David Levithan

David Levithan: Right Book at the Right Time

"Kids turn to the books in their library, more than anywhere else, to find themselves."

I think the library is an incredible resource for for my writing, and I think that when I do research, I still like to do research with actual books more than the Internet. And so I will go to New York Public, especially, such an amazing library. because really any kind of research information you want to do is at your fingertips.

[On budget cuts]

Well I think that as far as library budgets, I mean, again, I go back to being a teenager, because most of my books are for teenagers and I hear from teenagers all the time, and they find my books, and the books they edit through librarians, primarily.

And getting the right book to the right kid at the right time, nobody does that more than librarians. And so I think of libraries as being so critical, both to the communities and again I grew up in the library after school, but also just as far as kids looking for their identity.

They turn to the books in the library more than anywhere else to try to find themselves and I think that is so crucial to their development. I know it was to me, but also get emails and Facebook messages, literally daily, from kids who feel the same way now.

My latest book is called "The Lovers Dictionary." It is my first book about grownups. It's about two twenty-somethings who are really having an up and down time in their relationship. They have been together for two-and-a-half years and the whole book is told in dictionary form, so you go from A to Z with them, wondering what's going to happen.


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Book Title: 

Will Grayson, Will Grayson & The Lover's Dictionary

Library Name: 

New York Public Library