Bill Konigsberg

Award-winning young adult author of Out of the Pocket, Openly Straight, and The Porcupine of Truth.

Bill Konigsberg is an award-winning young adult author. His debut novel, Out of the Pocket, won the Lambda Literary Award in 2009. His second novel, Openly Straight, won the Sid Fleischman Award for Humor and was a finalist for the Amelia Elizabeth Warren Award and Lambda Literary Awards in 2014. Booklist called it "one of the best gay-themed novels of the last ten years." His third novel, The Porcupine of Truth, was published in the summer of 2015 to strong reviews. Prior to turning his attention to writing books for teens, Bill was a sports writer and editor for and The Associated Press. In 2001, Bill became the first openly gay male at ESPN when his essay, "Sports World Still a Struggle for Gays," was published on the front page of He lives in Chandler, Arizona, with his husband, Chuck, and their Australian Labradoodles, Mabel and Buford.

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