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Soman Chainani          

NY Times Best-Selling Author of "The School for Good & Evil" and "A World Without Princes"

Soman Chainani’s first novel, "The School for Good & Evil," debuted on the New York Times Bestseller List, has been on ABA’s National Indie Bestseller List for 12 weeks, has been translated into languages across six continents and will soon be a major motion picture from Universal Studios, produced by Joe Roth ("Snow White & the Huntsman," "Alice in Wonderland," "Oz the Great & Powerful") and Jane Startz ("Tuck Everlasting," "Ella Enchanted").

Soman is a graduate of the MFA Film Program at Columbia University and the recipient of the school’s top prize, the FMI Fellowship for Writing and Directing. His short films, DAVY & STU and KALI MA, have played over 150 international film festivals, won over 30 jury and audience awards, and racked up over 1,000,000 YouTube hits. His writing awards include honors from Big Bear Lake, the Sun Valley Writer’s Fellowship, and the coveted Shasha Grant, awarded by a jury of international film executives. He was also nominated for a NewNowNext Award, sponsored by MTV.

Before joining the Columbia University film program, Chainani graduated Harvard University summa cum laude, with a degree in English & American Literature. While at Harvard, he focused on fairy tales and wrote his thesis on why evil women make such irresistible fairy-tale villains, winning the Thomas Hoopes Prize and Briggs Prize for his work.

When he’s not telling stories on the page or on film, Soman is a die-hard tennis player and fan. Competing in tournaments around the world, he never lost a first-round match for ten years…until he started writing "The School for Good & Evil."


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The sequel to Soman Chainani's The School for Good and Evil doesn't hit shelves until April 15, but we've got an exclusive first look at the cover of A World  ...

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Growing up on Key Biscayne, author Soman Chainani was surrounded by lots of good children and lots of evil children....

See the trailer for 'A World without Princes', the sequel to 'The ...

... tale The School for Good and Evil, we have a cinematic trailer to go with it. Not surprising, since the author Soman Chainani has a background in filmmaking.

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Soman Chainani 200 (GalleyCat) Soman Chainani has signed a deal with HarperCollins Children's Books. He plans to write two new books for the School for ...

Good or evil? Children’s author Soman Chainani speaks to Community School students

Children are not the sweet little angels they are often portrayed as by adults. They can be, but they also have a healthy (well, maybe unhealthy) streak of devil in them as well, the full range of contrary and anti-social emotions bubbling inside them as well. This concept underlies "The School for Good and Evil" series of children's books by author Soman Chainani, and goes a long way to explaining the popularity of the three-book series with its young audience.

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