Watt Key


Saturday, April 29th – 10:00am (YA writing workshop)

Saturday, April 29th – 3:00pm (author talk), 4:00pm (book signing)

Reader Riot Featured Guest Watt Key

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Author Bio!

Watt Key is an Alabama native, currently living in Mobile with his wife and three children.

His debut novel, Alabama Moon, was published to international acclaim in 2006. Alabama Moon won the 2007 E.B. White Read-Aloud Award, the 2006 Parent’s Choice Gold Award. is listed on the ‘100 Best Young Adult Books of All Time’ list by Time Magazine, and has been translated into eight languages. The companion novel, Dirt Road Home, was published in 2010. Key’s third novel, Fourmile, was released in 2012 and earned starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, and more.

His work, specifically Alabama Moon, is often used with great success in classrooms to entice reluctant young male students to learn to love reading.

He has published five novels; however, he talks often about the nine novels written before he was published. He wrote numerous books during college, sending them to New York publishing houses with no success. Years later, when he wrote Alabama Moon using the lessons he learned from the previous nine manuscripts, he was published and considers all the novels that came before to be practice. None of them will ever be published, he says, because they’re practice novels and not of publishable quality.

First and foremost a Southern writer, Watt Key holds very tightly to his Alabama roots, using them as inspiration for his writing. He reminisces on his website about growing up in a house called Little Fish with seven other siblings, and he comments on the swamp they had behind their house. Attending high school and college in Alabama, Watt Key is truly a native son who keeps the proud tradition of literary greats from the South alive and well.

Selected Works

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You can read all about Watt Key at his website wattkey.com