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About the Author

Australian-born Geraldine Brooks is an author and journalist who grew up in the Western suburbs of Sydney, and attended Bethlehem College Ashfield and the University of Sydney. Following graduation, she was a rookie 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 as a United Nations correspondent, covering the conflicts in the Middle East, Africa, and the Balkans.

Brooks married author Tony Horwitz in Tourrettes-sur-Loup, France, in 1984. Horowitz is the author of a number of non-fiction works including Blue Latitudes. Brooks and Tony moved to Virginia in the mid-1990s, where they began raising their two sons (Nathaniel and Bizuayehu).  Most recently, they divide their time between homes in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, and Sydney, Australia.


Caleb’s Crossing (2011)

People of the Book (2008)

The Best American Short Stories 2011 (edited by Brooks)

March (2005)

Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague (2001)

Foreign Correspondence: A Pen Pal's Journey from Down Under (1998)

Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women (1995)


2010 Dayton Literary Peace Prize Lifetime Achievement Award

2009 Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award

2008 Australian Publishers Association's Literary Fiction Book of the Year for People of the Book

2008 Australian Publishers Association's Book of the Year for People of the Book (HarperCollins Publishers Australia)

2006 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for March

2005 - 2006 Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Vera M. Schuyler Fellow

1999 Nita B. Kibble Literary Award for Australian women's writing

1996 - 1998 Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation Fellow

1990 Overseas Press Club's Hal Boyle Award for Best Newspaper or Wire Service Reporting from Abroad

1983 Columbia University’s Distinguished Alumni Award


Watch outtakes from the film Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind 'Little Women'PBS American Masters on  Air date: December 28, 2009.

Listen to reading from March. KWLS 2009: Historical Fiction and the Search for Truth.
2009 Key West Literary Seminar – Session One podcast. January 8 – 11, 2009.

Listen or read Julia Baird’s interview. Geraldine Brooks: Australia's Pulitzer Prize Winner.  ABC Sunday Profile.  Air date April 23, 2006.

Listen or read Jeffrey Brown’s interview. Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Discusses Work.  PBS NewsHour.  Air date April 18, 2006. 

Listen to Diane Reehm’s interview. Geraldine Brooks: "March" (Viking).  NPR Diane Reehm Show – WAMU 88.5.  Air date March 23, 2005.

Read Dave’s interview. Geraldine Brooks, All Over the Map. Powell’s Books Blog.  Posted March 22, 2005.

Listen or read Melissa Block’s interview. Geraldine Brooks' Civil War 'March'.  NPR All Things Considered.  Air date March 9, 2005.

Read essay in The New Yorker. Orpheus at the Plough: The Father of 'Little Women' by Geraldine Brooks.  January, 10, 2005.

Read interviewMarch: A Conversation with Geraldine Brooks. Date unknown.


Geraldine Brooks official website.

Geraldine Brooks. March.
Penguin official website.

Geraldine Brooks. BookBrowse website.