Soman Chainani

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Soman Chainani
Chainani at the 2018 Texas Book Festival
Chainani at the 2018 Texas Book Festival
OccupationAuthor, filmmaker
NationalityAmerican
Alma materHarvard University, Columbia University
Genrechildren's literature, fantasy
Notable worksThe School for Good and Evil series
Website
somanchainani.net

Soman Chainani is an American author and filmmaker, best known for writing the children's book series The School for Good and Evil.[1][2] He attended Harvard University, where he graduated summa cum laude with a degree in English & American Literature. After graduation, he went on to attend Columbia University, where he participated in their MFA Film Program.

Soman's first novel, The School for Good and Evil, debuted on the New York Times Bestseller List, has been translated into 28 languages across 6 continents, and will soon be a film from Universal Pictures, for which Soman is writing the screenplay with Malia Scotch Marmo.[3]

His other four books in the School for Good and Evil series – A World Without Princes and The Last Ever After, Quests for Glory, and A Crystal of Time — have all debuted on the New York Times Bestseller List as well. To date, these five books in the series have been on the print and extended New York Times Bestseller List for more than 30 weeks[4]. The sixth and final book in the series will be released in 2020.

Early life[edit]

Chainani grew up in Key Biscayne, Florida, where his family was one of the few of Indian descent.[5]

Bibliography[edit]

The School for Good and Evil[edit]

  • The School for Good and Evil (2013)[6]
  • The School for Good and Evil: A World Without Princes (2014)[7]
  • The School for Good and Evil: The Last Ever After (2015)[8]
    • The School for Good and Evil: The Ever Never Handbook (companion) (2016)[9]
  • The School for Good and Evil: Quests for Glory (2017)[10]
  • The School for Good and Evil: A Crystal of Time (2019)[11]

Awards[edit]

The School for Good and Evil

  • New York Times Bestseller[12]
  • ABA Indie List Bestseller[13][14]
  • Waterstone's Children's Book Prize for Best Fiction for 5–12 (2014, nominee for The School for Good and Evil)[15]
  • A Barnes & Noble Best Book of 2013
  • A Books-a-Million Best Book of 2013
  • Entertainment Weekly PopWatch Pick
  • Children's Choice Reading List Selection
  • Goodreads Choice Semi-finalist (Best Children's Book)[16]
  • IndieNext Pick

A World Without Princes

  • New York Times Bestseller[17]
  • ABA Indie List Bestseller
  • Goodreads Choice Finalist (Best Children's Book)[18]

The Last Ever After

  • New York Times Bestseller[19]
  • ABA Indie List Bestseller[20]
  • A Barnes & Noble Best Book of 2015
  • Goodreads Choice Runner-up (Best Children's Book)[21]

Filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Soman Chainani hits jackpot with novel 'School for Good and Evil'". Miami Herald. Retrieved April 7, 2014.
  2. ^ Metallidis, Effie-Michelle. "'The characters drive your story'". The National. Retrieved April 7, 2014.
  3. ^ "Universal Makes Seven-Figure Deal For 'The School For Good And Evil'". Deadline. Retrieved December 11, 2015.
  4. ^ "School for Good and Evil". Retrieved April 22, 2019.
  5. ^ Hodara, Susan (2013). "Soman Chainani's new fantasy-adventure novel is a fairy tale for today's world". Harvard Magazine.
  6. ^ Chainani, Soman (2013). The School for Good and Evil. New York: Harper. ISBN 9780062104892.
  7. ^ Chainani, Soman (2014). The School for Good and Evil 2: A World Without Princes. Harper. ISBN 9780062104922.
  8. ^ Chainani, Soman (2015). The School for Good and Evil 3: The Last Ever After. Harper. ISBN 9780062104960.
  9. ^ Chainani, Soman (2018). The School for Good and Evil: The Ever Never Handbook. Harper. ISBN 9780062423061.
  10. ^ Chainani, Soman (2018). The School for Good and Evil: Quests for Glory. Harper. ISBN 9780008224479.
  11. ^ Chainani, Soman (2019). The School for Good and Evil: A Crystal of Time. Harper. ISBN 9780062695178.
  12. ^ "Best Sellers – The New York Times". www.nytimes.com. Retrieved December 11, 2015.
  13. ^ "National Indie Bestsellers – Children's Interest | American Booksellers Association". www.bookweb.org. Retrieved December 11, 2015.
  14. ^ "National Indie Bestsellers – Children's Interest | American Booksellers Association". www.bookweb.org. Retrieved December 11, 2015.
  15. ^ "Chris O'Dowd's wife and actress Emerald Fennell up for Children's Book Prize". Express. Retrieved April 7, 2014.
  16. ^ "Best Middle Grade & Children's 2013 – Goodreads Choice Awards". Goodreads. Retrieved December 11, 2015.
  17. ^ "Best Sellers – The New York Times". www.nytimes.com. Retrieved December 11, 2015.
  18. ^ "Best Middle Grade & Children's 2014 – Goodreads Choice Awards". Goodreads. Retrieved December 11, 2015.
  19. ^ "Best Sellers – The New York Times". www.nytimes.com. Retrieved December 11, 2015.
  20. ^ "August 20, 2015 | American Booksellers Association". www.bookweb.org. Retrieved December 11, 2015.
  21. ^ "Best Middle Grade & Children's 2015 – Goodreads Choice Awards". Goodreads. Retrieved December 11, 2015.

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