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A. J. Sass comprehensive bio

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.


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Ana on the Edge

Ana on the Edge-specific bio

A. J. Sass (he/they) is an author, editor, and competitive skater. A long-time figure skater, he has passed his U.S. Figure Skating Senior Moves in the Field and Free Skate tests, medaled twice at the U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships, and currently dabbles in ice dance. A. J. lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his boyfriend and two cats who act like dogs. Ana on the Edge is his first novel.

Ana on the Edge book cover

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Ellen Outside the Lines

Ellen Outside the Lines-specific bio

A. J. Sass (he/they) is the author of Ana on the Edge and Ellen Outside the Lines. He is an avid traveler who loves learning about different languages and cultures. After five business-related trips to Barcelona, he was thrilled to finally return as a tourist to do research for this book (which involved Gaudí tile-spotting, mastering the subway, and eating a custard-filled donut for breakfast each morning). When he’s not experiencing new places, A. J. lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his boyfriend and two cats who act like dogs.

Ellen Outside the Lines book cover

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General Author Info

Writing as: A. J. Sass
Goes by: Andrew Sass (aka, feel free to call me Andrew in casual conversation :))
Pronouns: he/they (pick one or feel free to use interchangeably)
Terms that are fine to refer to me as: gay, queer, trans, nonbinary, LGBTQ+, LGBTQIA+, autistic, Jewish
Location: San Francisco Bay Area, CA
Social media: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | TikTok


Representation

Literary: Jordan Hamessley at New Leaf Literary & Media, Inc.
Subrights: Jordan Hamessley, in partnership with Veronica Grijalva
Film/TV/Dramatic: Jordan Hamessley, in partnership with Pouya Shahbazian


Publisher Info

Ana on the Edge
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (Hachette)
Editor
: Lisa Yoskowitz
Publicist: Sydney Tillman
Cover artist: Ellen Shi
Release date: October 20, 2020 (hardcover + audiobook); October 19, 2021 (paperback)

Ellen Outside the Lines
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (Hachette)
Editor
: Lisa Yoskowitz
Publicist: Sydney Tillman
Cover artist: Ana Hinojosa
Release date: March 22, 2022 (hardcover + audiobook)

Camp QUILTBAG
Co-Author: Nicole Melleby
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers (Workman)
Editor
: Krestyna Lypen
Publicist: Meghan O’Shaughnessy
Cover artist: Violet Tobacco
Release date
: March 21, 2023

Allies: Real Talk About Showing Up, Screwing Up, And Trying Again
My status: Contributor
My story title: This Is What It Feels Like
Publisher
: DK Children (Penguin Random House)
Acquiring editor
: Tori Kosara
Co-Editors: Shakirah Bourne and Dana Alison Levy
Release date: July 29, 2021 (UK paperback; audiobook); September 14, 2021 (US hardcover; audiobook)

This is Our Rainbow: 16 Stories of Her, Him, Them, and Us
My status: Contributor
My story title: Balancing Acts
Publisher
: Knopf Books for Young Readers (Penguin Random House)
Acquiring editor
: Marisa DiNovis
Co-Editors: Katherine Locke and Nicole Melleby
Cover artists: Jessica and Jacinta Wibowo (Jes & Cin)
Release date: October 19, 2021 (hardcover + audiobook)