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Bill Konigsberg


Bill Konigsberg

Bill lives in just outside of Phoenix with his longtime partner, Chuck. They have an Australian Labradoodle named Mabel, who completes them. She also can jump very high and head a ball like a champion soccer player.

Bill is now a full-time writer of fiction, which is his dream job. Except when it makes him crazy and impossible to live with, which is about 36 percent of the time.

Before Bill was a fiction writer (and long before he ever referred to himself in the third person), he was a sports writer. As a sports writer and editor for The Associated Press from 2005-08, he covered the New York Mets and his weekly fantasy baseball column appeared in newspapers across the country, from the New York Daily News to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. In May of 2001, while working for, he came out on the front page of the website in an article entitled "Sports World Still a Struggle for Gays." That article won him a GLAAD Media Award the following year.

Since then, he has spoken at numerous venues across the country on what it’s like to be a gay person in the world of sports. He has written for The New York Times, New York Daily News, North Jersey Herald & News and Denver Post, to name a few. His work has also appeared in Out Magazine. In 2011, his coming out was named the #64 moment in gay sports history by the website His story was included as a chapter in the book Jocks 2: Coming Out to Play by Dan Woog. 

Books by Bill Konigsberg

by Bill Konigsberg - Coming of Age, Fiction, Gay & Lesbian, Mental Health, Prejudice , Racism, Sexuality, Social Issues, Young Adult 13+

Max is chill. He loves sports and video games. Being gay? Not a big deal. But he holds the secret of an encounter with an older kid that makes it hard to breathe. He doesn't want to think about it. Ever. Jordan is the opposite of chill.He loves poetry, he's never been kissed and he's searching for Mr. Right. His secret is a spiraling out of control mother, and the knowledge that he's the only one who can keep the family from falling apart. Set in Arizona over the course of one summer, two boys will have to face their biggest fears and decide what they're willing to risk --- to get the thing they want the most.

by Bill Konigsberg - Fiction, Sex, Sexuality, Social Issues, Young Adult 14+

Ben Carver is back to normal. He just got elected captain of the baseball team. He's even won a full scholarship to college, if he can keep up his grades. All that foolishness with Rafe Goldberg the past semester is in the past. Except... There's Hannah, the gorgeous girl from the neighboring school, who attracts him and distracts him. There's his mother, whose quiet unhappiness Ben is noticing for the first time. School is harder, the pressure higher, the scholarship almost slipping away. And there's Rafe, funny, kind, dating someone else...and maybe the real normal that Ben needs.

by Bill Konigsberg - Friendship, Gay & Lesbian, Young Adult 14+

Carson Smith is resigned to spending his summer in Billings, Montana, helping his mom take care of his father, a dying alcoholic he doesn't really know.  Then he meets Aisha Stinson, a beautiful girl who has run away from her difficult family, and Pastor John Logan, who's long held a secret about Carson's grandfather, who disappeared without an explanation thirty years before. Together, Carson and Aisha embark on an epic road trip to find the answers that might save Carson's dad, restore his fragmented family and discover the PORCUPINE OF TRUTH in all of their lives.

by Bill Konigsberg - Fiction, Gay & Lesbian, Relationships

Rafe is a normal teenager from Boulder, Colorado. And he's gay. He's been out since 8th grade, and he isn't teased. But when he transfers to an all-boys' boarding school in New England, he decides to keep his sexuality a secret --- as starting over with a clean slate. He meets a teacher who challenges him to write his story. And most of all, he falls in love with Ben...who doesn't even know that love is possible.