Posted on 02/04/2019 at 08:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

From the outside, the Happy Days-era Henry Winkler looked like a man blessed by fortune.

And of course, he was fortunate — but each Monday, when the show’s cast would do table-reads, Winkler had to use quick humor to deflect attention away from his reading struggles.

He’d had those struggles all his life, yet until his stepson was diagnosed with dyslexia — when Winkler was thirty-one — he had no idea it was something other than “being stupid.”

Relief at having an actual diagnosis for his problem didn’t translate to faith in his ability to write books, however, when his agent made that suggestion.

Winkler eventually agreed and has since put out almost thirty books; his most recent one — Everybody Is Somebody, the final installment of his Hank Zipzer children’s series — came out last week.

You can listen to him discuss it and his journey below or read a transcript on NPR’s website.

Categories: Author Interview

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