S. ChRIS SHirley


S. Chris Shirley, author of Playing by the Book

S. Chris Shirley is an award-winning writer/director and former President of the Board of Lambda Literary. His debut novel, Playing by the Book, was the first coming out novel to win a National IPPY Medal in religious fiction. He directed Roger Kuhn’s music video, “What’s Your Name,” which aired nationally in the US and made the annual MTV-Logo Top 10.  He also wrote/directed “Plus,” an award-winning short film that played at film festivals internationally.

Chris graduated from Auburn University where he served as photo editor of The Auburn Plainsman. He later received a graduate degree from Columbia University and studied filmmaking at New York University. He was born and raised in Greenville, Alabama and now resides in Manhattan.


Author S.Chris Shirley on KidLit TV's Storymakers

KidLit TV's Rocco Staino interviews author S. Chris Shirley about his debut novel, Playing by the Book.

Comedian Eddie Sarfaty interviews S. Chris Shirley, author of YA novel  Playing by the Book

Comedian Eddie Sarfaty interviews Playing by the Book author S. Chris Shirley for Huffington Post

A Young Man's Story of Scripture and Self-Acceptance

by Eddie Sarfaty

In warm, empathetic prose, Shirley portrays the damage we inflict on ourselves, the allowances we make for those we love, and the dignity — and humor — that flourish when honesty encounters obstacle.

New Orleans Public Radio's Susan Larson Interviews S. Chris Shirley

The Reading Life With S. Chris Shirley

by Susan Larson

Susan Larson, host of The Reading Life, interviews S. Chris Shirley about his new young adult novel, Playing by the Book, as well as his work as president of the board of Lambda Literary.