Louder Than Hunger: A Discussion with John Schu

We proudly welcome to the store author John Schu for a powerful discussion of his new book, Louder Than Hunger, a vivid, immersive look at a teenage boy’s experience of anorexia, OCD, and depression, based on the author’s own experience of these conditions. A revered teacher, librarian, and story ambassador has created a wrenching, transformative, and ultimately unforgettable novel in verse with a moving introduction by two-time Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo. Mr. Schu will be in conversation with Heidi Stevens. This book is for people ages 12 to adult. 

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More About the Book: Jake volunteers at a nursing home because he likes helping people. He likes reading mysteries and comics aloud to the senior residents. He likes skating and singing, playing Bingo and Name That Tune. He also likes avoiding people his own age . . . and the cruelty of mirrors . . . and food. Jake has read about kids like him in books—the weird one, the outsider—and would do anything not to be that kid, including shrink himself down to nothing. But the less he eats, the bigger he feels. How long can Jake punish himself before he truly disappears?

A fictionalized account of the author’s experiences and emotions living in residential treatment facilities as a young teen with an eating disorder, Louder Than Hunger is a triumph of raw honesty. With a deeply personal afterword for context, this much-anticipated verse novel is a powerful model for muffling the destructive voices inside, managing and articulating pain, and embracing self-acceptance, support, and love. 

Katherine Applegate, author of the Newbery Medal-winning, The One and Only Ivan says"Every so often a book comes along that is so brave and necessary, it extends a lifeline when it's needed most. This is one of those books."

More About the Author: John Schu is the author of the acclaimed picture books This Is a School, illustrated by Veronica Miller Jamison, and This Is a Story, illustrated by Caldecott Honoree Lauren Castillo. He also wrote the adult study The Gift of Story: Exploring the Affective Side of the Reading Life and was named a Library Journal Mover and Shaker for his dynamic interactions with students and his passionate adoption of new technologies as a means of connecting authors, illustrators, books, and readers. Children’s librarian for Bookelicious, part-time lecturer at Rutgers University, and former Ambassador of School Libraries for Scholastic Book Fairs, Mr. Schu—as he is affectionately known—continues to travel the world to share his love of books. He lives in Naperville, Illinois. You can find him at www.JohnSchu.com and on social media @MrSchuReads.

More About Our Conversation Partner: Heidi Stevens is a Chicago-based writer and the Director of External Affairs for the University of Chicago’s TMW Center for Early Learning + Public Health, which works to provide parents, caregivers, and communities the knowledge and tools to optimize foundational brain development in all children. Prior to joining University of Chicago, Stevens worked at the Chicago Tribune for 23 years, where she wrote a daily column called “Balancing Act.” She was awarded the Anne Keegan Award for Distinguished Journalism in 2018. Stevens maintains a nationally syndicated column once a week. She has served on the FAN board of directors since September 2021.





Event date: 

Thursday, April 4, 2024 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Event address: 

The Book Stall
811 Elm Street
Winnetka, IL 60093
Louder Than Hunger By John Schu Cover Image
ISBN: 9781536229097
Availability: On Our Shelves Now--Subject to Availability
Published: Candlewick - March 19th, 2024

The instant New York Times bestseller!

Every so often a book comes along that is so brave and necessary, it extends a lifeline when it’s needed most. This is one of those books.” —Katherine Applegate, author of the Newbery Medal–winning, The One and Only Ivan