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 Traveling
When asked where the idea for the Traveling Pants series 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 on Water
Street in New York with their three
children, Susannah, Nate and
Sam, who range in age from about
6 to 12. Jacob runs two classical
painting schools, one of which, the Water
Street Atelier, used to meet at
their house but now has its own
location. In late 2006 the New
York Times described Jacob 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 world's 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.
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