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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Mary Doria Russell  

Pen Name: None

Genre:

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1950 in Elmhurst, Illinois


-- Website -- http://www.marydoriarussell.info
-- Mary Doria Russell on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=mary+doria+russell

E-Mail: -- mary@marydoriarussell.info


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.


Awards

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

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes) [mailto:MDRappearances@gmail.com MDRappearances@gmail.com]

Selected Titles At Your Library

A thread of grace /
ISBN: 0552772887. OCLC Number: 62475431

Black Swan,. .

Set in Italy during the dramatic finale of World War II, this new novel is the first in seven years by the bestselling author of The Sparrow and Children of God.It is September 8, 1943, and fourteen-year-old Claudette Blum is learning Italian with a suitcase in her hand. She and her father are among the thousands of Jewish refugees scrambling over the Alps toward Italy, where they hope to be safe at last, now that the Italians have broken with Germany and made a separate peace with the Allies. The Blums will soon discover that Italy is anything but peaceful, as it becomes overnight an open battleground among the Nazis, the Allies, resistance fighters, Jews in hiding, and ordinary Italian civilians trying to survive.Mary Doria Russell sets her first historical novel against this dramatic background, tracing the lives of a handful of fascinating characters. Through them, she tells the little-known but true story of the network of Italian citizens who saved the lives of forty-three thousand Jews during the war's final phase. The result of five years of meticulous research, A Thread of Grace is an ambitious, engrossing novel of ideas, history, and marvelous characters that will please Russell's many fans and earn her even more.

Children of God :
ISBN: 9781415961926. OCLC Number: 456424091

Books on Tape,. .

Mary Doria Russell's debut novel, The sparrow, took us on a journey to a distant planet and into the center of the human soul. A critically acclaimed bestseller, The sparrow was chosen as one of Entertainment weekly's ten best books of the year, a finalist for the Book-of-the-Month Club's first fiction prize and the winner of the James M. Tiptree Memorial Award.

Children of God :
ISBN: 0375751211. OCLC Number: 41908060

Villard,. .

Dreamers of the day
ISBN: 9780552774857. OCLC Number: 276648025

Black Swan,. .

Mary Doria Russell's fourth novel, 'Dreamers of the Day', takes us behind the scenes at the 1921 Cairo Peace Conference when Winston Churchill, Lady Gertrude Bell and T.E. Lawrence himself invented the modern Middle East.

Dreamers of the day :
ISBN: 0385614543. OCLC Number: 144769917

Random House,. .

A forty-year-old schoolteacher from Ohio still reeling from the tragedies of the Great War and the influenza epidemic comes into a modest inheritance that allows her to take the trip of a lifetime to Egypt and the Holy Land. Arriving at the Semiramis Hotel, site of the 1921 Cairo Peace Conference, she meets Winston Churchill, T.E. Lawrence, and Lady Gertrude Bell. With her plainspoken American opinions, she becomes a sounding board for these historic luminaries who will, in the space of a few days, invent the nations of Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, and Jordan. While neither a pawn or a participant at the conference, she is drawn into the geopolitical intrigue surrounding the conference.

The sparrow
ISBN: 9780449912553. OCLC Number: 34281380

Villard Books,. .

A Jesuit leads an expedition to investigate singing emanating from a planet. So are discovered the Runa, intelligent beings, but undernourished. The explorers fix that and a population explosion follows, attracting space-age cannibals who start eating them. The explorers are killed, except for the Jesuit who tells the tale.

The sparrow /
ISBN: 1423356276. OCLC Number: 228103408

Brilliance Audio,. .

Emilio Sandoz is a remarkable man, a living saint and Jesuit priest who undergoes an experience so harrowing and profound that it makes him question the existence of God. This experience--the first contact between human beings and intelligent extraterrestrial life--begins with a small mistake and ends in a horrible catastrophe.

THREAD OF GRACE.
ISBN: 1784163805. OCLC Number: 1029787138

BLACK SWAN,. .