Biography

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A. J. Sass (he/they) is an author whose narrative interests lie at the intersection of identity, neurodiversity, and allyship. His debut novel, Ana on the Edge, is a 2020 Booklist Editors’ Choice, an ALA 2021 Rainbow Book List Top 10 for Young Readers, and a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard selection. He is also the author of Ellen Outside the Lines (Little, Brown, 2022), which has received starred reviews from Booklist and School Library Journal and is a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard selection, the co-author of Camp QUILTBAG (Algonquin, 2023), and a contributor to the This Is Our Rainbow (Knopf, 2021) and Allies (DK/PRH, 2021) anthologies. When he’s not writing, A. J. figure skates and travels as much as possible. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his partner and two cats who act like dogs. Find him online: @matokah on Twitter, TikTok, and Instagram, as well as at sassinsf.com.

A.J. is represented by Jordan Hamessley at New Leaf Literary & Media, Inc.


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Just the Facts

Name: I write under my initials A. J., but feel free to call me Andrew 🙂

Pronouns: He/him/his or they/their/them – your choice!

Location: San Francisco Bay Area, California.

Origin: I call California home now but I grew up all over the Midwest and South. At various points in my life, I lived in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Nebraska, Iowa, the Upper Peninsula in Michigan, and Georgia.

Relationship (two-legged): Deven, my creative and wonderfully witty partner.

Relationship (four-legged): Amato (“Amo”) and Alistair, the cats who can fetch.

Education:

  • I studied psychology, Jewish studies, history, and languages (mostly Semitic, plus French) at the University of Minnesota.
  • I attended law school at University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento.

Hobbies:

  • Cartwheels on ice
  • Willing people and plots into existence with the mere tippety-tap of my fingers
  • Learning languages
  • Traveling to new places (bonus points if they have ice rinks)
  • Tea-tasting
  • Latte sampling
  • High-volume book accrual