The Authors Guild is excited to launch our new virtual Banned Books Club on social reading app Fable.

Each month the Authors Guild Banned Books Club will present a different work of fiction or nonfiction recently barred in one or more U.S. school districts or states. Participating readers can log on to Fable anytime during that month to access the moderated book discussion, including valuable resources to help them get the most out of the reading experience. Each book’s author will lead the discussion─or if the author is deceased, a well-known writer who has a special affinity with the work─to help readers understand the story and find their own meaning in it.

Among the award-winning authors confirmed to participate so far are David Levithan (Two Boys Kissing); Kiese Laymon (Heavy); Jonathan Evison (Lawn Boy); Heidi Durrow (The Girl Who Fell from the Sky); Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely (All American Boys); Ashley Hope Perez (Out of Darkness); Jacqueline Woodson (Red at the Bone); and Laurie Halse Anderson (Shout).

The Authors Guild Banned Books Club is made possible by a generous grant from Hachette.

Now reading: Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

The first book featured in the Banned Books Club is David Levithan’s Two Boys Kissing, a YA novel about Harry and Craig, two 17-year-olds who decide to participate in a 32-hour kissing marathon to set a new Guinness World Record. The novel ranks #18 on the American Library Association’s Top 100 Most Banned and Challenged Books of the past decade. Levithan is the author of more than 20 books, including Boy Meets Boy, The Realm of Possibility, Every Day and, with Rachel Cohn, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist. He received the 2016 Margaret A. Edwards Award for his significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature. Levithan also serves as the founding editor of PUSH, a young-adult imprint of Scholastic focusing on new voices and new authors.

Coming Up

TitleAuthorStart Date
SpeakLaurie Halse AndersonMay 25
Red at the BoneJacqueline WoodsonJune 22
Lawn BoyJonathan EvisonJuly 27

Click here to learn more about our May–July selections

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