Janet Fitch

Fiction Writer

P.O. Box 39989
Los Angeles, CA 90039

Author's Bio

Janet Fitch is an American author and teacher of fiction writing. Most recent books are The Revolution of Marina M. and its sequel, Chimes of a Lost Cathedral, which together tell an epic story set in against the backdrop of the Russian Revolution. Previous works include the #1 national bestseller White Oleander, a novel translated into 24 languages, an Oprah Book Club book, and the basis of a feature film; and Paint It Black, also widely translated and made into a 2017 film. Additionally, she has written a young adult novel, Kicks, short stories, essays, articles, and reviews, contributed to anthologies and regularly teaches at the Squaw Valley Community of Writers. She taught creative writing for 14 years in the USC Master of Professional Writing program, as well as VCFA’s Writing and Publishing program, A Room of Her Own (AROHO), the UCLA Writer’s Program, and Pomona College. She lectures frequently on fiction writing. She is a member of the Writers Council of Poets & Writers. She lives in Los Angeles and travels whenever she gets the chance. (Photo credit: Cat Gwynn.)

Janet Fitch is now available to meet with book clubs via Skype! Please contact Lena Little, publicity, Little, Brown & Co. at Lena.Little@hbgusa.com.

Literary agent: 
Warren Frazier of John Hawkins & Associates, Inc.

Publications & Prizes

A Cafe in Space: The Anais Nin Literary Journal, Anthology 2003-2018 (Sky Blue Press, 2019)
My First Novel, Tales of Woe and Glory (Writers Tribe Books, 2013)
Los Angeles Noir (Akashic Books, 2007)
Because I Said So (Harper Collins, 2005)
Chimes of a Lost Cathedral (Little, Brown & Co., 2019)
The Revolution of Marina M. (Little, Brown & Co., 2017)
Paint It Black (Little, Brown & Co., 2006)
White Oleander (Little, Brown & Co., 1999)
Kicks (Clarion Books, 1995)
Black Clock
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Los Angeles Review of Books
Rain City Review
Room of One's Own
Southern California Review
Venice West Review
Prizes won: 
  • Likhachev Cultural Fellowship, St. Petersburg, 2009
  • Helen R. Whiteley Fellowship, Friday Harbor Labs, 2013
  • Research Fellowship, Huntington Library, 2004
  • Moseley Fellowship, Pomona College, 2002-3

More Information

Gives readings: 
Travels for readings: 
Prefers to work with: 
Adults, Teenagers
Born in: 
Los Angeles, CA
Raised in: 
Los Angeles, CA
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Last update: May 03, 2019