"Hi" — Tim Federle, professional writer

Pre-order now:

Coming October 2015:
The cocktail recipe book for film buffs.”
Entertainment Weekly

Order now:

“More fun at a baby shower
than a Diaper Genie.”
The Tampa Bay Times

Order now:

Voted Cookbook of the Year on Goodreads, Tequila Mockingbird features 65 literary-inspired cocktail recipes for recovering English majors.

Pre-order now:

Coming March 2016, for teenagers: “The Great American Whatever knocked me out.” —Rob Thomas, creator of Veronica Mars

Order now:

Ages 9-14. An Amazon Best Book of the Year, Five, Six, Seven, Nate! is the sequel to Better Nate Than Ever “that will leave them standing in the aisles” (Kirkus, starred review).

Order now:

Ages 9-14. A New York Times Notable Book of the Year, Better Nate Than Ever is about a small-town teen who crashes an audition for E.T.: The Musical.

Order now:

For toddlers. An independent booksellers’ “Indie Next pick” about an irrepressible boy who learns to channel his hyperactive energy into dance class.

About Tim

Tim, Then and Now

Tim Federle grew up in San Francisco and Pittsburgh before moving to New York to dance on Broadway.

His debut novel for kids, Better Nate Than Ever, was named a New York Times Notable Book of 2013. The book’s sequel won the Lambda Literary Award. Together, the Nate books were called “one of the best new middle-grade series” by School Library Journal, and were named best books of the year by both Amazon and the American Booksellers Association.

Tim’s first novel for young adults, The Great American Whatever — about a wisecracking teenage filmmaker whose home life is rocked by an unexpected tragedy  — will be released in early 2016.

Proclaimed “a prolific scribe whose breezy wit isn’t bound to a single genre” by the Huffington Post, Federle also writes bestselling cocktail recipe books, including Tequila Mockingbird and the forthcoming Gone With the Gin.

Profiles of him can be read in The New York Times, Atlantic MagazineEntertainment Weeklyand CNN .

Federle’s press kit can be accessed here.

News & Appearances

Recent headlines!

  • Here’s a video of the commencement address I gave last weekend at Hamline University, in which I talk about bullies, books, and Broadway—and why confidence is overrated along the way.
  • I’ll be writing short stories for upcoming anthologies for St. Martin’s (Summer Days & Summer Nights, edited by Stephanie Perkins) and Random House (We Need Diverse Books collection)!


Latest tweets from @timfederle

Upcoming appearances

Sep. 18-20

Raleigh NC
Southern Indie Booksellers Association
Host of “Parapalooza”

Oct. 2

Fairfax VA
Fall for the Book
Library event/speaker

Oct. 14

New York Public Library
Guest speaker on Nate books

Awards & Press

Advance praise for Tim’s YA debut,
The Great American Whatever — coming March 2016

The Great American Whatever knocked me out. Tim Federle writes with a rare voice — original, authentic, engaging.” —Rob Thomas, author of Rats Saw God and creator of “Veronica Mars”

“A raw nerve of a book—so perfectly tender and funny and true. My heart now belongs to The Great American Whatever. Officially. Completely.” —Becky Albertalli, author of Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda

“Smart, funny, sexy and deeply affecting. I’ll read anything Tim Federle writes.” —Meg Rosoff, author of How I Live Now

Praise for Better Nate Than Ever

“Critics are raving about Nate.” —CNN

a New York Times Book Review Notable Book of 2013

named a Best Book of the Year by Amazon, the American Booksellers Association, Publishers Weekly, the New York Public Library, and Slate.com

an ALA/YALSA Top 10 2014 Fiction for Young Adults pick and ALSC/ALA Notable Children’s Book of 2014

“Judy Blume as seen through a Stephen Sondheim lens.” —Huffington Post

★ “Hilarious and heartwarming . . . this book soars.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Praise for Five, Six, Seven, Nate!

Exclusive! Read chapter one at Entertainment Weekly!

Watch the book trailer for Five, Six, Seven, Nate!  

★ “This is an encore performance that will leave them standing in the aisles.”
Kirkus (starred review)

“One of the best new middle-grade series.”
School Library Journal

named a Best Book of the Year by the American Booksellers Association Best Book for Children, Amazon, and Bank Street College Center for Children’s Literature

Lambda Literary Award winner

Praise for Tim’s cocktail books

Gone With the Gin coming October 2015

“The cocktail recipe book for movie buffs” — Entertainment Weekly

Tequila Mockingbird

Featured as a clue on Jeopardy!

“Perfect for any book-loving lush. . . it is a gem.” —BuzzFeed

Winner of the “Best Cookbook of 2013” Goodreads Award

Hickory Daiquiri Dock

“Takes nursery rhymes and twists them into drink ideas and funny stories new parents can relate to.” —Atlantic Magazine

“More fun at a baby shower than a Diaper Genie.” —Tampa Bay Times


Tim on Watch What Happens Live!

Tim on Watch What Happens Live!


Educators & Librarians

"No one captures Broadway or the kids who want to be a part of it with the humor, insight, and heart of Tim Federle."

— Thomas Schumacher, Tony Award-winningproducer of The Lion King

Tim Federle has visited & inspired over 20,000
students as a speaker, guest author, and Broadway master class teacher.

starFor information about Tim’s visits — including educator testimonials and FAQs — check out his SCHOOL VISIT GUIDE.


"The perfect mentor." — CNN


Bring Tim to your school or group:

Literary agent:
Brenda Bowen at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates | bbowen@sjga.com

Publicity for Nate books and The Great American Whatever:

Publicity for cocktail recipe books: