Bethany Hegedus serves as the Creative Director of The Writing Barn.
Along with her duties at The Writing Barn, Bethany is a well-published author. Her books include Grandfather Gandhi, co-authored with Arun Gandhi, grandson of the Mahatma (Atheneum/ Simon & Schuster), Truth with a Capital T (Delacorte/Random House) and Between Us Baxters (WestSide Books). Both Truth with a Capital T and Between Us Baxters were named to the Bank Street Books Best Books in 2010 and 2011, and Between Us Baxters garnered a star from the Bank Streets Best Books of 2009 list for outstanding recognition.
Her debut picture book, Grandfather Gandhi, illustrated by Evan Turk, has received starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and Kirkus. Grandfather Gandhi is a 2014-2015 Texas Bluebonnet Finalist, a NYPL Best Book of the Year, and a Kirkus Best Book of 2014.
A graduate of the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA program in Writing for Children & Young Adults, Bethany teaches privately and speaks across the country. She lives in a private home, with her husband and their dog, Toby, on the same 7.5 acres that The Writing Barn shares.
Bethany would be thrilled to show you The Writing Barn. To make an appointment for a viewing, please call 512-665-0886 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. And Bethany offers private instruction to writers who are beginners to advanced.
Reviews, Grandfather Gandhi
“Never burdened by its message, this exceptional title works on multiple levels; it is both a striking introduction to a singular icon and a compelling story about the universal experience of a child seeking approval from a revered adult.” – Kirkus Review starred review
“Dynamic visuals and storytelling create a rousing family story that speaks to a broad audience.“ – Publishers Weekly starred review
“With so many biographies about Gandhi published recently, this one stands out for its unique point of view and gorgeous art, and makes a fine supplement to any collection.” – School Library Journal
Reviews, Truth with a Capital T
“…Hegedus nicely blends the historic background with the contemporary strand as Maebelle’s confidence slowly grows in this strong story about peer competition, race in a small town, and coming to terms with family history.”
“The somber acknowledgment of the town’s slave-holding past is contrasted with a present where racism and bigotry are not unknon, but there are no easy villans, and Maebelle’s is not the only family where black and white come together… [Hegedus] treats the nicely drawn cast of characters with depth and dimension.”
Reviews, Between Us Baxters
“The tension between the races, between the family members and ultimately between two friends is palpable and builds to a suspenseful crescendo. … The depiction of the historical times is realistic and gut wrenching.”
“…beautifully described and believable… The pacing of [Between Us Baxters] is deliberate and suspenseful with twists and turns that add to the bittersweet conclusion.”
—School Library Journal
“…Polly’s first person narrative shows the heartbreaking family and friendship drama … the struggle and fury of poor whites, and the shocking persecution of blacks. The good guys are not idealized. Polly’s quarrels with Timbre Ann run deep, and healing the hurt takes more than just saying sorry.”
—Hazel Rochman, Booklist