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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Dan Savage  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1964 in Chicago, Illinois

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Savage was born in Chicago and raised in the Rogers Park neighborhood. He attended Quigley Preparatory Seminary North, a Catholic high school in Chicago and University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

Biographical and Professional Information

Dan Savage is a writer, activist, and TV personality best known for his political and social commentary, as well as his honest approach to sex, love and relationships. Savage is the Editorial Director of ''The Stranger'', Seattle's weekly alternative newspaper, and his writing has appeared in widely in publications including ''The New York Times'', ''The New York Times Magazine'', ''GQ'', ''Rolling Stone'', ''The Onion'', and ''''. Savage is also a contributor to Ira Glass's ''This American Life''. His column, "Savage Love," is syndicated in newspapers and websites throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. His book, ''The Kid'', was adapted into an Off-Broadway play and has recently been optioned for film.In 2010, Savage and his husband, Terry Miller, launched a YouTube video meant to offer hope to bullied LGBTQ youth. ''The It Gets Better Project'' has become a global movement, inspiring more than 50,000 videos. Savage and Miller co-edited the ''It Gets Better'' book, published in March 2011. In 2012, the ''It Gets Better Project'' received the Governors Award at the Creative Arts Emmys.Savage grew up in Chicago and now lives in Seattle, Washington..

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Savage Love: Straight Answers from America's Most Popular Sex Columnist
ISBN: 0452278155

Penguin Books. 1998

Welcome to the hot new wave of writing about sex: Savage Love. Columnist Dan Savage has hand-picked over 300 letters from six years worth of "Savage Love," a no-holds-barred syndicated sex-advice column which runs in 16 papers in the United States and Canada, including The Village Voice and the San Francisco Weekly. An original and funny thinker, thrashing around in the playground of human sexuality, Savage advises on a wide range of titillating topics:* What is the best seduction music?* How do I come out to my fundamentalist parents?* What is so wonderful about intercourse, anyway?Forget Anka Radakovich and Isadora Altman. Tune in to Dan Savage as he answers these questions and much more in his own uniquely irreverent and sexually spunky style.

The Kid: What Happened After My Boyfriend and I Decided to Go Get Pregnant
ISBN: 0525945253

Dutton Adult. 1999

A popular sex-advice columnist offers a celebratory and incisive memoir discussing his decision, as a gay man in a long-term relationship, to adopt a child, creating problems with conservative groups, his own friends, adoption agencies, and a drug-addicted birth mother. 15,000 first printing.

Skipping Towards Gomorrah: The Seven Deadly Sins and the Pursuit of Happiness in America
ISBN: 0452284163

Penguin Books. 2003

In Skipping Towards Gomorrah, Dan Savage eviscerates the right-wing conservatives as he commits each of the Seven Deadly Sins himself (or tries to) and finds those everyday Americans who take particular delight in their sinful pursuits. Among them:

  • Greed: Gamblers reveal secrets behind outrageous fortune.

  • Lust: "We're swingers!"-you won't believe who's doing it.

  • Anger: Texans shoot off some rounds and then listen to Dan fire off on his own about guns, gun control, and the Second Amendment.

Combine a unique history of the Seven Deadly Sins, a new interpretation of the biblical stories of Sodom and Gomorrah, and enough Bill Bennett, Robert Bork, Pat Buchanan, Dr. Laura, and Bill O'Reilly bashing to more than make up for their incessant carping, and you've got the most provocative book of the fall.

The Commitment: Love, Sex, Marriage, and My Family
ISBN: 0525949070

Dutton Adult. 2005

A syndicated sex-advice columnist and the editor of Seattle's The Stranger shares his coming-to-terms with the public act of marriage and how it affects the gay community, in a memoir that describes the legal and personal ramifications stemming from his own efforts to pursue a faithful relationship. 40,000 first printing.

How to Be a Person: The Stranger's Guide to College, Sex, Intoxicants, Tacos, and Life Itself
ISBN: 1570617783

Sasquatch Books. 2012

From Dan Savage, Lindy West, and The Stranger staff comes this hilarious guide to life for college students and beyond. Here is all the information you actually need to know that no one else will tell you including: which majors to avoid, how to not get a STD, everything there is to know about philosophy (in a single paragraph!), what the music you like says about you, how to turn a crush into something more, how to come out (should you happen to be gay), how to binge drink and not die, how do laundry, how to do drugs (and which ones you should never do), good manners, tips on flirting with film nerds, how to write a great sentence, and a state-by-state guide to the U.S. of A. It's all here, along with Dan Savage's very best advice about sex and love. Hi!

American Savage: Insights, Slights, and Fights on Faith, Sex, Love, and Politics
ISBN: 0525954104

Dutton. 2013

On the heels of his Emmy-winning It Gets Better campaign, columnist and provocateur Dan Savage weighs in on such diverse issues as healthcare, gun control, and marriage equality with characteristic straight talk and humor.

Dan Savage has always had a loyal audience, thanks to his syndicated sex-advice column “Savage Love,” but since the incredible global success of his It Gets Better project—his book of the same name was a New York Times bestseller—his profile has skyrocketed. In addition, he’s written for The New York Times, Rolling Stone, The Onion, GQ, The Guardian,, and countless other widely read publications. Savage is recognized as someone whose opinions about our culture, politics, and society should not only be listened to but taken seriously.

Now, in American Savage, he writes on topics ranging from marriage, parenting, and the gay agenda to the Catholic Church and sex education.


Skipping Towards Gomorrah

  • Lambda Literary Award for Humor, 2003
  • The Kid

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