Nina Sankovitch received a BA from Tufts University and a JD from Harvard Law School. She worked as an environmental lawyer for years but after her oldest sister died from cancer in 2005, she spent a year reading a book a day and writing about it on her website, Readallday.org. Her book Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading, about the joys and therapeutic benefits of reading, was published in 2011.
In 1999, Sankovitch moved into a broken-down brownstone on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. In the backyard of the brownstone, she discovered the letters that James Seligman wrote to his mother over a forty-year period. This discovery prompted her to write Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Celebrating the Joys of Letter Writing, which came out in 2014.
Her third book, titled The Lowells of Massachusetts: An American Family, came out in April 2017 from St. Martin’s Press. The book is a multi-generational biography covering three hundred years of the fascinating Lowells.
Sankovitch is currently a judge for the Book of the Month Club, which allows her to indulge my reading addiction most happily and productively. She lives in Connecticut.