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Niffenegger in 2009
|Born||June 13, 1963|
South Haven, Michigan, United States
Audrey Niffenegger (born June 13, 1963) is an American writer, artist and academic.
Audrey Niffenegger was born in 1963 in South Haven, Michigan. Then she moved to Evanston, Illinois and has since spent a majority of her life in Chicago. Niffenegger is married to cartoonist Eddie Campbell. Niffenegger and Campbell collaborated on the visual novel, Bizarre Romance to celebrate the Comics Unmasked exhibit at the British Library.
Niffenegger started writing books when she was six years old. Her first book was only one page long, but as time went on and her writing skills developed, she became a famous author. She started making books herself by using processes such as intaglio and letterpress. She also wrote many novels which were produced on an offset press in large quantities.
Niffenegger's debut novel, The Time Traveler's Wife, was published in 2003 and it was one of the bestselling books. A film adaptation was released in 2009. Niffenegger has no intention of watching the movie because she stated that the characters are only truly hers in the book, not in the movie. Niffenegger originally conceptualized The Time Traveler's Wife as a graphic novel but realized that the time travel would be difficult to capture in visualizations.
In March 2009, Niffenegger sold her second novel, a literary ghost story called Her Fearful Symmetry, to Charles Scribner's Sons for an advance of $5 million. The book was released on October 1, 2009 and is set in London's Highgate Cemetery where, during research for the book, Niffenegger acted as a tour guide. Though not as huge a commercial juggernaut as The Time Traveler's Wife, this book got generally more positive critical reviews and cinched Niffenegger's reputation as a leading novelist of ideas and atmosphere.
In 2009, she started working on a novel called The Chinchilla Girl in Exile.
Niffenegger has degrees from the Art Institute of Chicago and Northwestern University. As an undergraduate student at the Art Institute of Chicago , Niffenegger created her own book arts major combining etching, letterpress arts and bookbinding. Her first project was called "The Adventuress," which she self-described as "a novel In pictures". Niffenegger's second novel in pictures was titled "The Three Incestuous Sisters" which she created while completing her M.F.A. at Northwestern.
These two novels in pictures were subsequently published by Harry N. Abrams. The Three Incestuous Sisters was published in 2005 and tells the story of three unusual sisters who live in a seaside house; the book has been compared to the work of Edward Gorey. The Adventuress was released on September 1, 2006.
The 2004 short story "The Night Bookmobile" was serialized in 2008 in "Visual Novel" format in The Guardian. The Night Bookmobile was published on October 1, 2010 by Jonathan Cape. Niffenegger intends The Night Bookmobile to be the first installment in a series titled "The Library." She is working on the second installment, called Moths of the New World, about a stolen book.
Niffenegger completed her undergraduate degree at the Art Institute of Chicago where she worked on becoming a visual artist. After completing her undergraduate, she got her M.F.A at Northwestern University. Niffenegger is currently a professor in the Department of Creative Writing at Columbia College Chicago, where she co-founded the Columbia College Chicago Center for the Book and Paper Arts. Niffenegger is also the founding member of T3 or Text 3, an artist and writer's group which also performs and exhibits in Chicago. She is an alumna and board member of the Ragdale Foundation.
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Six years after the publication of her best-selling novel, The Time Traveler's Wife, Audrey Niffenegger sold a new manuscript for almost $5 million, according to people with knowledge of the negotiations. It is an especially significant sum at a time of retrenchment and economic uncertainty in the publishing world. After a fiercely contested auction, Scribner, a unit of Simon & Schuster, bought the rights to publish the new novel, Her Fearful Symmetry, in the United States this fall.
What are you writing now? I have started to work on a novel called The Chinchilla Girl in Exile. It is about a nine-year-old girl named Lizzie Varo who has hypertrichosis (she is covered with hair) and her desire to go to school (she's been home-schooled by her clever and amusing Aunt Mariella) and what happens when she does go to school (things get weird).
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