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Laura Zigman

Author, Journalist and Blogger

Laura Zigman

Laura Zigman grew up in Newton, Massachusetts, and graduated from The University of Massachusetts at Amherst and The Radcliffe Publishing Procedures Course. She spent ten years working in New York in book publishing as a publicist before moving to Washington, D.C. where she worked at the Smithsonian Institution and Share Our Strength while finishing her first novel.

She's the author of (the thinly-disguised autobiographical novel) New York Times bestseller Animal Husbandry. A film based on the book, Someone Like You (starring Ashley Judd and Hugh Jackman) was released by Fox 2000. Her (thinly-disguised autobiographical) novels, Dating Big Bird, and Her, (optioned by Julia Roberts’ production company—but nothing happened) were next, followed by Piece of Work, based on her experiences as a publicist and was optioned by Tom Hanks’ production company, Playtone Pictures (again nothing happened). She has engaged in two acts of “collaborative non-fiction” (ghostwriting) — and counts finishing both without getting fired among her greatest achievements.

She’s a contributor to The New York Times, a guest blogger for The Huffington Post, and is the co-host with authors Ann Leary and Julie Klam of the NPR-affiliated radio show, "Hash Hags." She recently finished her first original screenplay, is at work on a non-fiction book about moving home, as an adult, to where she grew up, called Still Life With Braces, and has made 72 "Annoying Conversations" xtranormal videos (

Follow her on Twitter at @LauraZigman or visit her website

Click here for our interview with Laura Zigman, and find out about her early literary experiences.


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