About Soman

Soman Chainani's first book, THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL, debuted on the New York Times Bestseller List, has been translated into 26 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, Maleficent) and Jane Startz (Ella Enchanted, Tuck Everlasting).

The sequels, A WORLD WITHOUT PRINCES and THE LAST EVER AFTER, debuted on the New York Times Bestseller List as well. Together, the books of the series have been on the print and extended NYT lists for a total of 33 weeks.

As a writer and film director, Soman's films have played at over 150 film festivals around the world, winning more than 30 jury and audience prizes, and his writing awards include honors from Big Bear Lake, New Draft, the CAPE Foundation, the Sun Valley Writer’s Fellowship, and the coveted Shasha Grant, awarded by a jury of international film executives.

When he’s not telling stories or teaching in New York City, Soman is a die-hard tennis player who never lost a first-round match for ten years . . . until he started writing THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL. Now he loses all the time.


News

SEPTEMBER 2016

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

AUGUST 2015

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.

FEBRUARY 2016

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

DECEMBER 2015

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."

JANUARY 2015

THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD & EVIL rises to #5 on the NYT Bestseller List, more than 18 months after its release. Combined, the series has now been on the list for 28 weeks total.

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

Sep
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Baltimore Comic-Con
Baltimore, MD
Come meet Soman and get your book signed at a special School for Good and Evil-themed booth!
Oct
01
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The Ever Never Tour
Come out and see Soman on his tour to promote the Ever Never Handbook! Current cities include: Shelburne, VT; Concord, NH; Atlanta, GA; Miami, FL; Frisco, TX; Dallas, TX; San Francisco, CA; Portland, OR; Chicago, IL; Minneapolis, MN

The Ever Never Handbook Tour poster
Nov
11
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YallFest
Charleston, SC
Soman previews Book 4: QUESTS FOR GLORY at the coolest YA lit festival in the country!

MORE INFORMATION
Nov
20
Miami Book Festival
Miami, FL
2 PM: Soman will be on the Good vs. Evil panel with Dave Barry, Melissa de La Cruz, and Matt Phelan at his hometown book festival.

MORE INFORMATION

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

Visit KALI MA IMDB Page

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 & Media | pknapp@parkliterary.com

Representation

Literary
Park Literary & Media
270 Lafayette Street STE 1504
New York, NY 10018
212.691.3500

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


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