M. T. Anderson “We went to the moon to have fun, but the moon turned out to completely suck.” -Opening of Feed Caroline Goldstein, Frances Tompkins, Khalilah Ummah
Early Years • Full name is Matthew Tobin Anderson, goes by MT Anderson • Born in Stow, MA in 1968 • Attended St.Marks for high school and Winchester College for a year after that • Went to school at Harvard University, Cambridge University, and Syracuse University
Employment History • Worked at Candlewick Press • Instructor at Vermont College • Used to work as a music critic at The Improper Bostonian. • Was a fiction editor for a literary review that no longer exists
Life Today • Lives in Cambridge, MA • Writes picture books for children and novels for young adults • Board member of the National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance
Strange Mr. Satie • For ages 5 and up • M.T. Anderson loved Satie's music as a child and wrote the book to "sing back to him all the things he had sung to me" • The life story of Erik Satie and the challenges faced to become successful
Handel: Who Knew What He Liked • Similar to Strange Mr. Satie, but more historical • Anderson loved Handel's music because it seemed to suggest humans are noble creatures, full of reason and gentility. • Gave definitions of challenging words at the bottom of pages • Handel: Opera composer, musician
Feed • Set in the future • Technology highly advanced • National Book Award Finalist • For a mature adolescent audience, due to language and content
Resources • http://www.librarything.com/author/andersonmt - book list with unofficial reviews, summaries, events, and related links • http://yareviews.wikispaces.com/Feed+by+M.T.+Anderson+(Fall+08)?f=print - review of Feed with recommendations for teachers. • http://www.boston.com/ae/books/articles/2006/12/19 like_his_protagonists_hes_a_character_study/?page=1 - Artice about MT Anderson from the Boston Globe. Includes a link to MT Anderson reading. • http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/article/CA6386667.html%5C - Interview from the School Library Journal. • http://www.amazon.com/Recently-Banned-and-Challenged-Books-2008/lm/R32AAHVKMKJIWY - Feed on Amazon’s 2008 Banned Book list. • http://mobile.washingtonpost.com/detail.jsp?key=321639&rc=al&p=1&all=1#___1__ -Article about MT Anderson from the Washington Post • http://www.harvard.com/events/press_release.php?id=1982 - MT Anderson Book-signing at the Harvard Book Store in January!
Awards • The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Volume 1: The Pox Party: 2007 Michael L. Printz Honor Book, 2006 National Book Award Winner • Feed: 2002 L.A. Times Book Prize Winner, 2003 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book, 2002 National Book Award finalist. • Handel Who Knew What He Liked: 2002 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book.