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Janis Cooke Newman

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Janis Cooke Newman
Alma materSan Francisco State University (MFA)
Notable worksMary: Mrs. A. Lincoln, The Russian Word for Snow, A Master Plan for Rescue

Janis Cooke Newman is an American writer. She is known for her novels, Mary: Mrs. A. Lincoln (McAdam/Cage 2006, Harcourt 2007) and A Master Plan for Rescue (Riverhead 2015) as well as her memoir The Russian Word for Snow (St. Martin's Press 2001). She lives in San Francisco and is a long-time member of the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto,[1] a member of The Castro Writers Coop,[2] as well as the founder of the Lit Camp Writers’ Conference.



Newman grew up in New Jersey and attended San Francisco State University, where she received an MFA in creative writing.[3] She lives in San Francisco and has been a member of the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto since 2007.[4] She has been on staff at the Community of Writers, the Lit Camp writers conference, and at the Book Passage Travel Writers Conference.[5]

Critical acclaim


Mary: Mrs. A. Lincoln was one of USA Today Best Books of 2006[6] and a Finalist (for First Fiction) for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize.[7] Newman's work has been reviewed in USA Today[8] and People Magazine,[9] and her travel writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle.




  • Mary: Mrs. A. Lincoln (McAdam/Cage 2006, Harcourt 2007) ISBN 978-0-156-03347-3
  • A Master Plan for Rescue (Riverhead 2015) ISBN 978-1-594-63361-4



Travel writing

  • "So many wineries, so little time" Los Angeles Times, June 4, 2013.
  • "Hip little Tucson heats up" San Francisco Chronicle , May 5, 2013.
  • "Nolita protects N.Y.'s neighborhood feel" San Francisco Chronicle , October 5, 2012.
  • "Adelaide, Australia: On the hunt for an authentic dish" Los Angeles Times , August 12, 2012
  • "Australia's Byron Bay - like traveling to 1973" San Francisco Chronicle , May 4, 2012.
  • "Upgrading the Outback around Flinders Ranges" San Francisco Chronicle , March 18, 2012.
  • "Missing Don Draper? Get mad about Madison Avenue" San Francisco Chronicle , August 14, 2011.
  • "A culinary walk through Barcelona" Los Angeles Times , April 25, 2011.
  • "Taking the Godfather Tour in Sicily" San Francisco Chronicle , January 16, 2011.
  • "Barcelona by bike" San Francisco Chronicle , November 7, 2010.
  • “In Sicily, a Step Back in Time” The New York Times , September 22, 2010.
  • "Healdsburg: For foodies, a new northern star" Los Angeles Times , July 5, 2010.
  • "Barbados makes the belly happy" Los Angeles Times, November 1, 2009.
  • "In wine country, boccie and wine make a nice pairing" Los Angeles Times , June 1, 2008.


  1. ^ "The Grotto: Individual Members". Retrieved 2015-06-10.
  2. ^ "The Coop: Our Writers". Retrieved 2015-06-11.
  3. ^ Newman, Janis (2001). The Russian Word for Snow: A True Story of Adoption. St. Martin's Press.
  4. ^ "San Francisco: Inspiration". 21 October 2014. Retrieved 2015-06-10.
  5. ^ "Janis Cooke Newman, official author site". Retrieved 2015-06-10.
  6. ^ "USA Today's Best Books of 2006". Retrieved 2015-06-10.
  7. ^ "2006 Los Angeles Times Book Prizes Winners". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 2010-02-26. Retrieved 2015-06-10.
  8. ^ "Picks and Pans Review: The Russian Word for Snow". People Magazine. Retrieved 2015-06-10.
  9. ^ "'Mary': History as tragedy". USA Today. Retrieved 2015-06-10.