Abdi Nazemian spent his childhood in a series of exciting locations (Tehran, Paris, Toronto, New York), but could usually be found in his bedroom watching old movies and reading. Abdi’s first novel, The Walk-in Closet, was awarded Best Debut at the Lambda Literary Awards. He has written two young adult novels, both published by Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins: The Authentics (2017) and Like a Love Story (2019), an Indie Next Pick, Junior Library Guild Selection, Stonewall Honor book, and a best book of the year from EW, Audible, Buzzfeed, YALSA, NYPL and more.

Abdi lives in Los Angeles with his two children and husband, and holds dual citizenship between the United States and Canada. Abdi is not the inspiration for Madonna’s children’s book “The Adventures of Abdi,” though he will forever insist that he is.

Check out this video of Abdi and other authors sharing some of their favorite writings during our 2020 Digital Pride Experience.


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