Saturday, October 6, is Star Wars Reads Day, and I’m happy to be part of the celebration. Fans will be gathering at bookstores across the U.S. to promote reading and to pick up some fun freebies, and some of the events will feature Star Wars writers like me and costumed characters from the 501st Legion, the Rebel Legion, the Mandalorian Mercs, and the R2 Builders Club.
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It was the summer of 1977, and my whole family—like the rest of the country—had Star Wars fever!
Here’s my brother and I in our t-shirts, off to see the movie (again), and that Christmas we all got the gift of Star Wars: comic books for me, a lightsaber for my brother, and my mom got a picture-disc LP record of the soundtrack.
In honor of the upcoming Star Wars Reads Day, a few random reminiscences on some of my own memorable book experiences:
- Reading Tom Swift Jr. in the back seat while driving across Nebraska in July on a family vacation
No AC, no Interstates, just heat and dust and the adventures of a young man with cool future technology. My first real introduction to the wonders of science fiction.
If you don’t know who I am, let me just explain that I am a professional Star Wars nerd.
See, I took took several nerdy things – origami, doodling, a love of Star Wars and a painful history of middle school disasters – and put them together to came up with a book, The Strange Case of Origami Yoda. It’s about an earthbound sixth grader who makes an Origami Yoda and brings it to school to (hopefully) avert some of those disasters.
As some of you know, I’ve been a writer all of my life, emphasis on all. In the summer of my eighth year, I hand printed copies of a flier called the Hobart Street News to try to sell to neighbors on my block in Philadelphia. I charged a nickel, sold two or three to friends of my folks, and decided to go out of business after the second issue—predating by decades a similar fate for too many American newspapers. But the reason that I became a writer was that first I was a reader.
This one’s going to be short, as I’m on little sleep these days. Mornings and weekends, I continue to do the book map of The Making of Return of the Jedi, and am up to the ILM chapters. I’m really trying to use photos as large as I can. I feel that The Making of The Empire Strikes Back had too many photos on a page and the result was, often, a lot of clutter. Some of these photos for Return of the Jedi are so great, I want readers to be able to dive into them: George Lucas and Dennis Muren at ILM; Harrison Ford and Lucas together for the Ewok location shoot; Carrie Fisher on Jabba’s throne room set, etc. And as they say, a picture is worth…
Folks that attended Celebration VI got their first chance to snatch up Star Wars Insider #136. But for those who missed out, the latest issue is now hitting newsstands and subscriber in-boxes. I helped put together this issue alongside JW Rinzler and Jonathan Wilkins at Titan Magazines, and here are 10 highlights of what you’ll find inside.
Well, I’m off to NYC next week to work with Abrams on a yet-to-be-announced book. Some fans, or at least one I’ve noticed online, have already guess at its subject, but I’m forbidden to announce it. Still too early, but it’ll be out spring of next year. Also spending a fair amount of time on another undisclosed project, very exciting, but way, way too early to announce—it’s presently scheduled for early 2014. Sorry to tease, but it’s like working in a different time zone, toiling away on material that has no verbal or public forum. I guess there are a lot of people in the same boat.
It’s that time of year again. The summer holidays are over and it’s time for the kids to head back to school. This can be a sad time for kids because their vacation is over, but it should also be an exciting time because they will be learning all new things this year! A great way to get kids excited for school and learning is to get some fun reading material into their hands. They are going to be doing book reports, why not use Star Wars themed books? Here are some fun Star Wars books for readers of all ages.