Three-time Newbery Honor-winning author Gary Paulson has died at the age of 82.
Paulsen died on the morning of 13 October, according to his British Publisher Pan Macmillan. He is credited with over 200 books in his decorated career. His most popular works include titles such as “Hachet,” “The River,” “Dogsong,” “Woodsong,” and more.
“All of us at Macmillan Children’s Books are shocked to hear of the sudden passing of Gary Paulson,” the company said in a statement. “We are proud to have been his UK publisher for over thirty years and his classic Newbery Honor-winning novel Hatchet has been widely loved, recommended and shared especially by children, families, teachers since it was first published in 1989. Posted in UK. Our thoughts are with his family at this time.”
Other publishers paid tribute to Paulsen at the news of his death.
Paulson was born on May 17, 1939, in Minnesota. He instilled a love of reading at an early age when a librarian gave him a book and a library card. Reading book after book, he isolated himself for hours.
Paulsen ran away from home at just 14 years old, developing a taste for adventure while traveling with a carnival. According to Macmillan, his nomadic life as a farmhand, engineer, construction worker, ranch hand, truck driver, sailor and two rounds of the Iditarod sled dog race provided him with the material he would later use to create his stories. Of.
Award-winning author Gary Paulson died Wednesday at the age of 82, his publisher confirmed. (source: Pan Macmillan)
Not surprisingly, Paulson served as an advocate for reading and often encouraged people to dive deeper into the books. Here is another famous quote from him about reading:
“The most important thing is to read. Read all the time; read when they don’t tell you to read, they don’t tell you to read, read with the flashlight under the covers, read on the bus, stand on a corner, dental Waiting for a friend in the doctor’s waiting room. Every minute you can read. Read like a wolf.”
Paulsen’s final novel, “Northwind”, will be published in the US by Farrar Strauss Giroux Books for young readers in January 2022. British readers will have access to the book through Macmillan in July 2022.
This story was reported from Atlanta.