Best-selling Teen Sci-Fi Romance Novelist Ally Condie at Brenau

Sep 25, 2012
Brenau Staff

UPDATE: Hear an exclusive interview with WBCX-FM

Her trilogy of life in a dystopian society began with Matched in 2010 and ends with Reached to be published this fall

Ally Condie, the author of one of the hottest teen book series since the Twilight and The Hunger Games sagas, appeared at a special presentation at Brenau’s Pearce Auditorium at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at Brenau University’s historic Pearce Auditorium. The event was free and open to the public.

Condie also appeared on WBCX-FM, Brenau’s radio station. In an interview by Prof. Lisa Morgan Echols, collection development specialist at Brenau’s Trustee library, Condie also talked about her work.

Click here to listen to the interview with Ally Condie.

Condie tapped into the resurgence of teen reading that was fueled  author of one of the hottest teen book series since the Twilight and The Hunger Games sagas. Condie´s Matched was selected as the “common reader” in the required first-year seminar program for all freshman at the Brenau Women´s College. In addition to an exclusive presentation for members of the first-year class, the author appeared at Brenau´s Historic Pearce Auditorium for a free community event and book signing Oct 3.

Ally Condie, left, talks with Brenau Professor Lisa Morgan, about her best-selling trilogy.

Condie’s dystopian saga Matched became an international best-seller when it was first published in 2010, and has subsequently gone through dozens of printings and translations into other languages. The book has been characterized in publicity as a cross between Brave New World and The Handmaid’s Tale. In the trilogy, all aspects of life are controlled by “The Society,” a system in which everything from the food people eat to the music they hear has been pre-selected. It is the story of Cassia, a 17-year-old girl who’s spent her life waiting to learn who “The Society” will select as her ideal mate, only to find herself falling in love with someone else.

The second book in the series, Crossed, also reached best-seller lists after its Nov. 1, 2011, publication. The trilogy concludes with Reached, scheduled to hit bookstores in November 2012.

Dr. Ken Frank, chair of the humanities department at Brenau, says that Condie’s first novel was selected as the “common reader” as part of the first-year seminar required read for all freshmen at the Brenau Women’s College. “In addition to her meeting with Brenau students, it is our good fortune that Ms. Condie has also agreed to appear at the public presentation for entire community.”

Condie is part of a string of best-selling authors, including Kathryn Stockett (The Help) and Khaled Hosseini (The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns) who have appeared on campus through their involvement in the first-year seminar series.

In addition to her auditorium talk and programs exclusively for Brenau students, Condie also sign books following the Pearce event.

Condie, a favored speaker on college campuses and libraries around the country, received a degree in English teaching from Brigham Young University and spent a number of years teaching high school English in Utah and upstate New York. She lives with her husband and three sons outside of Salt Lake City.

Disney optioned motion picture rights for Matched and signed David Slade (30 Days of Night and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) to direct.  Kieran and Michelle Mulroney (Sherlock Holmes 2) wrote the script. The company has not announced any casting or release date for the movie.