Arthur A. Levine Books
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Letter Q, The Letter Q, The

Written by Sarah Moon, James Lecesne, Amy Bloom, Michael Cunningham, Julie Anne Peters, et al

Life-saving letters from a glittering wishlist of top authors.

If you received a letter from your older self, what do you think it would say? What do you wish it would say?

That the boy you were crushing on in History turns out to be gay too, and that you become boyfriends in college? That the bully who is making your life miserable will one day become so insignificant that you won't remember his name until he shows up at your book signing?

In this anthology, sixty-four award-winning authors such as Michael Cunningham, Amy Bloom, Jacqueline Woodson, Gregory Maguire, David Levithan, and Armistead Maupin make imaginative journeys into their pasts, telling their younger selves what they would have liked to know then about their lives as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgendered people. Through stories, in pictures, with bracing honesty, these are words of love and understanding, reasons to hold on for the better future ahead. They will tell you things about your favorite authors that you never knew before. And they will tell you about yourself.

For a full list of contributors, click here.


“The letter Q stands for “queer,” of course, and in this lovely, often funny, and always heartfelt book, more than five dozen celebrated writers send letters to their teenage selves. Each note, in its own individual way, promises the author’s younger self hope that, in the future, life will get better. In a moving introduction, editor Moon offers her own personal testimony to that. The assembled authors, actors, playwrights, and illustrators are a veritable who’s-who of the LGBT creative world, and whose audiences include both young adults and adults. In the former category are such luminaries as Julie Anne Peters, Jacqueline Woodson, David Levithan, Brian Selznick, Brent Hartinger, Marion Dane Bauer, and Nick Burd. Not every author in the latter category will be familiar to teens, but whether known or not they are an amazing array of talent—Michael Cunningham, Terrence McNally, Paul Rudnick, David Leavitt, and more. Appended brief biographies of the contributors provide necessary introductions and background information. Though similar in intent to Dan Savage and Terry Miller’s It Gets Better (2011), this collection offers its own uniquely personal promise to young readers. In any case, both are books that may save lives and we can never have too many of those.” -- Booklist, starred review

“A thoughtful, humorous, and moving collection of letters and comics… Read together, the letters become a powerful refrain.” -- Publishers Weekly

“With its repeated exhortations to relax more and worry less, this book might be a life-saver for some—and could function as an author list, as well, for teens wanting to read more about People Like Us.” -- Horn Book

The Letter Q Excerpt


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Indie Bound

Summer 2012
ISBN: 978-0-545-39932-6
Price: $17.99/$19.99
Trim Size: 5½” x 8¼”
Page Count: 288
Foreign Rights: Scholastic
Translation Rights: Scholastic
Rights Available? yes

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