Press Release: David Levithan Awarded Chicago Tribune Young Adult Literary Award

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DAVID LEVITHAN AWARDED CHICAGO TRIBUNE YOUNG ADULT LITERARY AWARD

Award to Be Presented at the 2018 Printers Row Lit Fest

Chicago, IL – March 14, 2018 The Chicago Tribune announced today that their 2018 Young Adult Literary Award winner will be David Levithan, author of many groundbreaking, bestselling works which explore a wide range of teen challenges and celebrate our differences as humans. His novels include BOY MEETS BOY (2003; NICK AND NORAH’S INFINITE PLAYLIST (2006); WILL GRAYSON, WILL GRAYSON (2010); EVERY DAY (2012); HOLD ME CLOSER (2015); and YOU KNOW ME WELL (2016). Levithan will be honored at the 2018 Printers Row Lit Fest on Saturday, June 9, 2018.

“The Chicago Tribune has a longstanding history of celebrating literary innovators,” said Chicago Tribune Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Bruce Dold. “We are thrilled to recognize David Levithan for his extraordinary work and keen insight into the lives of young adults. We applaud his ability to connect with readers and touch on themes that resonate so closely with adolescents today.”

The Chicago Tribune Young Adult Literary Award honors an author whose work is aimed at a young adult audience, addresses themes especially relevant to adolescents, inspires young readers, and champions literacy. Past winners have included R.L. Stine, Lois Lowry, James Patterson, John Greene, Judy Blume, and LeVar Burton. Levithan was scheduled to be receive the award at the 2017 Printers Row Lit Fest but was unable to attend due to an eye injury sustained that week.

When asked about writing LGBT characters for the YA audience, Levithan says, “It’s important to have a range of LGBTQIA+ voices in YA literature because there is a range of LGBTQIA+ experiences in life. Every teen deserves to be represented in some way in the books he or she or they or ze reads. It’s as simple as that.”

Levithan, who is also an editorial director at Scholastic Corporation and the founding editor of the Scholastic young adult imprint PUSH, has written 23 novels to date, both as a solo author and in collaborations with John Green, Andrea Cremer, Nina LaCour, Rachel Cohn, David Ozanich and Chris Van Etten, and illustrator Brian Selznick.

The Printers Row Lit Fest, now entering its 34th year, is the Midwest’s largest literary event. Hundreds of authors and booksellers appear over the two-day street festival, attracting more than 100,000 attendees. The festival takes place on Dearborn Street, from Harrison Street to Polk Avenue, rounding the corner on Polk and continuing to State Street, with indoor programming at the Harold Washington Library Center, Grace Place, and Jones College Prep High School. The festival is free and open to the public, as is the majority of programming.

The Printers Row Lit Fest is made possible by the Chicago Tribune Media Group, a diversified media, marketing and advertising solutions company dedicated to serving communities across Chicagoland for over 175 years. CTMG’s robust portfolio includes Pulitzer Prize-
winning
Chicago Tribune, six daily suburban publications, including the Daily Southtown, Post- Tribune, The Beacon-News, Naperville Sun, The Courier-News, Lake County News-Sun, and over 30 weekly community publications. Additional CTMG brands include Spanish-language publication, Hoy; leading food and entertainment tabloid RedEye; and Chicago

Magazine. CTMG is also made up of various products and services including Tribune Events Group and Tribune Content Agency.

Lit Fest is sponsored by COUNTRY Financial, C-SPAN, and the Chicago Public Library. 

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