How to pronounce Ann Brashares: br-shares
Ann Brashares grew up in Chevy Chase, Maryland with
her three brothers and attended a Quaker school in the DC area called Sidwell
Friends. She studied Philosophy at Barnard College, part of Columbia University
in New York City. Expecting to continue studying philosophy in graduate school,
Ann took a year off after college to work as an editor, hoping to save money for
school. Loving her job, she never went to graduate school, and instead, remained
in New York City and worked as an editor for many years. Ann made the transition
from editor to full-time writer with her first novel, The Sisterhood of the
When asked where the idea for the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants came from she replies: "It started with a conversation. A woman I used to work with, a dear friend, Jodi Anderson, talked about a summer where she and her friends had shared a pair of pants that wound up being lost. It was sad, but I loved the idea - a concrete thing in the middle of a great big, amorphous, rich world of fiction."
Brashares and her husband, 42-year-old portrait painter Jacob Collins, live in a four-story building in the East 60s in New York with their three children, Susannah, Nate and Sam, who range in age from about 5 to 11. Jacob runs a classical painting school called the Water Street Atelier out of the house with about a dozen students at at time. In late 2006 the New York Times described him as "the ringleader of a group of youngish painters devoted to classical techniques" with a style that is "so out, it may be in again". He was recently named one of the art worlds most powerful people by Art & Auction magazine, and lately his paintings have been selling for as much as $125,000.
They met when Brashares was 18 and he was 21. He was a junior at Columbia, and she was a freshman at Barnard; his father, Arthur Collins, was one of her philosophy professors. During their first encounter, in the library, he sketched her portrait.
Brashares' books in addition to the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants books include Forever in Blue, The Last Summer (of You and Me), and My Name is Memory.
Ann Brashares's website
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really write with the idea of trying to teach any lessons. I want to tell a
story as truthfully and engagingly as I can, and then let the chips fall where
they may.Ann Brashares
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ann Brashares grew up in Chevy Chase, Maryland, with three brothers and
attended a Quaker school in the D.C. area called Sidwell Friends. She studied
Philosophy at Barnard College, part of Columbia University in New York City.
Expecting to continue studying philosophy in graduate school, Ann took a year
off after college to work as an editor, hoping to save money for school. Loving
her job, she never went to graduate school, and instead, remained in New York
City and worked as an editor for many years. Ann made the transition from editor
to full-time writer to write her first novel, The Sisterhood of the Traveling
ANN BRASHARES ON THE SECOND SUMMER OF THE SISTERHOOD
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, your debut novel, received much
critical praise, awards, and adoration from readers of all ages. What are your
thoughts on its success and why do you think it resonated so heavily with
Its success has been a wonderful surprise each step of the way. ...
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