Local book talk to host ‘Practical Magic’ author

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Alice Hoffman will discuss her work, answer questions and sign books at the Jewish Federation’s People of the Book event Monday, May 7, at the Rifkin Campus. The program and dessert reception are free and open to the public.

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The Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne will host bestselling author Alice Hoffman for The People of the Book annual lecture at 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 7, at the Rifkin Campus, 5200 Old Mill Road.

Since publishing her first novel, “Property Of,” at the age of 21, Hoffman has become a distinguished novelist. She has published more than 30 novels, three books of short fiction, and eight books for children and young adults. Her novel “Here on Earth” was an Oprah Book Club choice. “Practical Magic” was made into a Warner Bros. film starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman. Her novel “At Risk,” which concerns a family dealing with AIDS, can be found on the reading lists of many universities, colleges and secondary schools. Hoffman has written a number of novels for young adults, including “Aquamarine,” “Green Angel” and the New York Times bestseller “The Ice Queen.” In 2007, Little Brown published her teen novel “Incantation,” a story about hidden Jews during the Spanish Inquisition, which Publishers Weekly chose as one of the best books of the year.

Hoffman’s talk will conclude with questions and answers as well as a book signing. A dessert reception will follow. The program is free and open to the public.

Hoffman’s lecture is made possible by support from the Dr. Louis and Anne B. Schneider Foundation and the Dr. Harry W. Salon Foundation.

Hoffman’s work has been published in more than 20 translations and more than 100 foreign editions. Her novels have received mention as notable books of the year by the New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, The Los Angeles Times, Library Journal and People Magazine. Her most recent novels have received many accolades and are New York Times bestsellers. They include “The Museum of Extraordinary Things,” “The Marriage of Opposites” and “Faithful.” Her novel “The Dovekeepers,” the story of the survivors of Masada, is considered by many to be Hoffman’s masterpiece, and it was adapted for television in a 2015 miniseries.

Her newest novel, “The Rules of Magic,” is the prequel to her cult classic “Practical Magic” and was released in October 2017. It is a LibraryReads, Indie Next and Reese Witherspoon Book Club selection.

Hoffman was born in New York City on March 16, 1952, and grew up on Long Island. After graduating from high school in 1969, she attended Adelphi University, from which she received a Bachelor of Arts degree, and then she received a Master of Arts degree in creative writing from Stanford University. She currently resides in Boston.