Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Jane Hamilton  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT

Born: 1957 in Oak Park, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Hamilton was born and raised in Oak Park, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Hamilton spent has spent most of her life in the Midwest. After Hamilton graduated from college in Minnesota, she stopped off on her way to New York for a job in publishing to visit a friend who was working on a farm for the summer. They needed help for picking season so she stayed a month and ended up falling in love her friend's cousin. They married and she now lives on an apple orchard in Rochester, Wisconsin.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- '''''The Book of Ruth''''' *PEN/Ernest Hemingway Foundation Award for best first novel *Oprah Book Club Selection *Basis for a 2004 television film of the same title '''''A Map of the World''''' *Notable Book of the Year, New York Times *Top ten books of the year, Entertainment Weekly *Top ten books of the year, Publishers Weekly *Top ten books of the year, the Miami Herald *Top ten books of the year, People magazine *Adapted for a film in 1999 *Oprah Book Club selection, 1999 '''''The Short History of a Prince''''' *Best Book, Publishers Weekly, 1998 '''Other Awards