Local children’s writer Kristin Levine, the author of The Best Bad Luck I Ever Had, was interviewed for BookCast by Fairfax County Public Library Director Sam Clay. BookCast is sponsored by Dominion Resources through the Fairfax Library Foundation. Levine will discuss her book at 7 p.m. Jan. 31 at the Chantilly Regional Library.
Kristin Levine received her Bachelor’s of Arts degree in German from Swarthmore College and a Master of Fine Arts in film and video from American University. She spent a year in Vienna, Austria, working as an au pair and has taught screenwriting at American University. The Best Bad Luck I Ever Had, both a Virginia Readers' Choice and 2010 ALA Best Books for Young Adults selection, is her first novel.
Based in part on her grandfather’s memoir, the novel tells the story of a friendship between a white farm boy, Dit, and an African-American city girl, Emma. It’s set in 1917 rural Alabama. In addition to their friendship, the story deals with issues of racism and justice in a small town.
Originally written as a screenplay, Levine turned The Best Bad Luck I Ever Had into a novel after being told that it was difficult to sell a screenplay that was a period piece with kids as leads.