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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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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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

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

March 2018

22Mar2018

Books on Stage/Telling the Story

Join us for an evening with Sonoma County’s own Jean Hegland. Jean’s most recent 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. Booklist described it as “Heartbreaking in the best possible way.” Her first novel, Into the Forest, has been translated into over a dozen languages, was adapted into a movie that premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2015, and has recently become a best seller in France. The event will be followed by wine, cheese and conversation in the lobby.

Cloverdale Performing Arts Center

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26Mar2018

Book Passage + ALTA Meet the Author Book Group

In the first hour of this long-running group, we discuss the book we’ve just read. In the second hour, we talk with the author about what it took to create it and other engrossing topics. Four Mondays: (THE WALKING - Laleh Khadivi), Jan 29; (KING OF CUBA - Cristina García), Feb 26; (STILL TIME- Jean Hegland), Mar. 26; (SWALLOWING MERCURY - Wioletta Greg and SUCH SMALL HANDS - Andres Barba), April

Book Passage Corte Madera

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April 2018

19Apr2018

Write Spot Writers' Forum Talk: "Helping Ourselves to Write Our Best"

There are only a few personal qualities and life circumstances that writers need to achieve their writing dreams. Jean will discuss some of the ways we can fan the spark, make the grit, keep the faith, create the community, and court the luck that will enable us to do our best work.

Copperfields Books

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June 2018

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February 1, 2018, 11:00 am
Brief Candle: Issue IV from Last Syllable Press

The newly-released issue of BRIEF CANDLE (http://lastsyllablepress.storenvy.com/products/22386543-brief-candle-issue-iv), a fab zine whose goal is to ... See more

Shakespeare magazine. Fourth issue.

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January 2, 2018, 8:24 am
Libr'à Nous

Très cool!

*** Finalistes du troisième tour – Prix Libr’à Nous 2018 catégorie Littérature étrangère ***
« Jeu blanc » de Richard Wagamese - Ojibway ... See more

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December 4, 2017, 12:00 pm
Jean Hegland

I just finished another grand tour around Bordeaux and Provence for "Dans la fôrət," Edition Gallmeister's and Josette Chicheportiche's excellent ... See more

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December 4, 2017, 11:57 am
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I just finished another grand tour around Bordeaux and Provence for "Dans la fôrət," Edition Gallmeister's and Josette Chicheportiche's excellent ... See more

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November 23, 2017, 2:13 pm
La Colline Aux Livres

After a great afternoon at lycee Maine de Biran, a great evening with Colline, Marie, and many readers at librairie La colline aux livres in Bergerac.

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November 17, 2017, 11:32 pm

The fun's begun! Here's a sign next to La Garonne river in the beautiful city of Bordeaux advertising the Lettres du Monde book festival.

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November 12, 2017, 8:35 pm

I'm headed back to France next week! I'll be giving public presentations for the festival Lettres du monde and the festival Lettres d'automne and in ... See more

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October 28, 2017, 5:06 pm

I'll be at wonderful Readers' Books in Sonoma on Wednesday, Nov. 1 at 7:00 to celebrate the release of the paper edition of STILL TIME. If you're up ... See more

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October 16, 2017, 3:38 pm

As strange as it seems to turn my thoughts away from Northern California's hellish fires for a moment, I wanted to spread the word that my novel ... See more

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October 6, 2017, 6:57 pm

The STILL TIME paperback is hot off the press with a lovely new cover, an Author's Interview, and Readers' Guide! Karen Joy Fowler calls my novel ... See more

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