Adria Bernardi

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General Information

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Name: Adria Bernardi

Pen Name: None

Genres: Non-Fiction

Born: Highland Park, Illinois



Illinois Connection

Adria Bernardi grew up in Lake Bluff and Lake Forest. In 1989 she received her M.A. from the University of Chicago, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, Italian Literature.

Biographical and Professional Information

She studied history in college and worked as a reporter at Chicago's City News Bureau in the 80s. She married, worked for UPI, and eventually moved east with her husband. In 1990 she published Houses With Names, an elegant history of the Highwood of her grandparents, writing that it sat on the North Shore like "a tiny semiprecious stone set in the middle of a dazzling diamond cluster." It was a glimpse of things to come!

Adria has taught at the Warren Wilson MFA program and at Clark University in Worcester, Ma.

Published Works

  • Houses with Names: The Italian Immigrants of Highwood, Illinois , University of Illinois Press, 1989
  • The Day Laid on the Altar, Plume, 2001
  • In the Gathering Woods, University of Pittsburgh Press, 2002
  • Openwork: A Novel, Southern Methodist University Press, 2007
  • Dead Meander, Kore Press, October 1, 2012

Titles for Purchase and at Your Library

Houses with Names: The Italian Immigrants of Highwood, Illinois

ISBN: 0252015819
Release Date: 1989-12-01

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The Day Laid on the Altar

ISBN: 0452282578
Release Date: 2001-07-01

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ISBN: 0870745107
Release Date: 2006

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Dead Meander

ISBN: 1888553545
Release Date: 2013-03-01

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Literary Awards

2011 The Christopher Isherwood Foundation Fellowship. R.V. Cassill Grant.

2002 Worcester Cultural Commission, Creative and Performing Arts Fellowship

2007 Raiziss / DePalchi Translation Award, American Academy of Poets, to complete the translation of Small talk, by Raffaello Baldini.

2000 Awarded the 2000 Drue Heinz Literature Prize, by Frank Conroy, for the collection of short stories, In the Gathering Woods (University of Pittsburgh Press)

1999 1999 Katharine Bakeless Nason Prize for Fiction by Andrea Barrett, Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Middlebury College (University of New England Press)

1999 First Prize, Essay, “Hep-Lock,” Missouri Review.

1998 A.E. Coppard Prize for Fiction.

1995 James Fellowship for Novel-in-Progress, Heekin Group Foundation Awards.

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)

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External Links

Adria Bernardi on WorldCat

Adria Bernardi on Amazon


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