|From||United States of America|
Film, TV, Stage & Radio
|Birth||24 March 1980, Foster City|
Tim Federle is an award-winning American novelist and theater librettist. He also has been a performer in Broadway musicals.
Federle wrote the novel Better Nate Than Ever, the cocktail recipe book Tequila Mockingbird, and co-wrote the book for the Broadway musical adaptation of Tuck Everlasting, also titled Tuck Everlasting.
Federle was born in San Mateo, California, and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the setting for much of his fiction. Prior to his writing career, Federle appeared in the original casts of The Little Mermaid and Gypsy (2003 Bernadette Peters revival), as an actor, dancer and singer. He worked on the resident choreographic staff of Billy Elliot the Musical where he was the dance captain.
Better Nate Than Ever (2013, Simon & Schuster ) Federle’s debut novel for middle schoolers, Better Nate Than Ever, tells the story of a teenage boy named Nate, who sneaks away from his home in Pennsylvania to audition for E.T: The Musical on Broadway. In a CNN article about the book, Federle said: “I think so often when you’re a kid, we mellow out those more interesting edges in order to coast through middle school quietly. By the time you get to high school, you’re left asking, who the heck am I? I would encourage kids to try and figure out the thing that sets you apart, not publicly but that you’re passionate about internally.” Nate was published to critical acclaim and as of December 2, 2014, is in its seventh printing. Described by the Huffington Post as “Judy Blume as seen through a Stephen Sondheim lens,” and the New York Times as “inspired and inspiring,” Better Nate Than Ever has been celebrated as unique for being a “book where teenage sexuality is treated with a light touch”. The novel is an Amazon Best Book of 2013, a New York Times Notable Book of 2013, a Stonewall Book Award Honor Book, and a Lambda Literary Award finalist. The audio book is an Odyssey Award Honor Book, and was narrated by Federle.
Five, Six, Seven, Nate! (2014, Simon & Schuster) In December 2013, Entertainment Weekly ran an excerpt of Five, Six, Seven, Nate!, Federle’s follow-up to Better Nate Than Ever. The sequel charts Nate’s continued adventures in New York City as he navigates his role in the creation of a major Broadway musical. A Kirkus starred review called the novel an “Encore performance that will leave them standing in the aisles.” Five, Six, Seven, Nate! was chosen as a Junior Library Guild selection, an Amazon Best Book of 2014, and an American Booksellers Association Best Book for Children. Federle won his second Odyssey Honor Book award for the audio book edition. Five, Six, Seven, Nate! is a 2015 LGBT Children’s/Young Adult LAMBDA Literary Award Winner.
Summer Days and Summer Nights (2016, St. Martin’s Press)
On March 3, 2015 young adult fiction author Stephanie Perkins announced on Twitter that she will be editing a forthcoming YA anthology, Summer Days and Summer Nights, featuring twelve new stories from bestselling authors Leigh Bardugo, Francesca Lia Block, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, Brandy Colbert, Tim Federle, Lev Grossman, Nina LaCour, Stephanie Perkins, Veronica Roth, Jon Skovron, and Jennifer E. Smith. According to a Publishers Weekly announcement, St. Martins Press is set to release the collection in the summer of 2016. The anthology is a follow-up to Perkins’ My True Love Gave To Me: Twelve Holiday Stories, published to acclaim in 2014.
The Great American Whatever (2016, Simon & Schuster) In June 2015 Huffington Post revealed the cover of Federle’s forthcoming novel, The Great American Whatever. Federle’s first title for young adults is about Quinn Roberts, “a sixteen-year-old smart aleck”, who dreams of Hollywood and becoming a professional screenwriter. The novel is receiving advance praise from authors and critics alike, with Veronica Mars’ Rob Thomas calling it “original, authentic, engaging”. It has also received starred reviews from the publishing trade journals School Library Journal, Booklist, and Kirkus Reviews, who called it “a Holden Caulfield for a new generation.” A Huffington Post article about the creation of the book stated that “Federle had a mature audience in mind when he began writing the book, originally titled Quinn, Victorious, five years ago, basing the plot on his personal experiences as seen through characters in their mid-20s.” Following the novel’s publishing, the Huffington Post called The Great American Whatever “The gay young adult novel you’ve been waiting for.” In November, 2016, The Great American Whatever was named a New York Times Notable Children’s Book of 2016. The Great American Whatever is one of Kirkus’ Best Teen Books of 2016.
Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist (Perseus Books, 2013 Federle’s first novelty cocktail recipe book, Tequila Mockingbird won the Goodreads Best Cookbook of 2013 Award, and was featured as a clue on Jeopardy! in October 2014. Federle has said the inspiration for the book was his own mother’s book club, which “would dissolve into opening wine”. In an April 2014 interview with School Library Journal, Federle was quoted as saying, “Tequila Mockingbird came out of a silly one line email to my agent, Brenda Bowen—‘Hey, do you think the Urban Outfitters crowd would go for a literary cocktail guide?’ I truly wrote the proposal on a whim.” The book went on to be sold at Urban Outfitters and ModCloth, among other specialty retailers, and was cited as one of Perseus Book Publisher’s leading titles, along with Friday Night Lights and Black Mass, in a September 2015 [[Wall Street Journal]] article. According to a December 2014 article in The Atlantic, Tequila Mockingbird has thus far sold over 100,000 copies.
Hickory Daiquiri Dock: Cocktails with a Nursery Rhyme Twist (Perseus Books, 2014) The second installment in Federle’s cocktail book series, Hickory Daiquiri Dock features twists on popular nursery rhymes, such as “Jack and Coke (and Jill),” “Baa, Baa, Black Russian,” and “Old MacDonald Had a Flask.” The Tampa Bay Times called it “More fun at a baby shower than a Diaper Genie” and The Atlantic called it “naughty, but never crass,” and compared its irreverent take on parenting to the viral phenomenon Go the Fuck to Sleep.
Gone with the Gin: Cocktails with a Hollywood Twist (Perseus Books, November 2015) In December 2014, Federle asked his Twitter followers to help him name his next cocktail recipe book, this one featuring twists on classic movies. Gone with the Gin published in October 2015, and features drinks including “A Sidecar Named Desire,” “No Country for Old Fashioneds,” and “Bonnie and Mudslide.” Like Tequila Mockingbird, Gone with the Gin includes recipes for bar bites and ideas for drinking games.
Federle makes his debut as a musical theater co-librettist in 2016 with the Broadway adaptation of Natalie Babbitt’s classic book Tuck Everlasting, titled Tuck Everlasting. Following a pre-Broadway tryout at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, the musical began its Broadway engagement at the Broadhurst Theatre in March 2016. The Broadway iteration was nominated for two Drama League Awards, and three Outer Critics Circle Awards, including Outstanding Musical for both.
The book and the musical version tell the story of Winnie Foster, a 10-year old who stumbles upon a family that has discovered the secret to immortality. Andrew-Keenan Bolger and Sarah Charles Lewis star as Jesse Tuck and Winnie Foster, respectively. The artistic team is led by director-choreographer Casey Nicholaw, with music and lyrics by Chris Miller and Nathan Tysen. Federle is co-writing the musical’s libretto with Claudia Shear.