Follow me on Facebook

Just the basics...

Jane St. Anthony grew up in Minneapolis and graduated from the University of Minnesota. The author of three middle-grade books, Isabelle Day Refuses to Die of a Broken Heart, Grace Above All and The Summer Sherman Loved Me, she lives in Minneapolis with her husband.

More about Jane...


My first and only field trip in grade school was Hosmer Library, where each first grader solemnly printed his or her name on a library card. I had books at home, but the library was a holy building, guarded by two granite lions. The children’s room was the sanctuary.

Two years later, an optometrist dilated my pupils as part of an eye exam. I was forbidden to read for the rest of the day. But I couldn’t wait that long to finish my library book, The Boxcar Children. So I read in secret, ever conscious of my parents’ whereabouts.

During the summers before my friend Anne and I could ride bikes, we pulled a Radio Flyer to the library and loaded up. When we mastered two-wheelers, we piled books in the wire baskets mounted on the handlebars. Our destination: her porch or mine. And we read.

Writing was an outgrowth of reading. I wrote stories in my head while on the backyard swing. To amuse ourselves, Anne and I wrote tales that featured our classmates. As seventh graders, we were chosen to write the rhyming prophesies for the eighth-grade graduates—all 145 of them.

At my eighth-grade graduation, I was awarded second place in the diocesan writing competition on the topic, “What I Will Do with My Religious Vocation.” My classmate Martin Ferris took first place; I believe he became a priest.

Ultimately I discovered that I wanted to write about nuns rather than be one. I’ve also written about a squirrel, a chain-smoking and indifferent mother, baseball great Jimmy Piersall, a vampire cat and more.

Through reading and writing, I’ve inhabited many worlds and imagined many lives. I never knew that a library card would take me so far.

Jane St. Antony at the Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library
Home || About Jane || Schedule || Author Visits || Journal || Contact
Website copyright 2005 - Jane St. Anthony. All rights reserved.