Get to know Jane Hamilton

Jane Hamilton’s novels have won literary prizes, been made into films, have been international best-sellers, and two of them, The Book of Ruth, and A Map of The World, were selections of Oprah’s Book Club. Her essays have appeared in the New York Times, and various magazines and anthologies. Through the years she’s taught at Carleton College and in the Warren Wilson MFA program, and given numerous workshops. She lives in Wisconsin on an apple orchard with her family.


Oak Park, IL

Fun fact

I was called Mud Dog as a child. I still am a mess. There is no point in buying nice clothes because somehow or other they always ends in ruin.

Favorite author

Willa Cather, Elena Ferrante, Paul Rudnik, for fun, M.B Goffstein; Have to include Alice Munro, William Trevor, George Eliot, Virginia Woolf, the old greats. EM Forster. I'm devoted to Franzen even though so many people despise him.

Favorite place in the world

In bed with a book

Favorite place to read

In bed

Books by Jane Hamilton