Shusterman to speak Feb. 7


The Delaware County District Library (DCDL) will welcome New York Times bestselling author Neal Shusterman for a free speaking engagement on Wednesday, Feb. 8.

The event will take place at 7 p.m. in the Olentangy Liberty Middle School auditorium, 7940 Liberty Road North, Powell. Seats are free and available for advanced request at

A storyteller and dynamic speaker, Shusterman will discuss writing at the beginning and the positive influence of school and teachers on his life. Event doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with the presentation beginning at 7 p.m. Shusterman’s talk will be followed by a brief period for questions from the audience and will conclude with a book signing.

Beanbag Books will provide copies of Shusterman’s books for purchase during the talk.

Free parking will be available at Olentangy Liberty Middle School.

Shusterman is the “New York Times” bestselling author of over 30 novels for children, teens and adults. He won the 2015 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature for “Challenger Deep.” His novel “Scythe” was a 2017 Michael L. Printz Honor book and is in development with Universal Studios as a feature film. His novel “Unwind” has become part of the literary canon in many school districts across the country and has won more than thirty domestic and international awards.

Shusterman is currently co-writing the pilot episode of Netflix’s adaption of his “timely, speculative thought experiment in perspective, privilege, and identity” (KIRKUS) ‘Game Changer,’ while his harrowing tale of survival “Dry” is in development at Paramount Pictures.

His most recent thriller, “Roxy,” which was co-written with his son, Jarrod, “portrays the opioid crisis in a way older YA readers can feel and understand” (Booklist).

Shusterman has also received awards from organizations such as the International Reading Association and the American Library Association, and he has garnered a myriad of state and local awards across the country. His talents range from film directing to writing music and stage plays and has even tried his hand at creating games.

Shusterman has earned a reputation as a storyteller and dynamic speaker. As a speaker, he is in constant demand at schools and conferences. Degrees in both psychology and drama give him a unique approach to writing, and his novels deal with topics that appeal to adults as well as teens, weaving true-to-life characters into sensitive and riveting issues, and binding it all together with a unique and entertaining sense of humor. Neal lives in Jacksonville, Florida, but spends much of his time traveling the world speaking, and signing books for readers.

The Delaware County District Library welcomes all people to our programs and events. Individuals who require ASL interpretation or other reasonable accommodations can contact the library at [email protected].

This presentation is given in partnership with the Delaware County District Library, Delaware City Schools, Olentangy Liberty Middle School, Beanbag Books and the Friends of the Library. For more information on this speaker, visit

For more information about upcoming author visits at DCDL visit or contact Nicole Fowles, Communications Coordinator, at [email protected] or (740) 362-3861.

Neal Shusterman’s “Scythe,” which was named a 2017 Michael L. Printz Honor book, is currently in development with Universal Studios as a feature film. Shusterman’s “Scythe,” which was named a 2017 Michael L. Printz Honor book, is currently in development with Universal Studios as a feature film. Courtesy image

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