Ruta Sepetys is a Lithuanian-American writer of historical fiction.
Born in Michigan, in 1967, her dad was a Lithuanian refugee, she earned a B.S. in International Finance from Hillsdale College. While overseas, she studied at the Centre d’études Européennes in Toulon, France and at the ICN Graduate Business School in Nancy, France.
Her novels, Between Shades of Gray and Out of the Easy are both New York Times bestsellers and international bestsellers. Her latest novel, Salt to the Sea, is a #1 New York Times bestseller and winner of the Carnegie Medal. Also she was awarded The Rockefeller Foundation’s prestigious Bellagio Resident Fellowship for Salt to the Sea.
Sepetys is the first American crossover novelist to address both European Parliament and Library of Congress.
Ruta Sepetys was recently bestowed the Cross of the Knight of the Order by the President of Lithuania for her contributions to education and memory preservation.