Stephen Chbosky

Stephen Chbosky

Stephen Chbosky is a novelist, screenwriter, and film director, whose 1999 debut novel was the mega bestselling coming-of-age story The Perks of Being a Wallflower. In 2012, Chbosky wrote and directed an acclaimed film adaptation of his novel, starring Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, and Ezra Miller. He also directed the 2017 film Wonder, starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, and Jacob Tremblay. He is in talks to direct the film adaptation of the Tony Award-winning musical Dear Evan Hansen. Imaginary Friend is Chbosky’s long-awaited second novel, which he spent nine years writing. He lives in Los Angeles.

Twitter: @stephenchbosky

Like The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Imaginary Friend says that no matter how dark the places you have been or the things you have seen, no one and nothing and nowhere is beyond redemption. What is astonishing and laugh-out-loud genius is that Chbosky has disguised all this wisdom in an entertaining thriller. In true Stephen Chbosky style, he gives you the bran and the doughnut. Spiritual enlightenment and horror. I don’t know how he did it. But he did it. It’s a masterpiece.” — Emma Watson

FESTIVAL BOOK

Imaginary Friend

<em>Imaginary Friend </em>is an epic work of literary horror. Single mother Kate Reese is determined to improve life for her and her son Christopher. They find themselves drawn to the tight-knit community of Mill Grove, Pennsylvania, and it seems like the perfect place to finally settle down. Then Christopher vanishes for six awful days, until he emerges from the woods at the edge of town, unharmed but not unchanged. He has a voice in his head only he can hear and a mission only he can complete: Build a tree house in the woods by Christmas, or everyone in town will be in grave danger.
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<strong>Reviews</strong>
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<li>“Has Stephen Chbosky Written Another Generation-Defining Novel?” — <a href="https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/columns-and-blogs/openbook/article/79893-has-stephen-chbosky-written-another-generation-defining-novel.html"><em>Publishers Weekly</em></a></li>
<li>“IMAGINARY FRIEND by Stephen Chbosky” — <a href="https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/stephen-chbosky/imaginary-friend-chobsky/"><em>Kirkus Reviews</em></a></li>
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<strong>Interviews</strong>
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<li>“The Perks of Being a Wallflower author Stephen Chbosky goes to a dark place with Imaginary Friend” — <a href="https://ew.com/author-interviews/2019/05/28/stephen-chbosky-imaginary-friend/"><em>Entertainment Weekly</em></a></li>
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<strong>Videos</strong>
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<li>“Stephen Chbosky talks Imaginary Friend + Writing Advice” — <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GtcfgEtjgo"><em>YouTube</em></a></li>
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