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Kathryn Stockett          

Best-Selling Author of "The Help"

Kathryn Stockett was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. After graduating from the University of Alabama with a degree in English and creative writing, she moved to New York City where she worked in magazine publishing and marketing for nine years. Reflective of her first novel, "The Help," Stockett was raised by an African American domestic worker in lieu of an absentee mother.

It took her five years to complete the book, which was rejected by 60 literary agents before agent Susan Ramer agreed to represent Stockett. "The Help" has since been published in 35 countries and three languages. As of August 2011, it has sold five million copies and has spent more than 100 weeks on the The New York Times Best Seller list.

Stockett's novel was made into a 2011 Oscar-winning film starring Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and native Arkansan Mary Steenburgen. Her childhood friend, actor and director Tate Taylor, directed the film.

She now lives in Atlanta with her daughter.

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The Help


What's next for 'The Help' author Kathryn Stockett

Kathryn Stockett takes her interviews to go, which explains why she's huffing, just slightly, into the phone. "I always do my interviews while walking," says the author, catching her breath, "and you're my 30-minute time slot."

Author Kathryn Stockett on The Real Story Behind ‘The Help’

Kathryn Stockett says she tried not to meddle too much while her close friend Tate Taylor wrote a screenplay based on her bestselling novel “The Help.”

Best-selling author of 'The Help' has a new novel in mind

It’s been nearly two and half years since Kathryn Stockett blew the doors off the publishing world with her surprise best-seller The Help, a story about the enmeshed worlds of African American maids and their white employers in Civil Rights era Jackson, Mississippi.

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