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The cocktail recipe book for film buffs.”
Entertainment Weekly

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

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

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On sale now, for teenagers (and adults): The Great American Whatever is a “Holden Caulfield for a new generation.”
Kirkus (starred review)

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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.

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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).

About Tim

Tim, Then and Now

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

Better Nate Than Ever — Tim’s debut novel about a small-town teenager who crashes an audition for E.T.: The Musical — was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and inspired a sequel that won the Lambda Literary Award.

Tim’s latest YA novel, The Great American Whatever, was called “a Holden Caulfield for a new generation” (Kirkus) and was named a Best Book of the Year by Kirkus and School Library Journal and a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times.

Described as “a prolific scribe whose breezy wit isn’t bound to a single genre” (The Huffington Post), Federle also writes bestselling recipe books, including Tequila Mockingbird (over 200,000 copies sold) and Gone With the Gin.

With Tony nominee Claudia Shear, Tim co-wrote the book for Tuck Everlasting on Broadway — nominated for Best Musical by the Outer Critics Circle and the Drama League Awards.

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

His press kit can be accessed here.

News & Appearances

Recent headlines!

  • The Great American Whatever (my YA debut, out now) is named a best book of 2016 by Kirkus and School Library Journal and a Notable Book of 2016 by the New York Times, in addition to receiving 4 starred reviews from Booklist, School Library Journal, Shelf Awareness, and Kirkus, who called it “a Holden Caulfield for a new generation.”
  • Here’s a video of the commencement address I recently gave at Hamline University, in which I talk about bullies, books, and Broadway—and why confidence is overrated along the way.
  • I narrated Ann Bausum’s nonfiction YA book Stonewall — and the audiobook won an award from AudioFile magazine and was named a Best Audiobook of the Year by School Library Journal.
  • 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)!


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Awards & Press

Praise for Tim’s YA debut,  
 The Great American Whatever 

New York Times Notable Book of 2016

School Library Journal and Kirkus Best Book of 2016

“Federle has triumphed He’s written a moving tale about grief that’s also laugh-out-loud funny.” —New York Times Book Review

“The gay young adult novel you’ve been waiting for is finally here.” —Huffington Post

★ “A Holden Caulfield for a new generation.” —Kirkus (starred review)

★ “[B]rilliantly realized, often hilarious.” —Shelf Awareness (starred review)

★ “Quinn’s story is at turns sad, funny, awkward, and endearing as he figures out friendship, romance, coming out, and moving on…mixing humor and vulnerability in typical Federle style. Federle’s YA debut about life’s unscripted moments has wide appeal and is an essential purchase for all collections.” —School Library Journal (starred review)

★ “Whimsical, wry, and unfailingly funny.” —Booklist (starred review)

a Spring 2016 Independent Booksellers’ “Indies Next” pick

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

Praise for Better Nate Than Ever

“The Nate series by Tim Federle is a wonderful evocation of what it’s like to be a theater kid. Highly recommended.” —Lin-Manuel Miranda (The New York Times, April 2016)

“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 

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

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