About Soman

Soman Chainani's debut series, THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL, has sold more than 1.5 million copies, been translated into 25 languages across 6 continents, and will soon be a film from Universal Pictures, with Soman co-writing the screenplay.

Together, the three books in the series -- THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD & EVIL, A WORLD WITHOUT PRINCES, and THE LAST EVER AFTER -- have been on the print and extended New York Times Bestseller Lists for more than 30 weeks.

A graduate of Harvard University and Columbia University's MFA Film Program, Soman began his career as a screenwriter and director, with his films playing at over 150 film festivals around the world. He was recently named to the Out100 and has received the $100,000 Shasha Grant and the Sun Valley Writer's Fellowship, both for debut writers.

When he isn't writing, Soman is an avid tennis player and Crossfitter.

He lives in New York City.



Soman appeared as a guest on THE TIM FERRISS SHOW, often the #1 podcast in the country with over 100 million downloads. He discussed THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL books and movie as well as his creative process. Listen to it here: http://tim.blog/2017/02/08/soman-chainani-the-school-for-good-and-evil/


Soman announces there will be a Book #4 in THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL series, called QUESTS FOR GLORY. Watch the video announcement here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bnv6kiua-Xs


Soman's Youtube channel, EVER NEVER TV, celebrates its one year anniversary. EVER NEVER TV is a weekly show dedicated to all things Good and Evil, with a focus on books, fandom, and pop culture. Watch all 55 episodes now at https://www.youtube.com/evernevertv

MAY 2016

USA Today reveals the exclusive trailer for THE EVER NEVER HANDBOOK, the next book in THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL. Watch it here.


HarperCollins announces the release date for THE EVER NEVER HANDBOOK, the next book in THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL. Preorder the book here: The School for Good and Evil: The Ever Never Handbook


Barnes & Noble announces that THE LAST EVER AFTER is one of its top 10 bestselling books of 2015 -- children's or adult. See the full story here: Trending This Year: Barnes & Noble Booksellers Announce Best Books of 2015

JULY 2015

THE LAST EVER AFTER propels the SGE series to #3 on the New York Times Bestseller List for childrens' and teen series. For more Press information, visit: https://schoolforgoodandevil.com/press/

MAY 2015

MTV reveals the magical new trailer for THE LAST EVER AFTER.
See it here.

MARCH 2015

Rick Riordan, author of the PERCY JACKSON series, says of THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL: "Reimagines the world of fairy tales and will make you question who is good and who is evil... Loved it."


A WORLD WITHOUT PRINCES has been nominated for Best Kids Book of 2014 by Goodreads. Readers can vote for it here.

April 2014

A WORLD WITHOUT PRINCES lands on the New York Times Bestseller List in its first week, making it the second straight book in THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL series to debut on the coveted list.

March 2014

Entertainment Weekly reveals the astonishing new trailer for A WORLD WITHOUT PRINCES, the second book of THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL.

February 2014

THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL has been nominated for the Waterstones’ Children Prize, which honors the best in children’s fiction in the United Kingdom.

November 2013

THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD & EVIL has been named to Barnes & Noble’s Best of 2013.

May 2013

It’s official! As reported by Deadline Hollywood, THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD & EVIL will be a major studio movie from Universal Pictures.

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Upcoming Appearances

NTTX Book Festival
Dallas, Texas
Soman will join a legion of other popular authors for his third straight year at the North Texas Teen Book Festival at the Irving Convention Center.

Virginia Festival of Books
Charlottesville, VA
10am: Soman will be in conversation with Meg Medina and Ellen Oh to promote the short-story anthology FLYING LESSONS

Santa Monica, CA
Soman will return to YALLWest for another year of books, scandal, and sun in Santa Monica in Southern Cal -- this time with a sneak peek at Book 4: QUESTS FOR GLORY!

Calvalcade Authors West
Seattle, WA
Soman will make his first appearance at this writers' workshop, where he'll be teaching a class on the "Dark Side of Fantasy"




MTV ‘Brink of Fame’ Filmmaker (Nominee, NewNowNext Awards)

FMI Fellowship (Best Director, Columbia University Film School)

Golden Eagle Prize

CINE Grand Jury Award (Best Filmmaker)

Arch Brown Foundation Grant

Abu Dhabi Shasha Grant

The School for Good and Evil

New York Times Bestseller

Indie List Bestseller

Indie Next Pick

Barnes & Noble Best Book of 2013

Books a Million Best Book of 2013

Waterstones Prize Nominee 2014

Love Marriage

Winner, Shasha Grant

Winner, Arch Brown Foundation Grant

Winner, NewDraft International Screenplay Prize

Winner, MEIFF Screenplay Prize

Official Selection, Film Independent Fast Track

Official Selection, IFP Market (Emerging Narratives)

Official Selection, Berlinale Talent Campus

Official Selection, IFFI Goa Film Bazaar

Official Selection, CBS Directing Initiative

Runner-Up, CAPE Foundation Prize

Runner-Up, Big Bear Screenwriting Prize

Finalist, Sundance Screenwriting & Directing Labs

Finalist, Vail Screenwriting Festival

Finalist, Expo 6 Screenwriting Prize

Finalist, International Iris Prize

Kali Ma

Winner, Rosebud Grand Prix

Winner, Winnipeg Int’l Short Script Competition

Winner, NewFest Audience Award (Best Short)

Winner, Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival (Best Short)

Winner, Philadelphia International LGBT Film Festival (Audience Award)

Winner, ImageOut Audience Award, Best Short Film

Winner, Long Island LGBT International Film Festival (Audience Award)

Finalist, Roy W. Dean Grant

Finalist, Gimme Credit Short Script Competition

Finalist, American Gem Short Script Competition

Finalist, Iris Prize

Davy and Stu

Winner, CINE Golden Eagle Prize

Winner, Hamptons Intl Film Festival

Winner, CINE Grand Jury Prize

Winner, Rhode Island Intl Film Festival

Finalist, Iris Prize

Finalist, Action/Cut Short Film Competition

Finalist. Provincetown Intl Film Festival

Finalist, Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival


The School for Good and Evil

Written by
Soman Chainani
Malia Scotch Marmo

Produced by
Joe Roth
Jane Startz
Palak Patel

Visit SGE IMDB Page

The School for Good and Evil

Universal Studios will release the big-screen adaptation of THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD & EVIL, produced by the makers of Alice in Wonderland, Snow White & The Huntsman, Ella Enchanted, and Oz: The Great and Powerful.


E-mail: somanschainani@gmail.com

Appearances and Bookings: Peter Knapp at Park Literary & Media | pknapp@parkliterary.com


Park Literary & Media
270 Lafayette Street STE 1504
New York, NY 10018

Creative Artists Agency
2000 Avenue of the Stars
Los Angeles, CA

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