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    Anne Ursu

    Anne Ursu is the author four middle grade fantasy books and novels for adults. Her latest book, Breadcrumbs, was selected for NPR's Backseat Book Club. It was also an Amazon.com, Publishers Weekly, BCCB, School Library Journal best book of the year, as well as a NCTE notable book and a Junior Library Guild Selection. She is also the author the books that comprise the Cronus Chronicles trilogy-The Shadow Thieves, The Siren Song, and The Immortal Fire--and two novels for adults. She has been a finalist for Borders Original Voices Award, was a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers pick, and her books have been selections of Book-of-the-Month Club and the Literary Guild.

    As a journalist and free-lance writer, Anne published weekly articles on theater and the arts in City Pages and The Portland Phoenix and has written for Glamour and the Washington Post Book World, Salon.com, and Espn.com. She lives in Minneapolis with her young son and copious cats.


  • Accomplishments

    • cwp-mn-book-awards
      Congratulations to Anne Ursu and Swati Avasthi, faculty members of Hamline's Creative Writing Program, and alums Melanie Hoffert and Elizabeth Verdick, all finalists for Minnesota Book Awards.
    • Ursu the real boy news
      ... "a lovely and sophisticated new middle-grade fantasy that asks readers to wrap their heads around abstractions and accept a lack of absolutes."
    • Ursu & Avasthi book release covers
      September 24, 2013
      Two Faculty Book Releases
      Congratulations to CWP faculty Swati Avashti (Chasing Shadows) and Anne Ursu (The Real Boy), both celebrating book releases today.
    • UrsuYang NBA longlist
      Anne Ursu and Gene Luen Yang named to the 2013 National Book Award Longlist for Young People's Literature
    • news good reads
      Read MFAC faculty Anne Ursu along with July Residency graduation ceremony speaker Chris Crutcher and many others in The Sports Pages, the new edition of the Guys Read short story series.
    • "Best Ofs" from Amazon, Publisher's Weekly; starred reviews from Kirkus, SLJ, and more. Read the astounding list of honors for Breadcrumbs.
    • Breadcrumbs thumbnail
      December 7, 2011
      MFAC Faculty Book News
      MFA in Writing for Children & YA program faculty Anne Ursu's fantasy novel Breadcrumbs is the December pick for NPR's Backseat Book Club.
    • MFAC faculty book lists
      Two faculty members in the low-residency Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults (MFAC) program are being recognized for the high quality of their work. Gary Schmidt's new novel, Okay for Now, has been named a National Book Award finalist and leads the list of Amazon's Best Books of 2011 for middle-grade readers. Also on this top-ten list is faculty member Anne Ursu's novel, Breadcrumbs.
    • MFAC Faculty Anne Ursu guest blogs at The Book Smugglers about new book.
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    Warren Pond Press

    The Shadow Thieves:
    Cronus Chronicles 1

    Atheneum Books for Young Readers

    The Siren Song:
    Cronus Chronicles 2

    Atheneum Books for Young Readers

    The Immortal Fire:
    Cronus Chronicles 3

    Atheneum Books for Young Readers