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Author Grant Overstake has written two novels on important themes for young people. His premier novel, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon, received widespread critical acclaim for its focus on grief and recovery from loss. It was hailed as a Book of the Week selection on Bookworks, and selected as recommended back to school reading as a “Too Cool for School” Selection at Bookworks.
His highly anticipated second novel, The Real Education of TJ Crowley, focuses on race relations in the late 1960s, was published on November 5, 2018 through his own imprint, Grain Valley Publishing Company.
Grant began his writing career at 18 years-old at his hometown newspaper, The Wichita Eagle. He went on to attend the University of Kansas School of Journalism, where he won the William Randolph Hearst Award for Excellence in Newspaper Writing, considered the Pulitzer Prize for college journalists. At 24, he was a Staff Writer for one of the top “writer’s newspapers” The Miami Herald; and later edited and managed several award-winning Kansas newspapers.
Today, Grant shares his writing know-how and life experiences as a Teaching Artist for Arts Partners of Wichita, including co-leading a summer writing workshop for youth at StoryTime Village. He also facilitates Artist’s Way creativity workshops and memoir writing classes for adults at various locations, including Watermark Books and Cafe in Wichita.
What Lessons Did You Learn In the 7th Grade? Home-schooled in his whiteness, thirteen-year-old TJ Crowley thinks he knows everything about black people. Not that he’s experienced anything about them firsthand. Everything he knows about them and the ugly names he flings, he learned from his half-crazed mom. She flips out whenever she sees a black… [Read More]
Maggie Steele is a gutsy farm girl from tiny Grain Valley, Kansas who pours her broken heart into the daring, sometimes dangerous sport of pole-vaulting. Driven by a secret that she dare not share with anyone, Maggie struggles over many obstacles as she attempts to soar waaay higher than her critics think a girl should… [Read More]
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