Announcing Bill Konigsberg Author of Openly Straight

Another fantastic addition to #ATBF13 lineup, Bill Konigsberg author of OPENLY STRAIGHT! How cute is that cover?! Konigsberg makes up author  #18 in the growing lineup of awesome. Let’s get to know Bill in an exclusive interview by our Teen Press Corp!

Bill Konigsberg_photo credit Sam Wylieopenly straight
What is your go-to music to get inspired?
Oh My! By Haley Reinhart (I am the only fan of this song, but whatever) or anything new wave from the 80s.

If you were reincarnated, who or what would you want to come back as?
I’d want to come back as a dog, preferably a poodle-mix. If I had to come back as a person, I’d be a late-night talk show host.

Current favorite tv show right now?
The Mindy Project (I love Mindy Kaling so much!)

Ribs or brisket?
Ribs, obviously. Is that even a real question? Lots of them, please, and extra crispy is possible.

For more information about Bill Konigsberg and his books, check out his website.

Rafe is a normal teenager from Boulder, Colorado. He plays soccer. He’s won skiing prizes. He likes to write.

And, oh yeah, he’s gay. He’s been out since 8th grade, and he isn’t teased, and he goes to other high schools and talks about tolerance and stuff. And while that’s important, all Rafe really wants is to just be a regular guy. Not that GAY guy. To have it be a part of who he is, but not the headline, every single time.

So when he transfers to an all-boys’ boarding school in New England, he decides to keep his sexuality a secret — not so much going back in the closet as starting over with a clean slate. But then he sees a classmate breaking down. 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.

Be sure to make plans with us on September 28th and start saving your pennies!