David Leviathan (Courtesy of Penguin Random House)
Youth literature has proliferated over the past few years as a genre as diverse as the media offered to the elderly, particularly with regard to queer fiction. While this year’s Texas Book Festival will feature several new authors in the YA fantasy scene, David Leviathan, Editor with Scholastic and Author The answers are on the pageshas been pushing queer representation in the genre since 2003.
After starting youth work outside college as an editor, Leviathan said he’s approaching his first novel, 2003 boy meets boy, as a way to write the book he wanted to find as an editor. When he wrote the book in early August, he said, “I can name all the weird YA books [published] That year, he “remembers,”[and] Odds are I know all the book authors. It was a very limited group. “Times have changed, and what was previously published about queer novels is now published within a month, and the themes and voices published have become more and more diverse.” We’ve added a massive amount of dimensions in the past 20 years.”
“It is important to go and support all librarians, teachers, parents and readers.” – David Leviathan
As a writer, Leviathan said he sticks to factual fiction rather than guesswork, focusing on the past for his next works. “Since YA literature, or weird YA literature, is such a little beast,” he explained, “we don’t really have enough anymore. It was said.”
Even with this preference for fiction rooted in his writing, Leviathan said he enjoys being able to work with fictional authors as an editor. He is currently editor of Maggie Stiefevater’s Paranormal Dreamer Trilogy and says he likes to help harness her imagination by playing the role of the reader: asking questions and pointing out places for illustration. However, he does not believe that what he writes is much different from the science fiction/sci-fi he edits. “His voice must be emotionally honest with the reader.”
Emotional truth is incredibly important in LGBTQ fiction, as it is key to creating characters who stand out from tired metaphors. Leviathan emphasized that he rarely has authors who make flat queer characters because most understand that every queer experience is subtle. He said that even non-gay writers do not write out of thin air, and are usually committed to enough gay people in their lives to write elaborate characters. “This is too recent for this decade. If you go back earlier, there [was] A lot of well-meaning or well-meaning desire to diversify a group of characters, but what will end up [happening] Will you end up getting a stock persona for your gay best friend, or a caring lesbian guru? You just have to make sure that those characters were deep for them and weren’t just the kind of cultural stereotypes that they became.”
Creating solid, large youth literature with good queer characters is, for Leviathan, critical to my teens today. “They want to see themselves on the shelf, and they kind of want to explore different parts of their lives in the books and stories we give them,” he said. The answers are on the pages He even addresses a problem near and dear to gay Texans: misguided parents seeking to ban LGBTQ literature. With such tough times currently facing queer books and their creators, Texas Book Festival frequent guest Levitan said he’s never been more aware of his identity as a gay author than this year. “On the one hand, I don’t particularly feel like supporting the state government in any way I can,” he says. “On the other hand, I think it’s important to go and support all librarians, teachers, parents, readers, and everyone else who stands up to everything that is going wrong.”
Leviathan will appear with David Barclay Moore (fireflies cry(and Kelly Yang)main player) as part of “Speak, Stand Out” at the Next Class Tent on Congress Saturday, November 5, 4 p.m.
Leviathan’s new book, The answers are on the pages (Knopf Books for Young Readers, 176 pages, $17.99), Available now.