Friday, October 07, 2011

Alice Hoffman

Next Tuesday, the Dallas Museum of Art will be hosting Alice Hoffman as a guest speaker as part of their Arts & Letters series. I'm fortunate enough to be attending (woo-hoo!) and in celebration, I'm taking the opportunity to blog about this distinguished writer.

Born in New York City, and raised on Long Island, Hoffman graduated from Adelphi University, where she received her BA, and received an MA in creative writing from Stanford University, where she was an Edith Mirrielees Fellow. Her first job was at the Doubleday publishing house, which later published two of her novels. She has published a total of twenty-one novels, three books of short fiction, and eight books for children and young adults.

Superlatives of Her Work:
Best Known: Practical Magic (You may have seen the movie adaptation)
Most Heartbreaking: At Risk
Best Linked Short Stories: Blackbird House and The Red Garden (a tie!)
Best for Teens: Aquamarine (also adapted into a movie)
My Favorite: The Third Angel
Coming Soon: The Dovekeepers

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