New York Times Bestselling Author and Filmmaker
News and appearances
It’s official. THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD & EVIL will be a major motion picture from Netflix, directed by Paul Feig (BRIDESMAIDS, GHOSTBUSTERS, SPY). View the official announcement.
Entertainment Weekly reveals the cover of ONE TRUE KING, the final SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL book — and calls it “one of the most successful YA series of the decade.” View the cover here.
The fifth book in THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD & EVIL, A Crystal of Time, hits #3 on the New York Times Bestsellers List, the highest ranking for the series yet. Order your copy here.
Soman sat down to talk with NPR’s Selena Simmons-Duffin on “All Things Considered” to talk Madonna, fake news, and QUESTS FOR GLORY, the fourth entry into the SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL series. Catch the whole interview here.
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.
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Soman Chainani’s debut series, THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL, has sold more than 2.5 million copies, been translated into 30 languages across 6 continents, and will soon be a major motion picture from Netflix.
Each of the five books in the series — THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL, A WORLD WITHOUT PRINCES, THE LAST EVER AFTER, QUESTS FOR GLORY, and A CRYSTAL OF TIME — have debuted on the New York Times Bestseller list. Together the books have been on the print and extended lists for more than 35 weeks.
The sixth and final book in the series will be released in 2020.
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 has been nominated for the Waterstone Prize for Children’s Literature, been named to the Out100, and also received the $100,000 Shasha Grant and the Sun Valley Writer’s Fellowship, both for debut writers.
Soman lives in New York City.
Press and Awards
Praise and Awards
“Invention in overdrive…The School for Good and Evil is a comedic education by a writer primed to shoot to the head of the class.”
Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked and Matchless
“IT IS NOT OFTEN THAT SOMEONE COMES ALONG WHO CAN REINVENT FAIRY TALES AND RECLAIM THEIR MAGIC."
Maria Tatar, Chair of Folklore and Mythology Program, Harvard University and Editor of The Classic Fairy Tales
“CHAINANI HAS BEAUTIFULLY IMAGINED THE WORLD WHERE FAIRY TALES COME TO LIFE, A PLACE WHERE FOR EVERY FAIRY PRINCESS WITH A ‘HAPPILY EVER AFTER’ IN HER FUTURE THERE IS A VILLAIN WITH A TRAGIC FATE IN STORE.”
David Magee, screenwriter of Life of Pi and Finding Neverland
“A fairy tale like no other, complete with romance, magic, humor, and a riddle that will keep you turning pages until the end.”
Ann M. Martin, author of the bestselling Babysitter’s Club series
“Wow. From the very first sentence, you know you’re entering a thrilling world of strange fantasy... A wild and dangerous fairy tale ride. I loved this book.”
R.L. Stine, author of the bestselling Goosebumps series