1:00 PM to 1:25 PM
Sidewalks and Driveways: Where I Got My Ideas for the Mysterious Benedict Society (and What I Did with Them)
From Trenton Lee Stewart: This presentation might also have been called “Daydreams and Diligence,” since both play a role in the development of a story. I’ll talk about the ideas I got without trying, how I figured out they belonged together in a children’s adventure novel, and how I decided I wanted to write it. I’ll also talk about the ideas I eventually had to work for – particularly the riddles that the four young heroes have to solve throughout the book.
About Trenton Lee Stewart
Trenton Lee Stewart is the author of the novel Flood Summer and the award-winning, New York Times best-selling The Mysterious Benedict Society series. The Mysterious Benedict Society, winner of the E.B. White Read-Aloud Award and named by Time magazine as one of the 100 greatest young adult novels of all time, has been translated into several languages and optioned for television. Stewart’s short fiction has appeared in literary magazines such as New England Review, The Georgia Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and others, and has been cited as distinguished work in The Best American Short Stories. His most recent New York Times best-selling novel, The Secret Keepers, was chosen by the Amazon Book Review as the best children’s book of 2016, named one of the best middle grade novels of the year by Entertainment Weekly, and is an American Library Association Notable Book for Children. A recipient of the Porter Prize and the Booker Worthen Literary Prize, Stewart currently lives in Little Rock, Arkansas.