David Levithan at the 2011 Texas Book Festival.
September 7, 1972 |
Short Hills, Millburn, New Jersey, U.S.
|Education||Double major in English and Political Science|
|Alma mater||Brown University|
|Genres||Young Adult Fiction|
|Notable work(s)||Boy Meets Boy
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist
|Notable award(s)||Lambda Literary Award
2003 Boy Meets Boy
Lambda Literary Award
2006 The Full Spectrum
David Levithan (born September 7, 1972) is an American young-adult fiction editor and award-winning author. His first book, Boy Meets Boy, was published in 2003. He has written numerous works featuring strong male gay characters, most notably Boy Meets Boy and Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist.
At 19, Levithan received an internship at Scholastic Corporation where he began working on the The Baby-sitters Club series. Levithan still works for Scholastic as an editorial director. Levithan is also the founding editor of PUSH, a young-adult imprint of Scholastic Press focusing on new voices and new authors. PUSH publishes edgier material for young adults and is where Patricia McCormick got her start with 2002's Cut.
In an interview with Barnes & Noble, Levithan claimed that he learned how to write books that were both funny and touching from Judith Viorst's Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. He continues to work as both a writer and editor saying, "I love editing just as much, if not more than writing". Levithan's first collaboration with author Rachel Cohn, 2006's Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist was adapted for the big screen in 2008, and his novel, Love is the Higher Law, was published in August 2009 by Knopf Books for Young Readers.
- Boy Meets Boy (2003)
- The Realm of Possibility (2004)
- Are We There Yet? (2005)
- Marly's Ghost: A Remix of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, illustrated by Brian Selznick (2005)
- Wide Awake (2006)
- Love Is the Higher Law (2009)
- Will Grayson, Will Grayson, co-written with John Green (2010)
- The Lover's Dictionary (2011)
- Every You, Every Me (2011)
- Every Day (2012)
- Invisibility, co-written with Andrea Cremer (2013)
- Two Boys Kissing (2013)
- How They Met (2013)
With Rachel Cohn
- Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (2006)
- Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List (2007)
- Dash & Lily's Book of Dares (2010)
With David Ozanich and Chris Van Etten
- Likely Story (2008)
- All That Glitters (2008)
- Red Carpet Riot (2009)
- You Are Here, This is Now: The Best Young Writers and Artists in America: A Push Anthology, editor (2002)
- Friends: Stories about New Friends, Old Friends and Unexpectedly True Friends, editor with Ann M. Martin (2005)
- When We Are, What We See: A Push Anthology, editor (2005)
- The Full Spectrum: A New Generation of Writing About Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning and Other Identities, editor with Billy Merrell (2006)
- 21 Proms, editor with Daniel Ehrenhaft (2007)
- We Are Quiet, We Are Loud: The best young writers and artists in America: a Push anthology, editor (2008)
- "How to Say Goodbye in Robot", editor with Natalie Standiford (2009)
- "The Alumni Interview" (2004) Short story in anthology Sixteen: Stories About That Sweet and Bitter Birthday (edited by Megan McCafferty)
- "The Good Girls", essay in Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys, (edited by Melissa De la Cruz and Tom Dolby) (2007)
- How They Met, and Other Stories (2008)
- "A Word From the Nearly Distant Past" (2009), short story published in How Beautiful the Ordinary: Twelve Stories of Identity
- "Quiz Bowl Antichrist", short story published in Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd (2009)
- "David Levithan." 30 Oct. 2008. Gale Database. Contemporary Authors Online. UWM Golda Meir Library, Milwaukee. 1 July 2009
- Friedman, Robin. "The write stuff." New Jersey Jewish News [Whippany] 2 July 2009.
- "'Sixteen: Stories About That Sweet and Bitter Birthday: Product Details". Amazon.com. Release date: May 25, 2004. Retrieved June 2, 2009.