Biography

Audrey Niffenegger

Audrey Niffenegger was born in 1963 in the idyllic hamlet of South Haven, Michigan. Her family moved to Evanston, Illinois when she was little; she has lived in or near Chicago for most of her life.

She began making prints in 1978 under the tutelage of William Wimmer. Miss Niffenegger trained as a visual artist at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and received her MFA from Northwestern University’s Department of Art Theory and Practice in 1991. She has exhibited her artist’s books, prints, paintings, drawings and comics at Printworks Gallery in Chicago since 1987. In 2013, a major mid-career retrospective of Miss Niffenegger’s prints, paintings and artist’s bookworks opened at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC.

Her first books were printed and bound by hand in editions of ten. Two of these have since been commercially published by Harry N. Abrams: THE ADVENTURESS and THE THREE INCESTUOUS SISTERS.

In 1997 Miss Niffenegger had an idea for a book about a time traveler and his wife. She originally imagined making it as a graphic novel, but eventually realized that it is very difficult to represent sudden time shifts with still images. She began to work on the project as a novel, and published THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE in 2003 with the independent publisher MacAdam/Cage. It was an international bestseller, and has been made into a movie.

In 1994 a group of book artists, papermakers and designers came together to found a new book arts center, the Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts. Miss Niffenegger was part of this group and taught book arts for many years as a professor in Columbia College’s MFA program in Interdisciplinary Book and Paper Arts. She is now on the faculty of the Columbia College Fiction Writing Department. Miss Niffenegger has also taught for the Newberry Library, Penland School of Craft and other institutions of higher learning.

Miss Niffenegger’s second novel, HER FEARFUL SYMMETRY, was published in 2009 by Scribner (USA), Jonathan Cape (UK) and many other fine publishers around the world. In 2008 she made a serialized graphic novel for the London Guardian, THE NIGHT BOOKMOBILE, which was published in book form in September, 2010. In 2013, the illustrated novella, RAVEN GIRL, was published in conjunction with the Royal Opera House Ballet production of "Raven Girl," which was choreographed by Wayne McGregor. Currently, Miss Niffenegger is working on her third novel, THE CHINCHILLA GIRL IN EXILE.

Audrey Niffenegger

Books by Audrey Niffenegger

by Audrey Niffenegger - Horror

GHOSTLY reveals the evolution of the ghost story genre with tales going back to the 18th century and into the modern era, ranging across styles from Gothic Horror to Victorian, with a particular bent toward stories about haunting—haunted children, animals, houses. Every story is introduced by Audrey Niffenegger, an acclaimed master of the craft, with some words on its background and why she chose to include it. Niffenegger’s own story is, “A Secret Life With Cats.”

by Audrey Niffenegger

Raven Girl began as a challenge from Wayne McGregor, the choreographer of the Royal Ballet in London. He asked Niffenegger to come up with a new fairy tale that he would choreograph a dance to; she complied, and this mesmerizing illustrated book is the result.

written by Audrey Niffenegger, read by William Hope and Laurel Lefkow - Fiction

This bestselling and innovative debut novel from Audrey Niffenegger explores the perfect marriage, one that is tested by challenges the couple can neither control nor predict. An imaginative extension of everyday life, the story asks: What if two people who loved each other deeply, married, and faced a life in which one person remained constant while the other slipped fluidly in and out of time?

by Audrey Niffenegger - Fiction

A dazzling novel in the most untraditional fashion, this is the remarkable story of Henry DeTamble, a dashing, adventuresome librarian who travels involuntarily through time, and Clare Abshire, an artist whose life takes a natural sequential course. Henry and Clare's passionate love affair endures across a sea of time and captures the two lovers in an impossibly romantic trap.