Thursday, September 23, 2010

Local Author Spotlight: Eric Luper

This article first appeared on the examiner on January 27, 2010.

Eric Luper is a local young adult fiction author releasing his third book, Seth Baumgartner’s Love Manifesto, this summer. Luper has lived in New Jersey, Long Island, and backpacked through Europe, but has called Albany home since 1999. He attended Rutger’s college as an English/Creative Writing major and topped off his education with chiropractic school.
Luper’s first book, Big Slick, was published in 2007. Big Slick is a gambling story about a sixteen year old in over his head in the world of illegal poker clubs. Andrew steals money from his dad’s dry cleaning business so he can play in a poker game. He is lucky at poker, but not lucky enough to keep on winning.
Luper followed that up with Bug Boy, about a fifteen year old boy during the Great Depression. Jack Walsh gets his first big break working as a bug boy (an apprentice jockey) at the Saratoga Race Track. He does pretty well for himself but not without some suffering.
Seth Baumgartner’s Love Manifesto will be released in June 2010. Seth is having a horrible day—while at Applebee’s his girlfriend dumps him and his father walks in with a woman that isn’t his mom. Just when it can’t get worse, it does, and Seth is fired for the fourth time. He decides to take charge of his life with an anonymous podcast called "The Love Manifesto". Luper manages to make depressing topics into a funny teen novel. An added bonus for local teens, Seth Baumgartner’s Love Manifesto is full of capital region references. For a sneak peak review of this Advanced Reader’s Copy, click here.
Luper’s books are funny, fast-paced and good for boys as well as reluctant readers. All of these books can be purchased from your local bookstore or borrowed from your local library.

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