Will grew up on a farm in northern Minnesota. He graduated from the University of Minnesota and Stanford University. His debut novel, Red Earth, White Earth, was published by Simon & Schuster, and was produced as a CBS television movie. A Gravestone Made of Wheat & Other Stories won the Minnesota Book Award for Fiction. The New York Times Book Review called it "…a graceful collection, one that views America's heartland with a candid but charitable eye.”
Several of his stories have been produced by National Public Radio and other arts groups. The title story, “A Gravestone Made of Wheat” was adapted into the film Sweet Land, starring Alan Cumming and Ned Beatty. In 2017 Sweet Land was produced as a musical by the History Theatre of Saint Paul.
A versatile writer, Will Weaver's several novels for young adults include Memory Boy and Striking Out (HarperCollins). Chosen as a teen “top ten” book by the American Library Association, Memory Boy was a 2016 production ofthe Minnesota Opera, Youth Division. His nonfiction work includes The Last Hunter, Barns of Minnesota, and the introduction to Libraries of Minnesota.
A recent judge for the National Book Awards and a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post, he is currently finishing a new novel for adults, plus editing a recently discovered memoir of childhood by the late Minnesota author Jon Hassler. Mr. Weaver lives in Bemidji, on the Mississippi River, with his wife, Rosalie.
Weaver presents "The Writer's Life: Just When You Think You've Done It All" at LUNCH WITH WILL WEAVER at 11:30 am. This is a ticketed program. For more information see the program schedule.
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