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Leah Johnson

Award-Winning Author of "You Should See Me in a Crown"

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Leah Johnson Biography

Leah Johnson is an eternal midwesterner and author of award-winning books for children and young adults. Her bestselling debut YA novel, "You Should See Me in a Crown," was a Stonewall Honor Book, the inaugural Reese's Book Club YA pick and named a best book of the year by Amazon, Kirkus, Marie Claire, Publishers Weekly and New York Public Library. Johnson's essays and cultural criticism can be found in Teen Vogue, Harper's Bazaar and Cosmopolitan among others. Her sophomore novel, "Rise to the Sun" was released in 2021. Johnson is a 2021 Lambda Literary Emerging Writers Fellow and when she’s not writing or ranting about pop culture and politics on Twitter, she is a professor of creative writing and composition.

Johnson was born and raised in central Indiana — a tried and true, lifelong Hoosier (and as you can perhaps imagine, much of her work now features more cornfields and soybeans than any one human has business writing about). She began her writing career with a spiral notebook full of short stories in Mrs. Peacock's fifth-grade class and could never quite bring herself to stop. That love of storytelling eventually carried her to Sarah Lawrence College for her MFA in fiction writing, and to Brooklyn to live amongst every other struggling writer.

Johnson says she never felt like she saw herself in the young adult characters she read about as a teen, so she decided to write one herself. "You Should See Me in a Crown" was released to critical acclaim. The novel was a Junior Library Guild Selection, a 2021 ALA Rainbow List Top Ten selection and named one of Cosmopolitan's 15 Best Young Adult Books of 2020. Her sophomore novel, "Rise to the Sun" (2021) is the first installment of her debut middle grade series, "Ellie Engle Saves Herself."

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  • Q&A With Y.A. Sensation Leah Johnson

    Johnson, author of the best-selling book You Should See Me in a Crown, reflects on the success of her recent debut novel, growing up in the Midwest, life during the pandemic, the recent rise of Black Lives Matter, and what’s next.

  • 'Black joy is at the heart of' author and Indianapolis native Leah Johnson's YA novel

    Leah Johnson decided it was her turn to be prom queen. In an orange Zara pantsuit, prom court sash and a crown her friends bought for her off Amazon, the author walked onto the Ben Davis High School bleachers with her debut novel, thinking about what it was like to grow up in Indianapolis and how far she’s come since.

  • Leah Johnson Didn’t See Herself in YA Novels, so She Wrote Her Own

    "You Should See Me in a Crown" is a quietly radical novel about a queer black prom queen in small-town Indiana. It's about Liz Lighty, a queer black girl from Indiana who has always believed she was too poor and too awkward to make a mark in her small, rich town. Since the college financial aid money she depended on fell through, her only option is to run for prom queen, which has a scholarship...

  • Author Leah Johnson On Being Young, Black, Queer And In Love

    Johnson says she wrote You Should See Me in a Crown for her readers, yes, but also for herself: "I wanted to remind myself that it is possible to be Black and queer and from where you're from, and still get all the best things out of life."

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  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Leah Johnson?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Leah Johnson for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Leah Johnson for your next private or corporate function.
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Leah Johnson Biography

Leah Johnson is an eternal midwesterner and author of award-winning books for children and young adults. Her bestselling debut YA novel, "You Should See Me in a Crown," was a Stonewall Honor Book, the inaugural Reese's Book Club YA pick and named a best book of the year by Amazon, Kirkus, Marie Claire, Publishers Weekly and New York Public Library. Johnson's essays and cultural criticism can be found in Teen Vogue, Harper's Bazaar and Cosmopolitan among others. Her sophomore novel, "Rise to the Sun" was released in 2021. Johnson is a 2021 Lambda Literary Emerging Writers Fellow and when she’s not writing or ranting about pop culture and politics on Twitter, she is a professor of creative writing and composition.

Johnson was born and raised in central Indiana — a tried and true, lifelong Hoosier (and as you can perhaps imagine, much of her work now features more cornfields and soybeans than any one human has business writing about). She began her writing career with a spiral notebook full of short stories in Mrs. Peacock's fifth-grade class and could never quite bring herself to stop. That love of storytelling eventually carried her to Sarah Lawrence College for her MFA in fiction writing, and to Brooklyn to live amongst every other struggling writer.

Johnson says she never felt like she saw herself in the young adult characters she read about as a teen, so she decided to write one herself. "You Should See Me in a Crown" was released to critical acclaim. The novel was a Junior Library Guild Selection, a 2021 ALA Rainbow List Top Ten selection and named one of Cosmopolitan's 15 Best Young Adult Books of 2020. Her sophomore novel, "Rise to the Sun" (2021) is the first installment of her debut middle grade series, "Ellie Engle Saves Herself."

Leah Johnson Videos

  • Author Talk with Leah Johnson
    Presented by The Indianapolis Public Library's LGBTQ+ Committee.
  • Leah Johnson Reads Rise to the Sun
    Three days. Two girls. One life-changing music festival. Olivia is an expert at falling in love … and at being dumped. But after the fallout from...
  • Rise to the Sun by Leah Johnson
    From the author of You Should See Me in a Crown, Leah Johnson delivers a stunning novel about being brave enough to be true to yourself, and learning...

Leah Johnson Books

FAQs on booking Leah Johnson

  • How to book Leah Johnson?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Leah Johnson for both live and virtual events for over 20 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Leah Johnson, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Leah Johnson or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Leah Johnson?

    Booking fees for Leah Johnson, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Leah Johnson, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Leah Johnson?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Leah Johnson for clients worldwide for more than 20 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Leah Johnson for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Leah Johnson or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Leah Johnson or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Leah Johnson is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Leah Johnson for your event is $5,000 - $10,000. Leah Johnson generally travels from Brooklyn, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Sharon Delaney McCloud, Annette Gordon-Reed, André Aciman, Kate White and Nikki Giovanni. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Leah Johnson for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Leah Johnson Speaker Videos

  • Author Talk with Leah Johnson
    Presented by The Indianapolis Public Library's LGBTQ+ Committee.
    Leah Johnson Reads Rise to the Sun
    Three days. Two girls. One life-changing music festival. Olivia is an expert at falling in love … and at being dumped. But after the fallout from her last breakup has left her an outcast at school...
  • Rise to the Sun by Leah Johnson
    From the author of You Should See Me in a Crown, Leah Johnson delivers a stunning novel about being brave enough to be true to yourself, and learning to find joy even when times are unimaginably...
    Leah Johnson Reads You Should See Me in a Crown
    In our first edition of #FridayReads, author Leah Johnson reads the first chapter of YOU SHOULD SEE ME IN A CROWN!

Leah Johnson News

  • Q&A With Y.A. Sensation Leah Johnson

    Johnson, author of the best-selling book You Should See Me in a Crown, reflects on the success of her recent debut novel, growing up in the Midwest, life during the pandemic, the recent rise of Black Lives Matter, and what’s next.

  • 'Black joy is at the heart of' author and Indianapolis native Leah Johnson's YA novel

    Leah Johnson decided it was her turn to be prom queen. In an orange Zara pantsuit, prom court sash and a crown her friends bought for her off Amazon, the author walked onto the Ben Davis High School bleachers with her debut novel, thinking about what it was like to grow up in Indianapolis and how far she’s come since.

  • Leah Johnson Didn’t See Herself in YA Novels, so She Wrote Her Own

    "You Should See Me in a Crown" is a quietly radical novel about a queer black prom queen in small-town Indiana. It's about Liz Lighty, a queer black girl from Indiana who has always believed she was too poor and too awkward to make a mark in her small, rich town. Since the college financial aid money she depended on fell through, her only option is to run for prom queen, which has a scholarship...

  • Author Leah Johnson On Being Young, Black, Queer And In Love

    Johnson says she wrote You Should See Me in a Crown for her readers, yes, but also for herself: "I wanted to remind myself that it is possible to be Black and queer and from where you're from, and still get all the best things out of life."

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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