Geraldine Brooks was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in fiction in 2006 for her novel March. The New York Times calls her most recent novel, The Secret Chord, “blazing” and “masterly.”
Other novels, Year of Wonders, People of the Book and Caleb’s Crossing are international bestsellers, translated into more than 25 languages. She is also the author of the nonfiction works Nine Parts of Desire and Foreign Correspondence.
Australian-born Brooks grew up in the Western suburbs of Sydney, and attended Bethlehem College Ashfield and the University of Sydney. She worked as a reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald for three years as a feature writer with a special interest in environmental issues.
In 1982 she won the Greg Shackleton Australian News Correspondents scholarship to the journalism master’s program at Columbia University in New York City. Later she worked for The Wall Street Journal, where she covered crises in the the Middle East, Africa, and the Balkans. In 2006 she was a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies at Harvard University.
Brooks, who retains her Australian passport, became an United States citizen in 2002. She lives on Martha’s Vineyard, MA.
Please note: there will not be a book-signing for this event. However, Elliott Bay will have some pre-signed books available for sale.
The Secret Chord (2015)
Caleb’s Crossing (2011)
People of the Book (2008) – Winner of the Australian Book Industry Award for Book of the Year and Literary Fiction Book of the Year
March (2005) – Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
Year of Wonders (2001) – Chosen as both a New York Times and Washington Post Notable Book
Foreign Correspondence: A Pen Pal’s Journey From Down Under to All Over (1997)
Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women (1994)
Geraldine Brooks’s homepage
‘The Secret Chord,’ by Geraldine Brooks – The New York Times review
Geraldine Brooks – Backstage at Pen & Podium
‘Caleb’s Crossing,’ by Geraldine Brooks – The New York Times review
Geraldine Brooks interview – Author Magazine
NPR: Geraldine Brooks’ Civil War ‘March’