Bushman Lives: A New Serialization by Daniel Pinkwater Starts Today

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I’ve written about how much I like the work of kidlit author Daniel Pinkwater so many times that his publisher used me as one of his blurbs:

“A writer for smart kids. . . . Pinkwater writes for, and about, people who are not ashamed to look at life a little differently.” —Kathy Ceceri, Wired.com

What I wrote then is still true. I love his little kids books. I love his adult books. I love his books for tweens and teens.

So I am particularly happy to announce that a new serialization of the author’s next novel, Bushman Lives, starts today. Here’s what DP himself has to say about it:

I really like this book! I just finished writing it, (a little in advance of this posting in September 2011). It will be published as a regular book, made of paper and available for purchase, by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in due course – but before that it is the pleasure of pinkwater.com to offer it, serialized chapter by chapter, here on this website, at no charge.

And a description:

Following on the heels of The Neddiad, The Yggyssey, and Adventures of a Cat-Whiskered Girl, Bushman Lives tells the tale of Harold Knishke, an ordinary Chicago kid with a special place in his heart for Bushman, the famed departed gorilla of the Lincoln Park Zoo. Harold runs into any number of Chicago personalities, some new and some familiar, in his quest to become a Great Artist and figure out how he became the object of a famous folk song.

A new chapter of Bushman Lives will be available every Monday on its own website. You’ll also be able to find a forum to discuss each episode with other Pinkwater fans. Don’t be surprised if the author chimes in himself. You can also ask him your burning fanboy or -girl questions on the Talk to DP forum on Pinkwater.com. It’s all a lot of fun.

If you haven’t yet discovered the joys of Pinkwater, this is a great place to start. And if you’re already a devotee, you know you’re in for a good time. Enjoy!

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