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 new novel for adults, plus editing a recently discovered memoir of childhood by the late Minnesota author Jon Hassler. Mr. Weaver lives in in Bemidji, on the Mississippi River, with his wife, Rosalie.
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A popular novel for young adults, in MEMORY BOY a great environmental catastrophe forces a suburban family to pull together to survive. Adapted for opera by the Youth Opera Division of The Minnesota Opera.
Sequel to MEMORY BOY, THE SURVIVORS follows a suburban family as they return to the city utterly changed–both the city and themselves.
A collection of hand-picked stories that offer a vivid portrait of swirling, intergenerational changes in the Midwest. "Weaver views America's heartland with a charitable but candid eye." (The New Yorker). A lead story, "A Gravestone Made of Wheat" became the award-winning indie film SWEET LAND, with Alan Cumming, Ned Beatty and Elisabeth Reasor.
Will's classic novel of the Midwest, focused on the simmering tensions between Native Americans and whites over the classic conflict of all time: who owns the land. "Weaver's writing and characters are in the manner of Steinbeck's writing." (Los Angeles Times)
A collaboration with photographer Doug Ohman, BARNS OF MINNESOTA is a love letter to a fading part of the Midwestern landscape. Great photos of barns across Minnesota plus a narrative story (by Will) on the imagined life of one barn.
Will's classic novel for young adults, and first in a baseball trilogy that includes FARM TEAM and HARD BALL.
Will's successful Motor Novel series is an outreach to a demographic of reluctant readers, "teens who love cars and hate their English classes," as he describes them. Teachers and librarians across America appreciate having these books to engage young male readers in particular.
Will's first foray into nonfiction/memoir, in which he writes "close to home" about his family: coming off the farm and into "city life," plus bridging the changing traditions between grandparents, parents, and his own children.