Jan Karon

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Jan Karon
Jan Karon
Born Janice Meredith Wilson
Lenoir, North Carolina

Jan Karon is an American novelist who writes for both adults and young readers. She is the author of the New York Times-bestselling Mitford novels, featuring Father Timothy Kavanagh, an Episcopal priest, and the fictional village of Mitford. Her most recent Mitford novel, Come Rain or Come Shine, debuted at #1[1] on the New York Times Bestseller List. She has been designated a lay Canon for the Arts in the Episcopal Diocese of Quincy (Illinois) by the Rt. Rev. Keith L. Ackerman, SSC.,[2] and in 2015, she was awarded the Library of Virginia's Literary Lifetime Achievement Award.[3] Her original papers-to date are archived in Special Collections at the University of Virginia's Alderman Library.

Early life[edit]

Karon was born in Lenoir, North Carolina, in 1937, as Janice Meredith Wilson.[4] She retired from a career in advertising and moved to Blowing Rock, North Carolina, to write.



The Mitford Years[edit]

  • At Home in Mitford (1994)
  • A Light in the Window (1995)
  • These High, Green Hills (1996)
  • Out to Canaan (1997)
  • A New Song (1999)
  • A Common Life: the Wedding Story (2001)
  • In This Mountain (2002)
  • Shepherds Abiding (2003)
  • Light from Heaven (2005)
  • Home to Holly Springs (2007)
  • In the Company of Others (2010)
  • Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good (2014)
  • Come Rain or Come Shine (2015)

Children's books[5][edit]

  • Miss Fannie's Hat (1998)
  • Jeremy: The Tale of an Honest Bunny (2000)
  • Jan Karon Presents: Violet Comes to Stay (2006)
  • Jan Karon Presents: Violet Goes to the Country (2007)

Christmas books[5][edit]

  • The Mitford Snowmen (2001)
  • Esther's Gift: A Mitford Christmas Story (2002)


  • Patches of Godlight: Father Tim's Favorite Quotes (2001) - religious quotes used in the Mitford series
  • The Trellis and the Seed: A Book of Encouragement for All Ages (2003)
  • Jan Karon's Mitford Cookbook and Kitchen Reader (2004)
  • A Continual Feast: Words of Comfort and Celebration, collected by Father Tim (2005)
  • The Mitford Bedside Companion (2006)


  1. ^ "Best Sellers - The New York Times". www.nytimes.com. Retrieved 2015-11-16. 
  2. ^ Jan Karon Infosite site Archived August 1, 2015 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Author Jan Karon honored with Library of Virginia's 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award". Richmond Times-Dispatch. Retrieved 2015-11-16. 
  4. ^ Mitfordbooks.com
  5. ^ a b c "Jan's Books -". www.mitfordbooks.com (in en-US). Retrieved 2015-11-16. 

Current biography at Penguin

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