|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 eleven novels.
Hartinger subsequently wrote three young adult sequels to Geography Club, which made up the The Russel Middlebrook Series. A second series of books, Russel Middlebrook: the Futon Years, features Russel Middlebrook in his mid-twenties.
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.
Hartinger's other books include Project Sweet Life, Grand & Humble, The Last Chance Texaco, and Shadow Walkers. Forthcoming books include two thrillers: Three Truths and a Lie and The Divide (co-written with Michael Jensen).
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)
- Two Thousand Pounds Per Square Inch (2014)
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 Last Chance Texaco (2004)
- Grand & Humble (2006)
- Project Sweet Life (2009)
- Shadow Walkers (2011)
- Three Truths and a Lie (2016)
- The Divide (2017)
- 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 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.