Tuesday, February 16, 2016, 7pm, Music Building, $20
E R A L D I N E R O O K S
with Leonard Lopate
is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the novels Year of Wonders, March, People of the Book, Caleb’s Crossing, and, most recently, The Secret Chord, which is forthcoming in the fall of 2015, as well as the books of nonfiction Nine Parts Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women and Foreign Correspondence. For more than a decade, Ms. Brooks was also a correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, covering parts of the world such as Bosnia, Somalia, and the Middle East. Publishers Weekly has said of Year of Wonders: “Brooks re-creates a year in the life of a remote British village decimated by the bubonic plague… Intensely observant…poignant and powerful…haunting.” The Chicago Tribune has said of March: “It breathes new life into the historical fiction genre [and] honors the best of the imagination… A very great book.” The Cleveland Plain Dealer has described March as “a disturbing, supple, and deeply satisfying story, put together with craft and care and imagery worthy of a poet… Inspired.” Jonathan Yardley, writing in The Washington Post, has said of People of the Book: “Brooks has built upon her experience as a correspondent in Bosnia for the Wall Street Journal to construct a story around a book—small, rare and very old—and the people into whose hands it had fallen over five centuries… Intelligent, thoughtful, gracefully written and original.” Booklist has said: “Brooks has an uncanny ability to reconstruct each moment of the history she so thoroughly researched in stunningly lyrical prose, and her characters are to be cherished.” Jane Smiley, writing in The New York Times, has described Ms. Brooks’s work as “enlightening and involving… Beautifully written from beginning to end, it reconfirms Geraldine Brooks’s reputation as one of our most supple and insightful novelists.”
In addition to reading from her work, Ms. Brooks will be interviewed by Leonard Lopate.
photo of Geraldine Brooks: Randi Baird