Ransom Riggs

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Ransom Riggs
Montreuil - Salon du livre jeunesse 2012 - Ransom Riggs - 002.jpg
Riggs in 2012
Born (1979-02-03) February 3, 1979 (age 38)
Nationality American
Alma mater Kenyon College
Genre Children's literature
Notable works Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Spouse Tahereh Mafi (m. 2013–present)
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Ransom Riggs (born 1979) is an American writer and filmmaker best known for the book Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.

Early life and education[edit]

Riggs was born in Maryland in 1979 on a 200-year-old farm, and grew up in Florida, where he attended 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, and was adapted into the 2016 film of the same name.[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 on January 14, 2014.[7] The third installment in the Miss Peregrine's series, titled Library of Souls, was announced in early 2015.[8] It was released on September 22, 2015.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Riggs currently lives in Los Angeles, California and in 2013 married author Tahereh Mafi.[9] They announced via Instagram that they were expecting their first child in March. Their daughter was born in late May.



  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 "Heated auction begins by studios for unpublished book".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. 
  8. ^ a b Romney, Ginny (21 February 2015). "Author Ransom Riggs draws inspiration from old photos for Peculiar Children series, sequel 'Hollow City". Deseret News. Archived from the original on 21 February 2015. 
  9. ^ "The Future of Books Is Experimental: At Home with Tahereh Mafi and Ransom Riggs". Mental Floss. Retrieved 2016-04-20. 

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