Gordon Korman was born in Montreal and grew up in the Toronto area. His writing career began virtually by accident when he was in the 7th grade, and his middle school track and field coach had to teach English.
“For creative writing, he gave us total freedom to work on whatever we wanted for the rest of the year. It was February.” That added up to a class period per day for more than four months. The result was his first novel, This Can’t Be Happening at MacDonald Hall.
“I sent my manuscript to Scholastic because I was the class monitor for Scholastic Book Orders, and figured I was practically an employee. Seriously. My mom had to type my book for me.”
It was a highly unlikely and random way to launch a publishing career, but it worked. This Can’t Be Happening at MacDonald Hall was published by Scholastic when Gordon was a freshman in high school.
He has now been writing for more than three-quarters of his life. His books have been translated into 30 languages and have sold over 30 million copies worldwide.
He has a BFA degree from New York University, with a major in dramatic writing and a minor in film and TV. He currently lives on Long Island, outside New York City, with his wife and family. When he’s not writing, you can usually find him driving one of his kids to some practice or rehearsal or game. “Either that, or I’m on the road, appearing at schools, libraries, and bookstores, meeting my readers. That’s the best part of my job.”
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by Gordon Korman
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