Today in YA History: November 10, 1971 – Holly Black born!

November 10, 1971: Author Holly Black (Tithe, Spiderwick Chronicles) is born in West Long Branch, New Jersey.

Born Holly Riggenbach, during her early years Holly’s family lived in a “decrepit Victorian house” in New Jersey. She studied at Rutgers University and ultimately graduated from The College of New Jersey in 1994, with a B.A. in English. She married high school sweetheart, Theo Black (illustrator and web designer), in 1999. They now live together in Amherst, Massachusetts in “a house with a secret library”!

She briefly considered becoming a librarian before her writing career took off with the publication of her first novel, Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale, in 2002. The world of Kaye, a young changeling, is continued in Valiant : A Modern Tale of Faerie and concluded in Ironside: A Modern Faery’s Tale.

Holly has “edited and contributed to the role-playing culture magazine “d8” (and has made allusions to Role-playing and LARPing in her works), worked as a production editor for medical journals such as The Journal of Pain, and was the co-executive producer for The Spiderwick Chronicles film based on her mid-grade series of the same name.

The Spiderwick Series–translated in 32 languages since the five-book series was published–spawned not only a film, but also a video game, and several world-expanding collections such as the illustrated Arthur Spiderwick’s Field Guide to The Fantastical World Around You, The Notebook for Fantastical Observations, Care and Feeding of Sprites and the three-book follow-up series Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles.

She has contributed to and edited anthologies such as “Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd”, “Eternal Kiss”, and “Zombies vs. Unicorns”.

In October 2011, she made an announcement that fans had long been waiting for: Holly had signed a deal with Little Brown Books for Young Readers for a YA vampire novel titled The Coldest Girl in Coldtown.

Happy birthday, Holly!


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