Alice Hoffman, Auditorium Speaker at 2015 Midwinter Meeting

For Immediate Release
Fri, 10/17/2014


Amy McGuigan

Conference Manager

Conference Services

American Library Association

CHICAGO -- A glance at the scope of award-winning author Alice Hoffman’s work shows why attendees won’t want to miss this Auditorium Speaker at 10-11 a.m.on Saturday, Jan. 31 during the  2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago.  Hoffman’s books have been published in more than 20 translations and more than 100 foreign editions, and her novels have received mention as notable books of the year by numerous high-profile publications.

Her more than 30 bestselling works of fiction include: "Practical Magic," a major motion picture starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman; "Here on Earth," an Oprah Book Club selection that was a modern reworking of some of the themes of Emily Bronte’s "Wuthering Heights"; the highly praised historical novel "The Dovekeepers"; and "The Museum of Extraordinary Things." Her books for teens include "Green Angel"  (a post-apocalyptic fairy tale about loss and love), "Green Witch," "Incantation" (a story about hidden Jews during the Spanish Inquisition, chosen by Publishers Weekly as a best book of the year), "The Foretelling," a book about an Amazon girl in the Bronze Age and "Aquamarine," also a major motion picture. "At Risk," concerning 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 Breast Center at Mt. Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Mass.

She has also worked as a screenwriter and is the author of the original screenplay “Independence Day,” and her short fiction and non-fiction have appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe Magazine, Kenyon Review, The Los Angeles Times, Architectural Digest, Harvard Review, Ploughshares and other magazines. Her most recent novel, "Nightbird," will be published in March, 2015. To find out more, visit

Hoffman’s appearance is sponsored by Random House Children’s Books.

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