David Levithan

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David Levithan
Levithan at the 2018 Texas Teen Book Festival
Levithan at the 2018 Texas Teen Book Festival
Born (1972-09-07) September 7, 1972 (age 46)
Short Hills, Millburn, New Jersey, United States
OccupationWriter, editor
EducationDouble major in English and Political Science
Alma materBrown University
GenreYoung adult fiction; fantasy, supernatural fiction
Notable works
Notable awardsLambda 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 author and editor.[1] His first book, Boy Meets Boy, was published by Knopf Books for Young Readers in 2003.[1] He has written numerous works featuring strong male gay characters, most notably Boy Meets Boy and Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List.[2]


At 19, Levithan received an internship at Scholastic Corporation where he began working on 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.[1] PUSH publishes edgier material for young adults and is where Patricia McCormick got her start with 2002's Cut.[3]

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".[3]

Two of Levithan's novels have been made into movies. His first collaboration with Rachel Cohn, Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, was published in 2006 and adapted for the big screen in 2008. Every Day, a romantic fantasy drama, was released as a film in 2018, based on Levithan's 2012 novel of the same name.

Levithan has been a resident of Hoboken, New Jersey.[4]

In 2016, Levithan won the Margaret A. Edwards Award for The Realm of Possibility, Boy Meets Boy, Love Is the Higher Law, How They Met and Other Stories, Wide Awake, and Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist.[5]



With Rachel Cohn[edit]

With David Ozanich and Chris Van Etten[edit]

  • Likely Story (2008)
  • Likely Story: All That Glitters (2008)
  • Likely Story: Red Carpet Riot (2009)

Anthologies edited[edit]

  • You Are Here, This is Now: The Best Young Writers and Artists in America: A Push Anthology (2002)
  • Friends: Stories about New Friends, Old Friends and Unexpectedly True Friends, ed. with Ann M. Martin (2005)
  • When We Are, What We See: A Push Anthology (2005)
  • The Full Spectrum: A New Generation of Writing About Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning and Other Identities, ed. with Billy Merrell (2006)
  • 21 Proms, ed. with Daniel Ehrenhaft (2007)
  • We Are Quiet, We Are Loud: The best young writers and artists in America: a Push anthology (2008)
  • "How to Say Goodbye in Robot", ed. Natalie Standiford (2009)

Short works[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "David Levithan". October 30, 2008. Gale Database. Contemporary Authors Online. UWM Golda Meir Library, Milwaukee. July 1, 2009.
  2. ^ "Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List". www.goodreads.com.
  3. ^ a b Friedman, Robin. "The write stuff". New Jersey Jewish News (Whippany). July 2, 2009.
  4. ^ Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist, Random House. Accessed October 6, 2015. "He lives in Hoboken, New Jersey."
  5. ^ NGILBERT (23 January 2017). "2016 Edwards Award".
  6. ^ 10 Things I Hate About You. New York: Scholastic. ISBN 0439087309
  7. ^ "'Sixteen: Stories About That Sweet and Bitter Birthday: Product Details". Amazon.com. May 25, 2004. Retrieved June 2, 2009.

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