Stephen Chbosky : Simon & Schuster Speakers Bureau

Stephen Chbosky

New York Times Bestselling Author of The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Stephen Chbosky is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling novel, The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Chbosky’s novel has spent over two years on the NY Times bestseller list, and has been published in 31 languages. It has been taught in schools since its publication and has appeared on the American Library Association’s list of the 10 most frequently challenged books 6 times over the past decade.

The book follows Charlie, a freshman in High School, as he attempts to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a deeply affecting coming-of-age story that has been devoured by countless readers and passed around between friends. (In 2007 The New York Times noted that it “is passed from adolescent to adolescent like a hot potato.”)

13 years after the novel’s release, in 2012, Chbosky wrote and directed the critically acclaimed feature film adaptation of The Perks of Being a Wallflower, for which he earned a WGA nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. The film also won the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature, the People's Choice Award for Best Dramatic Movie, and the GLAAD award for wide release movie.

A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Chbosky graduated from the University of Southern California’s Filmic Writing Program. His first film, The Four Corners of Nowhere, premiered at Sundance Film Festival. He wrote the screenplay for the film adaptation of Rent; and co-created the cult post-apocalyptic TV show, Jericho. Chbosky lives with his family in Los Angeles, California.

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