment website AfterElton.com with Michael Jensen and Sarah Warn. The site was sold to MTV/Viacom in 2006.[6]

The Russel Middlebrook Series[edit]

Geography Club and its four existing and forthcoming sequels comprise The Russel Middlebrook Series.[7]

The second book in the series, The Order of the Poison Oak, describes the main characters' experiences at summer camp.[7]

The series' third book, Double Feature: Attack of the Soul-Sucking Brain Zombies/Bride of the Soul-Sucking Brain Zombies, was originally published under the title Split Screen. It tells the story of the main characters working as extras on a zombie film, portraying the same two-week period from two very different points of view: the first from Russel ("Attack of the Soul-Sucking Brain Zombies"), and the second from Russel's bisexual friend Min ("Bride of the Soul-Sucking Brain Zombies").[7]

The fourth book in the series, The Elephant of Surprise, tells the story of Russel's involvement with a handsome but mysterious homeless activist.[3]

The author has hinted at the possibility of a fifth book in the series, possibly set five years ahead, with Russel in college.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Hartinger lives in Seattle with his husband, novelist and writer Michael Jensen.[8] In 1990, he helped co-found Oasis, one of the nation's first support organization for gay teens, in his hometown of Tacoma, Washington. He is a co-founder of AS IF! Authors Support Intellectual Freedom, a group of Young Adult authors supporting intellectual freedom. He also worked as a counselor at a youth group home.[1]

Works[edit]

Geography Club is Hartinger's first novel.

The Russel Middlebrook Series:

  • Geography Club (2003)
  • The Order of the Poison Oak (2005)
  • Double Feature: Attack of the Soul-Sucking Brain Zombies/Bride of the Soul-Sucking Brain Zombies (2007)
  • The Elephant of Surprise (2013)

Other Books:

  • The Last Chance Texaco (2004)
  • Grand & Humble (2006)
  • Dreamquest (2007)
  • Project Sweet Life (2009)
  • Shadow Walkers (2011)

Honors[edit]

External links[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Brent's Brain: Pressroom". Retrieved 2007-03-27. 
  2. ^ "School District Bans Novel About Gay Teenagers". Associated Press. 2005-11-21. Retrieved 2007-03-27. 
  3. ^ a b c "Brent's Brain: Questions That Haunt Me". Retrieved 2012-10-20. 
  4. ^ "IMDB: Geography Club". Retrieved 2012-10-21. 
  5. ^ "Brent's Brain: Pressroom". Retrieved 20012-10-21. 
  6. ^ "Brent's Brain: Who Am I". Retrieved 2012-10-21. 
  7. ^ a b c "Brent's Brain: The Russel Middlebrook Series". Retrieved 2012-10-20. 
  8. ^ "Picture of Hartinger's marriage license from his Facebook page". Facebook.com. Retrieved 2013-12-04.