The Life Within, by Jean Hegland

“Hegland takes the reader upon the month-by-month journey traveled by every mother-to-be … [her] rich prose style makes it all a joy to read.”

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Windfalls, by Jean Hegland

“A powerful, extremely moving tale about motherhood, the choices we make, and the impact we can have on one another. Highly recommended.”

— Robin Nesbin,
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Into the Forest, by Jean Hegland

“By rights this tale of the complete collapse of society and technology should be a depressing story, but the author has turned it onto a triumph.”

—Barbara Howe,
Dorset Evening Echo

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Still Time, by Jean Hegland

“A moving, beautiful story about what persists and what doesn’t, about what can be repaired and what can’t. This is a tale focused and personal, but also large and philosophical.”

—Karen Joy Fowler, author of
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

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STILL TIME

From the author of Into the Forest, a moving novel about memory, Shakespeare's green worlds, and the power of reconciliation.

ISBN: 9781628728217

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Jean Hegland

Welcome to the official website for Jean Hegland, author of Into the Forest, WindfallsThe Life Within, and Still Time.

Jean’s latest novel, Still Time, is about a Shakespeare scholar’s attempts to come to terms with his life and reconcile with his estranged daughter as he struggles with Alzheimer’s disease. An intellectual and emotional tour de force that confronts—and transcends—our fears of aging and memory loss, Still Time has received enthusiastic acclaim from Shakespeare scholars as well as from readers who are indifferent (or even allergic) to Shakespeare.

Into the Forest, the story of two sisters struggling to survive after the collapse of technological society, has been translated into over a dozen languages since it was first published in 1997. The French translation, which was released in January, 2017, has become a French best-seller.

Into the Forest has also been adapted to the big screen. Directed by Patricia Rozema, the film stars Ellen Page (who also serves as co-producer) and Evan Rachel Wood. It premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in September, 2015, and is now available on a number of online and on-demand video services.

Jean enjoys presenting at writers conferences and workshops; check the events page or look below for information on upcoming events.

A native of Washington state, Jean lives in northern California on 55 acres of second-growth forest.  She has taught creative and literature for many years, both in California and abroad. She is always at work on another book.


Upcoming Events

September 2018

25Sep2018

reading

Dans la forêt

Librairie au temps lire

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26Sep2018

reading

Dans la forêt

Librairie Filigranes

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27Sep2018
29Sep2018

L'Amérique à Oron Festival

American Literature Festival in Oron-la-Ville, Switzerland, with Christian Keifer, Laura Kasischke, Michael Farris Smith, and Richard Russo

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September 8, 2018, 4:51 pm

These are some of the novels by some of the authors I get to be on panels with at the Festival America in Vincennes, France and the L'Amérique à ... See more

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September 6, 2018, 8:21 am
Prix Litteraire

I'm very proud to learn that "Dans la forêt" won the 2018 Prix Littéraire, the Literary Prize for High School Students and Apprentices in the ... See more

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August 31, 2018, 8:34 am

Hi Jean! Just letting you know I am teaching "Into the Forest" again in #itstheendoftheworldasweknowit255 and we'd love it if you want to chime in on ... See more

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August 2, 2018, 4:30 pm

I'll be signing copies of STILL TIME at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's Tudor Gift Shop and Bookstore on Friday, August 3rd from 6:15-7:00 ... See more

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June 14, 2018, 10:49 pm
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June 13, 2018, 5:27 pm
Kachemak Bay Writers' Conference

I was too busy at the Kachemak Bay Writers' Conference to take at many photos as I wished I'd had, but here are a few random images of moose, sea ... See more

12 new photos · Album by Jean Hegland

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May 25, 2018, 7:35 pm

A couple of copies of the new pocket edition (le livre de poche) of "Dans la forêt" arrived in my mailbox today!

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May 10, 2018, 9:44 am

"Dans la forêt" won the l'Union interalliée 2018 prize for a foreign novel. Je suis très fière!

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April 28, 2018, 3:39 pm
Photos from Jean Hegland's post

I had a great time talking about what it is that writers really do at Rio Hondo's Writes of Spring Festival last week.

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April 18, 2018, 9:37 pm
Faculty

If you're looking for a great writers' conference this summer, come to the Kachemak Bay Conference in Homer, Alaska. My only complaint about teaching ... See more

Anthony Doerr – 2018 Keynote Presenter  

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