Julia Keller

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General Information

Name: Julia Keller

Pen Name: None

Genres: Fiction, Non-Fiction

Born: in Huntington, West Virginia

Website: www.juliakeller.net/

Email: julia@juliakeller.net

Illinois Connection

Julia lived and worked in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Julia Keller has a doctoral degree in English literature at Ohio State University. She was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard, and she's taught at the University of Chicago, Notre Dame, and Princeton. During her journalism career, she worked at The Ashland Daily Independent in Ashland, Ky.; The Columbus Dispatch in Columbus, Ohio; and The Chicago Tribune.

Keller joined the Chicago Tribune in 1998 and is a longtime cultural critic there, a position that was created explicitly for her. In 2005, she won the Pulitzer Prize for a feature she wrote on the aftermath of a 2004 tornado that ravaged Utica, Illinois. Keller is also guest essayist on the PBS program The Newshour with Jim Lehrer.

She now lives in Ohio.

Published Works

Stand Alone Titles:

  • Mr. Gatling's Terrible Marvel: The Gun That Changed Everything and the Misunderstood Genius Who Invented It , Viking, 2008
  • Back Home, EgmontUSA, 2009
  • The Dark Intercept, Tor Teen, 2017

Bell Elkins Series:

  • A Killing in The Hills, Minotaur, 2012
  • Bitter River, Minotaur, 2013
  • Summer of the Dead, Minotaur, 2014
  • Last Ragged Breath, Minotaur, 2015
  • Sorrow Road, Minotaur, 2016
  • Fast Falls the Night, Minotaur, 2017

Titles at Your Library

Literary Awards

A Killing in the Hills

  • ILLINOIS READS Book List, Illinois Reading Council, 2014

Bitter River

  • Starred Review, Booklist
  • Starred Review, Kirkus

Summer of the Dead

  • Starred Review, Kirkus

Last Ragged Breath

  • Starred Review, Kirkus

Sorrow Road

  • Starred Review, Booklist

Fast Falls the Night

  • Starred Review, Booklist, 2017
  • Starred Review, Kirkus, 2017

Other Awards:

  • Pulitzer Prize for a feature written on the aftermath of the 2004 Utica, Illinois tornado, 2005

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)

External Links

Julia Keller on WorldCat


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