Author Bethany Hegedus

Author Bethany Hegedus

BETHANY HEGEDUS’ books include Truth with a Capital T (Delacorte/Random House) and Between Us Baxters (WestSide Books). Both novels were named to the Bank Street Books Best Books, with Between Us Baxters garnering a star for outstanding recognition.

Her debut picture book, Grandfather Gandhi, (Atheneum/Simon & Schuster) co-authored with Arun Gandhi, grandson of the Mahatma, and illustrated by Evan Turk has received starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and Kirkus.

Bethany has served as the Hunger Mountain Young Adult & Children’s Editor since 2009. A graduate of the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA program in Writing for Children & Young Adults, Bethany is the Owner and Creative Director of The Writing Barn, a writing retreat, workshop and event space in Austin, Texas.

A former educator, Bethany speaks and teaches across the country.

New Book

Grandfather Gandhi

“exceptional title…” —Kirkus Review

Grandfather Gandhi

A Picture Book for All Ages
By Arun Gandhi, Bethany Hegedus
Illustrated by Evan Turk
Published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Hardcover, eBook

Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson tells the story of how his grandfather taught him to turn darkness into light in this uniquely personal and vibrantly illustrated tale that carries a message of peace.

How could he—a Gandhi—be so easy to anger?

One thick, hot day, Arun Gandhi travels with his family to Grandfather Gandhi’s village.

Silence fills the air—but peace feels far away for young Arun. When an older boy pushes him on the soccer field, his anger fills him in a way that surely a true Gandhi could never imagine. Can Arun ever live up to the Mahatma? Will he ever make his grandfather proud?

The Writing Barn


The Writing Barn

Situated on 7.5 wooded acres in Austin, Texas, The Writing Barn is surrounded by mature trees, home to birds and deer. It’s a peaceful out-of-town environment without ever leaving Austin.

With floor to ceiling bookshelves, rows of instructional craft books, free wi-fi, and no television, The Writing Barn is the perfect spot for an overnight writing retreat, to host a writing class, or throw a book launch party.

Operated by children’s book author Bethany Hegedus, The Writing Barn is here to serve all your writing-related needs.

Check out The Barn‘s amenitiesraves from past attendees and the Top 10 Reasons You Want to Hold Your Next Event at The Writing Barn, courtesy of author P.J. Hoover.

The Writing Barn is located near Manchacha Road and Slaughter Lane in South Austin, Texas. For an exact address and to schedule a viewing appointment, please call 512-665-0886 or  email [email protected].

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School Visit at NYOS (Not Your Ordinary School) Charter School

  On March 27, 2015 Bethany Hegedus visited the Kramer & Lamar campuses at the...

Writing Process Blog Tour

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Austin American Statesman feature on Grandfather Gandhi

This past Friday, the Austin American-Statesman published an article featuring The...

An Open Book Foundation: A Book for Every Child

It’s an author’s dream to do a school visit and have each and every child in the...

Learning about Lightning: Grandfather Gandhi School Visits

This last week, a day after the pub date, for Grandfather Gandhi, I was out in the...

Journey to the Picture Book

  In February of 2002, Arun and I began corresponding over email and telephone...

On 9/11

  The journey of the picture book Grandfather Gandhi began for me on a cloudless...

These Stories Should Be a Picture Book

A month after 9/11, I sat in the wooden chairs of Town Hall on West 43rd street, and...

There is No Preparing for India

Post by Bethany Hegedus In 2012, I married my husband, Vivek Bakshi, a man whose voice...

On Visting Aga Kahn Palace

Our family trip to India took us to Pune; where my husband’s family now lived, Agra;...