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Monday, March 16, 2020

Always Art; Always Books

“Even in times when it's difficult to figure out, how do you go forward, art - and books - always help.” – Alice Hoffman

Born in New York City on this date in 1952, Hoffman started writing creatively while in graduate school at Stanford, where she earned her master’s degree in creative writing.  After a stint as an editor at Doubleday Books, she had her first book Property Of published in 1977 and was off and running.  To date, she has written 28 novels and over a dozen books for children and young adults, led by her award-winning Practical Magic, The River King and The Dovekeepers – all 3 also made into successful movies.

Hoffman’s work has been published in more than 20 translations and more than 100 foreign editions. Her novels have received mention as notable books of the year by The New York TimesEntertainment WeeklyThe Los Angeles TimesLibrary Journal, and People Magazine.  And, she is the author of the original screenplay “Independence Day.”  

“All the characters in my books are imagined,” she said, “but all have a bit of who I am in them - much like the characters in your dreams are all formed by who you are.”

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