Biography of Ruta Sepetys

Ruta Sepetys (Rūta Šepetys) is an internationally acclaimed, New York Times bestselling author of historical fiction published in over sixty countries and forty languages. Sepetys is considered a “crossover” novelist as her books are read by both students and adults worldwide. Winner of the Carnegie Medal, Sepetys is renowned for giving voice to underrepresented history and those who experienced it. Her books have won or been shortlisted for over forty book prizes, are included on over thirty state reading lists, and are currently in development for film and television.

Sepetys is the daughter of a Lithuanian refugee. Born in Michigan, she was raised in a family of artists, readers, and music lovers. She is passionate about the power of history and story to foster global dialogue and connectivity. She has been invited to present at NATO, the European parliament, the U.S. Capitol, the Library of Congress, and embassies worldwide. She was awarded the Rockefeller Foundation’s prestigious Bellagio Fellowship for her studies on human resilience. The New York Times Book Review declared, “Ruta Sepetys acts as champion of the interstitial people so often ignored—whole populations lost in the cracks of history.”


Study Guides on Works by Ruta Sepetys

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys tells the story of fifteen-year-old Lina whose family is deported from their home in Lithuania to a Siberian labor camp in 1941. As the daughter of a Lithuanian refugee, Sepetys was inspired by her father to...

Ruta Sepetys is an American author born on November 19, 1967 in Detroit, Michigan. Although Sepetys currently makes her living as a writer, she did not even pursue a humanities field in university. She received a degree in International Finance...

Salt to the Sea is a young-adult historical fiction novel published on February 2, 2016. It is Ruta Sepetys’s third novel. Like Sepetys’s other three novels, Salt to the Sea explores the lost and forgotten stories of history. In particular, it...