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Ann Hood was a bestselling writer living in Providence, RI with her husband Lorne and their two children, 8 year old Sam and 5 year old Grace, when unspeakable tragedy struck. In 2002, Grace, a healthy kindergartner, died suddenly from a virulent form of strep. One day she was twirling in her ballet class; two days later Hood and her husband were planning her funeral.

Since Hood was four years old and read her first words—Look! Look!—stories had been her source of comfort. She read to escape the world around her, and wrote to help understand that world. But in the aftermath of losing Grace, Hood also lost her ability to use words. Reading and writing proved elusive as she struggled with her grief.

One day, six months later, a friend gave her advice that would change Hood’s life and help her return to a life of hope and joy. “Learn to knit,” her friend suggested. And Hood, a Home Economics failure back in middle school, found herself lost in a new language—one of yarn and needles, knitting and purling. Hood often says she knit her way out of grief. Soon, she was reading again, and then writing again.

As the fog of grief lifted, Hood realized that she and Lorne needed to show their son Sam that grief does not have to defeat you. In 2005, three years after Grace died, Hood and her family traveled to Hunan, China to bring home their baby daughter Annabelle.

Hood has dedicated much of her time working with parents who have lost children, including serving on the board of the national organization, Compassionate Friends. Her grief work has also included speaking at hospice groups around the country and teaching bereaved mothers to knit. Her memoir, Comfort: A Journey Through Grief, was a New York Times Editor’s Choice and was named one of the top ten non-fiction books of 2008 by Entertainment Weekly. Her 2006 novel, The Knitting Circle, is an international bestseller and has been optioned by Katherine Heigl. In 2013, she edited Knitting Yarns, an anthology of writers writing about knitting. Hood has also been an advocate and speaker for international adoption, and her bestselling novel The Red Thread, explores the journey of six fictional families adopting babies from China.

Hood is a funny, heartwarming, poignant speaker. She tells her own story of how she found her way through loss in unexpected ways. She provides laughter, some tears and a large dose of hope to her audiences.

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Kitchen Yarns: Notes on Life, Love, and Food

Kitchen Yarns: Notes on Life, Love, and Food

The Book That Matters Most: A Novel

The Book That Matters Most: A Novel

Speaking Topics
  • Comfort: A Journey Through Grief

    When Ann Hood’s daughter Grace died in 2002, she was desperate to find someone who understood this enormous grief. As a result of that loss and that desire, Hood has dedicated herself to speaking to parents who have lost children. She has traveled the country to visit and give keynote speeches for organizations such as Compassionate Friends, The Center for Grieving Children, Peter’s Place, Erin’s House and Hospice. As a bereaved father said to Hood after her talk in Portland, Maine, “You stood up here as someone who has lived through this grief, and you smiled at us. This is the first time I’ve believed I might smile again.” By telling her own journey through grief and back to hope, Hood inspires bereaved parents and anyone experiencing loss.

  • The Knitting Circle

    Much of Ann Hood’s time is spent knitting and speaking at knitting conferences, yarn stores, knitting circles and knitting guilds. Hood believes in the transformative, healing powers of knitting and brings that message to audiences around the world. From Italy to Great Britain to Spain and Norway, as well as in the United States, knitters gather to knit and listen to Hood tell her story of how the activity changed her life. Her anthology, Knitting Yarns: Writers Writing About Knitting, has been so popular that she is now working on a second edition.

  • The Red Thread: An International Adoption Story

    Ann Hood and her family adopted their daughter Annabelle from Hunan, China in 2005 when Annabelle was eleven months old. Hood learned through that experience how adoption can change lives, and the many reasons that people choose to adopt. She has spoken at adoption organizations around the country, including New York City, Los Angeles and Boston to tell her own inspirational story of adopting Annabelle.

  • The Italian Wife

    At the end of the nineteenth century, Ann Hood’s great-grandparents immigrated to the mill town of West Warwick, Rhode Island, with their infant daughter, Rose. Hood grew up with them in the house they bought when they arrived here, surrounded by dozens of relatives in an Italian-American neighborhood. She has been a proud Italian-American, speaking at Italian-American Societies and Historical Societies. Her new novel, An Italian Wife, chronicles one hundred years in the life of an Italian-American family, a topic which Hood enjoys speaking about and sharing her own experiences as the great-granddaughter of Italian immigrants.

  • Writing & Creativity

    In this workshop-like presentation, Ann Hood shares an intimate look into her own creative writing process and how she turned her life-long love for the written word into a fulfilling, successful career.

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  • HOW TO BOOK Ann Hood?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Ann Hood for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Ann Hood, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Ann Hood or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK Ann Hood?

    Booking fees for Ann Hood, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Ann Hood, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Ann Hood?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Ann Hood for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Ann Hood for your next private or corporate function.
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    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Ann Hood or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Ann Hood or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.
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Ann Hood

Best-Selling Author & Adoptive Parent

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Ann Hood Biography

Ann Hood was a bestselling writer living in Providence, RI with her husband Lorne and their two children, 8 year old Sam and 5 year old Grace, when unspeakable tragedy struck. In 2002, Grace, a healthy kindergartner, died suddenly from a virulent form of strep. One day she was twirling in her ballet class; two days later Hood and her husband were planning her funeral.

Since Hood was four years old and read her first words—Look! Look!—stories had been her source of comfort. She read to escape the world around her, and wrote to help understand that world. But in the aftermath of losing Grace, Hood also lost her ability to use words. Reading and writing proved elusive as she struggled with her grief.

One day, six months later, a friend gave her advice that would change Hood’s life and help her return to a life of hope and joy. “Learn to knit,” her friend suggested. And Hood, a Home Economics failure back in middle school, found herself lost in a new language—one of yarn and needles, knitting and purling. Hood often says she knit her way out of grief. Soon, she was reading again, and then writing again.

As the fog of grief lifted, Hood realized that she and Lorne needed to show their son Sam that grief does not have to defeat you. In 2005, three years after Grace died, Hood and her family traveled to Hunan, China to bring home their baby daughter Annabelle.

Hood has dedicated much of her time working with parents who have lost children, including serving on the board of the national organization, Compassionate Friends. Her grief work has also included speaking at hospice groups around the country and teaching bereaved mothers to knit. Her memoir, Comfort: A Journey Through Grief, was a New York Times Editor’s Choice and was named one of the top ten non-fiction books of 2008 by Entertainment Weekly. Her 2006 novel, The Knitting Circle, is an international bestseller and has been optioned by Katherine Heigl. In 2013, she edited Knitting Yarns, an anthology of writers writing about knitting. Hood has also been an advocate and speaker for international adoption, and her bestselling novel The Red Thread, explores the journey of six fictional families adopting babies from China.

Hood is a funny, heartwarming, poignant speaker. She tells her own story of how she found her way through loss in unexpected ways. She provides laughter, some tears and a large dose of hope to her audiences.

Ann Hood Videos

  • Aspen Words Presents: Dani Shapiro, Andre Dubus III, and Ann Hood at

Ann Hood Books

Speaker Lists Featuring Ann Hood

Ann Hood Speaking Topics

  • Comfort: A Journey Through Grief

    When Ann Hood’s daughter Grace died in 2002, she was desperate to find someone who understood this enormous grief. As a result of that loss and that desire, Hood has dedicated herself to speaking to parents who have lost children. She has traveled the country to visit and give keynote speeches for organizations such as Compassionate Friends, The Center for Grieving Children, Peter’s Place, Erin’s House and Hospice. As a bereaved father said to Hood after her talk in Portland, Maine, “You stood up here as someone who has lived through this grief, and you smiled at us. This is the first time I’ve believed I might smile again.” By telling her own journey through grief and back to hope, Hood inspires bereaved parents and anyone experiencing loss.

  • The Knitting Circle

    Much of Ann Hood’s time is spent knitting and speaking at knitting conferences, yarn stores, knitting circles and knitting guilds. Hood believes in the transformative, healing powers of knitting and brings that message to audiences around the world. From Italy to Great Britain to Spain and Norway, as well as in the United States, knitters gather to knit and listen to Hood tell her story of how the activity changed her life. Her anthology, Knitting Yarns: Writers Writing About Knitting, has been so popular that she is now working on a second edition.

  • The Red Thread: An International Adoption Story

    Ann Hood and her family adopted their daughter Annabelle from Hunan, China in 2005 when Annabelle was eleven months old. Hood learned through that experience how adoption can change lives, and the many reasons that people choose to adopt. She has spoken at adoption organizations around the country, including New York City, Los Angeles and Boston to tell her own inspirational story of adopting Annabelle.

  • The Italian Wife

    At the end of the nineteenth century, Ann Hood’s great-grandparents immigrated to the mill town of West Warwick, Rhode Island, with their infant daughter, Rose. Hood grew up with them in the house they bought when they arrived here, surrounded by dozens of relatives in an Italian-American neighborhood. She has been a proud Italian-American, speaking at Italian-American Societies and Historical Societies. Her new novel, An Italian Wife, chronicles one hundred years in the life of an Italian-American family, a topic which Hood enjoys speaking about and sharing her own experiences as the great-granddaughter of Italian immigrants.

  • Writing & Creativity

    In this workshop-like presentation, Ann Hood shares an intimate look into her own creative writing process and how she turned her life-long love for the written word into a fulfilling, successful career.

FAQs on booking Ann Hood

  • How to book Ann Hood?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Ann Hood for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Ann Hood, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Ann Hood or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Ann Hood?

    Booking fees for Ann Hood, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Ann Hood, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Ann Hood?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Ann Hood for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Ann Hood for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Ann Hood or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Ann Hood or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Ann Hood is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Ann Hood for your event is available upon request. Ann Hood generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Jason Padgett, Wil Haygood, Lemon Andersen, Laura Munson and Heidi Durrow. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Ann Hood for an upcoming event.

Ann Hood Speaker Videos

  • Aspen Words Presents: Dani Shapiro, Andre Dubus III, and Ann Hood at

Ann Hood Speaking Topics

  • Comfort: A Journey Through Grief

    When Ann Hood’s daughter Grace died in 2002, she was desperate to find someone who understood this enormous grief. As a result of that loss and that desire, Hood has dedicated herself to speaking to parents who have lost children. She has traveled the country to visit and give keynote speeches for organizations such as Compassionate Friends, The Center for Grieving Children, Peter’s Place, Erin’s House and Hospice. As a bereaved father said to Hood after her talk in Portland, Maine, “You stood up here as someone who has lived through this grief, and you smiled at us. This is the first time I’ve believed I might smile again.” By telling her own journey through grief and back to hope, Hood inspires bereaved parents and anyone experiencing loss.

  • The Knitting Circle

    Much of Ann Hood’s time is spent knitting and speaking at knitting conferences, yarn stores, knitting circles and knitting guilds. Hood believes in the transformative, healing powers of knitting and brings that message to audiences around the world. From Italy to Great Britain to Spain and Norway, as well as in the United States, knitters gather to knit and listen to Hood tell her story of how the activity changed her life. Her anthology, Knitting Yarns: Writers Writing About Knitting, has been so popular that she is now working on a second edition.

  • The Red Thread: An International Adoption Story

    Ann Hood and her family adopted their daughter Annabelle from Hunan, China in 2005 when Annabelle was eleven months old. Hood learned through that experience how adoption can change lives, and the many reasons that people choose to adopt. She has spoken at adoption organizations around the country, including New York City, Los Angeles and Boston to tell her own inspirational story of adopting Annabelle.

  • The Italian Wife

    At the end of the nineteenth century, Ann Hood’s great-grandparents immigrated to the mill town of West Warwick, Rhode Island, with their infant daughter, Rose. Hood grew up with them in the house they bought when they arrived here, surrounded by dozens of relatives in an Italian-American neighborhood. She has been a proud Italian-American, speaking at Italian-American Societies and Historical Societies. Her new novel, An Italian Wife, chronicles one hundred years in the life of an Italian-American family, a topic which Hood enjoys speaking about and sharing her own experiences as the great-granddaughter of Italian immigrants.

  • Writing & Creativity

    In this workshop-like presentation, Ann Hood shares an intimate look into her own creative writing process and how she turned her life-long love for the written word into a fulfilling, successful career.

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All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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