Alice Hoffman

Alice Hoffman

Profile

Alice Hoffman was born in New York on March 16, 1952 and grew up on Long Island. After graduating from high school in 1969, she attended Adelphi University, from which she received a BA, and then received a Mirrellees Fellowship to the Stanford University Creative Writing Center, which she attended in 1973 and 74, receiving an MA in creative writing. She currently lives in Boston and New York.

Alice Hoffman's first novel, Property Of, was written at the age of twenty-one, while she was studying at Stanford, and published shortly thereafter by Farrar Straus and Giroux. She credits her mentor, professor and writer Albert J. Guerard, and his wife, the writer Maclin Bocock Guerard, for helping her to publish her first short story in the magazine Fiction. Editor Ted Solotaroff then contacted her to ask if she had a novel, at which point she quickly began to write what was to become Property Of, a section of which was published in Mr. Solotaroff's magazine, American Review.

Since that remarkable beginning, Alice Hoffman has become one of America's most distinguished novelists. She has published a total of eighteen novels, two books of short fiction, and eight books for children and young adults. Her novel, Here on Earth, an Oprah Book Club choice, was a modern reworking of some of the themes of Emily Bronte's masterpiece Wuthering Heights. Practical Magic was made into a Warner film starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman. Her novel, At Risk, which concerns a family dealing with AIDS, can be found on the reading lists of many universities, colleges and secondary schools. Her advance from Local Girls, a collection of inter-related fictions about love and loss on Long Island, was donated to help create the Hoffman (Women's Cancer) Center at Mt. Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, MA. Blackbird House is a book of stories centering around an old farm on Cape Cod. Hoffman's recent books include Aquamarine and Indigo, novels for pre-teens, and The New York Times bestsellers Blue Diary, The Probable Future, The Ice Queen, and The Story Sisters. Green Angel, a post-apocalyptic fairy tale about loss and love, was published by Scholastic and The Foretelling, a book about an Amazon girl in the Bronze Age, was published by Little, Brown. In 2007 Little, Brown published the teen novel Incantation, a story about hidden Jews during the Spanish Inquisition, which Publishers Weekly selected as one of the best books of the year. In January 2007, Skylight Confessions, a novel about one family's secret history, was released on the 30th anniversary of the publication of her first novel. Her last novel was the New York Times bestseller, The Dovekeepers, published by Scribner in October 2011.

Alice's work has been published in more than twenty languages. Her novels have received mention as notable books of the year by The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, The Los Angeles Times, Library Journal, and People Magazine. She has also worked as a screenwriter and is the author of the original screenplay "Independence Day" a film starring Kathleen Quinlan and Diane Wiest. Her short fiction and non-fiction have appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe Magazine, Kenyon Review, Redbook, Architectural Digest, Gourmet, Self, and other magazines.

Current Publishers
Bulgarian
World
Kragozor Publishing House
Czech
World
Nakladatelstvi JOTA
Dutch
World
Orlando Uitgevers
English
US & Canada
Scribner
English
UK & Comm
Simon & Schuster
English
Childrens / YA
Wendy Lamb Books / Random House
Finnish
World
Gummerus Publishers
Norwegian
World
Pax
Polish
World
Wielka Literara
Portuguese
Childrens / YA
Gailivro S.A.
Portuguese
Brazil
Planeta
Russian
World
Eksmo Publishers
Serbian
World
Laguna
Turkish
World
Sis Yayincilik
Vietnamese
World
Women Publishing House