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Ruta Sepetys

Ruta Sepetys or Rūta Šepetys (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.[1]Sepetys
is a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Fellow and the first American writer of young
adult literature to speak at European Parliament.[2][3] Her work is published in over
fifty countries and thirty languages and is currently in development for two films.[4]

Born in Detroit Michigan, Sepetys is the
daughter of a Lithuanian refugee. She holds a
B.S. in International Finance from Hillsdale
College. While overseas, Sepetys also studied
at the Centre d’études Européennes in Toulon,
France and at the ICN Graduate Business
School in Nancy, France.[6]
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 (band), 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, TN. She is
described as a "seeker of lost stories" who hopes to give voice to those who weren't
able to tell their story.[7]

Between Shades of Gray
Main article: Between Shades of Gray
Her first novel, Between Shades of Gray, about the Genocide of Baltic people after
the Soviet occupation in 1941, was critically acclaimed[8] and translated into over 30
different languages.[9][10]
The book is considered a roman à clef, with fictional characters wrapped around
actual events and experiences. Ruta states that the novel represents the "extreme
suffering and tremendous hope" displayed by the people of the Baltics.[11][11]
In March 2013, Ruta became the first American author of young adult literature to
give a presentation at European Parliament. Her discussion with MEPs in Brussels
centered on the novel, the history of totalitarianism in the Baltics, and the importance

[19] Recognition The Carnegie Medal On June 19.[12] The novel is currently in development as a film.[21] The Rockefeller Foundation . Sepetys. In their starred review.[15] Salt to the Sea Main article: Salt to the Sea Sepetys's latest novel. 2013[14] and features Josie Moraine. to many. was published on February 2. but through reading we are united in story. the story remains unknown."[18] In June. Sepetys is a writer of historical fiction. 2013. a young woman in the 1950s French Quarter of New Orleans who struggles to escape her family and become the author of her own destiny. the book has been widely read by many worldwide and is considered a book for all ages. 2017. I am drawn to underrepresented stories and history in hiding. Although Between Shades of Gray was initially written for children and young adults. The honor of Knight was bestowed by the President of Lithuania in a formal ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Vilnius.of historical fiction. 2013. Salt to the Sea.she excels in shining light on lost chapters of history and this visceral novel proves a memorable testament to strength and resilience in the face of war and cruelty. Sepetys was awarded Lithuania's Cross of the Knight of the Order. It was released on February 12. Sepetys was decorated for her contributions to education and culture in conjunction with her global efforts to share the history of totalitarianism in the Baltics.[13] Out of the Easy Main article: Out of the Easy Out of the Easy is Sepetys' second published novel. That is the power of books. 2017. 2016 and chronicles the 1945 refugee evacuation from East Prussia and the MV Wilhelm Gustloff disaster. who was previously shortlisted for The Carnegie Medal in 2012 for her novel Between Shades of Gray.[16]The sinking of the MV Wilhelm Gustloff is the single largest maritime disaster in history yet. Ashes in the Snow. "Salt to the Sea" was awarded The Carnegie Medal for stimulating empathy and solidarity. commented: "As a writer. The novel became a New York Times bestseller and was chosen as an Editor’s Choice in the New York Times on February 15. study and remembrance.. Ruta Sepetys was awarded The Carnegie Medal (literary award) in a ceremony at the Royal Institute of British Architects in London." [17] The New York Times added this in their review of Salt to the Sea—"Ruta Sepetys acts as champion of the interstitial people so often ignored—whole populations lost in the cracks of history.. "Sepetys delivers another knockout historical novel. History divided us. Publishers Weekly said."[20] Cross of the Knight On June 6. The story explores themes of feminism in historical context and post-war America.

policy makers. Italy."[22] Between Shades of Gray Honors in the US  A New York Times Bestseller  An International Bestseller  A Carnegie Medal Nominee  A William C. Sepetys was invited to spend a month at the Foundation's Bellagio Center interacting with other international resident thought leaders. Sepetys was awarded the Rockefeller Foundation's prestigious Bellagio Center residency in Lake Como. Louis Post Dispatch Best Book of 2011  A Columbus Dispatch Best Book of 2011  Winner of the SCBWI Work-in-Progress Grant  Georgia Peach Honor Book (GA)  Balzekas Museum's 2013 Woman of the Year[23][24] International  Finalist for the Carnegie Medal in the UK  Shortlisted for the Lewisham Book Award in the UK  A Waterstones Children’s Book Prize Nominee in the UK  Amazon Top Ten Books of 2011 in the UK  Winner of the Flanders Young Adult Literature Jury Prize in Belgium  Winner of the Prix RTL Lire For Best Novel For Young People in France  Winner of the Prix Livrentête in France  Finalist for the Historia Prize in France  Winner of Le Prix des Incorruptibles in France  Winner of the Peter Pan Silver Star in Sweden  Winner of the Flanders Young Adult Literature Jury Prize in Belgium . As a Rockefeller Bellagio fellow. artists. and practitioners who share in the Foundation’s pioneering mission to "promote the well-being of humanity. Morris Finalist  A New York Times Notable Book  A Wall Street Journal Best Children's Book  Winner of The Golden Kite Award for Fiction  An ALA Notable Book  A Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book of 2011  YALSA’s Top 10 Best Fiction For Young Adults  A School Library Journal Best Book of 2011  A Booklist Best Book of 2011  A Kirkus Best Book of 2011  iTunes Best Teen Novel of 2011  A Junior Library Guild Selection  Notable Books For a Global Society Award  An Indies Choice Book Awards Finalist  IRA Children's and Young Adult's Book Award  Winner of the Volunteer State Book Award  Amazon Top Ten Teen Books of 2011  A CYBILS Finalist for 2011  National Blue Ribbon Selection by Book of the Month Club  A St.In 2015.

 Winner of the Prix Farniente in Belgium  Awarded Cross of the Knight of the Order in Lithuania  Winner of the National Patriot Award in Lithuania  Winner of the Global Lithuanian Leader Award in Lithuania  A Golden List Nominee in the Netherlands  A Magazyn Literacki KSIĄŻKI! Best Book in Poland  Winner of the Prix des Libraries du Québec in Canada  ‘Der Leserpreis’ Readers Choice Finalist in Germany  A ‘Best Breakthrough Author’ Nominee for the Penguin Teen Australia Awards  Finalist for the Sakura Medal in Japan US state honors  Texas Lonestar Reading List Master List (TX)  TAYSHAS Reading List Master List (TX)  Capitol Choices Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens Master List (D.)  Black-Eyed Susan Book Award Master List (MD)  Pennsylvania School Librarians Association Award Master List (PA)  The Flume: New Hampshire Readers’ Choice Award Master List (NH)  Iowa Association of School Librarians Award Master List (IA)  Kentucky Bluegrass Award Master List (KY)  Nevada Young Readers Award Master List (NV)  Rhode Island Teen Book Award Master List (RI)  Maud Hart Lovelace Award (MN)  Missouri Association of School Librarians Gateway Award Master List (MO)  South Carolina Young Adult Book Award Master List (SC)  Virginia Readers’ Choice Master List (VA)  Eliot Rosewater Rosie Award Master List (IN)  Nebraska Golden Sower Award (NE)  Volunteer State Book Award (TN)  Sequoyah Book Award (OK)  Young Hoosier Book Award (IN)  Georgia Peach Book Award (GA)  Colorado Blue Spruce Book Award Master List (CO) Out of the Easy Honors in the US  A New York Times Bestseller  A Junior Library Guild Book Pick  A Carnegie Medal Nominee  A New York Times Editor's Choice Novel  YALSA Top Ten Best Fiction For Young Adults  Booklist Top Ten Fiction for Young Adults  A CCBC Choice Selection  A Bank Streets Best Children's Book of the Year Selection  A Cybils Award Finalist  Bookspan Book Club’s Top New Books of 2013  Indie Next List Top Ten Pick  YALSA Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults  Barnes and Noble Best Teen Books of 2013  Kirkus Best Teen Books of 2013  Amazon Best Teen Books of 2013  Newsday's Top Ten Books of 2013 .C.

 BookPage Best Young Adult Books of 2013  Los Angeles Public Library Best Teen Books of 2013  Goodreads Choice Best Teen Fiction of 2013  2013 Nerdy Award Finalist  Amazon Spotlight Pick International Honors  Book of the Year in Spain  Finalist for Waterstones Children's Book Prize in the UK  Finalist for the Prix Farniente in Belgium State Reading Lists & Awards  Capitol Choices’ Noteworthy Titles for Children and Teens List (DC)  Tennessee Volunteer State Book Award (TN)  Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award Master List (IN)  Texas TAYHAS State List (TX)  Nutmeg Book Award Nominee (CT)  Pennsylvania Young Readers Choice Program Master List (PA)  Westchester Fiction Honorable Mention (CA)  Abraham Lincoln Award Nominee (IL)  Flume Award Nominee (NH)  South Carolina Young Adult Book Award Nominee (SC)  Rhode Island Teen Book Award Nominee (RI) Salt to the Sea  A #1 New York Times Bestseller  Winner of the Carnegie Medal  An International Bestseller  A New York Times Notable Book  Notable Books for a Global Society Award  Winner of the Golden Kite Award for Fiction  Winner of the ABA Indies Choice Book of the Year  Winner of the Cybils Award for Young Adult Fiction  Winner of Goodreads Choice Award for Best Young Adult Fiction  A Wall Street Journal Best Book  A Publishers Weekly Best Book  A School Library Journal Best Book  An Amazon Best Book  A Barnes & Noble Best Book  A Junior Library Guild Selection  YALSA's Top 10 Best Fiction for Young Adults .

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