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The School for Good and Evil

The blockbuster New York Times bestseller, soon to be a film from Universal Pictures. A princess and witch find themselves put into the wrong schools at the legendary School for Good and Evil, where ordinary teenagers are trained to be fairy tale heroes and villains.

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The School for Good and Evil 2

Magic meets romance in this explosive sequel that returns us to the School for Good and Evil. Only this time instead of Good versus Evil, it's Boys versus Girls.


About Soman

Soman Chainani’s first novel, THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL, debuted on the New York Times Bestseller List, has been on ABA’s National Indie Bestseller List for 15 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.

Now he loses all the time.


News

NOVEMBER 2014

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

OCTOBER 2014

The two books in THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL series have now been on the NYT Bestseller Lists (print and extended) for 24 weeks total. In addition, Russian and Polish translations have been added to the list of upcoming editions, totaling 20 foreign translations now in the works.

JULY 2014

Entering its 15th week on the NY Times Bestseller Lists (print and extended), THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL is pleased to announce it will be translated into 18 languages around the world, across six continents. The languages include: Chinese (Complex & Simplified), Czech, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Indonesian, Italian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Portugese (Brazil), Portugese (Portugal), Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Thai, and English (UK). For more information on the individual publishers of each, visit www.schoolforgoodandevil.com.

June 2014

Soman just wrapped up the A WORLD WITHOUT PRINCES tour — 3 countries, 64 days, 26 cities, 72 events, 30,000 readers. He'll be hard at work on Book 3 of THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL and staying involved with the movie version of the series, as it moves forward.

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.

August 2013

THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD & EVIL continues its epic bestseller run, with 5 weeks in the New York Times Bestseller List top fifteen and 11 weeks on the ABA National Indie Bestseller List.

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

Oct
11
COMIC-CON
New York, NY
Soman visits New York Comic Con to moderate a panel on contemporary fairy tales and give audiences a sneak peek at Book 3 in the series.
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Oct
25
BOSTON BOOK FESTIVAL
Boston, MA
Masters of Fantasy Panel
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Nov
19
to
23
Miami Book Fair
Miami, FL
Nov 21: 1:00pm Children's Stage Appearance
Nov 22: 2:30pm Children's Stage Appearance
Soman returns to his hometown for a full week of festivities at one of the biggest book festivals in the country, including appearances on the children's stage, local schools, and panel events.
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Mar
07
North Texas Teen Festival
Irving, TX
Soman will be at the biggest teen fest in Texas to preview Book 3! Stay tuned for more details.
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Jun
25
to
30
ALA Annual Conference
San Francisco, CA
Soman will be at ALA's annual librarian conference in San Francisco to give out the very first copies of SGE #3: The Last Ever After to librarians around the country. Stay tuned for more details.
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Awards

Filmmaking

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


Films

The School for Good and Evil

Written by
Soman Chainani
Malia Scotch Marmo

Produced by
Joe Roth
Jane Startz
Palak Patel

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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.

Davy & Stu

Written and Directed by
Soman Chainani

Produced by
Jenn Handorf

Executive Producers
Sunil Sadarangani
Purna Virji

Awards
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

Visit DAVY & STU IMDB Page

Davy & Stu

Based on Anton Dudley’s award-winning play. Part character study, part love story, DAVY & STU is a heartwrenching look at the intensity of adolescent romance and forbidden love.

Kali Ma

Written and Directed by
Soman Chainani

Produced by
Jenn Handorf

Executive Producers
Sunil Sadarangani
Purna Virji

Awards
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 Int'l Film Festival (Audience Award)
Winner, ImageOut Audience Award, Best Short Film
Finalist, Roy W. Dean Grant
Finalist, Gimme Credit Short Script Competition
Finalist, American Gem Short Script Competition
Finalist, Iris Prize

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Kali Ma

When an Indian mother finds out her son is the victim of a vicious bully, she delivers her own brand of vigilante justice.


Contact

E-mail: somanschainani@gmail.com

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

Representation

Literary
Peter Knapp
Park Literary Group
270 Lafayette Street
New York, NY 10012
212.691.3500

Film
Creative Artists Agency
2000 Avenue of the Stars
Los Angeles, CA
424.288.2000


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