Brendan Kiely

As a teacher and a writer, I think stories should be entertaining; characters, their desires and conflicts, should always come first—as John Gardner suggested, a writer’s job is to construct an uninterrupted dream the reader experiences from the first to the final page. I strive to write those vivid, memorable dreams, and for me, the dreams I appreciate most are the ones that help me reflect on what it means to be a human being in my society today...

New York Times Bestselling Author

Coretta Scott King Author Honor Award

BK b&w.jpg



A beautiful, searing journey into the American heartland. This book, like an epic road trip, is full of difficult truths, great music, and deeply human companions
Daniel Jose Older on The Last True Love Story
With Reynolds writing Rashad’s first-person narrative and Kiely Quinn’s, this hard-edged, ripped-from-the-headlines book is more than a problem novel; it’s a carefully plotted, psychologically acute, character-driven work of fiction that dramatizes an all-too-frequent occurrence. Police brutality and race relations in America are issues that demand debate and discussion, which this superb book powerfully enables.
— Booklist starred review of All American Boys

Brendan Kiely is The New York Times bestselling author of All American Boys (with Jason Reynolds), The Last True Love Story, and The Gospel of Winter.  Tradition (forthcoming May 2018) is his fourth novel. In advance praise for Tradition, Kathleen Glasgow raves, “Tradition is a stunning, timely, and deeply poignant novel about the culture of sexual violence. Sure to spark necessary conversations, this is 2018's must-read young adult novel.”

Known for his activism around racial justice, feminism, and intersectionality, Kiely, a former high school teacher, is the kind of YA writer who meets young people where they live, and engages them in the most compelling social issues of our time. Remembering his own introduction to books and reading, Kiely reminisced “Some of my oldest memories are my father taking me for long walks in Cambridge, Massachusetts, going from bookstore to bookstore to bookstore. We did that every Sunday because my mother worked the night shift at Mass General Hospital, so my dad needed to get me out of the house so she could sleep. For me, going to bookstores was kind of like going to church on Sunday mornings.”

His work has been published in ten languages, received a Coretta Scott King Author Honor Award, the Walter Dean Myers Award, the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award, was twice awarded Best Fiction for Young Adults (2015, 2017) by the American Library Association, and was a Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2014.

Originally from the Boston area, he now lives with his wife in New York City.



Open and right-click to download