|Literary movement||Gay teen fiction|
|Notable works||Geography Club|
Brent Hartinger is an American author, playwright, and screenwriter, best known for his novels about gay teenagers.
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.
Hartinger has published nine novels.
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.
Hartinger has published three sequels to the book, with at least one more forthcoming.
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.
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.
The Russel Middlebrook Series
The second book in the series, The Order of the Poison Oak, describes the main characters' experiences at summer camp.
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").
The fourth book in the series, The Elephant of Surprise, tells the story of Russel's involvement with a handsome but mysterious homeless activist.
The author has hinted at the possibility of a fifth book in the series, possibly set five years ahead, with Russel in college.
Hartinger lives in Seattle with his husband, novelist and writer Michael Jensen. 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.
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)
- The Last Chance Texaco (2004)
- Grand & Humble (2006)
- Dreamquest (2007)
- Project Sweet Life (2009)
- Shadow Walkers (2011)
- Book Sense pick (four times)
- GLAAD Media Award
- Lambda Literary Award winner
- Scandiuzzi Children's Book Award winner, 2007 (Washington State Book Awards)
- New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age (multiple times)
- Booklist Top Ten First Young Adult Novel
- SCBWI/Judy Blume Grant for a Contemporary Young Adult Novel
- Teenreads.com Best Book (five times)
- Bookspan Book Club Main Selection (twice)
- Homepage - Brent's Brain
- Interview with AfterElton.com - Attack of the Gay Teen Zombies
- TeanReads.com Profile - Brent Hartinger
- Interview with The Feast Of Fools Podcast
- "Brent's Brain: Pressroom". Retrieved 2007-03-27.
- "School District Bans Novel About Gay Teenagers". Associated Press. 2005-11-21. Retrieved 2007-03-27.
- "Brent's Brain: Questions That Haunt Me". Retrieved 2012-10-20.
- "IMDB: Geography Club". Retrieved 2012-10-21.
- "Brent's Brain: Pressroom". Retrieved 20012-10-21.
- "Brent's Brain: Who Am I". Retrieved 2012-10-21.
- "Brent's Brain: The Russel Middlebrook Series". Retrieved 2012-10-20.
- "Picture of Hartinger's marriage license from his Facebook page". Facebook.com. Retrieved 2013-12-04.