Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Sara Gruen  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Fiction Other

Born: 1969 in Vancouver, British Columbia.


Illinois Connection

Gruen and her family lived in Grayslake, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Sara Gruen is an author with dual Canadian and American citizenship. She moved to the United States from Ottawa in 1999 for a technical writing job. Laid off two years later, she started writing fiction about animals. Gruen loves animals. Her third book, ''Water for Elephants'', became a ''New York Times'' bestseller and is available in 43 languages. It was made into a major motion picture in 2011 and starred Reese Witherspoon, Robert Pattinson and Christoph Waltz and is now headed to Broadway. Gruen currently resides in North Carolina.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- '''''Ape House''''' *American Book Association IndieBound best seller *New York Times, USA Today, Boston Globe, Denver Post, L.A. Times, and Publishers Weekly best seller '''''Water for Elephants''''' *A New York Times best seller for over four years *No.1 best seller on New York Times, Boston Globe, Denver Post, L.A. Times, Publishers Weekly, San Francisco Chronicle, and Washington Post *USA Today and Wall Street Journal best seller *American Book Association IndieBound best seller *No.1 IndieNext selection '''''Riding Lessons''''' *USA Today best seller