*being developed for TV series by The Gotham Group

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Gork, the Teenage Dragon: A Novel by Gabe Hudson

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Gork is the nerdiest dragon at WarWings Military Academy. He has a giant heart and tiny horns. His nickname is Weak Sauce.

Today before his high school graduation, he must ask a female dragon to be his queen. The result is a rollicking quest for true love on the most madcap day ever known to a high school senior – dragon or otherwise.

Along the way, Gork gets help from his best friend Fribby, a fierce female robot dragon who is brilliant, snarky, and totally obsessed with death; and Athenos II, his sentient spaceship who carries a shocking secret from his childhood. Ultimately, Gork will have to lock horns with his evil grandfather, Dr. Terrible.

Can a quest for true love make a hero out of a dragon?




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The Verge  ‘Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Books to Read This Month’
An  Amazon  Summer Beach Reads Pick
'Gork, the Teenage Dragon' may be headed to TV
‘Gork, The Teenage Dragon’ Novel Being Developed For TV By The Gotham Group
A  Google Play  Summer Reading Pick
A  TODAY Show  Summer Pick
A  Barnes & Noble  Best New Fiction of the Month Pick
“Hilarious . . . Gork is less Game of Thrones and more The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy with fire-breathing characters and a John Hughes-esque plot.”
Rolling Stone
Guaranteed to entertain . . . an omnivorous parodic vibe worthy of Futurama.
— Paul Di Filippo, The Barnes & Noble Review
Sweet-natured Gork faces deadly threats and learns lessons about love.”
San Francisco Chronicle
Madcap invention and strange genius of Alice in Wonderland.”
The Paris Review Daily
Charming and wildly imaginative.”
— Isaac Fitzgerald, BuzzFeed
A dragon version of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.”
New York Journal of Books
Sure to win the hearts of sci-fi readers and fans of offbeat comedies.”
Shelf Awareness
A hilarious and heartfelt fantasy. . . Harry Potter meets Sixteen Candles.”
Google Play Summer Reading
A wondrously insane mashup...Not to be missed!”
— Barnes & Noble, Best New Fiction of the Month
The hyperkinetic teen-dragon comedy-romance you never knew you wanted.”
Kirkus Reviews
Cleverly plotted and executed.”
Publishers Weekly
Smart, subversive, funny and fun.”
The Maine Edge
Like a Generation Z teen was set loose on the works of Terry Pratchett.”
— Barnes & Noble, Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog
Gork is a fantastical, outrageous, coming-of-age love story.”
Unbound Worlds, Summer’s Best Sci-Fi & Fantasy Pick
This story is amazingly clever and just downright funny.”
— Melissa Lojo, Master Bookseller, Book People Book Store
Hilarious, satisfyingly fun. . .
[as] if John Hughes wrote a Game of Thrones dragon comedy..”
The Chicago Review of Books
My one & only crush.”
— Melissa L.-O., Harvard Book Store
Like nothing you’ve ever read before—a quirky, wildly fun ride.”
— Jarry Lee, BuzzFeed
Genre-bending, age-defying appeal.”
Library Journal
Like a mad scramble to find the right date for prom—but with dragons.”
Gork is the funny, wonderfully-written coming of age story about a dragon from another planet that is equal parts smart, silly, and sincere!”
— Nikki, Newtonville Books Bookstore
An instant dragon tale classic.”
Brief Take

What Other Writers Are Saying About Gork

Combines so many things I count on in fiction I love—great expansive humor, a big-hearted optimism about all that’s possible in the world and in fiction, a very clear moral purpose and a sense of social responsibility—plus a willingness to experiment with the form of writing, to push the art of writing further, and with passion.”
— Dave Eggers, author of The Circle
A one-of-a-kind coming-of-age story for the big-hearted.”
— Tracy K. Smith, Pulitzer Prize-winning Author of Life on Mars and Ordinary Light
Outrageous storytelling and soulful humor...
Gabe Hudson may well be the funniest writer at work today.”
— Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story
Gork’s got it going on. This wonderful, big-hearted, crazy novel
is a testament to Gabe Hudson’s ingenious imagination.”
— Elizabeth McKenzie, author of The Portable Veblen
If you are in need of a charming, funny, just very good read right now, may I suggest Gork, the Teenage Dragon by Gabe Hudson?
— Erika Swyler, author of The Book of Speculation
Unforgettable....Gork, the Teenage Dragon is a cyborg:
a fusion of whiz bang sci-fi with earthy, bawdy, heartfelt fantasy.
— Chandler Klang Smith, author of The Sky Is Yours
Such madcap, heartfelt delight and joy.”
— Alice Sola Kim, 2016 Whiting Award Winner
This book is as sly and smart as it is hilarious.”
— Ben Marcus, author of Leaving the Sea
Gork the Teenage Dragon is on fire!”
— Paul La Farge, author of The Night Ocean
An epic love story.”
— Akhil Sharma, author of Family Life


Gabe talked with Signature Views about the importance of learning to write jokes, and how he experienced culture shock when getting his MFA.


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July 11, 2017, 7:00 pm

Vroman's Bookstore
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Pasadena, CA 91101-2116

July 13, 2017, 7:30 pm

Green Apple Books on the Park
1231 9th Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94122-2306

July 17, 2017, 7:30 pm

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Portland, OR 97214

July 18, 2017, 7:30 pm

Books Are Magic
In conversation with Daryl Gregory, author of SpoonBenders and BuzzFeed Books Editor Isaac Fitzgerald
225 Smith St.
Brooklyn, NY 11231

July 19, 2017, 7:00 pm

Harvard Bookstore
1256 Massachussetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02138-3820

July 21-22, 2017, 2:00 pm

Panel: It’s a Funny Story: Writing Humor

Brendan Reichs (NEMISIS) in conversation with:
Brandon Snider (What Would Captain Picard Do?)
Fred Van Lente (Ten Dead Comedians)
Liz Climo (You Don’t Want a Unicorn)
Gini Koch (The Alien Series)
Gabe Hudson (Gork, the Teenage Dragon)

Horton Grand Theater
San Diego Convention Center
111 W. Harbor Dr.
San Diego, CA 92101

July 25, 2017, 7:00 pm

Book People
603 N. Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78703-5413

July 26, 2017, 7:00 pm

Brazos Bookstore
2421 Bissonnet St.
Houston, TX 77005-1451

July 27, 2017, 7:00 pm

Community Bookstore
In conversation with BuzzFeed Books Editor Isaac Fitzgerald
143 Seventh Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215

July 30, 2017, 1:00 pm

Oxford Exchange
In conversation with Matthew Kiam, author of Who is Rich?
420 W Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33602

August 11, 2017, 7:00 pm

Elliot Bay Book Company
1521 10th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122-3806

August 12, 2017, 7:30 pm

Writers with Drinks
Charlie Jane Anders (All the Birds in the Sky) in conversation with:
Anna Pulley (Lesbian Sex Haiku Book)
Inkoo Kang (TV critic for MTV News)
Nick Farmer (linguist and creator of Belter language for Syfy’s The Expanse)
Toni D. Newman (I Rise:the Transformation of Toni Newman)
Gabe Hudson (Gork, the Teenage Dragon)

3225 22nd Street
San Francisco, CA 94117

September 13, 2017, 7:00 pm

Columbia University
Fiction Reading hosted by Ben Marcus
Dodge Hall
2960 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

October 5-8, 2017

New York Comic-Con
Penguin Random House booth signing
Javits Convention Center
New York, NY 10001

October 19, 2017, 7:30 pm

Pete's Candy Store
Pete’s Reading Series
709 Lorimer Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211

February 15, 2018, 7:00 pm

Hunter College
Glass Cafe, West Building
68th Street and Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10065


About Gabe


Gabe Hudson

is the author of Dear Mr. President, a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award and winner of the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Hudson was named one of Granta's 20 Best of Young American Novelists and was a recipient of the Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University, the John Hawkes Prize in Fiction from Brown University, and the Adele Steiner Burleson Award in Fiction from the University of Texas at Austin. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Village Voice, McSweeney's, Black Book, and Granta. For many years, he was Editor-at-Large for McSweeney's. He lives in Brooklyn.






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