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A Judy Blume Fanboy

Yeah, this was pretty surreal… I got to take a picture with Judy Blume at the SCBWI conference after my speech! Yeah, it’s blurry, but I’ll take it! What a truly lovely person, and what an amazing gift she has given the world with her books!

Sid Fleischman Award Acceptance Speech – with VIDEO!

Yesterday was a wonderful day. I got to accept the Sid Fleischman Award for Humor for my novel Openly Straight at the annual SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) Convention at the Century Hyatt in Los Angeles. I was soooooo nervous. I don’t generally get nervous when I speak, but this was different…. Read more »

2nd Edition of Out of the Pocket: Now an e-book!

The second edition of the 2009 Lambda Literary Award-winning Out of the Pocket is now available in e-book format! The new version, released earlier this year in paperback, has a foreward by Chris Kluwe and an afterword by Jim Buzinski of Outsports, plus two new chapters by me. The e-book is priced to sell at… Read more »

Walden Award Finalist

Openly Straight has been named one of five finalists for the 2014 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award! What an honor! There are a bunch of things about this that make me particularly happy. One is the caliber of authors on this list. The other books are: Eleanor and Park – Rainbow Rowell Jumped In – Patrick… Read more »

Ben

I get soooo many emails asking me: what happens to Ben after Openly Straight? Do he and Rafe get back together? Will he ever come out? Is he going to be okay? It’s no secret to those of you who visit this website regularly, or who read the comments on the “Ask Bill” page, that… Read more »

Sid Fleischman Humor Award – The Interview

A lot of people may not know this, but I happen to be quite famous. OK, I stole that line from Sam Malone in Cheers, or more correctly I stole that line from my husband, who still remembers that line from Cheers, and for whom the quote is highly contemporary as most of his references come… Read more »

Excited for the Lammies!

I’m excited to be going to the Lambda Literary Awards in New York on Monday! Kate Clinton will host, and she’s awesome and hilarious. I’ll get to see a lot of friends, including David Levithan and Aaron Hartzler from the Openly Straight tour. They are nominated along with me in the children’s/young adult category.  You… Read more »

How to Make Friends and Influence People: LGBT Edition

I’ve been thinking a lot recently about RuPaul. As you may know, RuPaul has recently come under fire for his constant usage of terms such as “she-male” in his show, “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” He has been further vilified by some in the LGBT community for standing by his usage of such terms. Thinking about RuPaul’s… Read more »

The Kiss

There’s a scene in Peter Lefcourt’s terrific novel “The Dreyfus Affair” where the star shortstop, Randy Dreyfus, is caught deep kissing the team’s second baseman. The novel, published in 1993, is a fascinating timepiece. The kiss begins a wild spiral for the two players; there are press conferences in which the players are made to say–by… Read more »