Join young adult authors Cecil Castellucci, Rachel Cohn, Melissa de la Cruz, Kristen Kittscher, and David Levithan as they pay tribute to Ned Vizzini, author of It's Kind of a Funny Story, The Other Normals, and other books for young adults. Ned, who was a beloved and valuable part of the Los Angeles book scene, died December 19, and will be greatly missed by his family, friends, fans, and fellow writers.Cecil Castellucci is the author of books and graphic novels for young adults including Boy Proof, The Plain Janes, First Day on Earth, The Year of the Beasts, Odd Duck and the upcoming Tin Star. She is the YA editor of the Los Angeles Review of Books, Children’s Correspondence Coordinator for The Rumpus.
Rachel Cohn is the author of many YA novels, including the Gingerbread series, the sci-fi Beta series, and, with David Levithan, Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist, Naomi & Ely's No Kiss List, and Dash & Lily's Book of Dares.
Melissa de la Cruz is the author of over thirty bestselling books for teens and grown-ups including the Blue Bloods series and the Witches of East End series, which is now a television drama on the Lifetime network. Her latest books include the first book in the Heart of Dread series, Frozen, co-authored with her husband Michael Johnston, and her forthcoming books include the alternate-history fantasy The Ring and The Crown, and the Blue Bloods spinoff Vampires of Manhattan.
Kristen Kittscher is a former English teacher and debut author of The Wig in the Window, the first in a new middle grade mystery series published by Harper Children's. A graduate of Brown University with a degree in comparative literature, Kristen worked as a story editor in Hollywood before becoming a teacher. She is a contributor to the LA Review of Books and The Rumpus and was recently named the 2014 James Thurber House Children's Writer-in-Residence.
David Levithan is the author of many YA novels, including Boy Meets Boy, Every Day, and Two Boys Kissing. He's written three novels with Rachel Cohn, including Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, and he is currently an editorial director at Scholastic in New York.
Photo of Ned Vizzini by Sabra Embury.