Alice LaPlante

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General Information

Name: Alice LaPlante

Pen Name: None

Genres: Fiction, Non-Fiction

Born: in 1958




Illinois Connection

LaPlante's family moved from the East coast to Arlington Heights in 1969. She attended Buffalo Grove High School and from there went on to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. After college, LaPlante lived for several years on Racine Avenue near DePaul University in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Alice LaPlante is a New York Times bestselling author who writers both fiction and nonfiction. Her fiction has been widely published in Epoch, Southwestern Review, and other literary journals. She currently resides in Palo Alto, California and teaches creative writing at Stanford and San Francisco State Universities.

Published Works

  • Dear Saint Anne, Send Me a Man: And Other Time-honored Prayers for Love , Universe, 2002
  • Method and Madness: The Making of a Story: A Guide to Writing Fiction, W. W. Norton & Company, 2008
  • The Making of a Story: A Norton Guide to Creative Writing, W. W. Norton & Company, 2010
  • Turn of Mind, Grove Press, 2012
  • A Circle of Wives, Grove Press, 2014
  • Coming of Age at the End of Days, Atlantic Monthly Press, 2015

Titles at Your Library

Method and Madness: The Making of a Story: A Guide to Writing Fiction

ISBN: 0393928179
Release Date: 2008-12-04

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Turn of Mind

ISBN: 0802145906
Release Date: 2012-03-27

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A Circle of Wives

ISBN: 0802122922
Release Date: 2015-01-06

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Literary Awards

Turn of Mind

  • New York Times Bestseller and Editor's Choice
  • Wellcome Trust Book Prize - first work of fiction to win the Prize
  • Editor's Choice, Booklist
  • Summer Reading Pick, NPR, Oprah, Vogue and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • Holiday Gift Guide Selection, San Francisco Chronicle, 2011
  • Best Book of the Year, Newsday, 2012
  • 10 Best Thriller and Mystery Books, Amazon, 2012
  • Most Notable Fiction, Washington Post, 2012
  • Best Thrillers, The Guardian
  • Most Notable Books, Chicago Tribune, 2012
  • Top 25 Best in Fiction, Kirkus, 2012
  • Best Mysteries and Thrillers, Globe and Mail
  • Shelf Awareness Top Pick
  • 2016 ILLINOIS READS Book

A Circle of Wives

  • Indie Next Pick
  • LibraryReads Selection
  • Amazon Best Book of the Month (Mysteries & Thrillers)
  • Daily Candy Best Book of March
  • "Five Thrillers Not to Read After Dark", More Magazine

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes) The author is available for speaking engagements, and to lead book groups and teach writing workshops. Contact her directly at to schedule events.

External Links

Alice LaPlante on WorldCat


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