Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Frank Schaeffer

Frank Schaeffer's online biography notes that he "is a survivor of both polio and an evangelical/fundamentalist childhood, an acclaimed writer who overcame severe dyslexia, a home-schooled and self-taught documentary movie director, a feature film director and producer of four ('pretty terrible') low budget Hollywood features, and a best selling author of both fiction and nonfiction. Frank’s three semi-biographical novels about growing up in a fundamentalist mission include Portofino, Zermatt, and Saving Grandma.”

Baby Jack, Schaeffer's novel about "the Marines, sacrifice, God, the class division between who serves and who does not," was published in October of 2006. Visit Schaeffer's website to learn about these and other books, and to read some of his commentary in leading forums.

When I asked him last week what he was reading, his response was quick and to the point:
I'm reading Ten Days In The Hills by Jane Smiley and loving it. Having been in the movie business I can say that she gets it right!
Read more about Smiley's novel.

Visit Schaeffer's website, and read the Page 69 Test entry for Baby Jack.

--Marshal Zeringue