Catherine Ryan Hyde is the author of 18 published and forthcoming books including the newest releases Don't Let Me Go, Jumpstart the World, Second Hand Heart and When I Found You. Other novels in print are Becoming Chloe, Love in the Present Tense, The Year of My Miraculous Reappearance, Chasing Windmills, The Day I Killed James, Diary of a Witness and Pay It Forward.
Forthcoming is When You Were Older (TransWorld UK, Spring '12).
Love in the Present Tense enjoyed bestseller status in the UK, where it broke the top ten, spent five weeks on the national bestseller list, was reviewed on a major TV book club, and shortlisted for a Best Read of the Year award at the British Book Awards. Both Becoming Chloe and Jumpstart the World were chosen for the American Library Association's Rsainbow List, and Jumpstart the World was a finalist for two Lambda Literary Awards.
Older works include the story collection Earthquake Weather, and the novels Funerals for Horses, Pay it Forward, Electric God, and Walter's Purple Heart. Pay It Forward was adapted into a major motion picture, chosen by the American Library Association for its Best Books for Young Adults list, and translated into more than 23 languages for distribution in over 30 countries. The paperback was released in October 2000 by Pocket Books and quickly became a national bestseller.
More than 50 of her short stories have been published in The Antioch Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Ploughshares, Glimmer Train and many other journals, and in the anthologies Santa Barbara Stories and California Shorts, and the bestselling anthology Dog is my Co-Pilot . Her stories have been honored in the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest and the Tobias Wolff Award and nominated for Best American Short Stories, the O'Henry Award, and the Pushcart Prize. Three have been cited in Best American Short Stories.
She is founder and former president (2000 to 2009) of the Pay It Forward Foundation. As a professional public speaker she has addressed the National Conference on Education, twice spoken at Cornell University, met with Americorps members at the White House and shared a dais with Bill Clinton.
Human nature. I am an insatiable student and observer of human nature. As far as other authors go, I grew up on Steinbeck, Kesey, Keyes, Vonnegut...and since I now write YA lit (among other things), I think those influences in my young adulthood were crucial. They taught me to flow to the left. Or maybe I was born with that, but they gave me added permission.
Jumpstart the World (Knopf, October 2010), and Second Hand Heart (Transworld UK, September 2010), followed by two more Transworld novels in 2011 and 2012.
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Transworld UK (UK and territories and EU). Doubleday/Flying Dolphin Press (current US adult titles). Simon & Schuster (still keeps Pay It Forward in print after almost 10 years). Knopf Books for Young Readers (YA titles).
I love to hike, particularly on trails that gain altitude. I've day-hiked the Grand Canyon twice (South Rim to river to South Rim) and hiked it a third time with two meals and one good night's sleep at Phantom Ranch in between. I hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in three days, two nights (if you're familiar with the trail, you'll clearly see that I am insane, though I'm calming down of late). I climbed/hiked (it's quite borderline) Mt. Katahdin in Maine, via the infamous Knife Edge. I did Half Dome as a day hike and the following year day-hiked from Yosemite Valley to Cloud's Rest and back. This is both farther and higher than Half Dome, about 22 miles and 5,900 feet of gain. This year I have three far more modest, but still fun, hikes planned for the Spring. The first one is the Mt Whitney Trail (not much of it, though) to Lone Pine Lake. Then Angel's Landing at Zion. Then on to the North Rim Grand Canyon, which I've never seen before (except from the South Rim or the southern trails) where I'll hike down to Roaring Springs and back. I think this is more the way a normal person hikes, but I doubt I'm qualified to judge.
I also love kayaking and fishing. Sometimes I fish from my kayak, sometimes off the rocks near my home (I live close to the ocean), sometimes at the edge of a stream.
I have a small motor home and I truly love the outdoors.
The Pay It Forward Foundation, Marriage Equality (See Human Rights Campaign), the 350 movement to help ease global climate change, LandWatch San Luis Obispo...
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