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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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Illinois Connection

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..

Selected Titles At Your Library

Savage love :
ISBN: 0452278155. OCLC Number:

Plume,. New York :. ©1998.

An original and funny thinker, trashing around in the playground of human sexuality, Savage advises on a wide range of titillating topics.

The kid :
ISBN: 0525945253. OCLC Number:

Dutton,. New York, N.Y. :. ©1999.

Gay man Dan Savage, who writes a nationally syndicated sex-advice column dispensing advice to straight people, decided to try to adopt a child along with his boyfriend, Terry. The story of their misadventures, with all of Savage's peccadilloes firmly in place, is captured in this book. Savage has made an art of irreverence and offers no apologies for his inconsistent and often politically incorrect views and values. The result is a highly entertaining look at modern-day society and families in fertility-conscious America.--From publisher description.

Skipping towards Gomorrah :
ISBN: 0452284163. OCLC Number:

Dutton,. New York :. 2002.

An irreverent columnist attacks conservative critics who believe American morals to be declining, as he celebrates the seven deadly sins--greed, lust, gluttony, sloth, anger, envy, and pride--and those who delight in their sinful pursuits.

The commitment :
ISBN: 0525949070. OCLC Number:

Dutton,. New York :. ©2005.

Dan Savage recounts his family's campaign to convince him and his boyfriend, Terry, to get married, and explores how his family's attitudes towards gay marriage reflect those of contemporary American society.

How to be a person :
ISBN: 1570617783. OCLC Number:

Sasquatch Books,. Seattle, WA :. 2012.

"Most colleges provide a pile of orientation materials, but they're basically useless. Feel free to throw all that away. This guide from the writers and editors of The Stranger has the information you will actually need that no one else will tell you--for college and for the rest of your existence--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 :
ISBN: 0525954104. OCLC Number:

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The sex-advice columnist for "Savage Love" draws on his experience with the It Gets Better campaign to share pithy insights into a range of topics including health care, gun control, and marriage equality.


Skipping Towards Gomorrah

  • Lambda Literary Award for Humor, 2003
  • The Kid

    Speaking Engagements

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