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.
Levithan at the 2018 Texas Teen Book Festival
|Born||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
Early life and careerEdit
Levithan was born in Short Hills, New Jersey, to a family of Jewish background. At nineteen, 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. 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 said 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".
Three of Levithan's novels have been made into films. His first collaboration with Rachel Cohn, Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, was published in 2006 and adapted for the big screen in 2008. Levithan's 2012 novel of the same name was adapted into Every Day, a romantic fantasy drama, released in 2018. His second collaboration with Rachel Cohn, Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List, was published in 2007 and adapted into a film of the same name in 2015.
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.
- The Lover's Dictionary (2011)
Young adult novelsEdit
- Disaster Zone series
- In the Eye of the Tornado (1998)
- In the Heart of the Quake (1998)
- Likely Story series (with David Ozanich and Chris Van Etten; as David Van Etten)
- Likely Story (2008)
- All That Glitters (2008)
- Red Carpet Riot (2009)
- Will Grayson, Will Grayson series
- Dash & Lily series, with Rachel Cohn
- Dash & Lily's Book of Dares (2010)
- The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily (2016)
- Mind the Gap, Dash & Lily (2020)
- Every Day series
- 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
- The Mummy (1999), with Stephen Sommers
- Survivor (2000), with David Benjamin, The Sixth Sense: Secrets from Beyond series #1
- Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003)
- Boy Meets Boy (2003)
- The Perfect Score (2004), novelization of film The Perfect Score (2004)
- The Realm of Possibility (2004)
- Are We There Yet? (2005)
- Marly's Ghost (2005), illustrated by Brian Selznick
- Wide Awake (2006)
- Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (2006), with Rachel Cohn
- Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List (2007), with Rachel Cohn
- Love is the Higher Law (2009)
- Every You, Every Me (2011)
- Two Boys Kissing (2013)
- Invisibility (2013), with Andrea Cremer
- You Know Me Well (2016), with Nina LaCour
- Dear Diary (2017)
- Sam & Ilsa's Last Hurrah (2018), with Rachel Cohn
Young adult short storiesEdit
- How They Met, and Other Stories (2008), collection of 18 short stories:
- "Starbucks Boy", "Miss Lucy Had a Steamboat", "The Alumni Interview", "The Good Witch", "The Escalator, a Love Story", "The Number of People who Meet on Airplanes", "Andrew Chang", "Flirting with Waiters", "Lost Sometimes", "Princes", "Breaking and Entering", "Skipping the Prom", "A Romantic Inclination", "What a Song Can Do", "Without Saying", "How They Met", "Memory Dance", "Intersection"
- Six Earlier Days (2012), Every Day series #0.5, collection of 6 short stories:
- "Day 3722", "Day 2919", "Day 5624", "Day 5909", "Day 5915", "Day 5931"
- 19 Love Songs (2020), collection of 16 short stories, 2 poems and 1 comic.
- "Quiz Bowl Antichrist", "Day 2934" (Every Day series #0.1), "The Good Girls", "The Quarterback and the Cheerleader" (a Boy Meets Boy story), "The Mulberry Branch" (poem), "Your Temporary Santa", "Storytime", "A Better Writer", "8-Song Memoir", "Snow Day" (a Two Boys Kissing story), "The Woods", "A Brief History of First Kisses" (comic), "As the Philadelphia Queer Youth Choir Sings Katy Perry's 'Firework'", "The Vunerable Hours", "Twelve Months", "The Hold", "How My Parents Met", "We", "Give Them Words" (poem)
- Uncollected short stories
- "A Word From the Nearly Distant Past", story in How Beautiful the Ordinary: Twelve Stories of Identity (2009)
- "The Skeleton Keeper", story in Bones: Terrifying Tales to Haunt Your Dreams (2010)
- "Day 3196", Every Day series #0.2, first published in the National Book Store edition of Someday (2018)
- Be More Chill: The Graphic Novel (2021), with Ned Vizzini, illustrations by Nick Bertozzi
- Malcolm in the Middle Scrapbook: Malcolm's Family Album (2000), scrapbook
- Journey Through the Lost Canyon (2000), guide
- 101 Ways to Get Away With Anything! (Malcolm in the Middle), or Malcolm's Really Useful Guide to Getting Away with Anything! (2002), guide
- 101 Ways to Stop Being Bored! (2003), guide
Anthologies and novels editedEdit
- 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, a novel by Natalie Standiford (2009)
- Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist (2008), film directed by Peter Sollett, based on young adult novel Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist
- Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List (2015), film directed by Kristin Hanggi, based on young adult novel Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List
- Every Day (2018), film directed by Michael Sucsy, based on young adult novel Every Day
- Dash & Lily (2020), series created by Joe Tracz, based on young adult novels of Dash & Lily series
- "David Levithan". October 30, 2008. Gale Database. Contemporary Authors Online. UWM Golda Meir Library, Milwaukee. July 1, 2009.
- "Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List". www.goodreads.com.
- "JBooks.com - Interviews and Profiles: David Levithan: "Teen Literature Kicks Ass"". jbooks.com.
- 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."
- NGILBERT (23 January 2017). "2016 Edwards Award".
- 10 Things I Hate About You. New York: Scholastic. ISBN 0439087309
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