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Visiting Writers' Series LibGuide: Leah Johnson

“Just because it could be worse doesn't mean you don't get to acknowledge how much it sucks, you know.”

- Leah Johnson, You Should See Me in a Crown

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Leah Johnson's Books

Leah Johnson

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Loudmouth Books

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Did you know? Leah Johnson owns and operates a bookstore, Loudmouth Books, in Indianapolis! This store centers books by queer and black authors and aims to highlight banned or challenged books. With its bright colors and amazing selection, it's worth checking out!

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More About Leah Johnson

Leah Johnson always wanted to be a superhero, but she became a writer instead, which she thinks is the next-best thing. Her best-selling debut novel, You Should See Me in a Crown, was a Stonewall Honor Book, the inaugural Reese’s Book Club YA Pick, and named one of Time’s 100 Best Young Adult Books of All Time. Leah lives in Indianapolis, where she writes books about Black girls with big hearts, plays fetch with the best dog in the world, and talks about Miles Morales to anyone who will listen.

via Butler University Visiting Writer's Series

For more information, visit Leah's Website

  • Stonewall Honor Book - This award is a set of 3 awards that acknowledge books that have "exceptional merit relating to the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender experience." They are awarded annually and are sponsored by the American Library Association.
  • Lambda Literary Emerging Writers Fellow - This fellowship is awarded to LGBTQ+ authors. It gives them the opportunity to workshop and network while producing new works. It also serves as a community building space. 
  • Publisher's Weekly Flying Start - This spotlight in one of the most recognized publishing news sources says that there is confidence that Leah Johnson is/was one of the most promising debut writers of 2020.


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