BiblioFiles Episode #19: An Interview with Author Gary D. Schmidt

This is a very special episode of BiblioFiles. From Anson's Way and Straw Into Gold to the more recent Orbiting Jupiter, the works of Newberry Award-winner Gary D. Schmidt have had a profound influence on the family culture and experience of the Andrews for quite some time. To speak with Mr. Schmidt was a dream come true, and an honor and privilege of the highest measure. We are as pleased as can be to share this conversation with you, and we know that you will find this wonderful man just as thoughtful and moving as his art.

Referenced Materials:

– Gary Schmidt's Official Website:

Anson’s Way, Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy, Orbiting Jupiter, and Straw Into Gold by Gary D. Schmidt

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

– The work of Laurie Halse Anderson 

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

Moby Dick by Herman Melville

Heart in the Bottle by Oliver Jeffers

A Man for a Seasons by Robert Bolt

–The work Stephen R. Donaldson

Tower of Babel by Ted Chiang

Shadowlands by William Nicholson

The Problem of Pain and The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis

Small Wonder by Barbara Kingsolver


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