Pulitzer Prize-winning author Geraldine Brooks will present “The Art of Historical Fiction” on Thursday, March 14 at 4:30 p.m. at Lafayette College’s Williams Center for the Arts auditorium, 317 Hamilton St.
Her talk is free and open to the public and will be followed by a book signing and reception in the Williams Center lobby. The program is the 2013 John L. Hatfield ’67 Lecture presented by the Friends of Skillman Library.
Her fiction debut, Year of Wonder: A Novel of the Plague, was published in 10 countries and was a 2001 Notable Book of the Year for the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Chicago Tribune. For her second novel, March, Brooks was awarded the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and her third book, People of the Book, became an instant New York Times bestseller. Her most recent novel is Caleb’s Crossing.
She is also the author of two acclaimed works of nonfiction, Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women, and Foreign Correspondence: A Penpal’s Journey from Down Under to All Over. Brooks was a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies at Harvard University in fall 2005 and the recipient of the 2010 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Lifetime Achievement.
Born in Australia, Brooks began her career at the Sydney Morning Herald before moving to the United States to attend Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York City. She then spent 11 years as a correspondent at the Wall Street Journal, where her beats included some of the world’s most troubled areas, such as Bosnia, Somalia, and the Middle East.
Brooks lives with her husband, author Tony Horwitz, and their two sons in Massachusetts.
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