By Jamie Rhein
The Order of the Poison Oak, the sequel to Geography Club, has a pretty steamy cover. What�s that about?
Ha! I was a little surprised by that, too. Then again, the sequel is steamier than Geography Club, so I guess it�s just truth-in-advertising. But, hey, the book�s set at summer camp�some skinny-dipping seemed required! Plus, the sex scenes gave me a chance to talk a little about safer sex, which I think is a really pressing issue for gay teens and twenty-somethings.
Speaking of which, I�m currently working on an online safer sex project aimed at gay teens and twenty-somethings involving the characters from Geography Club and some other gay novels. I think it�s a great project, but the Bush administration has public health agencies terrified of anything that actually mentions sex. This country has so gone down the rabbit hole.
What�s up for your future?
I have wa-a-ay too much going on. I have another Geography Club sequel in the works, and some more non-gay teen books, too. I have some children�s fantasies that will be out next year. Plus, there�s the stage adaptation of Geography Club, and a possible movie adaptation. And I�m about to leave on a 20-city book tour! Be careful what you wish for, huh? But I am trying hard not to complain, because I know how that sounds. Honestly, I get paid to do what I love, so I�m a pretty happy camper.
For updated info, check out Hartinger�s Web site, �Brent�s Brain,� at www.brenthartinger.com.
See Brent Hartinger on his �Rainbow Crow� World Author�s Tour 2005:
Puyalup, Washington: Wednesday, March 16, 3 p.m., Puyallup Public Library, 324 South Meridian, (253) 841-5454
Tacoma, Washington: Wednesday, March 23, 7 p.m., King�s Books, 218 St. Helens Ave., (253) 272-8801 (with Michael Jensen)
Online Chat: Tuesday, April 5, 8:30 Eastern U.S. time (5:30 Pacific). YA Authors� Cafe. Topic: �YA Comes Out: Queer Themes in Teen Lit�
Bellingham, Washington: Sunday, April 10, 5 p.m., Village Books, 1200 11th St., (360) 671-2626 (with Michael Jensen)
Vancouver, British Columbia: Wednesday, April 13, 7 p.m., Little Sisters Books, 1238 Davie St., (604) 669-1753 (with Michael Jensen)
Seattle: Thursday April 14, 7 p.m., Bailey-Coy Books, 414 Broadway Ave. E., (206) 323-8842 (with Michael Jensen)
Portland, Oregon: Sunday, April 24, Wordstock Festival, 3 p.m.
Boston: Date and time TBA
Shrewsbury, Massachusetts: Wednesday, April 27, 6 p.m., Shrewsbury Public Library, 609 Main St., (508) 842-0081
Albany, New York: April, 29-30, Got Books? Let�s Read! Conference sponsored by Hodge Podge Books
New York: Sunday, May 1, signing books from 3-5 p.m., Books of Wonder, 18 W. 18th St., 10011, (212) 989-3270
Philadelphia: Tuesday, May 3, 5:30-7 p.m., Giovanni�s Room, 345 S. 12th St., (215) 923-2960 (with Michael Jensen)
Baltimore: Wednesday, May 4, 2 p.m., Howard County Library, venue TBA
Baltimore: Wednesday, May 4, 7 p.m., Lambda Rising Books, 241 West Chase St., 21201, (410) 234-0069 (with Michael Jensen)
Washington, D.C.: Thursday, May 5, 8 p.m., time and place TBA
Norfolk, Virginia: Friday, May 6, 5:30, p.m., Lambda Rising Books, 322 West 21st St. 23517, (757) 626-0969 (with Michael Jensen)
San Diego: Sunday, May 8, 5 p.m., Obelisk Bookstore, 1029 University Ave. 92103, (619) 297-4171 (with Michael Jensen)
Los Angeles: Date and time TBA.
San Jose, California: Date and time TBA
San Francisco: Wednesday, May 11th, 7 p.m., A Different Light Bookstore, 489 Castro St. 94114 (with Michael Jensen)
Menlo Park, California: Thursday, May 12, time TBA, Kepler�s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, 94025
Sacramento: Friday, May 13, 7 p.m., The Open Book, 910 21st St. 95814, (916) 498-1004 (with Michael Jensen)
SEATTLE: Friday, June 3, University Books, 4326 University Way NE, 98105, (206) 634-3400
Chicago: July, date and time TBA
Minneapolis: July, date and time TBA
Milwaukee: July, date and time TBA
Green Bay, Wisconsin: July, date and time TBA
Spokane, Washington: August, date and time TBA
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