Ransom Riggs (born February 3, 1979) is an American writer and filmmaker best known for the book Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.
Riggs in 2012
|Born||February 3, 1979|
|Residence||Santa Monica, California, U.S.|
|Alma mater||Kenyon College|
University of Southern California
|Notable works||Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children|
Tahereh Mafi (m. 2013)
Early life and educationEdit
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. He studied English literature at Kenyon College, and studied film at the University of Southern California.
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. 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.
Another book inspired by old photographs, Talking Pictures, was published by HarperCollins in October 2012. The sequel Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine's Children was released on January 14, 2014. The third installment in the Miss Peregrine's series, titled Library of Souls, was announced in early 2015. It was released on September 22, 2015. As well as this book, Riggs released a book titled "Tales of the Peculiar" as a spinoff from the Miss Peregrine series. The fourth novel in the series A Map of Days. was released October 2, 2018.
- The Sherlock Holmes Handbook: The Methods and Mysteries of the World's Greatest Detective. Quirk Books. 30 September 2009. ISBN 978-1-59474-429-7.
- Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. Quirk Books. 7 June 2011. ISBN 978-1-59474-513-3.
- Talking Pictures: Images and Messages Rescued from the Past. Harper Collins. 14 February 2012. ISBN 978-0-06-209949-5.
- Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine's Children. Quirk Books. 14 January 2014. ISBN 978-1-59474-612-3.
- Library of Souls (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children #3). Quirk Books. 22 September 2015. ISBN 978-1-59474-758-8.
- Tales of the Peculiar. Dutton Children's Books. 3 September 2016. ISBN 978-0-399-53853-7.
- A Map of Days. Dutton Books for Young Readers. 2 October 2018. ISBN 978-0-735-23214-3.
- "Ransom Riggs - Bio". ransomriggs.com. Archived from the original on 6 September 2012.
- 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.
- Kit, Borys (17 May 2011). "Heated auction begins by studios for unpublished book". Reuters. Archived from the original on 5 January 2012.
- 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.
- "Best Sellers - Children's Chapter Books". The New York Times. 21 August 2011. Archived from the original on 3 January 2012.
- "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.
- "Announcing the HOLLOW CITY tour!" (Press release). 31 December 2013. Archived from the original on 15 January 2014.
- 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.
- "The Future of Books Is Experimental: At Home with Tahereh Mafi and Ransom Riggs". Mental Floss. Retrieved 20 April 2016.