2014 Tour Dates


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1/26 at 7 p.m., Children's Book World
New York, NY
with Rainbow Rowell and Lucy Christopher

1/27 at 7:30 p.m., McNally Jackson
New York, NY
hosting Lucy Christopher and Gayle Forman

1/29 at 7 p.m., Watchung Booksellers
New York, NY
with Gayle Forman

Order Signed Copies of David’s Books

If you can’t make it to a signing, you can still get a signed copy from Books of Wonder, NYC’s amazing independent children’s bookstore. Order one online at booksofwonder.com

Two Boys Kissing – Out 8/27/13

BUY A COPY BEFORE 9/10/13 AND SUPPORT THE TREVOR PROJECT!

My new book, Two Boys Kissing, will be out in stores on August 27th. For more information about it, click here. In honor of its release, and tying very much to its themes, I will be giving two dollars for each copy sold in the first three weeks to The Trevor Project, an amazing organization that supports queer youth. So buy early and buy often – and help me support an amazing cause.

Boy Meets Boy Anniversary Edition

AS BOY MEETS BOY’S TENTH ANNIVERSARY APPROACHES, AN ANNIVERSARY EDITION HAS HIT STORES

September 9, 2013 will mark the tenth anniversary of Boy Meets Boy’s publication – something I can barely begin to grasp. (Ten years!) To celebrate this, Knopf has released an anniversary edition of the book – completely with a rather lengthy author note from yours truly, a Q&A with questions from readers, and a valentine story I wrote featuring Infinite Darlene. (Some of you may recall that the novel started as a story I wrote for my friends for Valentine’s Day, so it seems fitting that I should use that as a venue to revisit it). So please help me in throwing this literary birthday party – either if you want to revisit the book yourself, or share it with a new generation that hasn’t read it yet. (For more about the tenth anniversary of Boy Meets Boy, check out this essay I wrote for OUT.

Two Boys Kissing

Knopf, 2013

Two teen boys aim to set a new Guinness World Record for the longest kiss.

DESCRIPTION

New York Times bestselling author David Levithan tells the based-on-true-events story of Harry and Craig, two 17-year-olds who are about to take part in a 32-hour marathon of kissing to set a new Guinness World Record—all of which is narrated by a Greek Chorus of the generation of gay men lost to AIDS. While the two increasingly dehydrated and sleep-deprived boys are locking lips, they become a focal point in the lives of other teen boys dealing with languishing long-term relationships, coming out, navigating gender identity, and falling deeper into the digital rabbit hole of gay hookup sites—all while the kissing former couple tries to figure out their own feelings for each other. This follow-up to the bestselling Every Day showcases David’s trademark sharp-witted, warm-hearted tales of teenage love, and serves as a perfect thematic bookend to David’s YA debut and breakthrough, Boy Meets Boy, which celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2013.

Learn more about the inspirations behind Two Boys Kissing!

The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24. If you or someone you know is in crisis, feeling suicidal, or in need of a safe and judgment-free place to talk, their lifeline is 866-488-7386.

GMHC is the world’s first and leading provider of HIV/AIDS prevention, care and advocacy. For more information, including HIV counseling, testing, and health information, visit GMHC.org.

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REVIEWS

* “A landmark achievement from a writer and editor who has helped create, in literature, a haven for queer youth.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

Invisibility

Philomel, 2013

Written with Andrea Cremer. A magical romance between a boy cursed with invisibility and the one girl who can see him.

DESCRIPTION

Stephen is used to invisibility. He was born that way. Invisible. Cursed.

Elizabeth sometimes wishes for invisibility. When you’re invisible, no one can hurt you. So when her mother decides to move the family to New York City, Elizabeth is thrilled. It’s easy to blend in there.

Then Stephen and Elizabeth meet. To Stephen’s amazement, she can see him. And to Elizabeth’s amazement, she wants him to be able to see her—all of her. But as the two become closer, an invisible world gets in their way—a world of grudges and misfortunes, spells and curses. And once they’re thrust into this world, Elizabeth and Stephen must decide how deep they’re going to go—because the answer could mean the difference between love and death.

From the critically acclaimed and bestselling authors Andrea Cremer and David Levithan comes a remarkable story about the unseen elements of attraction, the mortal risks of making yourself known, and the invisible desires that live within us all.

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REVIEWS

* “Levithan and Cremer again prove themselves masters of their craft. The inventive, enrapturing story that follows involves spellseekers and a curse-casting grandfather, but Stephen’s and Elizabeth’s journey is largely about redemption, self-acceptance, and love. Cremer and Levithan make Stephen’s invisibility something every reader can relate to, and therein lies the magic.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

Every Day

Knopf, 2012

Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.

DESCRIPTION

Every morning, A wakes in a different person’s body, a different person’s life. There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.

It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day.

David Levithan has pushed himself to new creative heights. He has written a captivating story that will fascinate readers as they begin to comprehend the complexities of life and love in A’s world, as A and Rhiannon seek to discover if you can truly love someone who is destined to change every day.

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Every You, Every Me

Knopf, 2011

A story in words and images, with photographs by Jonathan Farmer.

DESCRIPTION

In this high school-set psychological tale, a tormented teen named Evan starts to discover a series of unnerving photographs—some of which feature him. Someone is stalking him . . . messing with him . . . threatening him. Worse, ever since his best friend Ariel has been gone, he’s been unable to sleep, spending night after night torturing himself for his role in her absence. And as crazy as it sounds, Evan’s starting to believe it’s Ariel that’s behind all of this, punishing him. But the more Evan starts to unravel the mystery, the more his paranoia and insomnia amplify, and the more he starts to unravel himself. Creatively told with black-and-white photos interspersed between the text so the reader can see the photos that are so unnerving to Evan, Every You, Every Me is a one-of-a-kind departure from a one-of-a-kind author.

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The Lover’s Dictionary

Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011

My first book about post-teenagers. A love story told in dictionary entries.

DESCRIPTION

How does one talk about love? Is it even possible to describe something at once utterly mundane and wholly transcendent, that has the power to consume our lives completely, while making us feel part of something infinitely larger than ourselves? Taking a unique approach to this age-old problem, the nameless narrator of David Levithan’sThe Lover’s Dictionary constructs the story of a relationship as a dictionary. Through these sharp entries, he provides an intimate window into the great events and quotidian trifles of coupledom, giving us an indelible and deeply moving portrait of love in our time.

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Will Grayson, Will Grayson

Dutton, 2011

Written with John Green.  Two boys with the same name – that’s how the idea for Will Grayson, Will Grayson began. 

DESCRIPTION

One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, Will Grayson crosses paths with . . . Will Grayson. Two teens with the same name, running in two very different circles, suddenly find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, and culminating in epic turns-of-heart and the most fabulous musical ever to grace the high school stage. Told in alternating voices from two YA superstars, this collaborative novel features a double helping of the heart and humor that have won them both legions of fans.

From Levithan: I’ve always been fascinated with this kind of duality, since one of my best friends is named David Leventhal. I knew I didn’t want to write both characters myself, so I asked my friend John Green if he’d be interested in being the other character. Now, almost five years later, the book is coming out into the world. One Will Grayson (John’s) is scared of emotion and scarred by love. The other will grayson (mine) is angry, bitter, and, deep down inside, really wanting to be in love and in life. The two meet in, of all places, a porn store. And Will’s best friend, Tiny, entirely steals the show. I won’t say anything more than that, but I hope you really enjoy it.

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Love Is the Higher Law

Knopf, 2009

The story of three teenagers in New York on 9/11, and how their lives intertwine in the days and weeks and months that follow. 

DESCRIPTION

The lives of three teens—Claire, Jasper, and Peter—are altered forever on September 11, 2001. Claire, a high school junior, has to get to her younger brother in his classroom. Jasper, a college sophomore from Brooklyn, wakes to his parents’ frantic calls from Korea, wondering if he’s okay. Peter, a classmate of Claire’s, has to make his way back to school as everything happens around him. Here are three teens whose intertwining lives are reshaped by this catastrophic event. As each gets to know the other, their moments become wound around each other’s in a way that leads to new understandings, new friendships, and new levels of awareness for the world around them and the people close by. A novel of loss and grief, but also one of hope and redemption as his characters slowly learn to move forward in their lives, despite being changed forever.

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Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares

Knopf, 2010

Written with Rachel Cohn. An intense correspondence.

DESCRIPTION

“I’ve left some clues for you.
If you want them, turn the page.
If you don’t, put the book back on the shelf, please.”

So begins the latest whirlwind romance from the New York Times bestselling authors of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. But is Dash that right guy? Or are Dash and Lily only destined to trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations across New York? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions?

Rachel Cohn and David Levithan have written a love story that will have readers perusing bookstore shelves, looking and longing for a love (and a red notebook) of their own.

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Likely Story!

Knopf, 2008-2010

(As David Van Etten)

Originally published as separate hardcover novels, all three Likely Story novels are available in one sizzling volume.

David Van Etten is actually three writers: Chris Van Etten is a full-time writer for ABC’s One Life to Live; David Ozanich is a freelance writer and playwright; and David Levithan.

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BOOK ONE: Likely Story (2008)

Mallory is a teenage girl living in L.A. and her mother is the oftnominated, never-winning star of a daytime soap; she is, in fact, the ultimate drama queen. After yet another blow-out about her mother’s awful plotlines and overacting, Mallory starts blogging about how she wishes soap operas were more like real kids’ lives instead of the ridiculous storylines the shows usually feature. When her mother’s agent reads the blog, Mallory ends up in her own whirlwind drama, both at school and on the lot, as she works to protect the integrity of her original idea, cope with her mother’s jealousy, and get her best friend a lead role on the show. Factor in her boyfriend with the girlfriend, the cute but bad brother to said-best-friend, and the super-cute male lead on her show, and Mallory’s got plenty of her own melodrama to cope with.

BOOK TWO: All That Glitters (2008)

All that glitters is definitely not gold as Mallory struggles to control the runaway train that is her brand-new soap opera. At the end of Likely Story, Mallory had just learned that her TV show was greenlit, but that her mother, and arch enemy, was being brought in to play one of the main characters. Now, as production gears up for the broadcast premier, Mallory finds herself fighting off take-over attempts (by her mother), trying to keep unhappy teen-star Dallas under control (if they won’t let him quit, he’ll do whatever it takes to get fired), and just trying to keep her head above water, both on the set and in high school. She’s ready to walk away from all of it, just to have a “normal” teenager’s life, but how can you walk away from something that won’t let you leave?

BOOK THREE: Red Carpet Riot (2009)

It’s award night—will Mallory make it down the red carpet? When we last left Mallory, her first show had just aired to rave ratings; her conniving mother was engaged to her dreaded producer boyfriend, Richard; she wasn’t sure if her boyfriend, Keith, would stick by her; and the school secretary had some unwelcome news about her student status. Now, just when her show gets a Daytime Emmy nomination, she’s got to fend off sneaky saboteurs, decide between Keith and Dallas, her show’s hunky star, break off her mother’s engagement, and pass gym class! Hang on for a wild ride that takes us to the end of Mallory’s story, and maybe her rope, as the Emmy Awards inch closer and closer and she’s got to do-sido as fast as she can to keep up.

How They Met and Other Stories

Knopf, 2008

Eighteen stories, all about love, and about all kinds of love.

DESCRIPTION

From the aching for the one you pine for, to standing up and speaking up for the one you love, to pure joy and happiness, these love stories run the gamut of that emotion that at some point has turned every one of us inside out and upside down. What is love? With this original story collection David Levithan proves that love is a many splendored thing, a varied, complicated, addictive, wonderful thing.

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Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss LIst

Knopf, 2007

In this second novel collaboration with Rachel Cohn, things become very complicated when Ely kisses his best friend Naomi’s boyfriend.

DESCRIPTION

Naomi and Ely are best friends. Naomi loves and is in love with Ely, and Ely loves Naomi, but prefers to be in love with boys. So they create their “No Kiss List” of people neither of them is allowed to kiss. And this works fine – until Bruce. Bruce is Naomi’s boyfriend, so there’s no reason to put him on the List. But Ely kissed Bruce even though he is boring. The result: a rift of universal proportions and the potential end of “Naomi and Ely: the institution.” Can these best friends come back together again?

Read an excerpt >

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REVIEWS

“A witty and highly entertaining exploration of love, friendship, and misunderstanding.”  School Library Journal

“What is timeless is Ely’s hard won epiphany: ‘Things that matter are not easy . . . Saying you’re friends is easy. Being friends is not.’”  Booklist

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Wide Awake

Knopf 2006

Love, tolerance, and activism each play their part when a gay teen couple travels to Kansas to fight political injustice.

DESCRIPTION

In the not-too-impossible-to-imagine future, a gay Jewish man has been elected president of the United States. Until the governor of one state decides that some election results in his state are invalid, awarding crucial votes to the other candidate, and his fellow party member. Thus is the inspiration for couple Jimmy and Duncan to lend their support to their candidate by deciding to take part in the rallies and protests. Along the way comes an exploration of their relationship, their politics, and their country, and sometimes, as they learn, it’s more about the journey than it is about reaching the destination. Only David Levithan could so masterfully and creatively weave together a plot that’s both parts political action and reaction, as well as a touching and insightfully-drawn teen love story.

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REVIEWS

Wide Awake stands with Levithan’s extraordinary Boy Meets Boy in sheer creativity of plot, setting, and message.”  School Library Journal

“As much about love as about politics, Levithan’s latest reaches out to shake readers awake, showing them how each person’s life touches another, and another, until ultimately history is made.”  Booklist

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Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist

Knopf, 2006

Adapted into a major motion picture, this novel collaboration with Rachel Cohn tells the story of one night in New York as two teens navigate past and future loves.

DESCRIPTION

It all starts when Nick asks Norah to be his girlfriend for five minutes. He only needs five minutes to avoid his ex-girlfriend, who’s just walked in to his band’s show. With a new guy. And then, with one kiss, Nick and Norah are off on an adventure set against the backdrop of New York City—and smack in the middle of all the joy, anxiety, confusion, and excitement of a first date.

This he said/she said romance told by YA stars Rachel Cohn and David Levithan is a sexy, funny roller coaster of a story about one date over one very long night, with two teenagers, both recovering from broken hearts, who are just trying to figure out who they want to be—and where the next great band is playing.

Told in alternating chapters, teeming with music references, humor, angst, and endearing side characters, this is a love story you’ll wish were your very own. Working together for the first time, Rachel Cohn and David Levithan have combined forces to create a book that is sure to grab readers of all ages and never let them go.

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REVIEWS

“What begins as a spontaneous ploy turns into something surprising and real in the course of one night as Nick and Norah roam Manhattan, listen to bands, confront past hurts, and hurtle toward romance.”  Booklist

“Electric, sexy . . . and genuinely poignant, this is a compelling story of the risks and thrills of burgeoning intimacy.”  The Bulletin, Starred Review

“There are many heart-stopping, insightful moments in this supremely satisfying and sexy romance. A first-rate read.”  School Library Journal

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Marley’s Ghost

Dial, 2005

A Valentine’s Day retelling of the Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol, illustrated by Brian Selznick.

DESCRIPTION

Ben is dealing with just about the hardest thing you can think of. His girlfriend Marly has died. A life that was once filled with love and vibrancy is now gray and meaningless. When Marly and several other ghosts come back to haunt him on Valentine’s Day, Ben takes a painful journey through Valentine’s Days past, present, and future, and is forced to acknowledge that his current state of agony is not only distancing him from his friends but dishonoring the memory of Marly. Two of children’s literature’s brightest stars have teamed up to provide both a compelling novel about loss and an exciting and modern twist on an enduring Dickens classic.

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REVIEWS

A great addition to the literature of the (Valentine’s) holiday season.”  Kirkus Reviews

“The magical realism is powerful throughout, especially in the love story. . . . A solid story . . .”  Booklist

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The Full Spectrum

Knopf, 2006

A New Generation of Writing About Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Other Identities (Edited with Billy Merrell)

Awards: The Full Spectrum received a 2006 Lambda Literary Award!

DESCRIPTION

Teens are more aware of sexuality and identity than ever, and they’re looking for answers and insights, as well as a community of others. In order to help create that community, YA authors David Levithan and Billy Merrell have collected original poems, essays, and stories by young adults in their teens and early 20s. The Full Spectrum includes a variety of writers—gay, lesbian, bisexual, straight, transitioning, and questioning—on a variety of subjects: coming out, family, friendship, religion/faith, first kisses, break-ups, and many others.

This one of a kind collection will, perhaps, help all readers see themselves and the world around them in ways they might never have imagined. We have partnered with the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) and a portion of the proceeds from this book will be donated to them.

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Are We There Yet?

Knopf, 2005

How to deal with a brother, in many hard and funny steps, starting with a trip to Italy.

DESCRIPTION

Sixteen-year-old Elijah is completely mellow and his 23-year-old brother Danny is completely not, so it’s no wonder they can barely tolerate one another. So what better way to repair their broken relationship than to trick them into taking a trip to Italy together? Soon, though, their parents’ perfect solution has become Danny and Elijah’s nightmare as they’re forced to spend countless hours together. But then Elijah meets Julia, and soon the brothers aren’t together nearly as much. And then Julia meets Danny and soon all three of them are in a mixed-up, turned-around, never-what-you-expect world of brothers, Italy, and love.

Are We There Yet? isn’t about a place on a map, it’s about a place in the heart. David Levithan has written a magical story of a journey definitely worth taking.

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REVIEWS

…Levithan works his magic creating two real and round narrators in a series of poetic vignettes.” Kirkus Reviews

The insightful and gently humorous narration alternates between the thoughts and experiences of the two brothers.”  School Library Journal

A lyrical, well-written story that shows the ties siblings feel whether they want to or not.”  Children’s Literature

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The Realm of Possibility

Knopf, 2004

Twenty kids. One school. Many, many intersections.

DESCRIPTION

Here’s what I know about the realm of possibility—
it is always expanding, it is never what you think
it is. Everything around us was once deemed
impossible. From the airplane overhead to
the phones in our pockets to the choir girl
putting her arm around the metalhead.
As hard as it is for us to see sometimes, we all exist
within the realm of possibility. Most of the limits
are of our own world’s devising. And yet,
every day we each do so many things
that were once impossible to us.

Enter The Realm of Possibility and meet a boy whose girlfriend is in love with Holden Caulfield; a girl who loves the boy who wears all black; a boy with the perfect body; and a girl who writes love songs for a girl she can’t have.

These are just a few of the captivating characters readers will get to know in this intensely heartfelt new novel about those ever-changing moments of love and heartbreak that go hand-in-hand with high school. David Levithan plumbs the depths of teenage emotion to create an amazing array of voices that readers won’t forget. So, enter their lives and prepare to welcome the realm of possibility open to us all. Love, joy, and these stories will linger.

Read an excerpt: “My girlfriend is in love with Holden Caulfield” >
Read an excerpt: “Your Sister” >

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REVIEWS

“. . . a gay couple celebrating their one-year anniversary, a girl whose mother is dying and an outsider who fills his notebook with ‘ink explosions of thought.’”  School Library Journal

“If you are looking for a great book that tells a story in poetry in the style of Mel Glenn or Sonia Sones, this is it.”  Children’s Literature

“Thoughtful teens will find much to appreciate here.”  School Library Journal

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Boy Meets Boy

Knopf, 2003

A dippy happy gay teen book.

DESCRIPTION

This is the story of Paul, a sophomore at a high school like no other: The cheerleaders ride Harleys, the homecoming queen used to be a guy named Daryl (she now prefers Infinite Darlene and is also the star quarterback), and the gay-straight alliance was formed to help the straight kids learn how to dance.

When Paul meets Noah, he thinks he?s found the one his heart is made for. Until he blows it. The school bookie says the odds are 12-to-1 against him getting Noah back, but Paul?s not giving up without playing his love really loud. His best friend Joni might be drifting away, his other best friend Tony might be dealing with ultra-religious parents, and his ex-boyfriend Kyle might not be going away anytime soon, but sometimes everything needs to fall apart before it can really fit together right.

This is a happy-meaningful romantic comedy about finding love, losing love, and doing what it takes to get love back in a crazy-wonderful world.

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REVIEWS

“In its blithe acceptance and celebration of human differences, this is arguably the most important gay novel since Nancy Garden’s Annie on My Mind…”  Booklist, starred review

“Levithan’s prophecy of a hate-free world in which everyone loves without persecution makes this a provocative and important read for all young adults, gay and straight.”  School Library Journal, starred review

“In a genre filled with darkness, torment, and anxiety, this is a shiningly affirmative and hopeful book…”  The Bulletin, starred review

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