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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Mary Doria Russell  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT

Born: 1950 in Elmhurst, Illinois


Illinois Connection

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.

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-- ''John W. Campbell Award'', Best New Novelist, 1998 ''Arthur C. Clarke Award'' ''James Tiptree Award'' ''American Library Association Readers' Choice Award''