New York Times bestseller David Levithan, author of Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist, shares his new teen novel Two Boys Kissing, based on the true story of Harry and Craig, two 17-year-olds about to take part in a record-breaking kissing marathon. Set amongst the narratives of a generation of young gay men lost to AIDS—battling the perils of coming out, gender identity, and gay hookup sites—the kissing former couple tries to figure out their own feelings towards each other.
Aaron Hartzler also visits to present his debut, Rapture practice, the true story of his coming-of-age in an Evangelical Christian home. Once eager to blastoff and join Jesus in the sky, sixteen-year-old Aaron finds himself increasingly curious about the many things his family forsakes for the Lord. He wants to see his first movie, star in the school play, and have his first kiss—with both a girl and a boy. Before long, he makes the plunge from conflicted do-gooder to full-fledged teenage rebel.
Joining them is Bill Konigsberg, Lambda Literary Award-winning author of Out of the Pocket, with his new teen novel Openly Straight. Rafe, out and proud since 8th grade, is tired of being known as "that gay guy." So when he transfers to an all boys' boarding school in New England, he decides to keep his sexuality a secret—not so much going back in the closet as starting over with a clean slate. But then he sees a classmate breaking down. He meets a teacher who challenges him to write his story. And, most of all, he falls in love with Ben.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS David Levithan is the critically acclaimed author of eight books for teens, many of which have appeared on ALA's Best Books for Young Adults list, including Boy Meets Boy, for which he won a Lambda Literary Award Aaron Hartzler grew up in Kansas City, mainly on the Missouri side. A writer and an actor, he splits his time between Los Angeles and Palm Springs, where he lives with his boyfriend, Nathan, and their two dogs, Charlie and Brahms. Rapture practice is his first book. Bill Konigsberg won the Lambda Literary Award for Young Adult fiction for Out of the Pocket. Before writing novels, he was a sportswriter for The Associated Press and ESPN.com, where he won a GLAAD Media Award for a coming-out essay he wrote while working there. Bill lives in Chandler, Arizona, with his partner, Chuck.
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