Ransom Riggs

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Ransom Riggs
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Ransom Riggs in 2012
Nationality American
Alma mater Kenyon College
Genre Children's literature
Notable works Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Spouse Tahereh Mafi (2013–present)
Website
www.ransomriggs.com

Ransom Riggs is an American writer and filmmaker best known for the book Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.

Riggs was born in Maryland on a 200-year-old farm, and grew up in Florida, where he attended the Pine View School for the Gifted.[1][2] He studied English literature at Kenyon College,[3] and studied film at the University of Southern California.[4] His work on short films for the Internet and blogging for Mental Floss got him a job writing The Sherlock Holmes Handbook which was released as a tie-in to the 2009 Sherlock Holmes film.[4]

Riggs had collected curious vernacular photographs and approached his publisher, Quirk Books, about using some of them in a picture book. On the suggestion of an editor, Riggs used the photographs as a guide from which to put together a narrative.[4] The resulting book was Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children which made The New York Times Best Seller list.[5]

Another book inspired by old photographs, Talking Pictures was published by Harper Collins in October 2012.[6] The sequel Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine's Children was released January 14, 2014.[7]

Works[edit]

  • The Sherlock Holmes Handbook: The Methods and Mysteries of the World's Greatest Detective. Quirk Books. 2009-09-30. ISBN 978-1-59474-429-7. 
  • Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. Quirk Books. 2011-06-07. ISBN 978-1-59474-513-3. 
  • Talking Pictures: Images and Messages Rescued from the Past. Harper Collins. 2012-02-14. ISBN 978-0-06-209949-5. 
  • Hollow City (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children #2). Quirk Books. 2014-01-14. ISBN 978-1-59474-612-3. 

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ransom Riggs - Bio". ransomriggs.com. Archived from the original on 6 September 2012. 
  2. ^ Medley, Mark (21 June 2011). "Freak chic: The "universal creepiness" of Ransom Riggs' new novel". National Post. Archived from the original on 3 January 2012. 
  3. ^ Kit, Borys (17 May 2011). "Heated auction begins by studios for unpublished book". Reuters. Archived from the original on 5 January 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c Rife, Susan (16 December 2011). "Ransom Riggs visits alma mater to discuss 'Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children'". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Archived from the original on 3 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "Best Sellers - Children's Chapter Books". The New York Times. 21 August 2011. Archived from the original on 3 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "Talking Pictures: Images and Messages Rescued from the Past by Ransom Riggs". Harper Collins. 5 October 2012. Archived from the original on 8 January 2012. 
  7. ^ "Announcing the HOLLOW CITY tour!" (Press release). 31 December 2013. Archived from the original on 15 January 2014. 

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