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Audrey Niffenegger

2009 Nick Adams Contest Judge

Press release February 25, 2009

Audrey Niffenegger

Audrey Niffenegger

Chicago, IL – Local visual artist and writer Audrey Niffenegger has agreed to serve as the professional judge for the 2009 Nick Adams Short Story Contest. Open to any student at an ACM college, the Nick Adams Contest celebrates Ernest Hemingway’s young hero and the creative impulse of ACM students. Ms. Niffenegger’s creative impulse has produced numerous art works, several visual and graphic novels, and two novels.

Niffenegger’s debut novel, The Time Traveler’s Wife (2003) has been translated into over thirty languages. Warner Bros./New Line Cinema expects to release a film version, starring Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams, later this year. A love story about a “temporally challenged” man, the novel features vivid Chicago settings, including the Newberry Library, and compelling meditations about marriage, loss, free will, and change.

The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Her second novel, Her Fearful Symmetry, will be published in October. Harry N. Abrams has published two of her visual novels, Three Incestuous Sisters (2005) and The Adventuress (2006). Other visual books include Spring (1993), The Spinster (1986), Aberrant Abecedarium (1986) and The Murderer. Recently, her graphic novel The Night Bookmobile (2008) was serialized in the London Guardian and can be viewed at   

Audrey Niffenegger was born in South Haven, Michigan, and grew up in Evanston, Illinois. Ms. Niffenegger received a bachelor of fine arts degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a master’s of fine arts degree from Northwestern University. She is one of the founders of the Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts and teaches in the Center’s MFA program in Interdisciplinary Book Arts.

The Adventuress by Audrey Niffenegger

Ms. Niffenegger’s work is in the collections of the Library of Congress, the Art Institute of Chicago, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Newberry Library, the Houghton Library at Harvard University, and Temple University. She has received several awards and fellowships including a Union League Art Scholarship from the Union League Civic Arts Foundation, a George D. and Isabella A. Brown Travelling Fellowship from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and an Artist Grant from the Vogelstein Foundation.

Ms. Niffenegger has also been a Ragdale Fellow numerous times and has received funding from the Illinois Arts Council. Her art work has appeared in group exhibitions at the Spertus Museum at Chicago’s Institute of Jewish Studies, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Chicago Cultural Center, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.

More information is on Audrey Niffenegger's website.

 ACM Nick Adams Contest Judge to Receive $5 Million for Her Second Novel

Posted March 20, 2009

Audrey Niffenegger, the Chicago visual artist and best-selling author, recently sold her new novel for nearly $5 million. This spring she will read stories by ACM college students and choose a winner for the ACM Nick Adams Short Story Contest.

According to The New York Times, Ms. Niffenegger has made a deal in which Scribner, a unit of Simon & Schuster, will publish her new novel, Her Fearful Symmetry. A film version of her first novel, the best-seller The Time Traveler’s Wife, is scheduled for release in February.

In the midst of it all, Ms. Niffenegger has agreed help nurture young writers by serving as the final judge for ACM’s Nick Adams Contest for students at ACM colleges. She joins an illustrious group of authors who have served as Nick Adams judges over the years, including Saul Bellow, Anne Tyler, John Updike, Maya Angelou, Joyce Carol Oates, Stuart Dybek, and many others.