Mary Ann Shaffer

Mary Ann Shaffer (December 13, 1934 – February 16, 2008)[1] was an American writer, editor, librarian, and a bookshop worker. She is noted for her posthumously published work The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, which she wrote with her niece, Annie Barrows.[2]


Mary Ann Fiery was born on December 13, 1934 in Martinsburg, West Virginia.[3] She had an older sister, Cynthia. They were raised in nearby Romney, West Virginia, but moved back to Martinsburg and went to high school there. Mary Ann is an alumna of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She married Carl Richard Shaffer in 1956, and in 1958 they moved to California, where they raised two daughters, Morgan and Liz. She worked in the public libraries of San Anselmo; Larkspur; and San Rafael during her career. She also worked at Harper & Row, advancing from a receptionist position to an editor’s chair.

She died at her home in San Anselmo on February 16, 2008.

Book in order of publication:

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society2008
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