On Friday, March 18th at 7pm, authors Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver will be at MPC discussing their latest collaboration Here’s Hank: You Can’t Drink a Meatball Through a Straw. The book, the newest in the Here’s Hank series, describes the further adventures of an elementary school student with reading difficulties, much the same as the young Henry Winkler. We hope you can join us for what is sure to be a heartfelt, funny, and fascinating talk.
About Here’s Hank
Henry Winkler’s inspiration to write with Lin Oliver was his own childhood experiences. He struggled with undiagnosed dyslexia, and faced a school and home environment that wasn’t supportive or sympathetic. As an adult, he wanted to write about a kid with the same problem, but who ends up having a much better time growing up because of understanding friends, family, and teachers — and Hank Zipzer was born. The first series of books featured Hank as a 12-year-old; the second “Here’s Hank” series covers his adventures in second grade. In Here’s Hank: You Can’t Drink a Meatball Through a Straw, Hank finds himself in a cooking competition with his perfectionist cousin, and they discover that they have much more in common than they realize. Read more about the book on the Penguin Books website.
About Henry Winkler
Henry Winkler is an actor, producer, and director, and he speaks publicly all over the world. In addition, he has a star on Hollywood Boulevard, was presented with the Order of the British Empire by the Queen of England, and the jacket he wore as the Fonz hangs in the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC. But if you asked him what he was proudest of, he would say, “Writing the Hank Zipzer books with my partner, Lin Oliver.” He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Stacey. They have three children named Jed, Zoe, and Max, and two dogs named Monty and Charlotte. Charlotte catches a ball so well that she could definitely play outfield for the New York Mets. (source: Penguin Books)
About Lin Oliver
Lin Oliver is a writer and producer of movies, books, and television series for children and families. She has written more than twenty-five novels for children, and one hundred episodes of television. She is cofounder and executive director of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and international organization of twenty thousand authors and illustrators of children’s books. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband Alan. They have three sons named Theo, Ollie, and Cole. She loves tuna melts, curious kids, any sport that involves a racket, and children’s book writers everywhere.
(source: Penguin Books)
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