Mary Doria Russell

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General Information

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Name: Mary Doria Russell

Pen Name: None

Born: 1950 in Elmhurst, Illinois


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Photo Credit: Dina Rossi

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.

Published Works

  • 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

The Sparrow

ISBN: 1423356276
Release Date: 2008-04-04

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Children of God.

ISBN: 0375751211
Release Date: 1998

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Thread Of Grace

ISBN: 0552772887
Release Date: 2006

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Dreamers Of The Day

ISBN: 0385614543
Release Date: 2008

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Literary Awards

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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External Links

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Mary Doria Russell on Amazon


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