Author of Between Shades of Gray
Works by Ruta Sepetys
Between Shades of Gray (2011) 4,820 copies
Salt to the Sea (2016) 3,228 copies
Out of the Easy (2013) 1,638 copies
The Fountains of Silence (2019) 1,258 copies
I Must Betray You (2022) 677 copies
Between Shades of Gray: The Graphic Novel (2021) — Author — 85 copies
You: The Story: A Writer's Guide to Craft Through Memory (2023) 53 copies
Discover Ruta Sepetys 4 copies
The Ruta Sepetys Collection (2021) 2 copies
- Legal name
- Šepetys, Rūta
- Detroit, Michigan, USA
- Places of residence
- Hillsdale, Michigan, USA
Los Angeles, California, USA
Nashville, Tennessee, USA
- Hillsdale College (BS|International Finance)
- Make a Noise Foundation
Mike Curb College of Entertainment
Sepetys Entertainment Group, Inc.
- Awards and honors
- Cross of the Knight of the Order (Lithuania)
Rockefeller Bellagio fellow
First American writer of young adult literature to speak at the European Parliament
- Short biography
- Ruta Sepetys is a Lithuanian-American whose parents' history inspired her to research and then write about the Lithuanian deportation by the Soviets in the 1930s and 1940s.Ruta Sepetys (born November 19, 1967) is a Lithuanian-American writer of historical fiction. As an author, she is a #1 New York Times bestseller, international bestseller, and winner of the Carnegie Medal.
She is a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Fellow and the first American writer of young adult literature to speak at the European Parliament and NATO. Her work is published in over sixty countries and forty languages and is currently in development for film and television.
Born in Detroit, Sepetys is the daughter of a Lithuanian refugee. She earned a B.S. in International Finance from Hillsdale College. While overseas, she studied at the Centre d’études Européennes in Toulon, France and at the ICN Graduate Business School in Nancy, France.
Following graduation Sepetys moved to Los Angeles. In 1994, she launched Sepetys Entertainment Group, Inc., an entertainment management firm representing Grammy-award-winning guitarist Steve Vai, multi-platinum songwriter Desmond Child, Orange County modern rockers Lit, and Emmy-nominated film composer Niels Bye Nielsen.
In 2002, Sepetys was featured in Rolling Stone magazine's "Women in Rock" special issue as a woman driven to make a difference. Sepetys is on the Board of Advisors for the Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business at Belmont University and is also a director of the Make a Noise Foundation, a national non-profit that raises money for music education. Sepetys published her first novel in 2011 and currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee. She has been described as a "seeker of lost stories" who hopes to give voice to those who weren't able to tell their story.
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