|Born||1971 (age 45–46)
Washington, United States
|Occupation||Author, playwright, screenwriter|
|Literary movement||Gay teen fiction|
|Notable works||Geography Club|
Brent Hartinger (born 1971) 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 thirteen novels.
Hartinger subsequently wrote three young adult sequels to Geography Club, which made up The Russel Middlebrook Series. A second series of books, Russel Middlebrook: the Futon Years, features Russel Middlebrook in his mid-twenties. A third, related series, The Otto Digmore Series, highlights a character from the earlier books.
Also a screenwriter and playwright, eight of Hartinger’s screenplays have been optioned for film, and four are currently in development. A stage adaptation of Geography Club 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 in New York), is in development.
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 (a young adult 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)
Russel Middlebrook: The Futon Years (an adult series)
- The Thing I Didn't Know I Didn't Know (2014)
- Barefoot in the City of Broken Dreams (2015)
- The Road to Amazing (2016)
The Otto Digmore Series (an adult series)
- The Otto Digmore Difference (2017)
- The Last Chance Texaco (2004)
- Grand & Humble (2006)
- Project Sweet Life (2009)
- Shadow Walkers (2011)
- Three Truths and a Lie (2016)
- Edgar Award nominee, 2017
- GLAAD Media Award winner, 2009
- Lambda Literary Award winner, 2007
- Scandiuzzi Children's Book Award winner, 2006
- "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: Who Am I". Retrieved 2012-10-21.
- "Picture of Hartinger's marriage license from his Facebook page". Facebook.com. Retrieved 2013-12-04.