Mary Doria Russell
Pen Name: None
Born: 1950 in Elmhurst, Illinois
Photo Credit: Dina Rossi
Russell was born in --- and grew up in Lombard, Illinois. She attended Sacred Heart Catholic elementary school and Glenbard East High School. She worked at the Helen M. Plum Memorial Library as a teenager.
Biographical and Professional Information
Mary Doria Russell has been called one of the most versatile writers in contemporary American literature. Her acclaimed novels are studied in literature, theology, and history courses in colleges and universities across the United States. Her novels have won nine national and international literary awards, including the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the James Tiptree Award, and the American Library Association Readers' Choice Award. The Sparrow was selected as one of Entertainment Weekly’s ten best books of the year and A Thread of Grace was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. The Sparrow and Children of God have been optioned for Hollywood movies starring Antonio Banderas and Brad Pitt.
Russell studied anthropology and paleoanthropology before teaching gross anatomy at Case Western University in Cleveland, Ohio. She began writing fiction after leaving academia.
- The Sparrow, Fawcett/Ballentine, 1997
- Children of God, Fawcett/ Ballentine, 1999
- A Thread of Grace, Random House, 2004
- Dreamers of the Day, Random House, 2008
Titles for Purchase and at Your Library
Release Date: 2008-04-04
Children of God.
Release Date: 1998
Thread Of Grace
Release Date: 2006
Dreamers Of The Day
Release Date: 2008
John W. Campbell Award, Best New Novelist, 1998
Arthur C. Clarke Award
James Tiptree Award
American Library Association Readers' Choice Award
Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances
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