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Maria Semple  

Bestselling Novelist

Maria Semple is a writer whose genius springs from the bad choices and outrageous circumstances that motivate her characters.

Semple's novels are "This One is Mine" (2008), the bestselling "Where'd You Go, Bernadette" (2012), and the recently published "Today Will Be Different" (2016).

"Today Will Be Different" takes place over the course of a single day and tells a hilarious and life-affirming story about a woman who wakes up determined to be her best self… until life intervenes. "Today Will Be Different" has been praised by the Washington Post ("darkly funny and brave") and New York Times ("brainy dream of a novel").

Semple’s earlier breakout bestseller, "Where'd You Go, Bernadette" has been translated into eighteen languages, spent a year on the New York Times bestseller list, won the American Library Association's Alex Award, was shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction, and was made into a major motion picture by director Richard Linklater, and starring Cate Blanchett, Kristen Wiig, and Judy Greer (Annapurna Pictures, August 2019).

Semple’s debut novel, "This One is Mine", is a compassionate and wickedly funny satire about our need for “more”—and the often disastrous decisions we make in the pursuit of happiness. The book was a finalist for the 2010 Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award.

Semple’s short form work has appeared in The New Yorker and The Los Angeles Times.

Before devoting herself to fiction, Semple wrote for television including the shows Ellen and Beverly Hills, 90210. In 1997, she was nominated for a Primetime Emmy for her work on Mad About You. And in 2006 and 2007, she was nominated for a Writer's Guild of America award for her work on Arrested Development. Other TV credits include Suddenly Susan and Saturday Night Live. Semple appeared in the 2004 David O. Russell film I Heart Huckabees.

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