Levithan at the 2011 Texas Book Festival
September 7, 1972 |
Short Hills, Millburn, New Jersey, United States
|Education||Double major in English and Political Science|
|Alma mater||Brown University|
|Genre||Young adult fiction; fantasy, supernatural fiction|
|Notable awards||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 author and editor. His first book, Boy Meets Boy, was published by Knopf Books for Young Readers in 2003. He has written numerous works featuring strong male gay characters, most notably Boy Meets Boy and Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List.
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 Rachel Cohn, Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, was published in 2006 and adapted for the big screen in 2008. His novel Love is the Higher Law was published in August 2009 by Knopf Books for Young Readers.
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.
- 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)
- How They Met (2008)
- 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)
- Another Day (2015)
- Hold Me Closer (2015)
- You Know Me Well, co-written with Nina LaCour (2016)
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)
- The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily (2016)
With David Ozanich and Chris Van Etten
- Likely Story (2008)
- Likely Story: All That Glitters (2008)
- Likely Story: Red Carpet Riot (2009)
- 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)
- "The Alumni Interview" (2004), short story in Sixteen: Stories About That Sweet and Bitter Birthday, edited by Megan McCafferty
- "The Good Girls", essay in Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys, eds. Melissa De la Cruz and Tom Dolby (2007)
- How They Met, and Other Stories (2008)
- "A Word From the Nearly Distant Past" (2009), story in How Beautiful the Ordinary: Twelve Stories of Identity
- "Quiz Bowl Antichrist", story in Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd (2009)
- "David Levithan". October 30, 2008. Gale Database. Contemporary Authors Online. UWM Golda Meir Library, Milwaukee. July 1, 2009.
- Friedman, Robin. "The write stuff". New Jersey Jewish News (Whippany). July 2, 2009.
- Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist, Random House. Accessed October 6, 2015. "He lives in Hoboken, New Jersey."
- "'Sixteen: Stories About That Sweet and Bitter Birthday: Product Details". Amazon.com. May 25, 2004. Retrieved June 2, 2009.