Star Wars Reads Day is October 6 — book publishers will be staging events in bookstores and libraries across the United States, with raffle prizes, promotional giveaways, and other surprises. It’s a Star Wars event like no other, and you don’t want to miss it! Be sure to Like the official Star Wars Reads Day Facebook page as well! “The Road to Reads Day” will be your one-stop-shop for everything related to this exciting event: links to original new posts on the Star Wars Blog by Star Wars authors like Timothy Zahn and Ryder Windham, coverage from around the web, […]
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Saturday, October 6, is Star Wars Reads Day, and I’m happy to be part of the celebration. Fans will be gathering at bookstores across the U.S. to promote reading and to pick up some fun freebies, and some of the events will feature Star Wars writers like me and costumed characters from the 501st Legion, the Rebel Legion, the Mandalorian Mercs, and the R2 Builders Club.
It was the summer of 1977, and my whole family—like the rest of the country—had Star Wars fever! Here’s my brother and I in our t-shirts, off to see the movie (again), and that Christmas we all got the gift of Star Wars: comic books for me, a lightsaber for my brother, and my mom got a picture-disc LP record of the soundtrack.
According to Wookieepedia, I’ve written over 50 Star Wars books. Yes, I’m proud of that, and grateful to numerous editors who continue to hire me, but I’m especially proud of another accomplishment: I’ve donated over 60 pints of blood.
In honor of the upcoming Star Wars Reads Day, a few random reminiscences on some of my own memorable book experiences: Reading Tom Swift Jr. in the back seat while driving across Nebraska in July on a family vacation No AC, no Interstates, just heat and dust and the adventures of a young man with cool future technology. My first real introduction to the wonders of science fiction.
If you don’t know who I am, let me just explain that I am a professional Star Wars nerd. See, I took took several nerdy things – origami, doodling, a love of Star Wars and a painful history of middle school disasters – and put them together to came up with a book, The Strange Case of Origami Yoda. It’s about an earthbound sixth grader who makes an Origami Yoda and brings it to school to (hopefully) avert some of those disasters.
As some of you know, I’ve been a writer all of my life, emphasis on all. In the summer of my eighth year, I hand printed copies of a flier called the Hobart Street News to try to sell to neighbors on my block in Philadelphia. I charged a nickel, sold two or three to friends of my folks, and decided to go out of business after the second issue—predating by decades a similar fate for too many American newspapers. But the reason that I became a writer was that first I was a reader.
This one’s going to be short, as I’m on little sleep these days. Mornings and weekends, I continue to do the book map of The Making of Return of the Jedi, and am up to the ILM chapters. I’m really trying to use photos as large as I can. I feel that The Making of The Empire Strikes Back had too many photos on a page and the result was, often, a lot of clutter. Some of these photos for Return of the Jedi are so great, I want readers to be able to dive into them: George Lucas and […]
Sep 10, 2012
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