Soman Chainani

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 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's first novel, The School for Good and Evil, debuted on the New York Times Bestseller List, has sold 2.5 million copies, been translated into 30 languages across 6 continents, and will soon be a film from Netflix directed by Paul Feig.[3]

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

Early lifeEdit

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

BibliographyEdit

The School for Good and EvilEdit

  • 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]
  • The School for Good and Evil: One True King (2020)

AwardsEdit

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]

FilmographyEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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. ^ "Paul Feig to Direct 'School for Good and Evil' Adaptation for Netflix". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 1, 2020.
  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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