Jill Ciment

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Jill Ciment
Born (1955-05-20) May 20, 1955 (age 60)
Montreal, Canada
Occupation Memoirist, novelist, and professor
Nationality American

Jill Ciment (born May 20, 1955) is an American writer.

Biography[edit]

Ciment was born in Montreal, Canada. She went to study art at the California Institute of Arts, under John Baldessari.[1] She earned her BFA from CalArts in 1975.[2] She received her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of California, Irvine in 1981.[3] She is the author of The Tattoo Artist (2005, Pantheon). She is a professor of English at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. Her novel Heroic Measures was released in spring 2009 (Pantheon).[4] This book was one of titles chosen by Oprah Winfrey's Book Club for 2009 summer reading.[5] This book was also one of the top five finalists for the Los Angeles Times Book Award for 2010.[6] 5 Flights Up, a film adaptation of Heroic Measures, starring Morgan Freeman and Diane Keaton, will be in theaters May 8, 2015. She is married to artist Arnold Mesches.

Grants and literary awards[edit]

  • Two New York State Foundation for the Arts Fellowship
  • National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.
  • Guggenheim Foundation grant.
  • The Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize
  • NEA Japan Fellowship Prize.

Books by Ciment[edit]

  • Act of God, Pantheon, 2015 (novel)
  • Heroic Measures, Pantheon, 2009 (novel)
  • The Tattoo Artist, Pantheon, 2005 (novel)
  • Teeth of the Dog, Crown, 1998 (novel)
  • Half a Life, Crown, 1996 (autobiography)
  • The Law of Falling Bodies, Poseidon, 1993 (novel)
  • Small Claims, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1986 (story collection)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ARNOLD MESCHES and JILL CIMENT with Robert Storr and Phong Bui". Brooklynrail.org. Retrieved 31 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "Noted Novelist Brings Remarkable Personal Story To Davidson Classroom". Davidson.edu. Retrieved 31 October 2014. 
  3. ^ "Jill Ciment : Professor". English.ufl.edu. Retrieved 31 October 2014. 
  4. ^ "Heroic Measures by Jill Ciment". Search.barnesandnoble.com. Retrieved 31 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "Heroic Measures by Jill Ciment". Oprah.com. Retrieved 31 October 2014. 
  6. ^ "2009 Los Angeles Times Book Prizes Winners". Events.latimes.com. Retrieved 31 October 2014.